The Adult Faith Formation program at the School of Ministry provides courses, lectures, and workshops on various topics, ranging from philosophy and theology to Scripture, church history, canon law, saints, and more. Some previous course topics include Resurrection from the Dead, Gospel of John, Mariology, Evangelization and Catechesis, and the Catholic Perspective on Human Destiny.
The program incorporates adult learning styles, including discussions, presentations by experts, reflection papers, and reading assignments. The program offerings vary in length and format depending on the time of year and subject of the course, lecture, or workshop, making this the most focused program the School of Ministry offers for those seeking to learn more about their faith.
In Fall 2013, the School of Ministry will begin the After the New Testament Series in Shreveport, LA, at the Greco Institute. Click here for more information.
In summer 2013, the following graduate courses will be offered.
The nature of a life-changing moment demands that we recall the event often, reflect
on its significance, and share our interpretation of it. For Christians, the passion
of Jesus is such a moment. Christianity has a crucified founder and his death on the
cross became the most complex and problematic memory in the early church, requiring,
therefore, much interpretation. Attempts to understand and convey the meaning of the
passion have never ceased. They continue not only in theological and spiritual reflection,
but also in artistic expression. This course will explore the various interpretations
of "Christ crucified" provided by the biblical witness and selected works of art.
We will consider appropriate scriptural texts, analyze a variety of passion images
and representations, engage in discussion, prayerfully reflect on the meaning of the
passion for our lives, and present insights we have gained during this study.
Aland, Kurt, Synopsis of Four Gospels - English Edition (New York: American Bible Society, 1985).
Senior, Donald, Passion Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Matthew (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991).
Senior, Donald, Passion Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Mark (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991).
Senior, Donald, Passion Of Jesus In The Gospel Of Luke (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991).
Senior, Donald, Passion Of Jesus In The Gospel Of John (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991).
Wright, N. T., The Crown and the Fire: Meditations on the Cross and the Life of the Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1992).
"In God we trust; all others pay cash." This course will examine the first part of that statement. Can we trust God? At the heart of the theological endeavor are questions about the nature, event and credibility of revelation, the relationship of faith and other fields of human knowledge, and the adequacy of Christianity's foundational truth claims. God acts (revelation); we respond (faith). We will read, discuss and make presentations on what theologians have to say about this dynamic, covenantal interaction, and how it is the basis for everything we believe and do as Christian ministers in the Church.
Dulles, Avery, The Assurance of Things Hoped For: A Theology of Christian Faith (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
O'Collins, Gerald, Fundamental Theology (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1981).
Courses meet at the University of Dallas campus in Irving in Catherine Hall. Each course will take place in an "intensive" format over 2 weeks (June 3 - June 15), with class either every morning or afternoon each day, except June 9, 2013. Participants may choose to take one or both courses offered. Each course costs $300. Classes will incorporate adult learning styles including discussion and lecture, but as a community education student, no assignments, papers, or tests will be required. To register for the course please click here. For further information please contact Lilli Winstead firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-265-5814.