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Rev Sean Gilbert

Lecturer in Ministry Practice  

BTh [Flin], DipPC [ACD], MA(Hons) [ANTS]

Before joining the Uniting College faculty, Sean spent a good number of years as Minister of the Word in congregational / community ministry. He now enjoys bringing the richness of that experience to leadership formation through Supervised Field Education and teaching various ministry practice Bachelor of Ministry units. He believes the integration of knowledge and imaginative practice is foundational to credible expressions of faith within a post modern context.

Sean is a PhD student exploring the relationship between spiritual affectivity and fruitful, if not artful ministry practice. Jonathan Edwards and St. Bernard of Clairvaux are central faith-figures within this conversation, along side of the gospel of John.

Somewhat of an eclectic, Sean is a reader of culture, a player of acoustic music, a writer of liturgy and verse, a reader of poetry and the mystics, a would-be connoisseur of red wine and coffee. He is also a keen political observer, a Paul Kelly admirer, a follower of Formula 1, a life-long supporter of Essendon and a cricket lover of long standing.

Sean is married to Christine, who is a Minister of the Word at Glenelg Uniting Church and has a blended family of five, ranging in years from 12 to 29. 

Publications & Conference Papers since 2012:

  • Eremos: Exploring Spirituality in Australia, December 2013, ‘Reaching: The Synergy of Poetry and Prayer.’
  • Australian Leadership, June/July 2013, ‘Worship from the Heart’
  • Words for Worship, Mediacom, SA. July-December, 2013. April-June, 2015.
  • ‘Faith Beyond Construct: God and Spiritual Affect’,  ANZATS Annual Conference, Fremantle, July 2014
  • ‘The Promise and Perplexity of Jonathan Edwards’s Pneumatology’, Graduate Research Hour, Uniting College, SA, September 2015. 
  • ‘Paying Attention to Divine Beauty: Jonathan Edwards, spiritual practices and the forming of affective disciples.’ National Assembly of the Uniting Church Research Colloquium, Melbourne, November, 2015.
  • ‘The Promise and Synergy of Integrative learning: Reflections on Recent Classroom Experience’, ANZATFE Biennial Conference, Melbourne, December 2015.


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