Jesus followers must be willing to interact and engage with an inquiring mind, in a knowledgeable way and in a Christ-like manner with peoples of other faiths. This course provides an overview of the major World Religions including the place of Christianity in the religious arena. It offers a foundation for understanding the classification of religions as well as the chronological development, adaptation, geographical distribution, worldviews, and cultural impact of world faiths. A summary of major religious innovators/figures, central doctrines/teachings, sacred myths and texts – including potential emerging world religions – will lead into a discussion concerning appropriate Christian responses to the world’s religions and their adherents. Indigenous values such as respecting others and story-telling are central to the approach utilized in this course.
Through a consideration of the historical, sociological and theological context in which the Hebrew Scriptures came into existence, this unit will provide the student with an understanding of the major emphases of the texts. In addition, the student will be introduced to themes in the Hebrew Scriptures that find parallels in what has been coined by some as the “Old Testament of Native North America.” This will subsequently be applied to the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts of Australia.
Students will examine leadership, organizational and change theory and the skills required for leaders to lead organizations and communities in the context of the changing demographics and increasing diversity. Students will be introduced the emerging practice of diversity as central to leadership theory and practice, the holistic nature of diversity, social justice within a diverse society, and the role it has in contributing to effective and appropriate leadership in the midst of rapid change. Consideration of multicultural, intercultural perspectives and partnerships, specifically, those between Aboriginal/Indigenous Peoples and Western culture are a focal aspect of this unit. The development of knowledge, skill and leadership attributes that support inclusion and promote unity are a core part of the learning journey. Students will assess individual, societal and organizational values and beliefs systems, examine personal/professional leadership skills, reflect on and create a personal leadership development plan that is conducive to their context.