Unit offered alternatively as DP9003W
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Identify life-cycle transitions and disruptions common in contemporary Australian society.
- Evaluate the theological themes that shape pastoral responses to these experiences.
- Develop theological and practical responses to these experiences, particularly with regard to the pastoral and communal experiences of infant dedications, weddings, funerals, baptism and communion.
- Develop rituals for use outside of the church community.
- Examine the pastoral rituals of the church within the context of the wider Australian community.
- One essay (2,500 words) (50%)
- Five reflection journals (300 words each) (25%)
- One tutorial paper (1,500 words) (25%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Anderson, Herbert and Edward Foley. Mighty stories, dangerous rituals. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1998
- Bradshaw, Paul F and Lawrence A Hoffman. Life cycles in Jewish and Christian worship. University of Notre Dame Press, 1996
- Cobb, Mark, Puchalski, Christina & Rumbold, Bruce Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Healthcare New York: OUP, 2012
- Colwell, John E. Promise and presence: An exploration of sacramental theology. Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2005
- Doka, Kenneth J and John D Morgan (eds). Death and spirituality. New York: Baywood, 1993
- Driver, Tom F. The magic of ritual. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991
- Earey, M. Worship that cares: An introduction to pastoral liturgy. London: SCM Press, 2012
- Harris, Chris. Celebrating relevant rituals. Sydney: E J Dyer, 1992
- Kelly, Ewan. Meaningful Funerals: Meeting the Theological and Pastoral Challenge in a Postmodern era. London: Mowbray 2008
- Marris, Peter. Loss and change. London: Routledge, 1993
- Newbigin, Lesslie. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989
- Pembroke, Neil. Pastoral care in worship: Liturgy and psychology in dialogue. London: T&T Clark, 2010
- Willimon, William H. Worship as pastoral care. Nashville: Abingdon, 1993