This unit seeks to present with ecumenical sensitivity a general introduction to the origin, nature and development of the Church of Jesus Christ as the community of his followers. This entails an examination of the question ‘who is Jesus?’ On this foundation the unit presents the Church itself as the sign and instrument of Jesus Christ today, for the coming of the reign of God on earth. It is in this context that sacraments are understood as signs of the loving presence and self-giving of God in Christ. In developing this point the unit sketches the origin, nature and development of the Church’s ritual sacraments in reflecting and sustaining the Church in its mission. The unit’s consistent focus is on the whole Church as the Spirit-filled People of God and Body of Christ, and on the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life, sacraments, mission and ministries of the Church.

Unit Code: DR8602Y

Points: 16.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the origin of the Church from the person of Jesus Christ and his early disciples


Describe how the mission of the Church in the world today continues the mission of Jesus Christ


Identify particular human experiences as possible signs and paths to the mystery of God


Outline how the early Christians understood themselves as communities of Christ and their sacraments as celebrating their shared commitment to Christ and his mission.


Explain how the Church’s ritual sacraments originate in both the Christ-event and in the Church’s response


Describe the role of the Holy Spirit as the life and soul of the Church, its mission, its ministries, and its sacraments




Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay of 2000 words due by the end of 50% of the unit (i.e., before the third day of the intensive)

2000 50.0

Essay of 2000 words due by the end of the semester

2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-26 11:17:04 +1000