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DS2192B A Salvationist Perspective on the Contemplative Tradition

  • Unit Code & NameDS2192B A Salvationist Perspective on the Contemplative Tradition
  • DescriptionThe unit explores the historical and contemporary experience of the Contemplative tradition in the spirituality of The Salvation Army.

    It will give particular attention to representative Mystics such as Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi and Brother Lawrence; Evangelical and Contemplative understandings of prayer, and how prayer can be exercised in both private experience and public worship. It will also focus on contemplation-in-action models of ministry and examine ways of keeping the balance between contemplation and action in Salvation Army ministry
  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDS - Spirituality
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester2, 2018
  • Delivery ModeIntensive
  • DateJune 18 - 23 | 32a Barnsbury Grove, Bexley North
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the place of The Salvation Army in relation to the Church universal and describe how Salvationist spirituality is grounded in the life of the wider Church.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of Salvation Army history with specific reference to the Contemplative tradition in the spirituality of The Salvation Army.
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of different models of spirituality by exploring the lives of Mystics and Contemplatives within and outside The Salvation Army tradition.
    4. Describe the contribution of the Mystics to our understanding of prayer and how these can be appropriated in private and public spheres.
    5. Devise strategies for working towards an active-contemplative balance in Salvation Army ministry.
  • Text Books* set texts recommended for purchase

    * Faragher, Christine. Other Voices, Melbourne: Salvo Publishing, 2010.
    Benner, David G. Opening to God, Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2010.
    Calhoun, Adele A. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Practices that Transform Us. Downers Grove: InterVarsityPress, 2005.
    Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1980.
    Guenther, Margaret. The Practice of Prayer. Cambridge: Cowley Publications, 1998.
    Hansen, Gary Neal. Kneeling with Giants, Learning to Pray with History?s Best Teachers. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2012.
    Heschel, Abraham. The Sabbath. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000.
    King, Ursula. Christian Mystics, Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages. Mahwah, New Jersey: Hidden Spring, 2001.
    Peterson, Eugene H. The Contemplative Pastor, Returning to the Art of Spiritual Direction. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1993.
    Rakoczy, Susan. Great Mystics & Social Justice, Walking on the Two Feet of Love. Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2006.