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Call to Conscience


Pope Francis kneeling at a confessional

Conscience is emerging as a pivotal concept in Pope Francis's papacy.  In part this means an awareness that the Gospel must live in the messiness of our day-to-day, not just the symbols of our faith.   Drawing upon the rich tradition of Catholic moral teaching, this course urges that our decisions be guided by our faith community and by the voice of conscience within our hearts, and that we wrestle with the tensions between.  We explore what it means to reject blind obedience and yet hold ourselves to the standard Jesus offers.  Based on the C21 Resources issue, "Conscience at Work" (opens new window), edited by Kristen E. Heyer.

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Introductory Week
Week 1: What Do We Mean by Conscience?
Week 2: Following Conscience for Growth and Discipleship

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
  • A page of further resources about topics discussed in this course.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed:   

View this issue of C21 Resources, "Conscience at Work."

Time Commitment:
A participant can expect to spend an average of 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online. 

Fee: $25

Content Scholars: Kristin E. Heyer (guest editor for the Fall 2016 issue of C21 Resources)