Elective unit, Intensive (Min. No. 8)
1st semester: 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday: 24 and 25 February; 24 and 25 March; Saturday 28 April; and Saturday 19 May. Cross listed as Spirituality DS9010Y.
This unit provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on decreasing interest in institutional religion, but increasing interest in spirituality.
Using a range of educational tools, the unit will examine: generational differences in the western post-modern world; the role of religion in traditional and post-traditional societies; an overview of the development theory; biblical, traditional and more modern understandings of faith; the dialogue between institutional religion and personal spirituality; the modern challenges facing individuals and religious communities in our contemporary scientifically oriented society.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- identify the impact of generational and cultural changes on the role of religion, images of God and the understanding of faith
- exhibit an awareness of theological and developmental theories of human growth
- discuss cultural and age-related issues in the construction and reconstruction of meaning
- recognise the relationship between people’s image of God and their ideas about religion and spirituality
- analyse the challenges and possibilities of reconstructing personal and communal meaning in our contemporary scientifically-oriented society
- propose and evaluate a way of engaging Christian identity with broad, diffuse spirituality in contemporary culture
Analysis of major ideas and issues presented in article/s chosen by the lecturer 2000 words (30%); essay on a topic related to the student’s ministry or experience which looks at the challenges facing Church members in meeting the needs of the varying groups in our communities 4000 words (70%)
Bouma, Gary. Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in Australia. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Cowdell, Scott. God’s Next Big Thing: Discovering the Future Church. Mulgrave: Garratt, 2004.
Frame, Tom. Losing my Religion: Unbelief in Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press, 2009.
Gallagher, Michael Paul. Faith Maps. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010.
Langmead, Ross. Reimagining God and Mission. Adelaide: ATF, 2007.
Mackay, Hugh. Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion. Sydney: Macmillan, 2016.
Maher, Anthony, ed. Bridging the Divide between Faith, Theology & Life. Adelaide: ATF, 2015.
O’Leary, Daniel. Begin with the Heart Recovering a Sacramental Vision. Dublin: Columba, 2008.
Ranson, David. Across the Great Divide: Bridging Religion and Spirituality Today. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2002.
Rolheiser, Ronald. Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to our Children. New York: Crossroad, 2006.
———. Seeking Spirituality: Guidelines for a Christian Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1998.
Tacey, David. Beyond Literal Belief: Religion as Metaphor. Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2015.
Treston, Kevin. Emergence for life not fall from grace: making sense of the Jesus story in light of evolution. Preston: Mosaic Press, 2013.
Walker, Andrew. Spirituality in the City. London: SPCK, 2005.
Webb, Val. In Defence of Doubt. St. Louis, MI: Chalice Press, 1995.
Lecturer: ROSE MARIE PROSSER