This unit is designed to examine the heritage, theology and polity of the Uniting Church in Australia by a) Exploring the genesis of the Uniting Church in Australia, the struggles in moving towards union and subsequent challenges and the nature of its beliefs and structures b) Examining the theology, distinctive characteristics and declared mission of the Uniting Church in Australia c) Studying the “Basis of Union” document, with a view to ascertaining its theological position vis-à-vis other Christian denominations in Australia, identifying the range of its missional activities, its place in the ecumenical movement its interpretation of the relationship between gospel and justice and the order of its various ministries.
Unit code: CH9742Z
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Church History
Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and TheologyShow when this unit is running
Critically analyse the origins, nature and purpose of the Uniting Church in Australia
Critically analyse the ecumenical movement as a practical expression of God’s act of reconciliation in Christ which understands union as an essential part of the gospel
Understand the theology, distinctive characteristics and in particular central place of mission, so as to participate in mission, ministry and governance of the Uniting Church in informed, insightful ways.
Critically analyse and utilise the Basis of Union as a foundational and navigating document for mission and ministry
Employ knowledge and skills developed in the unit to critique and develop resources suitable for selected ministry context(s)
A Level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry awards
UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the original meanings of the text in their contexts and to interpret them hermeneutically.
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Daily reflections during intensive
Analysis of union
Theology and Polity
Professional Practice Application
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Oct, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-10-27 18:50:45 +1100