Sally Douglas was a teacher before responding to the – rather surprising – call to be a Minister.
Sally continues to be humbled by this strange calling to ordained ministry and deeply values accompanying others in their faith and doubt journeys as they explore what it might mean to be a disciple of Jesus in their own lives and who God is calling them to be.
Sally works in the mode of ‘scholar – pastor’, as well as serving in the parish, she is an Honorary Research Associate within the University of Divinity and an Associate Lecturer within the University of Divinity, at Pilgrim Theological College.
Sally’s doctoral research investigated very early, often suppressed, understandings of Jesus. Her book Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity was published by Bloomsbury Press in 2016. Her ongoing research interests span biblical studies, early church history and theology, and the implications of these in contemporary context.
The driving question in Sally’s work in the parish, in her writing and in her research is ‘So what?’ – So what does this ancient text mean in contemporary context? So what does this mean for understandings of the Divine? So what might this mean for how we live?
She is fed by ancient Christian contemplative prayer practices and, at present, is very into reggae and other (loud) music.
Sally gave the four Bible study Lectures at the 2016 Uniting Church of Victoria and Tasmania Synod Meeting. Here is a link to those lectures: http://ctm.uca.edu.au/lay-ministries/woman-wisdom-bible-studies/
Sally appeared on the ABC podcast God Forbid recently. You can listen to this on the God Forbid website here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/godforbid/exploring-sacrifice-at-easter/13284430. Sally has made several appearances on the By the Well podcast, most recently discussing the Gospel of Mark. You can listen here: https://bythewell.com.au/speaker/sally-douglas/.
For more information about Sally’s research go to: https://pilgrim.edu.au/about-pilgrim/faculty/research-profile-sally-douglas/
For a link to recent articles written by Sally, please visit: https://crosslight.org.au/tag/sally-douglas/