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DP1/8017S

Theological Reflection on Vocation and Purpose – Part B

Foundational unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit will enable students to articulate a theology of vocation as they engage with a range of biblical, theological and contextual resources.  Students will draw on experiential contexts and experiments to develop both reflective practice skills and discernment capacities. These processes will be bought into dialogue with how students express their ongoing purposeful engagement with the world. Key theological and formational issues will be explored e.g. spiritual health and resilience; deep listening in a noisy world; purpose and sustainability; emerging frontiers of missional thinking and practically partnering with God and community in mission.

Learning Outcomes:

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

Undergraduates

  1. Articulate self-learning goals and objectives to achieve these goals.
  2. Describe how vocation is expressed in a variety of contexts and in a variety of modes.
  3. Evaluate a range of personal and theological perspectives on spiritual discernment and discipline.
  4. (level 1 only) Discern and describe a personal understanding of vocation informed by theological reflection.
    (level 2 only) Discern and describe a personal understanding of vocation informed by theological reflection, formative experiences and ministry context.

Postgraduates

  1. Articulate self-learning goals and objectives to achieve these goals.
  2. Articulate a description of vocation that is framed by and relevant to context and role.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of personal and theological perspectives on spiritual discernment and discipline
  4. Discern and describe a personal understanding of vocation informed by theological reflection, formative experiences and ministry context.
  5. Integrate theological and biblical insights with practice and apply these insights in their vocational setting

 

Pre-requisites: DP8014S Theological Reflection on Vocation Part A

Faculty: Penny Martin

Offered: in second semester 2017 as part of the Catalyst (WA) programme

Assessment: The subject is marked on a Pass/Fail basis only – each piece of work must be completed to a satisfactory standard

Undergraduate first level
2 x 500 word discernment journals
1 x 500 word reflective self-assessment
1 x 1500 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 500 words).

Undergraduate second level
2 x 500 word discernment journals
1 x 1000 word reflective self-assessment
1 x 2000 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 500 words).

Postgraduate
4 x 500 word discernment journals
1 x 1000 word reflective self-assessment
1 x 2500 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 500 words).

Select Bibliography:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Allender, Dan. B. To Be Told. God Invites you to Coauthor Your Future. New York: WaterBrook Press, 2005.
Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness. Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2007.
Guillebeau, Chris. The Happiness of Pursuit. Find The Quest that will Bring Purpose to your Life. London: Macmillan, 2014.
*Palmer, Parker, J. A Hidden Wholeness. A Journey Toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
Palmer, Parker, J. Let Your Life Speak. Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.
Scandrette, Mark. Practicing the Way of Jesus: Life Together in the Kingdom of Love. IVP, 2011.
Schuurman, Douglas J. Vocation. Discerning Our Callings in Life. Grand Rapids MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004.
*Schwehn, Mark R. and Bass, Dorothy C. (Editors) Leading Lives That Matter. What We Should Do and Who We Should Be. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.
Veith, Gene Edward Jr. God at Work. Your Christian Vocation in all of Life. Crossway, Illinois, 2002.
Willard, Dallas. The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God. HarperOne, 1998.
Yancey, P. Finding God in Unexpected Places, Nashville: Moorings, 1995.