Trinity College is the only theological institution of the Methodist Church of New Zealand. Its primary role is to equip people for both lay and ordained leadership and ministry. The College has served the church and community for 90 years, and it continues a theological tradition that began 175 years ago.
“Empowering to Transform” is about equipping students to think for, and express, themselves without fear and restrictions. This is also about training students to become leaders who speak truth to power and speak the truth about power.
Upcoming Important Dates:
Mid-semester Break | April 15 – 28
Block Course 7 | April 29 – May 3
This course will survey the landscape of theological studies to give students an overall understanding of the field, and its development over the years; to introduce students to basic beliefs of the Christian tradition, and to enable them to do critical theological thinking and reflection on public and contextual issues.
Block Course 8 | May 6-10
TS620A: Re-storying Christianity (Nāsili Vaka’uta)
This course is the first of two papers that retell the story of Christianity from the first century CE to the dawn of the Reformation (TS620A), and from the Reformation to the present (TS620B, Second Semester). Both papers take account of the stories of Christianity in Oceania and Aotearoa. Development of the Christian tradition, key theological debates, schisms, and issues that shattered the unity of the movement will be taken into account. Contemporary challenges that confront Christian churches and the emergence of new groups will be given due examination and critical scrutiny. This story of Christianity will be shared alongside its historical counterpart, colonisation.
Block Course 9 | May 13-17
MS511/611 Te Ao Whakaari (Te Aroha Rountree)
This course explores and examines the development of contemporary Māori music and dance as a tool for ministry and a mechanism for the expression of faith. The paper introduces students to the theoretical and practical application of Kapa Haka in a church context. Students will explore the history of the early Māori Methodist Singers, Orators and Musicians of the 1930 and their contribution to the Methodist Church. Students will also be challenged to consider the place of Haka as a form of Māori expression in modern day church and worship.
Block Course 10 | MAY 20-24
TS630 Moana Ecotheology (George Zachariah)
This course briefly traces the origin and development of eco-theology, the current trend in eco-theological debates, and the relevance of those debates to the current ecological climate and realities in the context of Oceania, and Aotearoa in particular. The purpose of the course is to raise awareness amongst those who are training for ministry to the reality of climate change and to set a platform for appropriate church and/or faith community responses.