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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title The Chaplain as Ceremonial Leader (Advanced)
    Subject Ministry
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    PAST 324

    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)

    • Assessments:

      • Two 3,500 word essays (40% each)
      • Three posts on the Liturgical/Ceremonial Role of the Chaplain (20%)
    Teaching Arrangements

    Five 1-hour videoconferences and one teaching day held via Zoom.


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    Graduate Attributes Emphasised

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

    By the end of this paper the students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding and critically examine the historical and theological foundations of ministry, worship and prayer in the Christian tradition (Research, Critical thinking, 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 an extended range of contexts (Research, Critical thinking, Cross-cultural perspectives, Commitment to ethical/professional standards, Lifelong learning)
    • Analyse critically the practicalities of the conduct of religious ceremonies across a range of chaplaincy settings (Critical thinking, Cross-cultural perspectives)


    Semester 1

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    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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