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An inter-faith book sharing project

This course is designed to acquaint the beginnning student with the variety of methods used to interpret the Scriptures within the wider Church community today. We will examine how the Church has understood the Bible throughout history. We will also examine the question of literal and fundamental interpretations of Scripture as well as the concepts of inerrancy and divine inspiration. Through an analysis of select passages we will look at methods used by the Church to develop its theological and pastoral understanding of today's world.

A historical, anthropological and theological investigation of Christian worship and sacrament with special attention to the Roman Catholic Sacraments of baptism and eucharist.  Examination of liturgical practices, texts, and theology from scriptural origins to the Vatican II reforms. Focus is on basic principles of liturgical and sacramental theology which provide the pastoral minister with the basis for interpreting liturgical documents and ritual texts. Contemporary concerns for ministry will be explored.

The relationship between worship and belief or liturgy and catechesis is expressed in the ancient Christian principle: Lex orandi, lex credendi (As the church prays, so it believes).  This course will explore the relationship between liturgy and faith formation, as well as the conversion and faith development of adults, adolescents, and children in our contemporary context.  Discussion will be based upon the idea that the liturgy is "the privileged place for catechizing the People of God" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1074), and what this means for catechesis today.  Consideration will be given to the development of practical skills for lectionary-based catechesis, sacramental preparation, and mystagogical catechesis for the liturgical rites of Christian initiation, reconciliation, and marriage.

Exploration of what is known of the historical St. Paul and the three generations of Pauline literature found in the New Testament. Particular attention to Paul's theology, survey of rhetorical forms used, and the socio-anthropological assumptions that informed Paul's understanding of the Christ event as the turning point of human history.

A general introduction to the social history, content, and theological themes of the Hebrew Scriptures along with a basic orientation to methods of biblical study.

Exploration of ecclesial ministry in its variety of leadership roles, with special concentration on the ministry and service of church law in providing good order for the ecclesial community in today’s church. In addition to a study of the Roman Catholic Church’s structures, offices, and processes, the course will seek to integrate sacramental, stewardship, personnel and temporal goods issues within the context of ecclesial structures and procedures.

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