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Engaging Diversity: Reflection, Discernment, Formation

Students will engage processes of reflection, mindfulness and self-awareness that enable the naming and holding of discomfort, ease, questions, concerns and challenges in the context of personal difference.  Content includes topics such as spiritual diversity, language, philosophy, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability/disability. Formation in the discipline of diversity is designed to further develop spiritual and pastoral care as practitioners engage and listen to those who are radically other.

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Undergraduate: Level 2 & 3
Postgraduate: Level 9

Discipline: DP Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies  


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. articulate their values, beliefs and practice behind working with those who are radically other.
  2. illustrate how their own beliefs and practices either affirm or critique the radically other.
  3. describe how pastoral encounters with the radically other invite and prompt their personal growth and change through reflective practice.
  4. (second level) identify and analyse the encounter with the radically other and illustrate how such challenges can be integrated within their practice.
  5. (third level) evaluate and describe their role in the presence of the ‘radically other’ in the community.
  6.  (postgraduate) engage and reflect upon small group dynamics to develop a theological and pastoral rationale that communicates their role and interprets the presence of the ‘radically other’ in the community.


Undergraduate: Level 2
Participation and presentation in class seminars (equivalent 1000 words)  25%
Triad reports  (equivalent 1000 words) 25%
Reflections on a personal journal (1000 words) 25%
Critical Essay (1500 words) 25%

Undergraduate: Level 3
Participation and presentation in class seminars (equivalent 1000 words) 25%
Triad reports  (equivalent 1000 words)  25%
Reflections on a personal journal (1000 words) 25%
Critical Essay (2000 words) 25%

Undergraduate: Level 9
Participation and presentation in class seminars (equivalent 1000 words) 25%
Triad reports  (1500 words)  25%
Reflections on a personal journal (1500 words) 25%
Critical Essay (2000 words) 25%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Balswick, Jack., King, Pamela & Reimer Kevin. The reciprocating self: Human development in theological perspective.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
Barry, Carolyn. & Abo-Zena, Mona. Eds. Emerging adults’ religiousness and spirituality: Meaning-making in an age of transition. London: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Bouma, Gary. Being faithful in diversity: Religion and social policy in multi-faith societies. Hindmarsh, South Australia: Australasian Theological Forum, 2011.
Brown, Delwin, Davaney, Sheila Greeve & Tanner, Kathryn (eds). Converging on Culture: theologians in dialogue with cultural analysis and criticism. London: Oxford UP, 2001.
Buber, Martin. I and Thou. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1937.
Burrus, Virginia and Keller, Catherine, eds. Toward a theology of Eros: Transfiguring passion at the limits of discipline. New York: Fordham University Press, 2006.
Carr, David M. The Erotic Word: sexuality, spirituality and the bible. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
Frame, Tom. Losing my religion: unbelief in Australia. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2009.
Gardner, Fiona. Critical spirituality. A holistic approach to contemporary practice. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2011.
Graham, Elaine.  Between a rock and a hard place: Public theology in a past-secular age. London: SCM, 2013.
Hiebert, Paul. Transforming worldviews: An anthropological understanding of how people change. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
Merton, Thomas. The Inner Experience: notes on contemplation. Edited by William H. Shannon. New York: Harper Collins, 2003.
NietzscheFriedrich. Beyond Good and Evil. Translated by R.J. Hollingdale. Originally published in August 1886. London: Penguin, 2003.
Pembroke, Neil. The Art of Listening. London: T&T Clark/Handsel Press, 2002.
Rees, Frank D. Wrestling with Doubt: theological reflections on the journey of faith Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2001.
Shohet, Robin. Ed. Supervision as transformation: A passion for learning. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011.
Slee, Nicola. Women’s faith development: Patterns and processes. London: Ashgate, 2004.
Tacey, David. ReEnchantment: The new Australian spirituality. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2000.
Ward, Francis. (2005) Lifelong learning: Theological education and supervision. London: SCM Press, 2005.