Spiritual Formation in the Christian Tradition

Field: Spirituality
Unit Code(s): DS3100T (Class based) / DS3109T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (level 3)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and online
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit examines prayer and spirituality in the Christian tradition. The unit will explore the theory and practice of prayer in various stages of the Christian tradition including the Bible, Monasticism, the Monastics, the Middle English mystics, liturgy and Reformation spirituality. The unit will investigate both the corporate and personal elements of prayer and spirituality and will provide students with a number of tools to lead communities in prayer and spirituality. Finally, the unit will explore different aspects of spirituality, including: the spiritual landscape of Australia; pastoral spirituality; and the place of silence and meditation. The unit seeks to reflect theologically on prayer and spirituality in order to provide students with an understanding that will enhance ministry practice and theological learning.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • outline various understandings of prayer in Christian tradition, in particular: the Bible, the monastics, the mystics and the liturgy
  • articulate an understanding of personal, corporate, and contemplative spirituality, including their relationship to pastoral care and mission
  • evaluate the aspects of leadership required in the practice of prayer, worship and spirituality
  • analyse what is meant by ‘the Australian spiritual landscape’ and discuss its implications for ministry practice
  • synthesise the relationship between prayer and spirituality, and ministry practice.
  • 1,500-word written project (30%)
  • 2,500-word essay (50%)
  • Weekly journal/blog post, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Jones, C., G. Wainwright, E. Yarnold, eds. The Study of Spirituality. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Chittister, J. Wisdom Distilled from the Daily: Living the Rule of St. Benedict Today. New York: HarperCollins, 1991.

Foster, R.J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.

* Main, J. Word Made Flesh. London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2009.

Nouwen, H.J.M. The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000.

Radcliffe, T. Why Go To Church? The Drama of the Eucharist. New York: Continuum, 2008.

Rohr, R. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See. New York: Crossroad, 2009.

Rupp, J. Prayer. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2008.

Tacey, D. The Spirituality Revolution: The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality. Pymble, NSW: HarperCollins, 2003.

Williams, R. Silence and Honey Cakes. Oxford: Lion Hudson, 2003.