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Our Statement on Black Lives Matter and Racism
Trinity Methodist Theological College joins in the grief and outrage happening around the globe protesting white supremacy and racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd (and two other victims, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery) in the United States of America. As a theological institution of the Methodist Church of New Zealand, we affirm that black lives matter because racism is antithetical to the Gospel imperatives and the life and witness of the incarnated Word. We further express our indignation at the abuse of the symbols and sources of our faith by the President of the United States of America and right-wing conservative Christians to legitimize and perpetuate white supremacy in the name of God.
As Kiwis, we also recognize that white supremacy and racism are embedded in our history, socio-economic relations, and governance. Institutional racism continues to demonize and criminalize the Māori community and people of colour. In a racially biased criminal justice system, the arming of police is always colour blind, and hence a threat to the life and property of people of colour. Our theologies, spiritual practices, and church polity are also infested with this deadly virus of racism.
We denounce all ideologies, theologies, and practices of supremacy, and reiterate our commitment to eradicate them from our churches and society through our spiritual, academic, pastoral, and political witness.
We declare our solidarity with all those who mourn, lament, resist, and protest racism and police brutality.
We celebrate the lives sacrificed at the altar of white supremacy and racism, and affirm our hope and faith in the agency and power of the underdogs to create a world devoid of economic, racial, gender and ecological injustice.
#blacklivesmatter #standuptoracism #nojusticenopeace
Upcoming Important Dates:
Lectures end | Jun 12
Semester 1 ends | Jun 19
Semester Break | Jun 12 – Jul 19
Semester 2 begins | Jul 20
Block 13: BS522 Gospels & Acts | Jul 20-24 (Emily Colgan)
This course begins by exploring the social, political, and religious history of the synoptic gospels, analysing particular gospel texts as reflecting this historical background, and assessing how the ‘good news’ might have been heard and understood in first-century context(s). It then moves to carry out detailed social analysis of particular contemporary contexts and asks how the ‘good news’, encapsulated in these ancient texts, might be heard and understood in contemporary contexts.
Block 14: TS631 Revisioning Church | Jul 27-31 (George Zachariah)
What does it mean to be a church in the 21st century? Does the church need to reinvent itself to be relevant? What challenges does it face? How much does it need to change? Is its traditional mission viable? If not, what is the new mission and vision? These, and many other, questions will be the focus of this course. Participants will be encouraged to engage critically with the theologies and practices of the church past and present in order to find what is best for the church going forward. Is there a place for the church in the future?
Block 15: MS512 Te Ao Puoro | Jul 27-31 (Te Aroha Rountree)
Introduction to Waiata (Song)
This course aims to introduce learners to various genre of waiata, including karakia (prayer), hymns and worship songs as theological expressions composed to evoke and engage church in social and political discourse. It encourages the theological interpretation of song and prayer as a mechanism for challenge and radical change. Students will apply theological interpretation to songs that engage and explore reconciliation.
Block 16: RS611 Engaging Communities | Aug 3-7
This paper gives students some basic knowledge and skills in community engagement and development. It encourages them to think beyond the church and take account of the interests of people in the wider community irrespective of who they are. This aims at enhancing student’s ministry skills to enable ministry with awareness about the social, political, cultural, religious and economic circumstances of the people they minister with/to.
Block 17: RS710 Religion in Aotearoa | Aug 10-14 (Richard Bonifant)
This course will explore and examine the religious landscape of Aotearoa and the challenges it poses to Christian ministry. The focus will be on the intersection between religious pluralism and democracy, exploring both the historical and contemporary relationship between church and state in Aotearoa and the ways in which religious thought and practice have influenced, and been influenced by, the development of democracy. Participants have an opportunity to share their perspectives on the study of religion and to investigate the history and sociology of religion and the many religious majority and minority groups in the country. Participants visit local places of worship and examine films to provide context to classroom discussion. In addition, participants work with college faculty to develop, conduct and present a related research project. This is a semester-long course.
Block 18: MS521 Mana Tautohe | Aug 10-14 (Te Aroha Rountree)
Privileged to be Mā/ori
This course will survey and interrogate Eurocentric interpretations of church history and tradition in an Aotearoa context. This course will address the rhetoric of church and society that romanticises Māori, while denying the existence of White Privilege. Students will apply critical thinking to views of the marginalised seeking-out equity and justice being privilege. Students will examine and analyse, the dominant narratives that perpetuate injustice upon the powerless.
Block 19: TS511 Moana Faces of Christ | Aug 24-28 (George Zachariah)
This course aims to wrestle with the question “who do you say that I am” in the contemporary Oceanic context. The course will study the history of the development of the doctrine of Christ and contextual articulations of Christology from different parts of the world. However, the focus of the course is to understand the Christological re-imaginations from Oceania to discern the Moana faces of Christ.
Mid-semester Break | Aug 31 – Sep 13