Trinity In Sydney

Classic Anglican Theological Education

Trinity in Sydney is an exciting new partnership between St James’ Institute and Trinity College Theological School (TCTS), Melbourne, which will see TCTS’s world-renowned faculty teaching a series of seminars and intensives at the St James’ Institute from 2022. The units will suit both clergy and laity, either for credit or audit.

TCTS has been offering theological education since 1877 and its courses are accredited by the University of Divinity.

Trinity College Theological School Dean, the Rev’d Canon Dr Bob Derrenbacker says the partnership with the St James’ Institute is exciting as it will extend the reach and influence of TCTS and contribute to the diversity of Anglican theological education of Sydney.

“This partnership begins to address the desire by many in Sydney for Anglican theological education from a Broad Church and Anglo-Catholic perspective. I am thrilled that TCTS is partnering with the St James’ Institute, which already has an established reputation for providing intellectually and spiritually meaningful theological education to Anglicans in Sydney.”

The following units are now open for enrolment at Please contact  for more information, or visit


Saturday Seminar* (Saturday 12 February 2022)

Introducing the Gospel of Luke: “An orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us” 

The Gospel of Luke provides a distinctive portrait of Jesus. The Gospel includes accounts that are unique to Luke and yet are among the best-known stories in the Gospels, stories like the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son. This day-long study will focus on introductory issues related to the Gospel of Luke, including authorship, date of composition, its relation to the other Gospels, main themes and interests, its distinctive Passion Narrative, and how it relates to Luke’s sequel – the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention will be paid to how the Lectionary presents the Gospel of Luke in Year C.

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker

*This one-day seminar is the first day of the one-week intensive ‘The Gospel of Luke: “Proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour”’ (see below). It is also open to those who do not wish to enrol in the full intensive.

BN3300T/9300T (12, 14–17 February 2022)

The Gospel of Luke:
“Proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favour”

This one-week intensive will work through the Gospel of Luke, with particular attention to how Luke develops his particular interests and themes. These will include food and table-fellowship, wealth and poverty, prayer, the Holy Spirit, geography, women and female characters, universal membership in the Kingdom of God, and the appropriation of Old Testament motifs. Special focus will be paid to reading Luke in comparison to other Gospels (especially Mark), Luke’s distinctive portrait of Jesus and his first followers, and how Luke’s Gospel has meaning for Christian readers interested in social justice today.

Taught by the Revd Canon Dr Robert (Bob) Derrenbacker

Saturday Seminar* (Saturday 2 July 2022)

Abraham: An introduction to the politics and promises of the book of Genesis

God’s promises to Abraham include land possession, a great nation, and blessing to all nations – theological themes that extend through the Bible to the New Testament. But what about the dispossessed? And those outside that “great” nation, including the refugee? Is there any place for blessing from other nations as well as to them? Probing the drama and detail of the Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar stories, this session will consider the theology of Genesis within the context of ancient Israel’s history and its intersection with contemporary Christian concerns.

Taught by Dr Rachelle Gilmour

*This one-day seminar is the first day of the one-week intensive ‘Book of Genesis: Politics and Promises’ (see below). It is also open to those who do not wish to enrol in the full intensive.

BA3100T/9100T (2, 4–7 July 2022)

Book of Genesis:
Politics and Promises

This one-week intensive will look at when and why the narratives of Israel’s beginnings in the book of Genesis were written through a careful study of its texts and narrative artistry. Through the stories of their ancestors, ancient Israel and Judah negotiated issues of national identity, land possession and dispossession, exiles, and refugees. In doing so, theological themes related to God’s sovereignty, divine presence and transcendence, election, the politics of gender, reconciliation, and hospitality to the stranger were formulated and debated, developing as the community went from kingdom to exile to life in the land under foreign imperial rule.
Taught by Dr Rachelle Gilmour