South Australia: Seminary of the Third Age

You are invited to participate in the second year of the Seminary of the 3rd Age. The Christ Church Uniting invites you to join the Seminary of the 3rd Age sessions offered at the Effective Living Centre at 26 King William Road, Wayville, on Thursday evenings.

The program, conducted by respected theological scholars and leaders, offers persons young and old, of any faith or no faith, the opportunity to explore and reflect on questions of faith and spirituality relevant in the 21st Century.

The seminars are designed to enable free discussion and debate as to what faith, spirituality and identity might mean amid the paradox of knowledge and mystery we now associate with the 21st Century.

The Seminary of the 3rd Age is supported by The Progressive Christianity of SA, a network that recognises the evolving nature of spirituality
and also values intellectual honesty, recognising the contribution of science and history in informing our world-view.

Each seminar topic in the Seminary of the 3rd Age is of four weeks’ duration, taking place on Thursday evenings during the months of March, May, August and October 2019.

RSVP essential: book your seat online using or ring the office for assistance (08) 8271 0329.


THE FAITH FACTOR – Faith in the 21st Century
‘Prayer as a Path for Spiritual Perception’ – Martin Samson

MAR 14
‘Faith and Faiths – Where on Earth is God?’ – Vicky Balabanski

MAR 21
‘Worship as participation in Evolution’ – Martin Samson

MAR 28
‘The Way We Pray Determines What We Believe’ – Alison Whish

THE TRAUMA FACTOR – Why Such Suffering?
‘What’s Trauma got to do with the Bible?’ – Liz Boase

‘Jeremiah-Making Meaning to move into the Future’ – Liz Boase

MAY 16
‘God Trauma in Job I – Screaming at God’ – Norman Habel

MAY 23
‘God Trauma in Job II – Wisdom Therapy’ – Norman Habel

THE CONTROVERSY FACTOR – Why is Theology such a bother?
‘Peter – Successor to Jesus, Prince of the Apostles, the First Pope of Rome: True or False?’ – Robert Crotty

‘Aboriginal Missions: neglect, failure, atonement and legacy’ – William Emilsen

AUG 15
‘Bonhoeffer – Heretic or Hero?’ – Mark Worthing

AUG 22
‘What does the Marriage Debate tell us about the Church in Australia Today?’ – Andrew Dutney

THE INTERPRETATION FACTOR – Are the big themes still relevant today?
‘The Search for Sophia (Lady Wisdom in the Gospels)’ – Martin Samson

OCT 10
‘Is Thomas Berry still relevant? The Great Story’ – Jana Norman

OCT 17
‘Is the ‘First Christmas’ worth Celebrating? Borg and Crossan’ – Maureen Howland

OCT 24
‘Why have we forgotten the God of Wisdom?’ – Marie Turner

Event Details

Where will it be held?
Effective Living Centre, 26 King William Rd Wayville, SA (at Christ Church Uniting)

When are the sessions?
Every Thursday evening during March, May August and October, from 7:00- 8:30 pm.

What is the cost?
Each session is $15 ($12 concession/ELC members) or $45 for a topic of four sessions.

Who can attend?
Any person can attend, young or old, of faith or no faith. Each seminar will be respectful of the diversity of backgrounds and views of participants.

Do I need to join at the beginning?
Participants can join at any time during the year, and attend occasional seminars or groups of topics.

How do I enrol?
Bookings can be made online using Trybooking –
If you require assistance, please ring the Effective Living Centre office: Ph: (08) 8271 0329