2017 Annual TCMA Conference

Belief, Culture, Disruption

Tuesday 28th November to Friday 1st December 2017.

As chaplains, we are believers in a faith, and we support all people, no matter their beliefs, cultural traditions or personal circumstances. Technology and economic forces are increasingly disrupting our communities. How do we respond to these disruptions while being immersed in our beliefs and cultures?

The 2017 TCMA Annual Conference will be held at Federation University’s Gippsland Campus in Victoria.

Speakers include Alison Whitby and Jenni Wegener, Gary Bouma and Greg Bourke (more details to come)


Those attendees who choose to make use of the coach transfer from/to Tullermarine and the conference venue, are recommended to arrive by plane in Melbourne and be on the ground by 1130am for 12 noon Tuesday coach departure. Similarly book return flights from Melbourne after 5pm Friday.


To register please click here


Registration rates:

  • Conference, meals (excluding Tuesday evening), accommodation and transfer from and to Tullamarine $780;
  • conference and accommodation only $680;
  • partner (accommodation, breakfast and evening meals) $600;
  • conference only $270;
  • single day (at Uni only – no evening meal) $40.

The initial conference program is available here:  20171102 Conference-Timetable

Also a flyer to help promote the event:  Conference Flyer


Keynote Speakers:

Fr Greg Bourke

Fr Greg Bourke grew up in Melbourne. He studied at Corpus Christi Seminary and Catholic Theological College and has served the Archdiocese of Melbourne as Assistant Priest, Parish Priest, staff member of Corpus Christi College, Chaplain of the Bushfire Recovery ministry and ministry to the Deaf Community.  Greg lectures at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne in Pastoral and General Studies.  He serves the Australian Church as national Director, Clergy, Life and Ministry.

Conference Topic:  It is God who Disrupts us and what does scripture reveal about God.  How have we come to this Culture of Disruption?  What are the implications for ongoing Ministry?


Rev Gary Bouma AM – Emeritus professor – Monash University

Gary D Bouma AM is the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific; and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University, the Australian node of the Religion and Diversity Project, University of Ottawa; an Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of St John’s East Malvern; and Chair of the Academic Board, Harvest Bible College.

Conference Topic:  Chaplaincy: A Ministry of Presence in a Multi-faith and No-faith Society’. Recent changes in the religious profile of Australia sets the background for tertiary chaplaincy, Tertiary chaplains are no strangers to this diversity but questions about how to exercise chaplaincy in this context remain along with a diversity of responses. Sociological and theological issues intertwine in shaping ministry in this setting like all others.


Allison Whitby and Jenni Wegener

Allison Whitby and Jenni Wegener are Clinical Pastoral Educators within the Association of Supervision and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria, and Training Supervisors within the Australasian Association of Supervision. Both are former Centre Directors of CPE. Allison is CPE Liaison Officer for the University of Divinity. Allison is Mission Integration and Team leader at Baptcare and working in supervision, psychotherapy and counselling in private practice.

Conference Topic:  Authentic Pastoral Encounter; Understanding how as bearers of Grace, we meet the other and enable the transformation of life’s hard places. An introduction to the work of Clinical Pastoral Education.