LOF: Exploring Theology – Part One

Event Details

Study of this unit of the Living Our Faith Series is a pathway that can lead to Presbytery authorisation as a Lay Preacher, it is also an ideal opportunity for: a small group, faith community, bible study group, or congregation to spend time exploring the theology of the Uniting Church together.

If you are seeking authorisation to become a Lay Preacher, please seek the approval of your presbytery before registering for this course.

This is a 4-day training course (split over two consecutive weekends in August).

Dates: Part One: Saturday, 12 Aug. – Sunday, 13 August 2017


Part Two: Saturday, 19 Aug. – Sunday, 20 August 2017

Times: Start: 9 a.m. / Finish: 5:30 p.m. (each day)
Venue: Centre for Ministry
16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta NSW 2151
Cost: $350 per person for four full days of training
(includes: course materials, and a catered –
morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea on each day).
Facilitator: Rev Bronwyn Murphy


Purchase of Textbook & Optional Handbook:

The textbook to be used for this unit of the series is:

(when purchased in-person
at the centre ø)
Thinking the Faith Living the Faith: An Introduction to Christian Theology
The Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, (2017)
by Christopher C. Walker

All of the pre-course reading can be found in this book.

There is also an optional book which you may like to purchase, which will serve as a useful reference to use throughout the Living Our Faith Series.

 (If you already have access to the 4th Edition of this handbook, there is no need purchase the 5th Edition at this stage.) Cost:
(when purchased in-person
at the centre ø)
The Lion Handbook to the Bible, 4th Ed. or 5th Ed.
Lion Hudson (2009/17), Edited by Pat and David Alexander

(Special price,
limited time only.)

*  A Postage, Handling and Processing fee will be added to online purchases needing to be mailed out.
ø  Copies of each of these books are available to purchase in-person at the
Student Administration counter at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta
(Ph: 02 8838 8914)

If you can’t come to the centre in-person, these books are also available to purchase online via the ‘Online Payment and Registration Form’ below.  Once your order is completed copies will be posted to your nominated postal address.


Information about Pre-course Reading and Writing Task:

Please click on the link to the course welcome letter, below, for more information about the: pre-course reading, and writing task for this unit.

2017 Exploring Theology – Course Welcome Letter (PDF 2 pages | 596 KB)


Assignment Book:

The ‘fillable’ PDF version of the Assignment Book is available for download by clicking on the image below:


LOF: Exploring Theology – Fillable Assignment Book (PDF 40 pages | 648 KB)

This version should also be suitable to print as a hard copy should you need to replace pages in the assignment book you received at the beginning of the course.


Online Payment and Registration Form:

~~ Registrations are now closed. ~~


Payment Processing Instructions:

To pay by credit card:

  1. select the quantity of tickets you wish to purchase (the default quantity is 1).  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on either the: MasterCard, Visa, or PayPal icons that appear at the bottom of the registration form to progress to payment processing.  Then,
  5. select your preferred method of payment (i.e. ‘Pay with PayPal’, or ‘Pay with Credit or Debit Card’)
  6. on the following ‘PayPal Guest Checkout’ screen, submit your: credit card, billing address, and contact details, then click ‘Pay Now’ to complete your purchase.  If paying by credit card, you are under no obligation to accept the offer to: ‘Create a PayPal account’ at the bottom of the checkout screen.

To pay by cheque:

  1. select the quantity of registration tickets you wish to purchase (the default quantity is 1).  Then,
  2. click on the green ‘Order Now’ button.  Then,
  3. complete the Online Registration Form that appears next.  Then,
  4. click on the blue word ‘Show’ that appears under the ‘Other Payment Options’ text at the bottom of the registration form.  Then,
  5. click on the blue ‘Pay By Cheque’ button that appears at the bottom of the registration form to complete your registration.
  6. post your cheque, made payable to: ‘Uniting Mission and Education’, to the address provided on your invoice.

Please, no cash upon arrival at the course.


On-site Overnight Accommodation Enquiries:

Note: Accommodation on-site at the Centre for Ministry, North Parramatta is not included in your course registration.

However, a limited supply of on-site accommodation may still be available at the time of making your registration to attend.

In order to ease the process, those wishing to make an enquiry about the availability of on-site accommodation, are asked to make mention that your enquiry is related to your attendance at this course.

The Uniting Venues booking office can be contacted directly on –

Ph: 1300 138 125

E-mail: service@unitingvenues.org

Web: http://unitingvenues.org/contact (choose ‘North Parramatta’ from the ‘Preferred centre’ drop-down list)


Travelling to the Centre for Ministry:

The Centre for Ministry is accessible by public transport.

Please click on this link for more information about travelling to the centre via public transport.

A free visitor car park is also available on-site, as well as in the overflow car park in the paddock diagonally opposite the centre’s driveway entrance.


Short-term Education Grants:

UME offers short-term education grants for those in financial need.

Please click on this link for more information and a downloadable application form.


More Information:

If you would like more information about this course, please contact, either:

Bronwyn Murphy | Mob: 0428 411 830

Rohan England | Ph: 02 8838 8912


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