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The current critique of denominational education, and of denominational religious education in particular, risks undermining the place of this core subject in all schools, just at a moment when deeper reflection on religion, belief, spirituality and ethics could contribute enormously to the emergence of a society that seeks to embrace difference and is comfortable to celebrate the presence of a variety of religious and other belief systems. This, of course, means respecting the beliefs of those of the majority religious tradition, too, and seeking to contribute to the religious and spiritual literacy of all young people and of adults. Some recent commentary appears to indicate a lack of knowledge of, or perhaps interest in, the transformation of religious education RE after the renewal of the Second Vatican Council in the s and since.
We offer robust programs for adults to come and learn, question, explore and ponder their place in the world as a child of God. We seek to engage both heart and mind. The Christian life is an adventure, a journey, which means that we are continually exploring who we are and what God is calling us to be and do in the world.
There will be two opportunities each week in Lent to gather to explore the spiritual disciplines which have helped Christians become disciples of the Lord over the centuries and millennia. Together we will reflect on the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting and study and the corporate disciplines of confession and guidance. This course will be led by the Rev. Paul L.
At St. Michael the Archangel, we believe the faith development of every person is a lifelong journey. Therefore, we seek to provide catechetical formation in Scripture, doctrine, prayer and Liturgy for all ages.
In secular usage, religious education RE is the teaching of a particular religion although in the United Kingdom the term religious instruction would refer to the teaching of a particular religion, with religious education referring to teaching about religions in general and its varied aspects: its beliefsdoctrinesritualscustomsritesand personal roles. In Western and secular culture, religious education implies a type of education which is largely separate from academiaand which generally regards religious belief as a fundamental tenet and operating modality, as well as a prerequisite for attendance. The secular concept is substantially different from societies that adhere to religious lawwherein "religious education" connotes the dominant academic study, and in typically religious terms, teaches doctrines which define social customs as "laws" and the violations thereof as " crimes ", or else misdemeanors requiring punitive correction.
Cross-Cultural Adult Education is an interdisciplinary degree that combines unique principles with teaching to adults andragogy to prepare you to teach and lead adult education programs. This major will enable you to enter creative access countries with marketable skills in the planning and implementation of adult education programs. In this major you will learn to research, design, plan, and implement adult education programs on a wide continuum based on cross-cultural knowledge and detailed ethnographic study.
Spirituality is a hot topic. Bookstores are filled with many popular titles related to it, from Western religions to traditions of the East to new-age philosophies. What are adult and higher education practitioners to make of this new emphasis on spirituality?
Christian studies, loosely known as theology, is a personally rewarding academic choice. The following article is meant to be a springboard to more in-depth information concerning the huge arena of Christian studies. Students interested in pursuing a program in Christian studies have several different options.
Opportunities for continuing enlightenment in our Catholic faith are periodically presented including, book studies, scripture study, lecture series, and discussion groups on current religious and social topics. Programs are presented by the parish and Archdiocese and feature parish priests and visiting lay and clerical experts. See weekly bulletin for specific program announcements. Adult Confirmation Preparation programs are offered through different parishes in our Archdiocease for individuals who are at least 18 years old, have already been baptized and have received First Communion.