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Rev Dr Ivan Head a Visiting Fellow
Warden of St Paul's College at The University of Sydney, Reverend Canon Dr Ivan Head, will join the School as a Richard and Janet Southby Visiting Fellow on Wednesday 19 September.
Rev Head is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and the Melbourne College of Divinity.
He was ordained a deacon in 1978 and priest in 1979, and spent several years as a curate at Mosman Park in Perth.
He moved to Scotland in 1981-84, completing a PhD thesis at the University of Glasgow entitled 'How Miraculous Can We Consider Jesus to Have Been?'.
He also worked in the Scottish Episcopal parish of St Cuthbert’s Cambuslang and St Andrew’s Uddington, which exposed him to a distinctive view of the Anglican Communion.
Rev Head returned to Western Australia to teach at the fledgling Anglican Institute of Theology (the institute became part of a consortium that taught Theological Studies for degrees awarded by Murdoch University).
“I became a bit of an all-rounder but retained a special interest in the Gospels and in aspects of the Oxford Movement,” he said.
In 1991 he was appointed Warden of Christ College, the Anglican College at the University of Tasmania, remaining there for four years. It was a time of significant reform for Christ College, and it affirmed his view that he is, as he put it “an incrementalist”.
“I prefer gradual change to apocalyptic shifts.”
This has been his approach to his work at St Paul’s College, where he took up office as Warden at the beginning of the academic year 1995.
Having already been a Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Perth, and of St David’s, Hobart, he is now Canon Theologian of All Saints’ Cathedral, Bathurst.
At St Paul’s he has flourished as a philosopher (an ethicist, in particular, and chair of the Ethics Committee of Sydney IVF), a photographer, a poet and an historian of ideas (especially of the sixteenth century).
'Some of my favourite Australian poetry'
Wednesday 19 September - 7.30pm
Cook Theatre, Geelong Grammar School, Corio Campus
There are limited places available so please contact Sue Ryan
, on +61 3 5273 9247 to attend.