This unit engages with the distinctive and diverse culture of rural Australia with a view to exploring the needs and opportunities for ministry. Interaction with and observation of agricultural life will provide a basis for theological reflection on agriculture, the land, social and family life, the environment and economics in a rural setting. Out of reflections on these themes using the Bible and contemporary discussions, appropriate models for pastoral care, church life, community involvement and support in times of natural disaster will be developed and evaluated. The unit will orientate those who have not previously worked in rural communities. It will also be valuable to rural clergy and other professionals, including farmers and lay workers who seek tools to be more effective in their roles.
Unit code: CT9710W
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Systematic Theology
Proposing College: Whitley CollegeShow when this unit is running
Articulate the ways in which theology relates to context, with particular reference to Australian rural contexts.
Identify and interpret the social, environmental and spiritual needs of a rural community.
Describe and engage both challenges and opportunities of missional work in a rural context.
Create a personal and community-based plan of missional engagement within a particular rural context.
Identify and apply biblical passages which shape faith in a rural context.
Develop a theology of land and ministry.
Prerequisite: 24 points DM
The unit involves critical inquiry of rural based settings. This will include lectures, zoom sessions, and group work for theological reflection.
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 15 Oct, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000