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This unit engages with the distinctive and diverse culture of rural Australia with a view to exploring the needs and opportunities for ministry. Interaction with and observation of agricultural life will provide a basis for theological reflection on agriculture, the land, social and family life, the environment and economics in a rural setting. Out of reflections on these themes using the Bible and contemporary discussions, appropriate models for pastoral care, church life, community involvement and support in times of natural disaster will be developed and evaluated. The unit will orientate those who have not previously worked in rural communities. It will also be valuable to rural clergy and other professionals, including farmers and lay workers who seek tools to be more effective in their roles.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
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