This unit seeks to present with ecumenical sensitivity a general introduction to the origin, nature and development of the Church of Jesus Christ as the community of his followers. This entails an examination of the question ‘who is Jesus?’ On this foundation the unit presents the Church itself as the sign and instrument of Jesus Christ today, for the coming of the reign of God on earth. It is in this context that sacraments are understood as signs of the loving presence and self-giving of God in Christ. In developing this point the unit sketches the origin, nature and development of the Church’s ritual sacraments in reflecting and sustaining the Church in its mission. The unit’s consistent focus is on the whole Church as the Spirit-filled People of God and Body of Christ, and on the presence of the Holy Spirit in the mission, life, sacraments, and ministries of the Church.

Unit code: CT8602Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 16.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Outline the origin of the Church from the person of Jesus Christ and his early disciples


Evaluate how the Church continues the mission of God (missio Dei)


Appraise particular human experiences as possible signs and paths to the mystery of God


Explain how the Church’s ritual sacraments originate in both the Christ-event and in the Church’s response


Apply and critique an understanding of sacramentality to the Mission of God today


Evaluate the role of the Holy Spirit as the life and soul of the Church, its mission, its ministries, and its sacraments

Unit sequence

Required unit in YTU schedule for the (Graduate Certificate in Teaching Religious Education (GCTRE).


Face to Face or online: lecture, group work,

Indicative Bibliography

Bausch, William. *A New Look at the Sacraments. Rev. ed. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1983. Chauvet, Louis-Marie. *The Sacraments: The Word of God at the Mercy of the Body. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001. Cooke, Bernard. *Sacraments and Sacramentality. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1983. DeGidio, Sandra. *Sacraments Alive: Their History, Celebration and Significance. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991. Fuellenbach, John. Church: *Community for the Kingdom. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002. Gaillardetz, Richard R. *Ecclesiology for a Global Church: A People Called and Sent. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2008. Guzie, Tad. *The Book of Sacramental Basics. New York: Paulist Press, 1981. Hughes, Kathleen. *Saying Amen: A Mystagogy of Sacraments. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications, 1999. Lohfink, Gerhard. *Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012. Lohfink, Gerhard. *No Irrelevant Jesus: On Jesus and the Church Today. Translated by Linda M. Moloney. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. Martos, Jospeh. *Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church. Revised and Updated Ed. Liguori, MI: Liguori/Triumph, 2001. Mitchell, Nathan D. *Meeting Mystery: Liturgy, Worship, Sacraments. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006. Noll, Ray. *Sacraments: A New Understanding for a New Generation. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1999.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2000 50.0
Essay 2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 4 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000