Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

Unit Description

The unit commences with an introduction to the need for a theology and spirituality of everyday life and an examination of the theology of the ordinary.

A selection of the following, flowing from the personal to the vocational, will be addressed: a theology of the necessary, the trivial and the menial; relationships; spiritual friendships; a theology of time, seasons and waiting; a theology and spirituality of work; family; domestic spirituality; sexuality; marriage and singleness; play and power; Sabbath-keeping; money and wealth; stewardship; vocation; people hood; a Trinitarian theology of laity; spirituality of vocational decision-making; transcending clericalism; business as a calling; mission; a people sent by God; tent-making; homemaking; and vocational holiness; and personhood.

Each topic will be evaluated in terms of both a secular and Christian perspective, considering mentalities, pressures, environments and Christian patterns of response. Particular attention will be given to biblical examples of both positive and negative role models. (for example David is presented both positively as “a man after God’s own heart”, and negatively with regard to his adultery with Bathsheba and its consequences). Criteria for assessing valid choices for extra-biblical issues will be discussed and evaluated. Different models for decision-making, both historic and contemporary, will also be evaluated. These may include contemporary models such as the “Blueprint school” and the “wisdom school”, and the insights of those such as Ignatius of Loyola.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include lectures, tutorials, and presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, OHP, DVD, video and audio tapes and on-line interaction. Students also learn by class discussion, personal study, preparation of assignments and assessment comments on their work.

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.