Welcome, Crucible:



Hello to all those interested in reading theology and discussing its implication for ministry,

Once a month, we gather to discuss theology or theologians and their impact or value for pastoral ministry and practise. The aim is that through meeting together and dialogue that this fosters and enhances our own ministries and gives us a broader understanding.

I would like to invite you to consider giving a presentation when we meet throughout the year. A presentation can be 15-20 minutes in length. The topic may be something you would like to introduce and discuss. Maybe something you are working on through your studies or a current focus or hobby horse. The title of your paper needs to begin with WHY I THINK… for example “Why I think Karl Barth is a better theologian than Carl Henry” or “Why I think Hauerwas is wrong.”

If you are interested please reply ASAP. We are hoping to begin in July and to meet in a fairly central Sydney location of either Parramatta (café) or West Ryde (pub). The meetings are on Saturday mornings, usually the third Saturday of the month from 10am to lunch. The proposed dates are:

July 19th

August 16th

September 20th

October 18th

November 15th

Please send your response and presentation title to theologyandpraxis@yahoo.com.au

Grace and Peace,

Michael Pailthorpe


[Note: for those who live overseas or outside-of-Sydney and would like to participate. There are many ways that you can. Either directly through our blog or recording your presentation and we return the recorded discussion. In this technological age the possibilities are endless. Let me know if you’re keen.]