Call for a new approach to remote Indigenous communities

The Uniting Church in Australia, Western Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress WA (Congress) are deeply troubled by the planned closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. They are concerned about the ramifications this will have on individuals and communities affected and believe it displays a concerning lack of understanding about Aboriginal culture and the rights of Indigenous people.

“We call on the Federal and State Government to reconsider their approach to remote settlements, and engage upon a consultation with remote communities about the best way to deliver services to them,” said Moderator of the Uniting Church, Rev Steve Francis.

“We need to act sensitively with Indigenous people who have suffered so much dispossession and trauma during the history of European settlement of Western Australia. Making decisions to remove services to remote Indigenous settlements could increase the sense of Indigenous dispossession and displacement.” Continue reading

Services at the Hall

Each Wednesday afternoon in teaching weeks at Murdoch University the Hall holds a worship service.  All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 3.45 – 4.30pm  Murdoch University Worship Centre, South St, Murdoch [near carpark 5A]

The service is followed by afternoon tea involving scones, jam and cream!

Each Wednesday 4 March to 3 June, excluding 8 April and 13 May

On Wednesday 18 March we have a special event for Harmony Week.  Rev Sealin Garlett and Congress candidates will conduct the service and we also welcome the visiting Papuan students to our afternoon service and program.

Hall Handbook 2015

‘The Theological Hall has a long tradition of fostering informed faith for effective ministry.’  Bill Loader, Principal’s Welcome, Hall Handbook, p. 2.  The Hall is also reponding creatively to changing needs in the Church with a new format in its formation program.  Check it out at  PTH Handbook 2015 !


Bill Loader addresses New Testament scholars

Emeritus Prof Bill Loader, Principal of the Perth Theological Hall, addressed New Testament scholars at their Asia/Pacific gathering in Manila on 28 February to 2 March 2015. His talk “New Testament Exegesis as Cross-Cultural Encounter: Matthew and John on Soteriology as a Case Study” is available on

Bill is concurrently Assistant Secretary for International Initiatives of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.