Faith Culture Social EngagementThe Faith Culture and Social Engagement course offers a structured environment in which to explore and discover a theology and practice of God’s Kingdom and Christ’s radical invitation to participate in his reconciling work in the world.

Here’s what some previous students have had to say about their experience of this class, lifted straight from their class journals (with their permission):

“I am more aware that there are injustices on all sides of an issue, not just the side I dislike the most.” – Hannah, 2018

“Each week as we’ve studied the bible together, I’ve experiences moments of both hopelessness and hope. I am initially stunned, excited and inspired by Jesus’ subversive nature – calling for a revolution in the way faith was pursued and breaking “rules” in order to care for suffering people. I think every week I am disheartened that if I truly am to live a life following Christ, living and sharing the Good News, it requires EVERY SINGLE PART of my life!” – Ash, 2018

“Through this class I have been learning about the extent of evil in the world and how we really must do something. That our faith must be actively eradicating evil and actively bringing the Kingdom of God. The wrestle for me has been real. I don’t need to do anything, but I need to do something.” – Jamie, 2018

“An exciting thing to look back at through the journal I had to keep as part of the class was the evolution of my opinion of Jesus. When I started, Jesus was hard for me to wrap my head around and I didn’t like the way people approach him. But as we dug into the book of Mark, things like “no wonder people hated him to the point of crucifixion” and “if this is Christianity, I’m in” started to appear in my entries. The effects of looking at the gospel of Mark with the “toolbelt” that I have gained was incredible”. – Anya , 2018

The course runs at Whitley College on Wednesday mornings, 10am-12:30pm from March to October during semester weeks (exact dates in 2019 TBC).

You can enrol as an Audit Student or take the unit for credit in a Diploma award (DA0001W Personal God, Public Faith).

Course Description:

This course immerses students in the personal, social and ethical considerations of the Bible’s evolving vision of the Kingdom of God and a just society. These concepts will be examined by exploring biblical texts, the legacy of leading thinkers and influential practitioners, as well as contemporary issues demanding careful and constructive engagement.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Describe the concept of the Kingdom of God, drawing upon biblical foundations and theological perspectives;
  2. Identify the personal, social and ethical consequences envisioned by the ‘Good News’ of the Kingdom of God;
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of culture and the capacity to reflect theologically upon its influences;
  4. Creatively respond to a contemporary context as an expression of love, an act of faithfulness, or a practice of justice.
Facilitator:  Stephen Said

Stephen is a husband, a dad, and a foundation member of the Melbourne City Football Club. He’s a cook, a reader, a gamer, a martial artist (and a martial arts instructor) and an all round geek. His experience of being a second generation Maltese migrant born and raised in Melbourne’s working class western suburbs has resulted in his lifelong fascination with the nexus between culture and spiritual formation through a missiological lens, which is currently the focus of his masters thesis.

He works in the area of activism and social change as an educator, activist, speaker and writer. He is particularly interested in a spirituality that facilitates an awareness of the complex and contradictory self, a way of seeing the complex realities of our time, and that gives us a hopeful way of transformationally engaging our world. He has had the privilege of helping many think about the nexus between the issues of justice, poverty, consumerism and discipleship in the context of popular global culture.

He regularly is invited to speak on topics such as spiritual formation in contemporary culture, ethics, gospel culture dynamics, spirituality/sexuality, and missional leadership. He has written for numerous Christian paper and e-zines, and blogs at blog.neurotribe.net.

You can find Stephen on Twitter here.

 Interested?

Find out more by contacting us : info@next.asn.au

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