26 April, 2009

Another first for the NCV - Our first Christian service!

It seems like every week there is something new at NCV. We celebrated our first Christian service at Easter. The service was based on an early Christian service called Tenebrae. The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for "darkness" or "shadows." The service involved a series of Bible readings, songs, prayer and some brief comments from me. At the end of the service we enjoyed a supper together of traditional Easter Hot Cross buns. About 45 people came including a contingent from New College.

Above: Just before the service in the Main Common room

Above: Some animated discussion after the service, coffee and Hot Cross buns (yes, Rebecca in the centre made an unexpected appearance, it was good to have her back)

I hope to commence monthly services in the Main Common room on a Monday evening starting in May.

14 April, 2009

NCV Seminar series under way

One of the many activities that we have planned to encourage dialogue about important matters of research and scholarship is our NCV Seminar series. A seminar is held every 3-4 weeks on a Thursday evening. Our first seminar was held on the 19th March. It was presented by David Loonan, Student Support Services Manager at Arc, the UNSW student organisation, who addressed the topic 'Key issues for postgrad students'.

This week, Dr Ian Pollard will visit us to talk about his new book. Ian Pollard - “Investing in your life’ - your biggest investment opportunities are not necessarily financial." Dr Pollard has been chairman, director or CEO of more than 30 companies. He is an actuary who was a Rhodes Scholar and has written widely on business coaching.

All residents of the NCV are welcome to attend the seminar in the Main Common Room on Thursday 16th April at 6.00pm.