Intimacy is the capacity to commit oneself to particular individuals in relationships that last over time, even though those relationships may call for significant sacrifice, compromise and ethical strength. The commitment begins with oneself. Knowing oneself makes it possible to be in an intimate relationship without taking over or losing self to the other. Intimacy, or deep friendship, is knowing another and allowing oneself to be known. This applies within marriage, the celibate vocation and the single life. Intimacy with one’s self, is a prerequisite for intimacy with God and with the other.
This unit aims to help students explore what psychosexual maturity means and how sexuality, intimacy and spirituality relate in the human person. The unit requires a reflective element in which the student grows in his or her psychosexual awareness.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of psychosexual maturity and how that concept applies to them
Identify historical and contemporary Christian perspectives for understanding sexuality, intimacy and spirituality
Analyse the intersections between sexuality, intimacy and spirituality
Evaluate the implications of sexuality, intimacy and spirituality on personal identity and functioning
Integrate fundamental principles and practices relating to sexuality, intimacy and spirituality within their own ministry context.
Prohibited combinations: Old code: DS9126F
Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups
Integrative essay (7000 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 09:44:17 +1100