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 4 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 was interviewed for the Podcast Beyondering in 2017 about some of her research. Here is a link: http://beyondering.com.au/episode-2-6-sally-douglas/
For more information about Sally’s research go to: https://pilgrim.edu.au/about-pilgrim/faculty/research-profile-sally-douglas/