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, liturgical and Reformation spirituality. The unit will investigate both the corporate and personal elements of spirituality and will provide students with a number of ways of leading communities in prayer. 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: DS9109T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline various understandings of prayer in Christian tradition


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


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


Evaluate the meaning of ‘the Australian spiritual landscape’ for Christian spirituality and critically review its implications for ministry practice


Analyse the relationship between spirituality and ministry practice in the Australian context


Shared lectures, Online Forums and reflective praxis


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (3,500 words)

3500 50.0

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

1000 20.0

Written project (1,500 words)

1500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Mar, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-15 11:58:02 +1000