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Intimacy Throughout Life: A Catholic Perspective


Join a guided conversation around the C21 Resources Spring 2014 issue that addresses intimacy in its expansive meaning.  Not only does this course explore the culturally predominant understanding of intimacy as the closeness of a sexual relationship, but it also examines intimacy between generations, in families, among friends, and with God.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Introductory Week

Week 1: Emerging Intimacy
Topics include: the challenge of intimacy in the context of culture, sexual love, healthy body image, and vocation.

Week 2: Embracing Intimacy
Topics include: the deepening intimacy through challenges, grief, aging, and intergenerational family relationships.

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly introductions that guide participants through the assignments;
  • Weekly questions for discussion and reflection; and
  • A regularly updated Resources page 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.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation on 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

All materials are included in the course. View this issue of C21 Resources, "Intimacy and Relationships in Catholic Life."  If you prefer a hard copy of C21 Resources, email The Church in the 21st Century Center at

Time Commitment:

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

Fee:  $25

Content Scholars:  

Articles were written by various scholars, under the editorship of Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor, Boston College Theology Department, and Dr. Kerry Cronin, associate director of the Lonergan Institute, Boston College Philosophy Department.