School of Ministry 2017

School of Ministry 2017 brochure

The theme for School of Ministry this year is the Minister as Educator and Dr Deidre Palmer, President-Elect of the National Assembly, is our keynote presenter. The event is open to all educators both lay and ordained. The dates are July 17 to 21 at the Billabong Uniting Church, Canning Vale. Cost of $200 includes all meals and materials. Please follow brochure link for more details, including how to register.

Finding meaning in human suffering

Ann Mills has won one of the two Brickhill Essay prizes awarded by Perth Theological Hall this year. She has kindly allowed her essay to be posted here in the hope that others may find some comfort and help in their own suffering.
The Essay Prizes are given in memory of John Eric Brickhill who hoped that the essays would help the communication of theological insights to the average layperson, that (s)he may more readily serve the Lord. Ann’s essay was part of the assessment for Murdoch University unit THE505 Thinking Theology and is an inspirational theological reflection on finding meaning in human suffering through an active engagement with faith over time. Please follow this link to the essay:

Hall on the Road

Perth Theological Hall hits the road again, heading for Margaret River Uniting Church for a one day seminar on ‘Creation’. The presenters are:
Suzanne Boorer “Taming the chaos dragon: the Creation of the world in the Old Testament
Alex Jensen “Out of nothing: creation and science”
Nancy Ault “Creation Spirituality”
Plus a panel for discussion and questions.
Date: Saturday 10 October 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost of $20 includes morning tea.
Please register on the day at 60 Tingle Ave, Margaret River
For more info email Kerry   or call  08 9360 6880

Leadership Intensive

Hall for All presents a comprehensive Leadership Intensive run over three Saturdays in second semester. We are able to draw on the specialist expertise of staff in offering these intensives and they are open to all. The basic outline of the program is as follows:
• Saturday 22 August- Leadership – what is a leader, styles of leadership, servant, transactional and transformational leadership
• Saturday 3 October- Working with Others – working collaboratively, handling conflict, dealing with meetings
• Saturday 31 October – Issues in Leadership – vision, change, power.
People will need to enrol for all three intensives and the total cost is $75.00. This includes an all-inclusive workbook manual plus morning and afternoon teas. The confirmed venues are St Aidans Uniting Church, Claremont [22 August] and St Stephens Uniting Church, Applecross [3 October].
To register or for enquiries please contact Kerry George on 9360 6880 [Tue-Thu 9-5] or email

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.

Education Catalogs for 2015 are out!

CEDAL is releasing “Education Opportunities 2015”, a listing of recommended education events for Uniting Church congregation members. In her cover message, Bev Fabb, Chair of the UCWA Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL), encouraged Church Councils to develop an annual plan for membership education. The catalog emphasises mission and evangelism and growth in discipleship. Copies of the catalog are being mailed to Church Councils. Click on Continue reading

Hall For All Saturday Intensives

Perth Theological Hall 

Semester One 2015

The Hall is changing its ministerial formation program this semester to a Wednesday afternoon and Saturday Intensive format.

The Saturday Intensives are designed to not only meet the needs of candidates, but also enrich lay leadership and the continuing education of ministers so members of the wider church are welcome to attend.

Three Saturday intensives, 9.30am – 4.30pm (cost for each: $30 including lunch)

Sat   7 March    Intensive One: Worship in the UCA

with Bill Loader and Bev Fabb

Venue: Star Street Uniting Church, corner Star and Archer Streets, Carlisle

Sat 11 April    Intensive Two: Creative Liturgy   

with Cathie Lambert and Carolyn Gepp [venue to be advised]

Sat 23 May    Intensive Three: Worship with Children and Youth         

with Denise and Jeff Savage [venue to be advised]

 Please contact Kerry George to register for any or all of the Intensives –

tel. 08 9360 6880; email.

People are also welcome to attend the weekly Wednesday Eucharist service at the Murdoch University Worship Centre  

4 Mar – 27 May [excluding non-teaching breaks on 8 April and 13 May]

Murdoch Worship Centre              3.45 – 4.30pm

followed by afternoon tea.