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Experience Whitley at our Open Event

16 Nov 2022

Join us at Whitley College for an exciting Open Event!

3:30pm – 7:30PM

We’re combining our ‘Celebration of Publication’ event, showcasing our faculty’s recent literary achievements with an ‘Explore Whitley’ evening that will give prospective students a taste of life and learning at the College.

This is what the afternoon will look like:

3.30—5pm: We’ll hear from Whitley Principal Rev. Professor René Erwich, former Whitley Principal Frank Rees and Sarah Do about their newly published books and chapters.

5—6pm: Enjoy a Sausage sizzle and a chance to chat and mingle.

6—7.30pm: Discover life at Whitley, with an introduction and news about our new building from René Erwich, 5 minute ‘taster’ lectures and stories from present and former students.

Register yourself and a friend to attend this event and receive a $20 grocery voucher (both must attend). Plus enjoy a lucky door prize drawn at the end of the night.

Don’t miss out. Click here to register today!

We look forward to seeing you!


Learn more… about the Explore Whitley program

Introduction to the college and our directions and commitments, news on exciting developments, including the new building: René Erwich.

Hear about further learning and research opportunities for current Whitley students and alumni: Darrell Jackson.

Discover new learning opportunities for potential students, including 5-minute ‘taster’ lectures and panel with Sarah Do, Carolyn Francis, Megan Turton and more TBC.

Hear current student and alumni stories and explore options for vocational opportunities.


Learn more… about the Celebration of Publication authors

Professor René Erwich is Principal and Professor of Practical Theology at Whitley College. His book (written with Rev Dr Almatine Leene), Vuur dat nooit dooft. Gender, seksualiteit en theologie in gesprek (Fire that never goes out: Gender, sexuality and theology in conversation) was nominated for the Best Theological Book of 2022. This prize is awarded annually for the book that makes a theological theme most accessible to a wide audience.

Former Whitley Principal Frank Rees recently published a book about Mervyn Himbury, founding principal of Whitley. Frank researched Himbury’s life in Wales and his education and career as Professor of Church History in Cardiff, then his move to Australia and the extraordinary work of creating a new college. Drawing upon the college records, Himbury’s own recollections and the wider context of university and Baptist life in Australia, this is both a personal story and a significant record of the issues and opportunities that shaped Himbury’s career, his vision and leadership, and his influence upon several generations of students.

We’ll also hear from Whitley lecturer Sarah Do, whose recent book chapter (awaiting publication), an exegetical study on Paul’s letter to the Philippians, proposing that Paul’s missiology has space for diverse expressions of mission, such that communities challenged by differences (such as language, culture, generations) can still be unified in bearing the image of Christ in the world. Do reflects on her own experiences as part of the Vietnamese diaspora, and considers the outworking of faithful gospel work across generations in her local context.