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Opening lectures

The ALC opening lecture marks the beginning of each academic year. Open to the general public, this lecture provides ALC teaching staff with an opportunity to present information on a topic arising from their current or recent research.

Formerly known as the ‘inaugural lecture’, the opening lectures have delivered many interesting topics over the years. Listed below are the lectures presented since we became ‘Australian Lutheran College’.

Opening lectures are usually published in the Lutheran Theological Journal within the year they are presented.

2019

Stephen Haar 'Learning, Formation and Community: Challenges Facing a Distributed Model of Theological Education'
View the 2019 opening lecture video

2018

James Winderlich 'The shape of things to come for a church who learns'
View the 2018 opening lecture video

2017

Wendy Mayer 'Preaching schism: why what good people say can have unintended consequences for the Church'
View the 2017 opening lecture video

2016

Tania Nelson 'Leadership matters: principals, pastors and the mission of Lutheran schools'
View the 2016 opening lecture video

2015

Stephen Hultgren 'Revisiting the Third Use of the Law'

2014

Andrew Jaensch 'God is big enough for our questions: introducing learners to a critical approach to study of the Bible'

2013

John Henderson 'Location, location, location: a short history of 104 Jeffcott Street'

2012

Ruth Zimmermann 'Learning conversations: more than just words'

2011

Linards Jansons 'Some central yet contested ideas of liturgical theology'

2010

Stephen Pietsch 'Depression and the soul—a Cook’s tour'

2009

John Kleinig 'Pastoring by blessing'

2008

Stephen Haar 'e-Constructing theological education for ministry in a www world'

2007

Greg Lockwood 'Reflections on 40 years’ engagement with New Testament Interpretation, 1967–2007'

2006

Malcolm Wegener 'Mystery, challenge and the training of teachers for Lutheran schools in Australia'

2005

Robert Kempe 'Lutheran theological education in the 21st century: an agenda for discussion'

2004

Meryl Jennings 'Elitist Lutheran schools? Maybe—and so what?'