Content

This unit explores the possibilities and challenges of growing into agents of reconciliation in Australia today. It will examine:

  • Theological foundations for a ministry of presence and reconciliation today;
  • Key causes and effects of relational breakdown and dysfunction in Australia, including between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians;
  • Gifts and challenges of engaging in forgiveness and reconciliation with First Nation Australians, and in wider personal and social relationships;
  • The art of fostering justice, truth, mercy and peace in the church and society;
  • Personal and communal resources for sustaining a ministry of presence and reconciliation across diverse contexts in Australia.

Unit code: DM3730S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Articulate theological foundations for a ministry of reconciliation and presence with First Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;

2.

Articulate critical causes and effects of relational breakdown in personal and social contexts;

3.

Communicate the gifts and challenges involved in the ministry of reconciliation with First Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;

4.

Demonstrate practices that foster and sustain a ministry of reconciliation and presence across Australia;

5.

Apply research to identify and articulate the key issues, dynamics and challenges of a ministry of reconciliation for a specific context in which they are practically involved;

Unit sequence

30 points in Field D and 15 points in Field B and 15 points in Field C

Pedagogy

Tutorials, posts, presentation of seminar papers

Indicative Bibliography

  • Armstrong, K. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.
  • Benner, D.G. Presence and Encounter. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2014.
  • Cherry, S. Healing Agony. London: Continuum Intl Pub Group, 2012.
  • Graham, E. Walton, H. & Ward, F. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.
  • Grant, S. Talking to My Country. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2016.
  • Grattan, M. (editor). Reconciliation: Essays on Reconciliation. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2000.
  • Greenspan, M. Healing through the Dark Emotions. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2003.
  • Mollica, R.F. Healing Invisible Wounds. Nashville: Vanderbilt Uni Press, 2006.
  • Newell, J.P. The Rebirthing of God. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publ., 2014.
  • Palmer, P.J. Healing the Heart of Democracy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
  • Perkins, R. and M. Langton, eds. First Australians. Carlton: The Miegunyah Press, 2010.
  • Reynolds, H. Why Weren't We Told? Ringwood, Vic.: Viking, 1999.
  • Schreiter, R.J. The Ministry of Reconciliation. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1998.
  • Walters, K. Practicing Presence. Franklin, WI: Sheed & Ward, 2001.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Paper: 2000 words

2000 40.0
Essay

Essay: 3000 words

3000 60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-06 12:28:55 +1000