This unit explores the art of engaging in Christian life and ministry with a contemplative awareness.
It will examine the Biblical, theological and practical foundations for a Christian contemplative spirituality and the implications of this posture of union with God for one’s personal life, relationships, ministry and involvement in wider society.

Particular focus will be given to: • The Biblical, theological and practical issues of reconciling one’s active and contemplative life with the personal and social dimensions of ministry; • A theological understanding and critical engagement with the dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation in ministry from a contemplative awareness; • Spiritual and practical exercises to increase their awareness of being present to themselves, the Holy Spirit and to others.

Unit Code: DS9205W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the Biblical and theological foundations for a contemplative spirituality in Christian life and ministry


Identify the challenges and resources to live with a contemplative awareness in daily life


Evaluate the effect of a contemplative practice and vision on a person’s engagement in ministry


Analyse their theological and practical understanding of forgiveness, reconciliation and non-violent social action for a particular cultural and social context


Critically self-evaluate their growth through personal and peer supervision


Articulate a theological synthesis of theory and practice for a contemplative approach to ministry and social action

Unit sequence

DS9201W The Art of Contemplative Practice; or DS9011S The Inner Life of a Disciple of Christ or equivalent


Lectures, seminars, practical exercises


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Personal and Professional Evaluation

2000 word self-awareness report

2000 30.0

4000 word essay

4000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-07 15:24:05 +1100