This unit focuses on the future of cities and competing visions for their projected futures. Biblical and theological understandings will be explored and used as lenses through which the city’s future can be envisaged. In particular, a biblical understanding of God’s ‘Shalom’ as this relates to people, society and broader creation will be described and used as a critical tool to discern factors that prevent Shalom from becoming a reality in urban neighbourhoods. Students will consider the theology and spirituality of ‘local urban places’ and explore strategies through which positive and hopeful change can be effected. Students will be encouraged to consider and envisage how God’s peace and reconciliation can be realised in the midst of urban conflict and suffering, unjust powers and vested interests.
Demonstrate a broad understanding of competing visions for the nature and character of ‘city’.
Articulate biblical and theological underpinnings for God’s Shalom and hope for cities.
Analyse contemporary theories of urban powers and principalities in cities and develop ways for models of ministries of justice and reconciliation to emerge.
Describe how Christians are reinterpreting ‘local place sharing’ as part of contemporary Christian discipleship and mission.
Demonstrate a theological and practice-oriented understanding of the unique role that Christian mission can play in the transformation of local places in cities.
15 points in field D
classroom lectures, seminars and tutorials
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper||
2,000 word tutorial paper
2,500 word case study
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit record last updated: 2019-06-04 13:42:49 +1000