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Australia: Nungalinya College

Students in the Certificate II English as an Additional Language course © Nungalinya College, 2019. Used with permission.

The Tranfiguration – Roderick Dairiyi © Nungalinya College. Used with permission.

Nungalinya College in Darwin is a Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians. The College is formally supported by the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic churches of the Northern Territory. Established in 1974, Nungalinya College equips men and women for leadership roles in churches and communities. Training programs explore the Christian faith contextually through courses in Foundation Studies, Bible Overview, Media, Music and Discipleship, Christian Ministry and Theology, and Bible Translation.

COVID-19 meant that students were unable to attend classes during part of 2020, but classes recommenced in Term 3 which was a busy and, at times, difficult season as there were many deaths and funerals and other sad happenings. College Principal, Ben van Gelderen, reflects, “God is faithful to supply all our needs, and much deep learning and sharing was undertaken in the second half of the year. Some of the most memorable times were students sharing their learning through art, Testimony Tuesdays on Facebook, the inaugural Men’s Class studying the life of Peter, and the Certificate IV in Theology/Ministry graduation. As always, our daily morning chapel services, featuring various languages and clans, were precious and unique times and a true taste of heaven.”

In 2021 Nungalinya College is looking forward to introducing a new Faith and Family course focused on family well-being and domestic violence prevention, a new Art course focused on working in the Aboriginal art industry and integrating traditional artistic expressions with Christianity, the first Certificate II in Old Testament Overview, and the graduation of the first Diploma of Translating cohort.

Your support for Nungalinya College helps to train Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander church and community leaders.

» In 2021 Nungalinya College needs $42,750 (tax-deductible) 



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