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Encore Access

A New Resource from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Continuing Education

Encore Access


Introduction to this Resource

For nearly ten years, our continuing education staff have been recording and archiving videos of the lectures in theology and ministry that we have hosted on campus. We call this collection "Encore Events."  Currently more than 150 videos are available at and on our YouTube channel. In order to help parishes, schools, and other ministry groups leverage this content for engaging formation activities, we are developing a new series of resources: Encore Access.

Encore Access is a guide to using an Encore Events presentation as a conversation starter with members of a faith community. It provides:

  • A brief overview of each segment,
  • Video clips from the presentation, and
  • Suggested questions to stimulate reflection or discussion.

Each part of the presentation may be used separately, in combination with each other, or in a sequence over a period of time. For example, a catechetical leader might use each part of the presentation over the course of a year at meetings with catechists. A pastor may choose to use only one segment to encourage discussion on a related agenda item.


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Transforming Parishes Through Communities of Practice 

In the fall of 2016,  Jane E. Regan gave a public presentation entitled “Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice.” In it, she introduces us to the concepts of “situated learning” and “communities of practice” where each person engaged in parish life can deepen their own faith while sharing it with others.

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Praying the "Our Father" with Jesus

In this presentation Michael Simone, S.J. helps us view the Lord’s Prayer through the eyes of Jesus.  Simone reminds us that the library of books we call the Hebrew Bible or the "Old Testament" was the only Bible Jesus knew.  As Simone explores selected phrases or segments from the “Our Father,” he points us to passages and words that may have captivated the mind of Jesus when Jesus uttered that prayer.   

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