Modules at the UCT Student YMCA are all centred on how faith integrates with all of life. Some of our modules are focused on building strong biblical foundations so that our participants understand the faith more deeply, and others focus particularly on integration—how theology relates to being human in 21st century South Africa—so that our participants can apply their faith to broader aspects of their lives.
In our first module for the year, we’re exploring the book of Philippians over nine weeks. The content, we hope, will be deep and enriching, but the demand on students is low. The intention is not to replace church fellowship groups or Bible studies, but to provide a study of Paul’s letter that will give participants tools of biblical reading and interpretation to grow the depth of their engagement with Scripture. (View a summary of the module outcomes below.)
When and Where
This module is open to UCT students and non-students alike. Because COVID continues to complicate people’s schedules, we will hold these meetings online starting in the week of 29 March. If you would like to participate, please add your details to this form and let us know what times suit you. We will attempt to accommodate everyone and will contact you with specific information.
About the Facilitator
The facilitator of this module is Dr Jordan Pickering, a member of our staff with a doctorate in biblical studies and ten years of experience in tertiary-level Christian education.
Jordan is a member of Tokai Community Church in Cape Town.
Module Goals and Outcomes
Our modules aim to be enriching for student-level participants, and no prior training or knowledge is required. We intend to grow your skills and your faith, and we value your questions. All are welcome.
In this module, we aim to:
- Engage deeply and personally with the text of Philippians through group discussion.
- Introduce the study of historical and literary context in biblical interpretation.
- Understand how theme expresses the meaning of the book as a whole and how this relates to the interpretation of the parts.
- Discuss a Christian’s dual citizenship of heaven and of our local cultures.
- Understand the transformative power of humility in social relationships.