Cross-cultural Practice of Ministry

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA9400T (Class based only)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 3)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: At least one unit in field D

Cross-cultural Practice of Ministry approaches pastoral theology and practice through the lenses of postcolonial and intercultural theologies (for which, the unit will broadly follow the distinction between and relationship of the two marked out by Brazal and de Guzman), in order to (a) understand dynamics of cross-cultural ministry, (b) scrutinize the majority traditions of pastoral theology, and (c) propose practices of ministry that express postcolonial and intercultural conviction. Examining three major strands in turn—pastoral leadership, liturgical celebration, and interfaith engagement—the unit will include among its foci attention to pastoral encounter between first and second peoples in Australian contexts.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • articulate core concerns of postcolonial and intercultural theologies, with special reference to their pastoral origins and applications
  • critique the literature of the genre of pastoral theology with the resources of postcolonial and intercultural theologies
  • evaluate and critique their own and others’ experience of the practice of ministry
  • propose constructive practices of ministry engaged with postcolonial and intercultural theologies.
  • 1,000-word literature review (20%)
  • 1,000-word discussion paper (20%)
  • 1,500-word critical essay (30%)
  • 1,500-word constructive resources (30%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Brazal, Agnes, and Emmanuel de Guzman, Intercultural Church: Bridge of Solidarity in the Migration Context. Quezon City: Borderless Press, 2015

Carvalhaes, Claudio, ed. Liturgy in Postcolonial Perspectives: Only One is Holy. New York: Palgrave, 2015

Daggers, Jenny. Postcolonial Theology of Religions: Particularity and Pluralism in World Religions. London: Routledge, 2013

Havea, Jione, ed. Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology: Crosscultural Engagement. New York, NY: Palgrave, 2015

Havea, Jione, and Clive Pearson, eds. Out of Place: Doing Theology at the Crosscultural Brink. Sheffield: Equinox, 2010

Kujawa-Holbrook, Sheryl. God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Faith Communities. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2014

Kujaawa-Holbrook, Sheryl, and Karen Montagno, eds, Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010

Kwok Pui-lan and Stephen Burns, eds. Postcolonial Practice of Ministry. Lanham: Lexington, 2016

Lartey, Emmanuel. Pastoral Theology for an Intercultural World (Peterborough: Epworth, 2006

Lartey, Emmanuel. Postcolonializing God: Towards an African Practical Theology. London: SCM Press, 2013

Sharp, Melinda McGarrah. Misunderstanding Stories: Toward a Postcolonial Pastoral Theology. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2013