This unit considers the central role Discernment plays in spiritual direction, including the discernment of spirits and the means of identifying God’s Spirit from spirits not of God. The central role examination of conscience plays in the spiritual life and in spiritual direction will also be considered. Drawing on the insights of Christian theology and spirituality and modern science, the unit explores the deep interconnectedness of all life and examines the link between Eco-spirituality and spiritual direction.

Unit Code: DD8712Y

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


Understand and articulate the processes of discerning the spirits (towards God and away from God) informed by their own and others’ experience and the wisdom of tradition


Demonstrate an ability to apply this understanding to the practice of the ministry of spiritual direction


Demonstrate awareness of theories relating to the interconnectedness of all life and the relevance of ecological spirituality to the contemplative practice of spiritual direction


Communicate this knowledge and its implications for humanity and all forms of life, to others in a practical and useful form


Lectures, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

3000 word essay on Discernment

3000 50.0

3000 word essay on Eco-spirituality

3000 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 10:07:44 +1000