Field D – Theology: Mission and Ministry

DA1000P / DA8000P

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES MINISTRY: CORE ISSUES AND CONTEXTUALITIES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE
Beth Barnett

Field D – Mission and Ministry (DA)

Semester 1 or 2: Intensive TBC (please enquire)

The needs of children and their families will focus our discussion of church and the Australian context. Addressing the theology, spirituality and sociology of the child in relation to family, church, faith, culture, technology, history and philosophical discourse, the unit develops critical skills for comprehensive approach to mission and leadership with children and their families today.

Download course description

 

DA/DS2030P/ DA/DS3030P/ DA/DS9030P

THE NURTURE AND SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF CHILDREN
Beth Barnett and Andrew Menzies

Field D – Mission and Ministry (DA) and Spirituality (DS)

Semester 2: Intensive TBC (please enquire)
Available online and on campus

In this intensive unit, we seek to develop more informed ministries of protection and respect in pastoral care and religious education. We explore the historical and current interest in the spiritual life and the spiritual development of children. The unit examines links between Scripture, theological thought, spiritual and psychological development, neurobiology and ministry with children.

Download course description

 

CT/DA/DM2080P/ CT/DA/DM8080P

THE LIVING PEOPLE OF GOD: LOCAL, GLOBAL AND MISSION
Geoff Thompson

Field D – Mission and Ministry (DA) and Missiology (DM)

Also Available in Field C Systematic Theology (CT)
Semester 1: Tuesday Morning
Available online and on campus

As part of this unit, we look at the character and history of minority ancient Christian communities (e.g. India, China, Ethiopia), the twentieth-century emergence of churches in the global south, and the post-Christendom realities faced by mainline churches in lands marked by “Western culture” (with particular reference to the Uniting Church in Australia). Against this background, the unit explores the roots of the church in the ministry of risen, crucified Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit. Attention will also be given to the classical marks of the church (one, holy, catholic and apostolic) as well as to the particular marks noted by the Reformers (preaching and sacraments).

Download course description

 

DE/DS1001P/DE/DS2001P/DE/DS8001P

THE ART AND PRACTICE OF ORAL STORYTELLING
Julie Perrin and Christina Rowntree

Field D – Education Studies (DE) and Spirituality (DS)

Semester 1: Intensive 1, 8, 15, 22, Evening 28, 30 May, Fri 19 June

The art and practice of oral storytelling considers performance, contemplative listening and tools of memory and recollection. These tools will be developed and applied, drawing on a repertoire of sacred narratives, sacred texts and poetry drawn from major religious traditions. Students will engage in reflective practice within the process of story selection and application to context. The unit addresses performance skills, contemplative listening and storytelling from memory. There will be the opportunity to apply what is learnt in field work in-class storytelling. Attention will be paid to verbal and non-verbal elements, building students’ confidence and capacity to create storytelling events and engage their audience.

Download course description

 

DL1200P/ DL8200P

LITURGICAL THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE
Stephen Burns

Field D – Liturgy (DL)

Semester 2: Wednesday Afternoon
Available online and on campus

Liturgy involves several juxtapositions: between scripture and sacrament, space and symbol, worship by and for the people. This unit explores the issues raised by these juxtapositions drawing on the resources of ecumenical liturgical theology.

Download course description

 

DL2401P/ DL3401P/ DL9401P

READINGS IN LITURGICAL THEOLOGY
Stephen Burns

Field D – Liturgy (DL)

Semester 1: Thursday Morning

This is a seminar style course, designed to help you engage in deep and close reading of the latest scholarship in the area of liturgical theology. Come and deepen your understanding of what is happening in the liturgy, with a view to thinking about the implications for Christian worship today. 

Download course description

DM1000P/ DM8000P

DEVELOPING A MISSION THEOLOGY FOR TODAY
John Flett

Field D – Missiology (DM)

Semester 2: Tuesday Morning
Available online and on campus

In this unit, you will be introduced to the field of mission studies. It will be divided into three main sections: the biblical foundations of mission; the ground and practice of mission through Christian history; key themes shaping the theology and practice of mission today.

Download course description

 

DM/DU2030P/ DM/DU9030P

THE THEOLOGY AND EXPERIENCE OF INTERRELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER
John Flett

Field D – Missiology (DM) and Ecumenical Studies (DU)

Semester 1: Intensive
First meeting – Friday, 28 February (1 – 5pm)
Additional information to be announced later

Build your understanding of neighbours in this city and develop a viable theology and practice of interreligious encounter. Religious pluralism is a hallmark of the contemporary world but engagement across religious traditions in all too rare. In this unit structured visits to a range of faith communities provide a foundation for theological reflection that seeks to understand interreligious encounter from within Christianity and also from outside it (do those outside recognise the way their faith is described, for example).

Download course description

 

CT/DM2070P/ CT/DM9070P

JESUS THE CHRIST IN WORLD CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
John Flett

Field D – and Missiology (DM)

Also Available Field C – Systematic Theology (CT)
Semester 1: Tuesday Night
Available online and on campus

Go beyond the boundaries of Europe to meet scholarly understandings of Jesus Christ using language as ‘Bodhisattva’, ‘Avatara’, ‘guru’, ‘prophet’, or ‘ancestor’; and in relation to other religious traditions that bring new lenses. This unit explores christologies developed outside Western frames of reference and addresses the broader questions of method as well as content that they raise for theology, especially in terms of the distinct and various implications for mission.

Download course description

 

DP1000P/ DP8000P

SELF AND OTHER IN PASTORAL RELATIONSHIP
Cathryn McKinney

Field D – Pastoral Care (DP)

Semester 2: Tuesday Afternoon

Rigorous, participative and practical, students in this unit explore the ‘self’ as part of their identity in pastoral and other relationships. Theology and other theoretical material informs our work to examine self-identity in social, cultural and familial contexts, and provides resources for understanding and maintaining healthy relationships in ministry and other settings.

Download course description

 

DP2500P/ DP8500P

THEOLOGY OF PASTORAL CARE
Randall Prior

Field D – Pastoral Care (DP)

Semester 1: Thursday Morning

The pastoral care unit explores the theological nature of pastoral care and the relationship between theology and pastoral skills. We aim to help students develop a reflective basis for pastoral practice that is grounded in Christian theology and Biblical studies. Consideration will be given to the uniqueness of ‘pastoral’ care, to some of the challenging questions raised in situations of crisis, and to the appropriate use of prayer and Scripture in pastoral situations. Scope will be given for students to explore a range of contextual issues and questions in pastoral ministry.

Download course description

 

For more information about any of these courses, contact College registrar Erlinda Loverseed on 03 9340 8892 or at registrar@pilgrim.edu.au