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DP3/9030S

The Art of Reconciliation

Content:
This unit explores the possibilities and challenges of growing into agents of reconciliation in Australia today. It will examine:

  •  Theological foundations for a ministry of presence and reconciliation today;
  •  Key causes and effects of relational breakdown and dysfunction in Australia, including between Indigenous and non- Indigenous Australians;
  •  Gifts and challenges of engaging in forgiveness and reconciliation with First Nation Australians, and in wider personal and social relationships;
  •  The art of fostering justice, truth, mercy and peace in the church and society;
  •  Personal and communal resources for sustaining a ministry of presence and reconciliation across diverse contexts in Australia.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Describe theological foundations for a ministry of reconciliation and presence with First 
Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;
  2. Analyse critical causes and effects of relational breakdown in personal and social 
contexts;
  3. Evaluate the gifts and challenges involved in the ministry of reconciliation with First 
Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;
  4. Critically evaluate practices that foster and sustain a ministry of reconciliation and 
presence across Australia;
  5. Apply research to communicate the possibilities and challenges of promoting forgiveness 
and reconciliation for a specific context in Australia.

Faculty: Tim McCowan

Assessments

Research Project: 3000 words (50%)
Essay: 3000 words (50%)

 

Bibliography 

Armstrong, K. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.

Benner, D.G. Presence and Encounter. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2014.

Cherry, S. Healing Agony. London: Continuum Intl Pub Group, 2012.

Graham, E. Walton, H. & Ward, F. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press, 2005.

Grant, S. Talking to My Country. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2016.
Grattan, M. (editor). Reconciliation: Essays on Reconciliation. Melbourne: Black Inc., 2000.

Greenspan, M. Healing through the Dark Emotions. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2003.

Mollica, R.F. Healing Invisible Wounds. Nashville: Vanderbilt Uni Press, 2006.

Newell, J.P. The Rebirthing of God. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Publ., 2014.

Palmer, P.J. Healing the Heart of Democracy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Perkins, R. and M. Langton, eds. First Australians. Carlton: The Miegunyah Press, 2010.

Reynolds, H. Why Weren’t We Told? Ringwood, Vic.: Viking, 1999.

Schreiter, R.J. The Ministry of Reconciliation. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1998.

Walters, K. Practicing Presence. Franklin, WI: Sheed & Ward, 2001.