The Art of Reconciliation
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.
Lecturer: Tim McCowan
Offered: Refer to Timetable
Undergraduate: Level 3
Postgraduate: Elective unit
Taught on-campus and online
Undergraduate: 36 points in Field D and 18 points in Field B and 18 points in Field C
Postgraduate: AIFC’s Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) or 24 points in Field D and 24 points in Field B and 24 points in Field C
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Describe theological foundations for a ministry of reconciliation and presence with First Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;
- Analyse critical causes and effects of relational breakdown in personal and social contexts;
- Evaluate the gifts and challenges involved in the ministry of reconciliation with First Nation Australians and in other personal and social relationships;
- Critically evaluate practices that foster and sustain a ministry of reconciliation and presence across Australia;
- Apply research to communicate the possibilities and challenges of promoting forgiveness and reconciliation for a specific context in Australia.
Seminar Paper: 2000 words
Essay: 3000 words
Research Project: 3000 words (50%)
Essay: 3000 words (50%)
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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.
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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.