Governance

Charter

Sydney College of Divinity Charter

Establishment

The Sydney College of Divinity was formed in 1983 when six theological Colleges in Sydney constituted themselves as a federation with a view to providing an accredited tertiary education award in theology. The SCD Bachelor of Theology was accredited by the New South Wales Higher Education Board in February 1984.

From its outset, the Sydney College of Divinity has been more than an arrangement for the purposes of accreditation. The founding Member Institutions were committed to a genuinely ecumenical endeavour in which, while retaining their autonomy and ecclesial traditions, they would collaborate with, and support each other, as a College. The Member Institutions have found that our mutual encouragement and accountability to one another as members of the College both enhances the academic standing of our learning and teaching, and strengthens our Christian ministry and witness.

In the years since 1983 the membership of the Sydney College of Divinity has changed.  The Sydney College of Divinity welcomes the admission of new Member Institutions which embrace our aims, ethos, and educational philosophy.

Aims

In keeping with our origins, the aims of the Sydney College of Divinity are:

  • to provide high quality, accredited theological education from undergraduate to graduate levels
  • to prepare leaders and ministers, both ordained and non-ordained, who are well qualified to build the church of the future
  • to encourage theological scholarship which is ecumenically sensitive and relevant to issues of culture and society
  • to contribute to public discussion of issues of faith and culture
  • to promote the growth of our individual member institutions
  • to provide our faculty with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, supported by a community of Christian scholars
  • to prepare the next generation of Christian teachers and scholars

Ethos

Because of our origins and our collegial aims, the Sydney College of Divinity has developed a distinctive ethos, whose features include:

  • a commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as it is preached and lived out within our Christian denominations
  • a respect for the different theological standpoints of our member institutions
  • a critical approach to theological reflection on our faith traditions and on the relationship between faith and culture
  • a willingness to work together and to celebrate our shared enterprise in prayer and liturgy
  • a readiness to contribute to College administration and its committee structures
  • a balance between central administration and the autonomy of member institutions

Educational philosophy

In order to achieve our aims, and in keeping with our ethos, the educational philosophy of the Sydney College of Divinity is characterised by our desire:

  • to articulate the Gospel in the contemporary context
  • to bring our different theological traditions into dialogue with the wider world of Christian scholarship
  • to respect the educational approaches of our member institutions, while preserving a collegial approach to theology
  • to maintain common academic standards across the College
  • to respect the multicultural diversity of our students and faculty
  • to provide both vocational and academic education for our students
  • to foster adult learning and teaching strategies
  • to provide flexible modes of learning and teaching
  • to encourage interaction and sharing between staff and students of our different member institutions
  • to enable graduates to engage in further study and research
  • to provide professional development for our faculty and administrators

 

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