This unit will explore the connections between spirituality and the issues, contexts and experiences of everyday life. Drawing upon the disciplines of sociology, psychology, biblical studies, theology and history, explorations will be made of contexts such as the home, workplace and neighbourhood, and activities such as eating, sleeping and recreation, with a view to discovering the presence and purposes of God in them

Unit code: DS3021W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and evaluate models of spirituality that embrace the contexts, activities, and relationships of daily life rather than negate or marginalize them


Engage with the resources of the Christian tradition - biblical, historical, theological and experiential - and examine how these interact with the challenges of contemporary life, both personal and communal


Articulate a clear understanding of how their own spirituality is more thoroughly integrated with their daily lives


Critically examine a specific topic in dialogue with the current literature

Unit sequence

This unit builds on 1 foundation unit of study in Field D, and 30 points in Field B or C


This unit encourages students to engage with theoretical materials applying their theological understanding to lived experience. They are prompted to interact with lecture materials, group discussion, as well as reflective exercises and shared meals. Through content delivery, theological reflection methods, practice exercises and various assessment tools, learning opportunities will be offered.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Allison, Dale C. Jr. The Silence of Angels. Valley Forge: Trinity, 1995.
  • Ammerman, Nancy. Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Bass, Dorothy C. (ed). Practicing our Faith. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
  • Dreyer, Elizabeth. Earth Crammed with Heaven. New York: Paulist, 1994.
  • Ford, David F. The Shape of Living. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.
  • Holt, Simon C. Heaven All Around Us: Discovering God in Everyday Life. Eugene: Cascade, 2018.
  • Jones, W. Paul. Trumpet at Full Moon. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1992.
  • McGuire, Meredith. Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. The Source of life: The Holy Spirit and the Theology of Life. London: SCM, 1997.
  • Norris, Kathleen. Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1000 word tutorial paper integrating reading and experiences

1000 20.0

2500 word essay

2500 60.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1000 word tutorial paper integrating reading and experiences

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-09 11:53:09 +1000