This unit builds on the unit ‘Introduction to interfaith Engagement’ by giving students a practical opportunity to engage in interfaith activity. Each student will work with a supervisor to construct a functional model of interfaith engagement. The student will then apply the model to create a relationship with a selected faith community which is not their own, entering into the worship space of the other faith, joining the adherents in their religious practices and ultimately thinking reflexively about the experience, thus enabling the other faith tradition to impact on his or her personal theology.
Each student will share experiences and reflections with the other students in the class, in order to sharpen understanding of the process and potential rewards of interfaith engagement.
Unit Code: AR8200T
Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit Discipline: Religious Studies
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Reflect critically on new experiences of interfaith engagement in the light of one’s own beliefs and life-style
Articulate the experiences associated with interfaith engagement and dialogue
Develop capacity to communicate with people who adhere to a different religious tradition
Engage with the practical details of another faith tradition in order to reflect back on one’s own beliefs and behaviours
Reflect critically on the experience of engaging with different faith communities with openness, sensitivity and empathy
Introduction to Interfaith Engagement
With the support of the teaching staff, students arrange a placement for participant-observation in a faith community not their own. This work is supervised on a regular basis, either weekly or fortnightly, through meetings with their placement supervisor. In addition the students will report back on their progress and experiences in a formal manner to seminars
Seminar participation, sharing insights from active experience in another faith tradition, expressed in journal form of 2000 words
Poster presentation depicting student reflection upon their behaviours and feelings through these encounters (equivalent 1000 words).
1 x 3000 word essay
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016
Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-06 08:00:06 +1100