The popular Aberdeen Academy of Theology is in its seventh session.

The classes attract interested church members and church leaders from throughout the denominations. No previous theological training is necessary as the aim of the classes is to be accessible to all.

Next Session

Our next series of Academy classes is called ‘Suffering Christ’s Call – Christian Discipleship and the Way of the Cross’.


These will be led by Dr Mike Mawson of Aberdeen University and will take place in Rubislaw Church Centre, Beaconsfield Place, Aberdeen, AB15 4AB, from 9.30am – 12.30pm each day.



Saturday 29 September: Authority and Suffering in the Synoptic Gospels
Saturday 27 October: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship
Saturday 24 November: Discipleship and the Mission of the Church today


In this series we will explore and reflect upon a Christian account of discipleship. What does it mean to understand discipleship as a kind of following after Christ? What does it mean that we are called by Christ to discipleship? We will give attention to the claim that Christian discipleship always entails suffering, that is, ‘taking up one’s cross’ (Mark 8:34). What role does suffering play in preparing and forming us for discipleship? As Christians, should (and can) we embrace this suffering? We will explore these and other such questions with reference to the Gospels, the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and William Stringfellow, and other theologians.


The course costs £45/£30 Unwaged and can be booked through the online store, or by emailing Clare Davidson at

Previous Sessions

Spring 2018

This session was entitled Pastoral Care, led by the Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey. Topics covered included: Saturday 27 January: What is care and why do we care?; Saturday 24 February: Who, when and where do we care?; Saturday 24 March: How do we care?

The command to ‘Love one another’ sits at the heart of the Christian faith. In this series of classes Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey explored pastoral care as it has been understood in Scripture and the Christian tradition and examined our calling to practice love for one another in the church and in the world today.

Autumn 2017

On the 7th October, 4th November, and 2nd December 2017, Professor Phil Ziegler led a session on 'Hope and Forgiveness at Creed’s End'.

The bishops who gathered at the Council of Constantinople in 381 AD amended the Nicene Creed by, among other things, adding three final statements concerning baptism, and Christian hope in resurrection and eternal life. In this, the final series of classes exploring the ancient creed and its meaning for the Christian life, Professor Philip Ziegler explored how these teachings have been understood in scripture and tradition, and how we might own them in faith and hope today.

Previous sessions

Previous sessions included: ‘Who is God?  Everything you wanted to know about God but were afraid to ask’,  with Professor Tom Greggs,  ‘I believe in One Lord Jesus Christ’ with Professor Paul Nimmo, ‘We believe in the Holy Spirit’ led by Dr Don Wood, and ‘What is the Church?' led by Professor Ivor Davidson.