Gospel Sacraments (3)

Field: Mission and Ministry
Unit Code(s): DA3000T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (3)
Delivery mode: Synchronous class: online in real time
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit explores the history, theology and practice of the gospel sacraments of baptism and eucharist. It makes strategic pathways into more fully understanding, and taking care of and with, what Christian tradition has identified gifts of God's self-giving. Covering biblical roots and early precedents, key historical turns and contemporary controversies, the course is weighted to Anglican traditions, while representing perspectives from a wide ecumenical spectrum.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate and synthesise the biblical roots of the enactment of gospel sacraments
  • communicate and evaluate clearly the early precedents and key historical turns influencing contemporary theology and practice of the gospel sacraments
  • evaluate contemporary issues and controversies relating to the gospel sacraments within an informed ecumenical framework
  • shape liturgical events that exhibit learning from the unit content, with explicit theological and liturgical justification from Scripture and tradition.
  • 1,500-word essay (25%)
  • 2,500-word case study (50%)
  • 1,000-word commentary on liturgical text (25%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Buchanan, C. Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies, 1985-2010: The Authorized Rites of the Anglican Communion. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2012.

Best, T.F. and D. Heller, eds. Eucharistic Worship in Ecumenical Contexts: The Lima Liturgy–And Beyond. Geneva: WCC, 1995.

*Bradshaw, P. and M. Johnson. The Eucharistic Liturgies: Their Evolution and Interpretation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.

Davies, H. Bread of Life and Cup of Joy: Newer Ecumenical Perspectives on the Eucharist. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1993.

Heller, D. Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Ecumenical Discussion of Baptism. Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2012.

Holeton, D.R., ed. Growing in Newness of Life: Christian Initiation in the Anglicanism Today. Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1993.

Holeton, D.R., ed. Our Thanks and Praise: The Eucharist in Anglicanism Today. Toronto: Anglican Book Centre, 1998.

Jasper, R.C.D. and G. Cuming, eds. Prayers of the Eucharist: Early and Reformed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, [3] 1987.

Johnson, M.E. ed. Documents of the Baptismal Liturgy. London: SPCK, [3] 2003.

*Spinks, B.D. Early and Medieval Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From the New Testament to the Council of Trent. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.

*Spinks, B.D. Reformation and Modern Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: From Luther to Contemporary Practices. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006.