This ecumenically sensitive unit introduces the origin, nature and development of the Church of Jesus Christ as the community of his followers. The unit examines the question of the identity of Jesus, and from there it focuses on the Church as the sign and instrument of Jesus Christ today, the Spirit-filled People of God, the Body of Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit in the mission, life, sacraments, and ministries of the Church.

Unit code: CT8662Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

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 participates sacramentally in 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


Critically reflect on personal and professional learning from this unit


Unit sequence

First Year of GCTRE


Lectures, discussion, audiovisual materials and reading

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bausch, William. A New Look at the Sacraments. Rev. Ed. Mystic, CT: Twenty-Thgird Publications, 1983.
  • Chauvet, Louis-Marie. The Sacraments. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • DeGidio, Sandra. Sacraments Alive: Their History, Celebration and Significance Mystic, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 1991.
  • Fullenbach, 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, 2006.
  • Hughes, K. Saying Amen: A Mystagogy of Sacraments. Chicago, IL: Liturgy Training Publications,1999.
  • Lohfink, Gerhard. Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Lohfink, Gerhard. No Irrelevant Jesus: On Jesus and the Church Today. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press, 2014.
  • Martos, J. Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books, 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 45.0
Essay 2000 45.0
Essay - Reflection Paper

Reflection paper on personal and professional learning from the unit

500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-27 14:46:55 +1000