Mon 26, Aug 2019
This year the Anglican Board of Mission (ABM) aims to support students and lecturers as they adapt to exciting new courses at the college, and to enrich the courses offered to the wives of the students who live with them during the residential component of their three year Diploma in Theology course.
Newton Theological College, located in Papua New Guinea’s beautiful Oro Province, is the only facility in PNG that trains men for priesthood in the Anglican Church. At any one time there are up to 22 students living on the campus, often accompanied by their wives and children. The diploma is largely residential, with time also spent in parishes. The aim of the diploma course is to introduce all students to the basic theological disciplines, but with a growing emphasis on doing theology from a PNG perspective.
ABM is seeking funds for both the ongoing physical needs of the college, as well as continuing curriculum development and further education of staff.
Bishop Jeffrey Driver, Acting Principal of Newton College, states that the recent acquisition of a newer more powerful water pump, piping and fitting has done much to improve the water supply and even, in some houses, provide an occasional shower, but five water tanks are still needed.
The library has recently been renewed by a significant consignment of books, and, with changes to the curriculum, the students are using the library much more and the addition of the new books has produced real excitement.
Students and lecturers have been adapting to new courses, as the curriculum is being brought up to date. With more emphasis on a variety of assessment instruments, students are adapting to doing their own research. Additional support has been provided to help students gain proficiency at research and essay writing. The hope is that these foundationswill eventually produce a robust contemporary Melanesian theology.
Bishop Driver also points out the importance of the women’s program developed for the wives of the Newton ordinands:
“Newton College has always understood that in Melanesian culture, local community leadership involves roles and expectations for both men and women. So, alongside the formation program for the male students, there is a complementary program for the women (about two-thirds of the students are married). This program continues to have three main strands; literacy, health and sewing."
Ongoing maintenance and repairs continue to be needed to ensure the buildings fulfill their purposes, and finances are always in short supply, both for paying lecturers and supporting the students with basic needs.
Newton Theological College needs $60,000:
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