Universally ChallengeD!!! The Quiz

Under Latest News,

Last year we established the Tattersall Fund, which allows us to give much needed financial support to independent students unable to meet the full cost of fees. This is very much part of our commitment to making theological education as widely accessible as possible. In these COVID ridden times, however, we’ve had a rise in applications and the funds now look pretty thin for next year at a point when we can’t get on with familiar fundraising efforts such as book sales, collections at services, and St Augustine’s day. To meet the needs of the…

Read this article

Out with the App, in with the red book!

Under Reflections,

I use my phone for FB live worship, which has forced me to revert to the CW red book, which gives me at least two things to enjoy about livestream worship. It’s good to see familiar and new faces and on the days I’m still in my PJs to have MP read to me is a rare treat. An MBTI extrovert, living on my own – I have enjoyed lockdown more than I expected. We’re all in the same boat now! Secondly, from an evangelical tradition, where we don’t follow more than the very basic…

Read this article

Meet the Tutor: Guido

Under Meet the staff,

Guido de Graaff is a senior member of the St Augustine’s teaching staff, teaching Doctrine and Ethics as well as being Director of Studies. We asked him to talk about himself, his role and what he thinks St Augustine’s College of Theology offers our students. A bit about me My theological studies began in a very different church context, in the Netherlands, but what was similar was the sense that learning was always focussed on church life and ministry. After studying Theology at college, instead of going down the route of becoming a priest or…

Read this article

It’s sometimes said that a family that prayers together stays together….

Under Reflections,

St. Augustine’s isn’t merely a place of theological education and learning; learning is set within a community of Christian formation in which students and staff are formed also through prayer and worship, which are essential dimensions of college life alongside theological education. It is no accident that the college is physically rooted within the grounds of a Benedictine abbey – a community whose very work is prayer. The college has been making use of technology in its teaching for some time. Teaching sessions have been streamed live and then recorded and put on the college…

Read this article

Week 6: From lockdown to retreat

Under Virtual Retreat,

This week Chris Chapman will help us reflect on any movements of the Spirit as we look forward to Pentecost. As the retreat enters its final days a useful question to ask is ‘what is beginning?’ Francis of Assisi experienced seeds of new beginnings falling into the brokenness of his life. Might it be the same for us?  Chris is an Associate Tutor for St. Augustine’s. He is the author of Seeing in the Dark, Earthed in God and Send my Roots Rain: Refreshing the spiritual life of priests, and a guest director for individually…

Read this article

Meet the tutor: Natasha

Under Meet the staff,

Natasha Natasha Klukach joined the St Augustine’s teaching staff in 2020. We asked her to tell us a little about herself and what teaching at St Augustine’s College of Theology means to her. A bit about me I’m Canadian and British, my mum having emigrated to Canada, and my Dad being Ukrainian and Belarusian, so you could say that diversity is part of my identity. The bringing together of different cultures and denominations is really important to me. After university in Toronto and Kingston (Ontario), I worked at the National Office of the Anglican Council…

Read this article

Mark’s story

Under Meet the students,

Mark is an ordinand based in Chelmsford Diocese and studying part-time at West Malling Abbey, St Augustine’s College of Theology. We asked him to tell us a bit about himself, and what being a student here means to him. A bit about me I felt called to ministry from a young age, even though I didn’t know exactly what that meant. I have a Pentecostal background, and I’ve always been passionate about sharing my faith and going to church. I was part of the youth leadership team for my church for many years, with 130…

Read this article

Delorine’s story

Under Meet the students,

I had already walked away from a full-time job to become a carer for one of my children, who has a disability. I did look at residential training, but my daughter was preparing for GCSEs so I didn’t want to uproot the family. At St Augustine’s, I found a beautiful place with amazing staff, and felt immediately embraced and welcomed by everyone see more here.  

Tim’s story

Under Meet the students,

I didn’t want to remove myself from day to day life in London away from regular church life, and the programme has the balance right for people who like me who want to throw themselves into full time theological study…. see the rest of Tim’s story here.  

Week 5 – Turn lockdown into a retreat

Under Virtual Retreat,

Barnabas Palfrey will be leading the retreat this week. Barnabas will be reflecting on the invitation that this inhospitable time may nevertheless bring to us, to become aware of, and respond with care to our ‘imaginings’: the different ways our mind draws pictures about what is taking place in the present or might happen in the future. Inspired by their Scriptures and by Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the image of the invisible God, Christians have often insisted on the vital role that imagination plays in the living body of Christ. But this appreciation is…

Read this article