This unit explores the role of culture as a hermeneutical tool and its impact upon the way we be the church. Students will be equiped with skills in reading and understanding culture, as well as understanding basic skills in biblical hermeneutics. Students will reflect upon their own hermeneutical practice and respond to questions of communal identity, belonging, and intercultural and intergenerational community life. This unit will invite guests from among church leaders to contribute to the conversation had in class.

Unit code: DP0161W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Utilise basic skills in hermeneutics


Apply selected theories of culture into specific contexts


Discuss a cultural hermeneutic at work in a personal faith based context


Student lead discussion, workshops, engagement with cultural representatives

Indicative Bibliography

  • Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2014.
  • Foster, Tim. Suburban Captivity of the Church. Moreland, VIC: Acorn Press, 2014.
  • Jeung, Russell. At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016.
  • Lee, Hak Joon, ed. Intersecting Realities: Race, Identity, and Culture in the Spiritual-Moral Life of Young Asian Americans. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018.
  • Maggay, Melba Padilla. Global Kingdom, Global People: Living Faithfully in a Multicultural World. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2017
  • Mburu, Elizabeth. African Hermeneutics. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2019.
  • McCaulley, Esau. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2020.
  • Rah, Soong-Chan. Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Chicago: IL: Moody, 2010.
  • Richards, E. Randolph and Brandon J. O'Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012.
  • Shin, Sarah. Beyond Colorblind: Redeeming Our Ethnic Journey. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2017.
  • Woodley, Randy. Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012.
  • Yoder, Laura S Meitzner, ed. Living Radical Discipleship. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2021.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Five 150 word journal entries on a specified theme

750 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

15 minute class presentation

1000 30.0
Reflection 1500 45.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:58:30 +1000