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Encountering Jesus


This course provides guided discussion around the Fall 2008 issue of C21 Resources, a free publication of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center. This issue, entitled “Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures,” edited by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry faculty members Dan Harrington, S.J., and Dr. Christopher R. Matthews, contains approximately 15 short, informative articles centered on Jesus’ birth, ministry, death, and resurrection, which are reprinted from a variety of journals such as America, The Bible Today, and Chicago Studies. To access this publication online, please click here.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Special Features
This course includes:

  • Reading 24 pages of material by 12 different authors
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion
  • A weekly introduction and study guide
  • A resource page to use for further study

All STM Online: 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.

Week 1: Encountering Jesus in His Birth and Ministry
Spiritual Practice: focus on lectio divina

Week 2: Encountering Jesus in His Death and Resurrection
Spiritual Practice: focus on contemplation of the Gospels

Additional Materials Needed
Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.
Contact the Church in the 21st Century Center at for a hard copy of this issue while they last.

Time Commitment
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.


Content Scholar:
Various under the editorship of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Dr. Christopher R. Matthews

The caliber of the articles were excellent. The exchanges with the facilitator and other students was meaningful, and I think a great deal was covered in this short time. It is interesting and rewarding to read what other people think on these deep topics, people from all over the country.

~ Participant,
Spring 2012

This is an excellent opportunity to do some ongoing formation, as well as come to a better appreciation of online learning communities. The articles and presentations (video and podcasts) provide a variety of authors and speakers, all of whom bring a deeper understanding of the topics presented. I will continue to encourage the catechetical leaders in our diocese to take advantage of this program.

~ Participant,
Spring 2011