The excitement is bubbling up around the corridors of Trinity College Queensland. As the 2019 academic year recedes into the near distance, things are gearing up for 2020 and the dawning of a new season.
Tasked with the College’s governance, the Board of Christian Formation (BCF), in an exacting process commenced well over twelve months ago, has been resolutely searching for the best Higher Education Provider (HEP) to support our delivery of rigorous, relevant and transformational theological education to produce theological dextrous, pastorally sensitive, biblically literate and missionally capable graduates to meet the needs of the church in the 21st Century. The search has come to an end.
On the 31st October, the Australian College of Theology (ACT) posted the following notice on its social media platforms:
The Australian College of Theology is pleased to welcome Trinity College Queensland as an affiliated college from 2020. Trinity is a theological institution of the Uniting Church in Australia. With its energetic faculty and commitment to scholarship Trinity will bring new perspectives and opportunities to ACT.
Of course, engagement with the ACT, Australia’s largest theologically specialised HEP, will also bring new perspectives and opportunities to Trinity College Queensland. From 2020 we will be able to offer students a significantly enlarged suite of twelve undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Within these courses there will also be a greater range of subjects offered, in more flexible formats.
As one of eighteen theological colleges from around Australia within the ACT consortium, there will be greater opportunity for meaningful ecumenical engagement in the theological space – within the routine processes of unit development, curriculum design and assessment moderation. Trinity will also have greater control over processes of enrolment and provision of student services, allowing further development of Trinity’s highly relational approach.
Amidst the significant work of retooling our resources to suit the new HEP, we look forward to the coming year. In many ways, little will change in the classroom for Trinity students engaging with the same staff and faculty, but beneath the surface their education will be supported by broadly developed procedures and policies, adding even greater rigour and depth to Trinity’s offerings.
To find out more about our new courses go to www.trinity.qld.edu.au or call 07 3377 9950.