Beginning with students’ spiritual autobiographies, the unit develops an understanding of the nature of religious experience through appreciation and interpretation of their own experience, which includes reflection on images of God and Jesus, both historical and personal.
The unit examines the contemplative foundations of spiritual direction through an examination of, and reflection on, Biblical, Patristic, Medieval, Reformation, and Mystical spirituality and for contrast, the spirituality immanent in East Asian and other religious traditions.
The unit also specifies and explores the varieties of religious experience as well as the effect mindfulness and meditation have on human and religious experience and considers Grace and Conversion and the crucial role these play within the Christian spiritual tradition.
Unit Code: DD8701Y
Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this Unit is running
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Biblical, theological and spiritual underpinnings of the ministry of spiritual direction
Discern and describe the varieties of religious experience they encounter in their ministry as spiritual directors
Understand and explain the role mindfulness and meditation play in religious experience and spiritual direction
Identify and explore the movement of grace in their personal experience and the experience of those to whom they minister
Develop a theology of grace on the basis of their experience and be able to elucidate this learning
3000 word essay on Religious Experience
1500 word reflective essay paper on personal Grace
1500 word reflective essay on the experience of Conversion
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-02 15:10:25 +1000