Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia

Cross Cultural Ministry in Australia THL230 (Bachelor of Theology) and THL486 (Graduate Diploma of Theology, Master of Arts (Public and Contextual Theology)) is being taught at United Theological College in 2018 as Intensive subject by Fie Marino.

From Monday 15 January – Friday 19 January United Theological College will be offering its first intensive five day course for 2018.

An intensive course, is a full subject offered by UTC, built into an ‘intensive’ 5 day format of learning, discussion, and exploration, rather than a usual semester long format for the subject.

Explore theological themes and practical skills relating to the practice of cross cultural ministry in the Australian context.

This subject will provide the opportunity to discuss issues relating to understanding and appreciating the challenges and opportunities which arise in multicultural and cross cultural ministry settings.

It will also involve a field trip to one or two Uniting Church congregations to explore first-hand what model(s) of cross cultural ministry is at work there.

This subject is open to anyone who has a keen interest or who would like to deepen their knowledge of cross cultural ministries.

You can choose to AUDIT this subject – which means participating in the 5 day intensive discussion and field trips, however not completing any assessments, or you can apply to study in a Theology course or as a Single Subject Student with Charles Sturt University and have this completed officially.

This subject explores methods and selected themes relating to the practice of Cross Cultural Ministry in the Australian context. It assesses issues relating to understanding and appreciating the challenges and opportunities which arise in multicultural and cross cultural ministry settings. It enables students to become more familiar with critical issues relating to ministry and mission in multicultural contexts, with both theoretical understanding of cross cultural dynamics and practical skills in cross cultural relationships.

2018 UTC Education Prospectus – Downloadable PDF (2MB)

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a range of cross cultural issues;
  • be able to evaluate critically a range of models for doing cross cultural theology;
  • be able to articulate and analyse critically the role of ministry in building inclusive communities;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the challenges facing Australia as a nation of cultural and ethnic diversity;
  • be able to articulate and evaluate critically the understanding and practice of multicultural ministry within the Australian churches;
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.

The subject will cover the following topics:

  • The cross cultural imperative in contemporary Australian society;
  • The changing cross cultural context of local neighbourhoods;
  • Developing multicultural congregations in Australia;
  • Models of cross cultural Ministry in the Australian churches;
  • Cross cultural worship in Australia;
  • Cross cultural pastoral care in Australia;
  • Conflict Resolution and cross cultural dynamics;
  • Funerals in cross cultural settings;
  • Cross cultural readings of the Hebrew Bible;
  • Cross cultural readings of the New Testament; and
  • Developing a cross cultural Theology for the practice of Ministry in contemporary Australian society.

Subject Enrolment Enquiry Session 1

Subject Enrolment Enquiry for Session 1 at UTC - for fully paid or audit enrolments.