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The Church: A Spirit-Led Community of Hope


A stained glass window depicting a dove in flight, with red glass pieces evoking fire.

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.

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Getting Started Week:  Introduction to the Course

Week 1:  “The Church: Got Hope?”

Week 2:  “The Holy Spirit and the Pilgrimage of Faith”

Special Features

  • 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.

Time Commitment

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