In this unit students will explore the significance of the shared meal to the Christian experience of faith. Drawing upon perspectives of theology, biblical studies, missiology, sociology and psychology, we will consider the central role eating together plays in the Christian tradition of hospitality, the nature of Christian community, and as metaphor and method in the mission of the church. Throughout, participants will be encouraged to consider the daily routines, rituals and rites of passage celebrated at the table as rich resources for spiritual formation, both individually and corporately.

Unit Code: DS3006W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the relevant biblical, historical and contemporary perspectives on a ritual of daily life


Critique dominant patterns of social and familial interaction, expressions of community, and cultural norms and practices


Evaluate ways in which daily routines, rituals and rites of passage can be celebrated at the table as rich resources for spiritual formation

Unit sequence

30 points


Lectures, tutorials, reflective experience, film, immersion


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Reflection/Tutorial Presentation (1000 words)

1000 20.0
Critical Review

Critical Review of Film (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 12 Jul, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-09 07:34:10 +1000