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COVID and ministry

Friday, 28 August, 2:00 pm3:00 pm AEST

Since the advent of COVID-19, many questions and challenges have emerged for Christian ministers and for local congregations.

What does it mean for the Church when we can no longer gather?

How is faith maintained, when we can no longer worship together, share in the sacraments and receive each other’s support?

What does this mean for the sense of calling of priests and pastors, whose life is defined by these activities?

Are there lessons to be learned about this time from the experiences of the Church in other times and places, whether pandemics or persecution have also brought challenge to the people’s understanding of what it means to be a community of faith?

These questions invite both practical responses and profound theological reflection. In this session, a group of ministry leaders and local clergy will reflect together on their own experiences and of others in their communities, to explore these issues and invite a continuing conversation about what the Church can learn during this time.


  • Reverend Associate Professor Frank Rees, Chair of the Academic Board, University of Divinity
  • Reverend Dr Ji Zhang, Theologian in Residence, National Office, Uniting Church in Australia
  • Reverend Fran Barber, Continuing Education and Leadership Development Coordinator, Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania
  • Reverend Dr Colleen O’Reilly, Chaplain, Trinity College Theological School
  • Reverend Dr Craig D’Alton, Vicar, Christ Church South Yarra
  • Reverend Fr Tony Doran, Parish Priest, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Ringwood
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Friday, 28 August
2:00 pm–3:00 pm AEST
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