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PAST324 The Chaplain as Ceremonial Leader

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To consider the roles that ceremony, symbolism and ritual play in chaplaincy and the expectation that chaplains will provide religious services across a wide range of contexts.

Paper title The Chaplain as Ceremonial Leader
Paper code PAST324
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
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One 200-level PAST paper
MINS 424
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.


Dr Graham Redding

Teaching staff

Dr Graham Redding

Paper Structure

Module 1: Laying Foundations: Worship, Pastoral Care, Orders of Ministry, & Liturgical Theology (Videoconference 1)
Module 2: Historical & Theological Foundations (Teaching Day)
Module 3: Constructing & Curating Ceremonies of Meaning (Videoconferences 2 & 3)
Module 4: Finding the Right Words: The Art of Proclamation (Videoconference 4)
Module 5: Finding the Right Words: The Art of Prayer (Videoconference 5)
Module 6: Inculturation: Final Considerations (Videoconference 6)


  • Two 2,500 word essays worth 40% each
  • Three posts on the Liturgical Role of the Chaplain (Each 300-400 words: maximum 1200 words total), worth 20%
Teaching Arrangements

Six videoconferences and a teaching day held in Wellington.


There are no compulsory textbooks for this paper.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the historical and theological foundations of ministry, worship and prayer in the Christian tradition (Research, Interdisciplinary perspectives)
  • Analyse critically the roles that worship, including the deployment of symbols and rituals, play in the provision of pastoral and spiritual care (Research, Critical thinking, International and Cross-cultural perspectives)
  • Reflect on the significance of a chaplain’s role as leader and curator of ceremonial rituals, and acquire tools for the fulfilment of this role (Cross-cultural perspectives, Commitment to ethical/professional standards, Lifelong learning)
  • Critically examine the significance of proclamation and its various forms in chaplaincy across a range of contexts (Research, Critical thinking, Cross-cultural perspectives, Commitment to ethical/professional standards, Lifelong learning)

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system