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Adult Faith Formation for a Vibrant Church
featuring video with Dr. Thomas Groome, Dr. Theresa O’Keefe, and Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Imagine adult faith formation at the heart of community life, and explore the many iimplications of a diverse culture, key themes of evangelization and catechesis, basic skills, and new perspectives.  (5 weeks)

At the Heart of Parenting
Guided by the book,The Spirituality of Parenting: Connecting Heart and Soul by Kathy Hendricks, reflect on the impact of parenting on your relationship with God.  Topics include: a parent's spiritual gifts, companions for support in parenting, and prayer.  (5 weeks)

Autumn Blessings: Spirituality in the Second Half of Life
featuring videos with Dr. Kathleen Fischer and Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.

Examine the spiritual tasks in the second half of adulthood by reflecting on hope, forgiveness, mercy, self-love, and the meaning of discipleship.  (5 weeks) 

Call to Conscience
based on the Fall 2016 C21 Resources issue, edited by Kristen E. Heyer
With conscience emerging as a pivotal concept in Pope Francis’s papacy, this course examines the role of conscience in our growth as disciples of Jesus. (3 weeks)

A Catholic Intellectual Tradition 
based on a recent C21 Resources issue, edited by Rev. Robert Imbelli
Discover what is meant by the "priceless diamond" that is the Catholic intellectual tradition, and unpack its multi-faceted impact in this guided discussion.  (3 weeks)

Catholic Social Teaching: Living Faith in Our Social Context
featuring videos with Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., and Rev. Debbie Little
Examine the key themes of Catholic Social thought, such as human dignity, human rights, common good, just war, and just wage, and reflect on how our call to live lives of faith is deeply rooted in Catholic Tradition. (5 weeks) 

A Catholic View of Today's Families 
based on a recent C21 Resources issue, edited by Dr. Stephen Pope
In conversation with others, focus on the pastoral challenges and opportunities in the changing realities of post-modern families and family life in the U.S.  (3 weeks)

Christian Faith and Moral Character 
featuring clips from feature films and text by Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
Examine the meaning of character and its significance for moral life, as well as the topics of moral freedom, human sinfulness, and the nature of conversion.  (5 weeks) 

The Church: A Spirit-Led Community of Hope
featuring essays by Rev. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Consider the church as an institution led by the Spirit, and how the church may be a vehicle or obstacle of hope.  (3 weeks)

A Church Of and For the Poor 
based on a recent C21 Resources issue, edited by Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M.
Consider the many faces of poverty, the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s commitment to the poor, and evaluate several proposals about ways to respond to poverty.  (3 weeks)

The Creed: What We Believe
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes
Using the Apostles Creed as its outline but referring also to the Nicene Creed and to Scripture, explore both what it means to believe as well as what is believed for an informed, lived faith.  (5 weeks) 

Effective Preaching: Homily Preparation 
featuring video with Rev. Msgr. James Mongelluzzo and Rev. William T. Kelly
If you are an ordained or lay preacher, review or learn how to craft an engaging homily and integrate the preparation process into your life. (4 weeks)

Effective Preaching: Preaching to Children 
featuring video with Dr. Ann Garrido
Equip yourself with the tools to break open the Scriptures in a meaningful and understandable way for younger hearers. Ideal for anyone who works with children.  (3 weeks)

Effective Preaching: Preaching at Weddings 
featuring video with Rev. Paul Turner
Review a theology of marriage and then learn the techniques to effectively craft and deliver a meaningful wedding homily. Appropriate for lay and ordained presiders.  (3 weeks)

Encountering Jesus 
based on a C21 Resources issue, edited by the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Dr. Christopher Matthews
Reflect on Jesus’s birth, ministry, death, and resurrection as depicted in Scripture, and learn a spiritual practice to accompany your reflection.  (3 weeks)

Encountering Mark, Matthew, and Luke: The Synoptic Gospels
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham
Gain an overview of each Gospel's features, its setting, the Evangelist who wrote it, and the community for which it was written.  Then choose a practice to integrate the Gospels into your spiritual life.  (7 weeks) 

The Eucharist: At the Heart of Catholic Life
based on a recent C21 Resources issue, edited by Rev. John F. Baldovin, S.J.
Reflect on the meaning of the Eucharist, Real Presence, Eucharist as sacrifice, the connection between Eucharist and justice, and the role of parents handing on the faith.  (3 weeks)

Finding a Moral Compass
Featuring Fr. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., and Sr. Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., this course explores what prompts moral concern, the sacredness and dignity of being human, our social nature, the common good, and the process of discernment. (5 weeks)

The Gospel of John
featuring video with Rev. Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., and the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
With this overview of John's Gospel, learn the unique features that distinguish the Fourth Gospel from the Synoptics as well as its role within the Lectionary. (5 weeks) 

The Gospel of Luke* 
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham
Discover the person of Jesus as seen by the Evangelist Luke as the Healing and Reconciling Savior.  Discuss key insights and distinctions of Luke's Gospel,  as well as spiritual practices for Scripture. (3 weeks)

The Gospel of Mark*
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham
Study Mark's Gospel, the earliest Gospel written, and learn about its distinct characteristics, the Evangelist who recorded it, and the community he was writing to inspire.  (3 weeks)

The Gospel of Matthew
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham 
In this overview of Matthew's Gospel, explore the Evangelist's portrayal of Jesus as the Living Wisdom of God, and reflect on the meaning of familiar Scripture stories and their significance for Matthew's community and the life of faith.  (3 weeks)

Grace and Commitment: The Laity
based on a C21 Resources issue, edited by Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg
Explore the many locations for vocations of the laity in today's Church, including family life, participation in the faith community, activities in the public square and the workplace, and leadership in Catholic institutions.  (3 weeks)

Growing Faith: Adults in an Evangelizing Church
based on a C21 Resources issue, edited by Dr. Jane Regan
What does it mean to be an evangelizing Church?  How does this connect to an adult faith at different stages in the life cycle? Discuss these questions and more in the context of the evangelizing mission of the Church.  (3 weeks) 

Growing Faith: Children and Adolescents 
based on a C21 Resources issue, edited by Dr. Jane Regan
Discover the considerations of family, faith community, and culture as factors in helping children and adolescents to grow in faith.  (3 weeks)

Jesus Foretold and Fulfilled
featuring videos with the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
Let the readings for Advent and Christmas come to life, with emphasis on promise and fulfillment between the Old and New Testaments, the Infancy Narratives, and spiritual practice. (3 weeks)

John in Holy Week and Easter
featuring videos with the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Rev. Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.
Reflect on the various components of the Gospel of John as experienced in the Catholic liturgy during Holy Week and the Easter season. (3 weeks) 

The Liturgy Committee 
featuring video with Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo, S.T.D.
Prepare for effective liturgy planning in your faith community.  Learn the liturgical principles, the basic structure of the Mass, planning tools, and strategies for committee work.  (4 weeks) 

Mapping Your Inner Landscape
featuring video with Colleen M. Griffith and David O. Jenkins
Examine the path toward sustaining spiritual growth while embracing 21st-century life.  Explore this terrain through the lens of the dynamic of change, the quest for balance and solitude, and the power of gratitude. (5 weeks)

Mary, the Mother of Jesus
featuring video with Mary Christine Athans B.V.M., and text by Catherine Upchurch
Explore three key events in the life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus: the Annunciation, the Visitation, and, the proclamation of the Canticle of Mary. (4 weeks)

New Testament Visions of Faith
What does it mean to live a life of faith? How can we be faithful followers of Jesus today?  Guided by Thomas Stegman S.J.’s book Opening the Door of Faith, this course explores a rich Scriptural understanding of faith and discipleship. (6 weeks)

NEW!  The Old Testament Narrative
Featuring video with Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Michael Simone, S.J., and Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.
Take a broad view of the Old Testament story, guided by a text by Andrew Davis, and explore the themes of Creation, Covenant, Prophecy, and Kingship.  (5 weeks)

The Online Book Club: The Church of Mercy, by Pope Francis
Discuss this collection of Pope Francis's speeches, homilies, prayers, and papers that have been compiled from the first year of his papacy.  (5 weeks)

The Online Book Club: Hallelujah Anyway by Anne Lamott
In this book Lamott rediscovers mercy in the everyday messiness of life and connects it to kindness and forgiveness to ourselves and others. (4 weeks)

The Online Book Club: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
When considering the role of Catholic Social Teaching in the public arena, how can we better understand the situation of the white working class and their emerging political salience? (5 weeks)

The Online Book Club: "Laudato Si'," by Pope Francis
Read the encyclical letter on the environment, subtitled “On Care for Our Common Home,” and discuss its wide-ranging implications for society.  (4 weeks) 

The Online Book Club: Prayer: Our Deepest Longing, by Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I.
Are you looking for a deeper prayer life?  Guided by Fr. Rolheiser's book, examine those obstacles that impede prayer.  (5 weeks) 

The Online Book Club: The Rebirthing of God by John Philip Newell
John Philip Newell calls for a rebirth of Christianity in order to counter its collapse in contemporary Western cultures.  (5 weeks)

Paul's Letter to the Romans
exclusive video content with Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Guided by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.’s book, Written for Our Instruction: Theological and Spiritual Riches in Romans​, examine the key themes in Paul's writing, including God, Jesus, Spirit, Salvation, and Church, and the implications it has for us.  (6 weeks)

A People of Hope
featuring video with Fr. Michael Himes
Inspired by the Jesse Tree, this course unpacks the Advent theme of hope as lived out by our forebears in faith.  (3 weeks)

The Psalms: Prayers for All Times
featuring video with the late Rev. Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Rev. Msgr. James A. Mongelluzzo
Let the Church's songbook enrich your life.  Discuss psalms of lament, hymns of praise, wisdom psalms, and Psalms in the worship setting.  (5 weeks)

A Sacramental People
based on a recent C21 Resources issue, edited by Rev. John Baldovin, S.J.
Reflect on and discuss sacramental view of life, along with the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, and Marriage.

Sacraments in Catholic Life
featuring articles by Dr. Jennifer Bader and clips of feature films
Explore the sacramental life of the Church with this overview of sacramentality and the seven sacraments. (5 weeks)

Spiritual Practices 
based on a C21 Resources issue, edited by Dr. Colleen M. Griffith
Examine a wide variety of Catholic spiritual practices, ranging from traditional practices such as the Rosary and lectio divina, to centering prayer, praying with images, and hospitality.  (3 weeks)

Spirituality Matters
featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes
What is spirituality?  What is at the heart of prayer?  What can we learn from suffering?  What does community have to do with spirituality?  Examine these questions and unpack the nature of spirituality. (5 weeks) 

Teaching Religion to Adolescents: Creative Strategies and Best Practices
featuring video with Dr. Thomas Groome
Acquire new resources and strategies to teach adolescents about the Catholic faith with inspiration and confidence. (5 weeks) 

Teaching Religion to Children: Creative Strategies and Best Practices
featuring video with Dr. Thomas Groome; course designed by Jane Ayer
With a practical focus, explore the role of teacher/catechist as a vocation, ways to engage different learners, and approaches to presenting religious education material and classroom prayer. (5 weeks) 

Voices of Hispanic American Catholicism 
based on the Spring 2016 issue of C21 Resources, edited by Dr. Hosffman Ospino
Discover the many dimensions of the future U.S. Church by looking at the themes that touch the faith lives of Hispanic American Catholics.  (3 weeks)

What Makes Us Catholic, Part 1
featuring videos with Dr. Thomas H. Groome
Encounter the basics of Catholic identity and how to integrate Catholic Christian faith and spirituality into everyday life with the first half of Dr. Groome's acclaimed book, What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life The topics of community, common good, common heritage, and sacramental view of life are discussed.  (5 weeks)

What Makes Us Catholic, Part 2
featuring videos with Dr. Thomas H. Groome 
Continue the discussion of Catholic identity with the second half of Dr. Groome's book.  Topics for discussion include taking the leap of faith, justice for all, loving beyond borders, and growing spiritually.  (Part 1 is not a pre-requisite for Part 2)  (5 weeks) 

A Vision for an Evangelizing Church: "The Joy of the Gospel"
featuring video with Jane E. Regan and Thomas H. Groome
Pope Francis calls us to embrace a vision that engages us in the joy of the Gospel, which can become an infectious invitation to those around us. Learn more about the “New Evangelization” and becoming an evangelizing community. (5 weeks)

5- and 6-week course fee: $50
3- and 4-week course fee: $25