The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to be offering the following opportunity to travel to Rome in 2018:
Archaeology and Early Christianity
Rome, Dates TBA
Immerse yourself in Roman archaeology and the study of the Bible. In Rome. Through this two-week intensive course, you will explore how artefacts and texts can be used in a critical dialogue to reconstruct aspects of the cultural and social milieu of the Bible and Early Christianity.
Recontextualization: The Challenge of Authentic Transformation
Rome, Sunday 23 September to Friday 5 October 2018
The ECSI project relies on the capacity of teachers and others to witness authentically to Christian faith while bringing it into rich and open dialogue with persons of all ages and faith perspectives — including atheistic perspectives — in contemporary contexts. This inherently theological task is known as “recontextualisation.” You will explore key Christian beliefs and ways in which they have been and can further be recontextualised to promote personal transformation and meaningful dialogue in Catholic or other Christian contexts.
The academic discipline of Christian spirituality studies the lived experience of Christian faith. In Rome this experience can be traced back almost two thousand years. Led by Drs Maeve Heaney and Jo Laffin, participants wandered around ruined pagan temples, the nearby Coliseum and pondered the cultural context in which early Christianity developed. They descended into ancient catacombs, experienced how early Christians expressed their faith in art, and entered basilicas built in the fifth and sixth centuries, decorated with apse mosaics depicting the risen, triumphant Christ.
Further study tour highlights included visits to medieval churches to observe how Christian art and architecture evolved in response to the needs of the time, as well as encounters with Renaissance and Baroque Catholicism, and one of the greatest collections of modern religious art in the Vatican Museums; works which evoke strong emotions as they challenge and inspire.
Forming part of the faculty’s Theological Foundations for Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity annual offering of programs, participants took part in rare, face-to-face engagement with leading international and ACU scholars: Professor Didier Pollefeyt (KU Leuven), Professor Lieven Boeve (Director General, Flemish Secretary for Catholic Education), Drs Jan Bouwens (KU Leuven) and Associate Professor Robyn Horner (ACU).
We are again offering you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the ECSI Project by joining us in Rome in September–October 2018. Led by Associate Professor Horner, expressions of interest now open.
Led by Dr Michael P. Theophilos, traditional class time, field trips and hands on learning engaged participants in an overview of the history of the relationship of archaeology and biblical studies, and provided an introduction to the main techniques and theory of archaeological practice. Participants surveyed of major relevant excavations relevant to the social and cultural milieu of the Bible and Early Christianity, and examined case studies in which archaeology and literary texts act as comparative sources of historical information.
Dr Theophilos will again be leading this learning abroad opportunity in June 2018. Expressions of interest are now being accepted.
This two week Bible Lands study tour, led by Dr Ian Elmer, was the first theology unit to be offered at the ACU Rome Campus.
This study tour is a must for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding of the book of Romans while discovering the holy significance of this eternal city.
Jeanelle Richards, Master of Religious Education
The ACU Rome Campus is an excellent educational opportunity. You will live and eat like the Romans. The accommodation is world class and the food is genuinely Roman. The ability to easily access the city and to wander and imbibe the culture of both ancient and modern Rome is invaluable.