Faith Culture Social EngagementThe Faith Culture and Social Engagement course offers a structured environment in which to explore and discover a theology of God’s Kingdom and Christ’s radical call to discipleship at the margins of society.

The course runs at Whitley College on Wednesday mornings, 2pm-4pm from April 12-20 October (during semester weeks).

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 Heart Football Club. He works in the area of activism and social change as an educator, activist, speaker, writer and community development worker.  Stephen is particularly interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation and you can read more about this on his blog. He has helped many think about the nexus between the issues of justice, poverty, consumerism and discipleship in the context of popular global culture. You can find Stephen on Twitter here.  Stephen works with Urban Seed as their Engagement Manager.


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