KNP3510 – Suffering and HopeMore
This course explores the practical and theological intersections of suffering and hope. Drawing from pastoral theology, spiritual care, healthcare and psychological literature and the scriptures we will consider ways to understand, recognize, practice and nurture hope in the context of the devastations and suffering in life. Far from ignoring suffering in the face of hope, this course explores the hidden intersections and discontinuities between suffering and hope and seeks out a deeper ground for hope that does not flee from or obscure the trauma, grief and injustice in life, but faces it head on in theology and spiritual care/pastoral practice. This course is relevant for students training for congregational or social ministry and those training for spiritual care and counselling as well as interested others.