Relational Dynamics in Spiritual Formation

This unit explores the dynamics of influential relationships and their impact on faith and spiritual formation. It encourages taking the initiative in the development of collaborative relationships as well as expressing healthy communication skills in the development of relationships with others as well as with God. It explores formative relationships in early life, the power of words and life commandments shaping formation, emotional regulation in relationships, sexuality and the virtue of chastity as respect of others, building a mature and prayerful relationship with God, spiritual formation through others: spiritual direction and mentoring, and the spiritual virtues empowering relationship.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



S7101 Formation in Spiritual Living.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Outline the degree to which significant relationships in their early developmental years have contributed towards their spiritual formation.
  2. Articulate and apply a body of knowledge, which assesses the self-concept as formed by influential relationships and their developing notion of God as ‘other’, and the link between the two.
  3. Identify key elements in healthy emotional expressions within their relationships.
  4. Scrutinize personal communication skills in offering spiritual hospitality to others.
  5. Practice a range of self management skills and spiritual virtues in their communication and relationships with others.
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