This unit enables you to integrate your theological learning in ways that identify and articulate the connection between that theology, your vocation, and contemporary contexts.

The unit requires you to prepare a set of theological affirmations relating to three ‘topics’, identified in consultation with the unit teacher, based on research and drawing on your theological learning to this point. You will be expected to show the capacity to integrate biblical, historical, theological, and practical insights, as well as discuss theological ideas and scholarship that have been influential on your own theological development.

You will undertake a concluding structured oral examination on your chosen topics. Preparation for the examination will take place in seminar discussion and under the supervision of a member of the Pilgrim Theological College Faculty

Unit code: XX9991P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other X

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate a clear understanding of key themes in Christian theology with reference to biblical and historical sources.


Identify the relationships between these sources and themes and demonstrate the capacity to integrate theological insights to address specific topics.


Demonstrate skills in theological reflection in writing and oral conversation.


Provide a confident and clear articulation of theological convictions and their relationship to vocation and context.


Provide and respond to feedback from peers on the content and effectiveness of their theological articulation.

Unit sequence

This unit will usually be taken in the final semester of a postgraduate award.

Prohibited combination: XX9990P: Capstone Integrative Project


The unit provides an opportunity for summative and integrative work in relation to prior learning and a framework for consolidating and continuing skills in informed theological reflection. The focus is on the student’s capacity for integration, personal study, and articulation.

Indicative Bibliography

Agarwal, Pragya. Sway Unravelling Unconscious Bias : Unravelling Unconscious Bias. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2020.

Cameron, Helen, John Reader, Victoria Slater, and Christopher Rowland. Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing : Pastoral Practice and Public Theology. London: SCM Press, 2012.

Carr, Wesley. The Pastor As Theologian : The Integration of Pastoral Ministry, Theology and Discipleship. New Library of Pastoral Care. London: SPCK, 1989.

Chang, Heewon. Autoethnography as method. London: Routledge, 2016.

Clements, K. W. Learning to speak: the church's voice in public affairs. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2011.

Graham, Elaine L, Heather Walton, Frances Ward, and Katja Stuerzenhofecker. Theological Reflection : Methods Second ed. London: SCM Press, 2019.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing methodologies research and indigenous peoples, 2012.

Volf, Miroslav. Captive to the Word of God : Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub, 2010.

Voss Roberts, Michelle, ed. Comparing Faithfully : Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection First ed. Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.

Yaghjian, Lucretia B. Writing theology well: a rhetoric for theological and biblical writers. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Reflection 3000 40.0
Oral Presentation 5000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 21 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-21 19:10:46 +1000