The Church: A Spirit-Led Community of Hope
Do you think of the church as Spirit-led? Do you think of the church as a vehicle or an obstacle of hope? We will explore two essays authored by Fr. Richard Lennan. In “The Church: Got Hope?” Lennan discusses the church’s relationship to hope. In a second essay, “The Holy Spirit and the Pilgrimage of Faith,” Lennan partners with Nancy Pineda-Madrid to summarize the teaching of Vatican II on the Holy Spirit and show how Victor Codina, S.J., and Elizabeth A. Johnson build on the Council’s teaching.
Getting Started Week: Introduction to the Course
Week 1: “The Church: Got Hope?”
Week 2: “The Holy Spirit and the Pilgrimage of Faith”
- Link to the Evelyn Underhill 2018 lecture by Richard Lennan
- Transcript of the lecture
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.
- 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:
All materials are provided on the course site.
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.
Content Scholars: Rev. Richard Lennan, STM professor of systematic theology, and Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid, STM associate professor of theology and Latino/Latina ministry