Australian Lutheran College’s (ALC) Festival of Learning is back this month (February) as an exclusively online event, allowing attendees to participate from anywhere.

Registrations for the three-day event are now open and close at noon (ACST) on 20 February. With the theme ‘Holy and dearly loved – called and clothed’, the Festival of Learning 2023 is being held from 21 to 23 February.

The festival recognises that the LCANZ has a rich history of gathering as a community to learn together. ALC and its prior incarnations have always been an integral part of this learning culture, and this festival offers a unique annual opportunity to celebrate and learn together.


Keynote speakers for the event, which includes the ALC Opening Lecture for 2023, will be LCANZ Bishop Rev Paul Smith; Uniting College for Leadership and Theology Principal Rev Professor Vicky Balabanski; and ALC Principal Rev James Winderlich. Elective presenters will include Professor Peter Sherlock, University of Divinity Vice-Chancellor; Western Sydney University Senior Lecturer Dr Alison Short; Flinders University’s Professor Sarah Wendt; ALC Visiting Scholar Rev Jo Bertil Vaernesbranden from MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society in Oslo; and leaders from festival partners LCA Local Mission and Lutheran Archives.


Both full and four-elective pass registration packages are available for the festival. Access to general sessions, including keynote presentations, chapel and conversation hours, is included in both registration options, while the number of elective sessions participants have access to depends on their package. Full registration costs $150.00 (concession – $100), while a four-elective pass costs $80. A late fee of $10 applies after 14 February.

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