Content

The unit examines the human experience of God, incarnation, Kenosis, self-emptying love, God working through personal experience, and consequent approaches to contemplation and contemplative prayer. The unit also examines the influence that the visual and narrative arts, images and imagination have on human and religious experience as well as the roles each of these play in the formation of spiritual directors. The unit addresses professional standards and integrity in ministry linked to students’ experience, guided by reference to Ethical Guidelines for Spiritual Directors such as Integrity in the Service of the Church, Integrity in Ministry, Towards Healing, and the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Director’s Code of Ethics for Spiritual Directors.

Unit Code: DD8714Y

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.

Discuss various ways of expressing the human encounter with God through the utilisation of one’s reading, reflection and personal experience

2.

Critically evaluate different traditions of spirituality and their methods of proclaiming the sacred immanent in human experience

3.

Apply the knowledge referred to in 1. and 2. above in the practice of spiritual direction

4.

Integrate professional standards and ethical guidelines into the practice of spiritual direction

5.

Engage with those seeking information/direction relating to professional standards and be able to articulate those standards appropriately and professionally

Pedagogy

Lectures, tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

Either A 3000 word reflective essay that incorporates the student’s reading and personal experience, OR: 1) A 1500 word reflective essay as described above and 2) A multi-media project (equivalent to 1500 words and according to provided Guidelines) that encapsulates a human experience of the Divine.

50.0

3000 word reflective essay on professional standards and ethical guidelines and how to integrate the principles imbedded in these standards and guidelines into the practice of spiritual direction.

50.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 10:55:05 +1000