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Places and Times for Sharing Faith


What are places and times when we share faith?  This course is built around the Fall 2012 issue of C21 Resources, a publication of Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center.  This issue, entitled “Handing on the Faith,” edited by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry faculty member Thomas H. Groome, brings together a rich array of accounts about how the authors grew in faith, shared faith, and had others share their faith experiences with them.  The nuclear and extended family, the parish, and the Catholic school are all described as settings for sharing faith.  Retreats, pilgrimages, RCIA programs, and many other occasions are featured in the stories related in the issue.  Join the course and lend your own reflections to the places and times for sharing faith. 

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


  • Introductory Week
  • Week 1: Places for Sharing Faith
  • Week 2: Occasions for Sharing Faith

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Reading 37 pages by 15 different authors;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • A weekly introduction and study guide; 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.
  • 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

Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.  View this issue of C21 Resources, "Handing on the Faith."  If you prefer a hard copy of this issue, email The Church in the 21st Century Center at

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.

Fee: $25

Content Scholar:  The articles were written by various scholars, under the editorship of Dr. Thomas H. Groome, professor of theology and religious education at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.