In this unit, students will consider the human experience of suffering, with particular reference to loss and grief, developing potential spiritual and pastoral care responses. Participants will be introduced to spiritual, theological, cultural and scientific resources to better understand the nature of suffering alongside the complex effects of short and long term, complicated and uncomplicated grief and grieving. Along with theoretical information, participants will be able to acquire tools and skills for spiritual guidance and pastoral care in a variety of settings, and be equipped to share these with their faith communities, their families and the larger communities in which they offer ministry.
Remote mode via Zoom, Wednesday evenings, 6.00pm to 9.00pm Melbourne time.
|Lecturer||Dr Francesca Nuzzolese|
|Level||Undergraduate (Level 3) and Postgraduate (Level 9)
|Study Mode||Weekly synchronous online sessions|
Scheduled face-to-face classes will be conducted in remote mode (via Zoom) until distancing restrictions ease and appropriate procedures can be implemented to ensure safe learning environments for staff and students.
Whitley College is a culturally diverse community of learners committed to practical expressions of God’s activity in the world. We wrestle together in spiritual formation through theological reflection, creative exploration and academic rigour.
Shaped by the Bible, and drawing on our Baptist heritage, we are responsive to the contemporary needs of church and society, affirming liberty of conscience in conversation with other traditions of religion and spirituality.
Our educational ethos unifies heart, thought and hands, giving priority to personal and social transformation.