Content

Beginning with students’ spiritual autobiographies, the unit develops an understanding of the nature of religious experience through appreciation and interpretation of their own experience, which includes reflection on images of God and Jesus, both historical and personal.

The unit examines the contemplative foundations of spiritual direction through an examination of, and reflection on, Biblical, Patristic, Medieval, Reformation and Mystical spirituality and for contrast, the spirituality immanent in East Asian and other religious traditions.

The unit also specifies and explores the varieties of religious experience as well as the effect mindfulness and meditation have on human and religious experience and considers Grace and Conversion and the crucial role these play within the Christian spiritual tradition.

Unit Code: DD8711Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Biblical, theological and spiritual underpinnings of the ministry of spiritual direction

2.

Discern and describe the varieties of religious experience they encounter in their ministry as spiritual directors

3.

Understand and explain the role mindfulness and meditation play in religious experience and spiritual direction

4.

Identify and explore the movement of grace in their personal experience and the experience of those to whom they minister

5.

Develop a theology of grace on the basis of their experience and be able to elucidate this learning

Pedagogy

Lectures, tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

3000 word essay on Religious Experience

50.0

1500 word reflective essay on the experience of Conversion

25.0

1500 word reflective essay paper on personal Grace

25.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 09:55:39 +1000