Content

The unit explores the historical and contemporary experience of the Contemplative tradition in the spirituality of The Salvation Army. It will give particular attention to representative Mystics such as Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi and Brother Lawrence. Evangelical and Contemplative understandings of prayer, and how prayer can be exercised in both private experience and public worship, are examined. The unit will also focus on contemplation-in-action models of ministry. The unit includes at least one form of retreat experience.

Unit Code: DS3192B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Discuss the place of The Salvation Army in relation to the Church universal and describe how Salvationist spirituality is grounded in the life of the wider Church

2.

Assess Salvation Army history with specific reference to the Contemplative tradition in the spirituality of The Salvation Army

3.

Explore different models of spirituality in the lives of Mystics and Contemplative traditions within and outside The Salvation Army

4.

Describe the contribution of the Mystics to our understanding of prayer and how these can be appropriated in private and public spheres

5.

Devise strategies for working towards an active-contemplative balance in ministry

6.

Analyse how specific mystics or spiritualities explored in the unit correlate with Salvationist understandings of spirituality and prayer

Unit sequence

DS 193B An Introduction to Spiritual Formation or equivalent plus a further 30 points in Field D

Pedagogy

Lectures, group discussions, and seminars with time for prayer, reflection and feedback to group. The unit includes at least one form of retreat experience. Film, poetry, prose and art may also be used.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

2,000 word seminar paper

40.0
Essay

3,000 word integrative essay

60.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-10 07:43:51 +1000