This Diploma unit will build upon skills taught in Church, Culture and Hermeneutics I. It will invite students to reflect upon the impact of cultural hermeneutics as they affect the church’s response to relevant social issues like racism, climate change, leadership of women, mental health, family violence, refugees, etc. It will also consider layers within cultural perspectives such as generation and country of origin, as well as models of multicultural or intercultural church. This unit will also invite guests from among church leaders to contribute to the conversation had in class.

Unit code: DP0162W

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


Describe the relationship between culture, hermeneutics and praxis


Explain the impact of different factors on cultural perspective


Analyse the impact of a cultural hermeneutic as it relates to a relevant social issue.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: DP0161W Culture and Hermeneutics I


Student-led discussion, workshops, case studies

Indicative Bibliography

  • Green, Gene L., and Khiok-Khng Yeo, eds. Theologies of Land: Contested Land, Spatial Justice, and Identity. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2020.
  • Green, Gene L., Stephen T Pardue, and Khiok-Khng Yeo, eds. Majority World Theology: Christian Doctrine in Global Context. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2020.
  • Gener, Timoteo D., and Stephen T. Pardue, ed. Asian Christian Theology: Evangelical Perspectives. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2019.
  • Lee, Sang Hyun. From a Liminal Place: An Asian American Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.
  • Leong, Frederick T.L., Linda Juang, Desiree Baolian Qin, and Hiram E. Fitzgerald, eds. Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Mental Health. Volume One: Development and Context. Santa Barbra, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011.
  • Louie, Sam. Asian Shame and Addiction: Suffering in Silence, 2013.
  • Ngan, Lucille Lok-Sun, and Kwok-bun Chan. The Chinese Face in Australia: Multi-Generational Ethnicity among Australian-Born Chinese. Springer, 2012.
  • Park, M. Sydney, Rah, Soong-Chan, and Al Tizon, eds. Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2012.
  • Rah, Soong-Chan. The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009.
  • Ramachandra, Vinoth. Sarah’s Laughter: Doubt, Tears, and Christian Hope. Cumbria, CA: Langham, 2020.
  • Ringma, Charles, Karen Hollenbeck-Wuest and Athena Gorospe, eds. God at the Borders: Globalization, Migration and Diaspora. OMF, 2015.
  • Villanueva, Rico. Lord, I'm Depressed: The Lament Psalms and Depression. OMF: 2020.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Class presentation of a social issue relating to a specific context

1000 30.0

Conduct an interview with a person in a specific social context

1000 30.0

Reflection on a critical issue arising from the student's investigation

1500 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-22 20:59:04 +1000