This unit examines prayer and spirituality in the Christian tradition. The unit will explore the theory and practice of prayer in various stages of the Christian tradition including the Bible, Monasticism, the Monastics, the Middle English mystics, liturgy and Reformation spirituality. The unit will investigate both the corporate and personal elements of prayer and spirituality and will provide students with a number of tools to lead communities in prayer and spirituality. Finally, the unit will explore different aspects of spirituality, including: the spiritual landscape of Australia; pastoral spirituality; and the place of silence and meditation. The unit seeks to reflect theologically on prayer and spirituality in order to provide students with an understanding that will enhance ministry practice and theological learning.

Unit code: DS3109T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline various understandings of prayer in Christian tradition, in particular: the Bible, the monastics, the mystics and the liturgy


Articulate an understanding of personal, corporate and contemplative spirituality, including their relationship to pastoral care and mission


Evaluate the aspects of leadership required in the practice of prayer, worship and spirituality


Analyse what is meant by ‘the Australian spiritual landscape’ and discuss its implications for ministry practice


Synthesise the relationship between prayer and spirituality, and ministry practice


Shared lectures, Online Forums and reflective praxis

Indicative Bibliography

  • Jones, C., G. Wainwright, E. Yarnold, eds. The Study of Spirituality. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Chittister, J. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
  • Foster, R.J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.
  • Main, J. Word Made Flesh. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009. (recommended for purchase)
  • Nouwen, H.J.M. The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000.
  • Radcliffe, T. Why Go To Church? The Drama of the Eucharist. New York: Continuum, 2008.
  • Rohr, R. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See. New York: Crossroad, 2009.
  • Rupp, J. Prayer. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2008. (recommended for purchase)
  • Tacey, D. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Pymble, NSW: HarperCollins, 2003.
  • Williams, R. Silence and Honey Cakes. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

essay (2,500 words)

2500 50.0

weekly journal/blog post (equivalent of 1,000 words)

1000 20.0
Project Report or Project Journal

written project (1,500 words)

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Mar, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-09 14:51:46 +1000