A theologically rigorous and culturally informed understanding of re-forming Christian communal identity, bringing together perspectives of global theology, contemporary cultures and ecclesial study in a critical and constructive dialogue.
|Paper title||Church in Mission: Theology in Changing Cultures|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
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- One 200-level PAST or PASX
- MINS 412
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
- Academic Liaison: Professor Paul Trebilco (email@example.com)
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Rev Dr Doug Gay
Rev Dr Steve Taylor
- Paper Structure
- This paper will cover 8 topics:
- Being church in context: Theology
- Being church in context: Culture
- Mapping cultural hermeneutics
- Critical voices 1: Church in resistance
- Critical voices 2: Church in innovation
- Critical voices 3: Church in indignity
- Leading change: Agency
- Leading change: Systems
- 2,500-word case study (40%)
- 2,500-word field study (40%)
- Online group wiki assignment (20%)
- Teaching Arrangements
- This paper is taught as a compulsory intensive block course in Dunedin, from Monday 22 January to Friday 26 January 2018.
- There are two required textbooks for this paper:
- Norman Thomas (ed), Classic Texts in World Mission, Orbis, 1995.
- Steve Taylor, Built for Change, Mediacom, Australia, 2016.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Global Perspective, Cultural Understanding, Critical
Thinking, Information Literacy, Research Skills, Self-Motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of this paper the students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a global and in-depth understanding of the resources of the Christian tradition in relation to the interaction between theology and culture.
- Give a comprehensive account of the particular ecclesiological issues which arise from engaging in contextual mission and the development of new ecclesial communities.
- Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of theological responses to church in changing cultures.
- Identify resources to guide ministry practice in the reforming and reimagining of Christian ecclesial identity.
- Apply insights from the processes of the formation and development of reforming expressions of church in mission to the cultural complexity of the church in New Zealand today.