This unit will assist supervisors and spiritual directors to develop a deeper appreciation of the range of theological worlds out of which those they are supervising may be operating. Beginning with the unique narratives of the students, this unit explores how images of God (theological and Christological frameworks) usually emerge from family, religious affiliation, educational, social, language and cultural experiences. The unit offers theory and opportunities for exploring personal narrative in relation to these contemporary frameworks.

Unit code: CT9269J

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning outcomes


Describe the theological worldview(s) operative in the student’s own meaning-making system and how they have changed


Analyse forces shaping an individual’s particular thelogical world


Describe the intentional and operational images of God and self out of which those they are supervising might be operating


Discuss the inter-relationship of belief, values and action


Create possibilities for shifiting theological paradigms which allow for growth in others

Unit sequence

15 points in CT 30 pts in DS Prohibited combinations: old code: DD9104F old name: Theological Frameworks for Spiritual Direction can only take one of the following:
DS9261J / DS9269J CT9261J / CT9269J


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups

Indicative Bibliography

  • Conn, W. The Desiring Self: Rooting Pastoral Counselling and Spiritual Direction in Self-Transcendence. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1998.
  • Edwards, D. How God Acts: Creation, Redemption and Special Divine Action: Theology and Sciences. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.
  • Hartt, J., Theological Method and Imagination. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publications, 2006,
  • Jones, W. Theological Worlds: Understanding the Alternative Rhythms of Christian Belief. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press,1989.
  • May, G. The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. San Francisco, CA: Harper Collins, 2005.
  • Morwood, M. Is Jesus God? Finding Our Faith. New York, NY: Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001.
  • Morwood, M. Tomorrow's Catholic: Understanding God and Jesus in a New Millenium. Richmond, VA: Spectrum, 1997.
  • Palmer, P.J. A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward An Undivided Life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  • Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow Spirit Theology: Towards an Australian Aboriginal Theology, 2nd edn. Hindmarsh, SA: ATF Press, 2007.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

6000-word integrative essay

0 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-30 12:41:27 +1000