Unit 1: Theology and the challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership
In this introductory unit of the program, participants will engage with the theological grounding for women’s leadership in the Church. Participants will be introduced to and engage with contemporary modes of theological method and hermeneutical reflection, particularly those that identify women’s experiences and perspectives, and will bring them into personal conversation with the challenges and the opportunities facing women’s leadership in the Church and the wider world.
Unit 2: Interpreting ancient texts for contemporary (and future) worlds
In the second unit of the program, participants will have the opportunity to bring the experiences and questions of their own contexts into dialogue with the biblical tradition. Learning is structured to support participants to approach the encounter with sacred scripture as a key dimension of theological reflection. Participants will be given opportunities for critical interpretation of scripture in the context of their current situations and the subsequent implications for their own leadership.
Unit 3: Theology for the future: Designing approaches and strategies for women’s leadership
In this component of the program, the focus is on creating a way forward for women’s leadership in the future. Having journeyed through scripture and contemporary theological reflection, participants are called together to create and articulate a vision for leadership that is grounded in their own context, both personal and professional. In this way, the unit will open a space where personal identity, understood with and through a relationship with God, can be fully grasped as that which provides the template for future leadership. This unit will involve mentored reflection and creative theological work on designing approaches and strategies for women in leadership for the future of the Church and society more broadly.
Unit 4: Theology as Leadership for Mission
This final unit will serve as a practical application of the contemporary modes of theological method and hermeneutical reflection engaged throughout the program. Participants will here be asked to re-engage, from a pastoral and practical theological perspective, the challenges and opportunities for women in contemporary times. Drawing upon the tools and principles of Catholic Social Teaching, participants will also assess how and in what ways participation in the program, and in any related volunteer or immersion experience, has assisted them in re-imagining and enacting a vision of leadership as ministry for their own immediate context and the wider world in which they work and live.