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The Spirituality for Mission of Saint Columba and Saint Columban: Insights Gained for Developing a Spiriuaility for Mission for the Twenty-First Centuty

Nairn, Julie M. (2013) The Spirituality for Mission of Saint Columba and Saint Columban: Insights Gained for Developing a Spiriuaility for Mission for the Twenty-First Centuty. Master of Theology (minor thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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In the sixth century two Irish monks, Columba and Columban, left their homeland to establish monasteries among the peoples of northern Britain and Europe. As monasteries were founded, the monks became an outstanding example of living the way of Christ by contemplation and by reaching out with pastoral care to those around them. The purpose of this thesis is to identify valuable insights from a study of Columba and Columban for developing a spirituality for mission for the twenty-first century.
After a brief examination of the history, culture and theological understanding of early Irish Christianity and monasticism, the writer discusses the motives, lifestyle, and spirituality for mission of Columba and Columban, in the light of their tradition and of contemporary events. This leads her to examine some recent developments in mission spirituality which are influencing the way the Gospel is proclaimed today, including the concept of missio Dei; the emphasis on following Jesus by living the Christian life as a sign of hope to others; the importance of the Holy Spirit; and non-aggressive methods of evangelisation such as inter-religious dialogue. These are all found to harmonise with and extend the spirituality for mission of Columba and Columban.
There are some insights gained from the sixth century which are yet to be fully explored in contemporary mission spirituality, including the way Columba and Columban lived in imitation of Christ; their peregrination; their appreciation of the importance of the Trinity for mission; their love and respect for nature; and their particular emphasis on penance as spiritual medicine. These insights, together with more recent developments, are integrated and developed for a spirituality for mission which is relevant and meaningful today, as Christians seek to keep proclaiming the Gospel in word, sacrament, witness and service.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Theology (minor thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Columba, Columban, Irish Monasticism, Spirituality, Mission, Missio Dei, Inter-Religious Dialogue
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
D - Missiology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2013 01:34
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 01:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1245

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