2008 RECongress Period 6
Religious Education Congress
Saturday, March 1, 2008
3:00 - 4:30 pm
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6-01 Toward a Theology of a Just Peace
R. Scott Appleby
Catholic ethicists and theologians are rethinking just-war theory even as they are understanding better the sacramental, liturgical and formative dimensions of the church’s work for peace in conflict settings from inner-city America to the Philippines. This workshop provides an overview and assessment of this cutting edge of Catholic thought and practice.
6-02 Lift Your Gaze and Foster Hope in the Work for Justice
Seeing the circumstances of today’s world, the Christian vision of social justice summons us to lift our gaze toward a reconciled new creation. Facing the current reality of social conflict, we are called to unite in transformative action and to foster hope in the work for justice.
Maria Pilar Aquino
Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where she has been teaching since 1993. A founding member of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, she has been a member of the board of directors of various national and international theological societies.
6-03 Roundtable on Catholic Identity and Homosexuality
Dr. Tom Beaudoin
This session will feature a panel conversation, moderated by Dr. Tom Beaudoin, about what being Catholic means for the lives of lesbian and gay Catholics today.
6-04 Are Natural Disasters Really Punishment for Sin?
Dianne Bergant, CSA
Despite the fact that we have accepted the findings of contemporary science, many people still maintain that natural disasters are punishment for sin and point to passages in Scripture to support their claim. A few such passages will be examined in order to discover whether or not such claims can be justified.
6-05 Conscience Formation for the Adult Catholic
Gerald D. Coleman, SS
This workshop will address various pertinent concerns about adult formation of conscience, including: the meaning of conscience; how one makes an informed decision in conscience; the role of the magisterium (the teaching church); dissent and disagreement; and reception of the Eucharist when one’s personal conscience is in direct conflict with church teaching, for instance, on abortion or physician-assisted suicide.
6-06 Music and Words – A Marriage for Liturgical Prayer
Come to see an example of how to weave music with the ritual texts for Mass. The right song will heighten the prayer experience and give us a deeper encounter with Christ. Be prepared to sing!
Jaime Cortez is a pastoral musician, composer, recording artist, music teacher and clinician. He lives in Mesa, Ariz., where he is Music Director at St. Bridget Church and music teacher at Queen of Peace Catholic School. Over the past 25 years he has specialized in music and liturgy for Catholic schools and bilingual music. His latest collection is entitled “Adviento.”
6-07 Getting the People Done
We used to say that the people were here to get the work of the church done, but might we not also say that the church exists to in order that people get “done”? At the heart of successful ministry – whether it be catechesis, pastoral care, liturgy or administration – lies the ability to develop people. This workshop offers a “theology of volunteers” and practical suggestions on how to make a meaningful match between the gifts of the faithful and the opportunities in our ministries.
Mia Crosthwaite is a lecturer, catechist, minister and author of “Go and Do Likewise, Catholic Social Teaching in Action.” She serves as Coordinator of Parish Life & Faith Formation for the Diocese of Boise, Idaho, where she formerly served as Director of Adult Catholic Education and as Legislative Liaison for the Idaho Catholic Conference. Crosthwaite has presented at numerous parish adult catechesis, catechist formations and retreats.
Tricia Hoyt is Director for the Office of Peace and Justice at Catholic Charities in the Phoenix Diocese. She is also a leader and instructor on the Phoenix-based Survival School: Church Leadership Training, a national lay leadership training event. Hoyt is co-author of the “MOMS - Ministry of Mothers Sharing” books and a Spanish-language version of the ministry, De Madre a Madre.
6-08 Two Practical Strategies to Renew Parish Life: “Within These Walls” & “The Third Moment of a Sacrament”
Rev. John C. Cusick
“Within These Walls” is a unique catechetical strategy that allows any parish to use the signs and symbols within the walls of their church building as an amazing tool to teach the faith and pass it on generation after generation. “The Third Moment of a Sacrament” is a very engaging strategy to stay connected with many of the “loosely connected” people who approach our parishes at sacramental moments. If this strategy is implemented, there is a high degree of probability that parish attendance will increase and parish life will be more alive.
6-09 Hispanic Catholics: A Blessing and a Challenge for the Church (Workshop Closed)
Based on 21 years of successful Hispanic ministry in a predominantly Mexican parish in Chicago, discussion will focus on the blessings of faith and culture and the system of values Hispanic Catholics bring to a parish. We will also look at the challenges of many needs requiring a pastoral response, such as internal family conflict, domestic violence, discrimination, preservation as well as integration of cultural traditions with those of the United States, financial support for their parish, and action for justice.
Charles W. Dahm, OP
Dominican priest Charles Dahm served for five years as a missionary in Bolivia. After returning to the United States, he founded and was staff at 8th Day Center for Justice in Chicago. Between 1986-2007, he served as Pastor of St. Pius V Church in Chicago. An occasional lecturer, Fr. Dahm is serving as an independent pastoral consultant and Co-Coordinator of Justice and Peace for Dominicans in North America.
6-10 Helping Children with Special Needs Develop the Skills to Solve Their Own Problems
Break the Cycle of Learned Helplessness by empowering children and teens to work through difficulties and solve problems. Learn to use a four-step process to teach your students or your own children to develop personal responsibility by clarifying problems, identifying possible solutions, evaluating consequences, and then making sound choices for resolving the problems.
6-11 Much ado about Parents*!!! (Workshop Closed)
If there is one thing you hear catechists frequently talking about, it is the involvement of parents* in their child’s catechetical formation. Whether it is in traditional classroom settings or whole community events, the numbers of parents* “missing in action” frustrates the efforts of even the most seasoned catechist/catechetical leader. We will address a whole range of issues from non-involved parents* to the overly involved. We’ll even look at comments from parents* and how they square off on this issue! Come spend an invigorating hour plus. Perhaps you’ll leave seeing this “parent*” issue “anew”!
* Of course, today “parents” could mean grandparents, guardians, foster parents, etc. This too will be addressed.
Ken Doran’s 30 years in catechetical ministry reflect broad experience on diocesan, school and parish levels. He is currently National Religion Consultant for William H. Sadlier and has been a workshop presenter at numerous national and diocesan catechetical events. Doran is also Master Catechist for the Diocese of Camden, N.J., as well as fifth-grade and Communion catechist at Holy Saviour Parish in Westmont, N.J.
6-12 Lift Your Gaze: Evangelize Anew
The church exists in order to evangelize, that is carrying forth the Good News into every strata of persons, people and society. What do we need to be and do to evangelize? What areas do we need to touch, to heal with the transforming power of the Gospel?
Msgr. Ray East
Msgr. Ray East is presently Pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, D.C., where he is also Director for the Office of Black Catholics and the Vicar for Evangelization for the archdiocese. Msgr. East works in the areas of youth ministry and has a passion for evangelization.
6-13 Puppies, Butterflies and Rainbows
The world of the preschool child is filled with such wonder and awe. If we can see the world with those same eyes, we can unlock the secrets to helping the preschool child prepare for a life of faith. Come to this workshop to explore the essentials of an effective ministry with preschool children. And be ready to sing and dance!
6-14 Nouwen, Merton, and the Living Gospel: Reading Our Own Story in God’s Story of Jesus
The task of the spiritual life is learning to see our own story in relation to the story of Jesus. This is not just a story of glorious mysteries, but of sorrows and joys, suffering, and the ongoing call to conversion. Drawing on the example of spiritual writers Henri Nouwen and Thomas Merton and the lives of the saints, this session will show how we can learn to read our own life story as a Gospel text.
Robert Ellsberg is Publisher and Editor in Chief of Orbis Books, based in Maryknoll, N.Y. A former editor of The Catholic Worker, he worked with Dorothy Day for the last five years of her life and is currently editing her diaries and letters. He has written many award-winning books on saints including the popular “All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time.”
6-15 Forgive and Be Free (Workshop Closed)
“You can’t hit your brother! Apologize right now!” Does that sound familiar? Most of us have been taught many things about forgiveness, from the time our parents first forced us to say “I’m sorry.” But what if most of what we’ve been taught is not true? What if continuing in your same patterns means you cannot fully heal, and you remain blinded by anger, grudges and hate from the past? Come challenge old notions of forgiveness and reconciliation, and open yourself to the freedom and new vision that come from true forgiveness.
Amy Florian is a liturgy and bereavement consultant with over 30 years of experience in parish ministry. She has published numerous articles and two books, “Sign & Symbol, Word and Song” and “The Mass: An Invitation to Enjoy It.” Florian also serves as Executive Director of Stauros U.S.A., an organization dedicated to exploring the mystery of suffering. Her workshops, training sessions, missions and retreats span the country.
6-16 Globalization, Spirituality and Justice (Workshop Closed)
This session will look at the challenge of living out our relationships with God, others, ourselves and creation, particularly with the complex challenges posed by globalization. After offering an overview of globalization, Fr. Daniel Groody will then explore an “underview” of globalization (the problem of poverty) and an “innerview” (the terrain of the human heart). Particular attention will be given to Catholic social teaching and contemporary spiritual practices that can help us as we explore what it means to be human amidst the contemporary world’s challenges. This session will explore a spiritual reading of globalization and a global reading of spirituality.
Rev. Daniel G. Groody, CSC
Fr. Daniel Groody is Assistant Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Latino Spirituality and Culture at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He has worked many years in Latin America, particularly along the U.S.-Mexico border, and has authored a book and is Executive Producer of a video about migrants. A member of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, he has given talks worldwide and has numerous published articles.
6-17 Renewing the Face of the Earth/Christian Worship and Earthkeeping
From the beginning of creation, God has covenanted in love with humans, calling us to be partners in treasuring the sacredness of all life and creation. In the 21st century, when we have the power to preserve or destroy this planet, when North Americans consume so much of the world’s resources, what does the Eucharist have to say to us about our role in the web of life?
6-18 A Gentle Plea for Chaos: Life as a Journey, Not a Destination
Insight, love, surprise, discovery and joy all come from places of uncertainty, even chaos. This goes against the grain of a culture afraid of mystery, questions and doubt. These shadowy places are too easily dismissed as darkness. But what if hope is really about God (literally) with us? In the midst? In these shadows. Jesus invites us to let our “light shine.” We are invited to see prayer as living this moment with open hands and heart. Open and awake to the wealth of life’s quirky offerings, without the need to tidy up. In that space my heart can expand to receive those parts of my life … the messy, the uncertain, the doubts, the shadows. And my light will shine.
6-19 On the Road Again: Transforming Families, Systems and Ourselves
“Get on the Bus” and the “Chowchilla Family Express” are two California programs that unite families with their loved ones in prison. Come and learn how you can be a part of an evolving new paradigm, a new movement, a new mission, and a new future. This presentation will feature real stories, real people and real possibilities for getting on the road with reunification of families.
Suzanne Jabro, CSJ
Sr. Suzanne Jabro has served as a leader in the correctional justice movement for more than 30 years. As a Catholic Chaplain, she ministered to men, women and children in various detention facilities throughout California and Washington states. In the 1990s, she served as Director of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Detention Ministry Department, the largest in the United States. Sr. Jabro is currently Executive Director of the Center for Restorative Justice Works, and founded the Get On The Bus program.
Eric DeBode is Program Director for the Chowchilla Family Express, referring to the Central California Women’s Facility and Valley State Prison for Women that are located near the central California city. After nine years in the Jesuits, DeBode has run a drop-in center for the homeless in Tacoma, Wash., spent several years working at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker and was Director at California People of Faith Working Against the Death Penalty.
6-20 The Gift of Friendship
Friends shape who we are and who we are yet to be. Friends help us live better, counteract stress and are a very important part of how we attain maturity and wisdom. For couples, the first friend is the life partner. For celibate women and men and clergy, friends are the characteristic way to experience intimacy. This workshop will explore the characteristics of healthy friendships, the skills needed to develop these critical relationships, how women and men approach friendships, and the obstacles that prevent healthy relating with both men and women. Growth in friendship with God will also be addressed.
Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, PhD
Lynn Levo, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is a licensed psychologist, consultant, author and lecturer. She consults with religious congregations of women and men, and has presented nationally and internationally on fostering healthy integrated sexuality, celibacy, relationships, intimacy and mutuality in community. Currently, Sr. Levo is the Director of Education and Editor of Lukenotesat Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md.
6-21 The Book of Revelation and Worship in the Presence of God (Workshop Closed)
Craig R. Koester
The Book of Revelation invites people to encounter God and the Lamb. Although many people assume that Revelation is about the future, it profoundly shapes the way we worship. Its opening chapters offer glimpses into the life of congregations. Then it takes us into the presence of God and scenes of heavenly worship. Much of the church’s music has been inspired by Revelation. Well-known compositions like Handel’s “Messiah” and many newer songs are based on passages from Revelation. Knowing the music makes Revelation a more accessible and meaningful part of Scripture. And knowing Revelation gives new dimensions to our own worship life.
6-22 Lift Your Gaze ... See a New Vision with a New Heart (Workshop Closed)
Do we see or are we blind? Are we hard-hearted or are our hearts softening and growing more courageous with risk and standing up for our faith? Do we know that we were born blind but now we can see? Or do we think we can see just fine and we judge the problem to lie in others’ seeing (our eyes are connected to our ears and our tongues)? Do we tell the stories of truth and stand up for our God in Jesus preaching the gospel of justice and peace for all? This gaze of God is the look of courage, fortitude and enduring grace in the face of violence and untruth. Come lift your gaze and draw others to the cross in hope.
6-23 The Women in the New Testament
Fr. J. Patrick Mullen, PhD, STL
Beginning with Mary (Jesus’ mother), Mary Magdalene, Martha and Mary, and others, will will examine both how Jesus’ life and ministry were encouraged and assisted by holy women. In addition in this session, we will look at how, particularly from Luke’s perspective, Jesus responded to their needs and concerns.
6-24 Ecotheology from the Future: The Apocalypse as Basis for Environmental Responsibility
Sr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ
Most inquiries into what the Bible has to say about environmental responsibility begin with Genesis 1-2 and our God-given charge to fill, subdue and seemingly take care of the Earth. Here we will start not at the beginning but rather where most think is the end: the Book of Revelation.
6-25 Being Missionaries to Our Own Children – Today’s Real Missionary Task (Workshop Closed)
Ronald Rolheiser, OMI
The toughest missionary task in the world today is communicating the faith to our own children. Secular culture, with its many distractions, has some particular resistances to the Gospel even as it contains much that is moral. Is secular culture post-Christian? Are we living in a tyranny of relativity? Or is secular culture merely the grandiose adolescent child of Christianity, not bad but just not finished? How do we become missionaries inside of secularity, inside of our home cities, inside of our own homes?
6-26 Interaction in Multicultural Settings
Where are we in understanding the interaction of people in multicultural settings? This workshop will review some of the major approaches and look at some emerging models and their implication for ministry. (This will be repeated in Session 7-23.)
Robert Schreiter, CPPS
Fr. Robert Schreiter, a member of the Society of the Precious Blood, is Professor of Theology at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He lectures worldwide on themes of interculturation, reconciliation and mission of the church today, and has published 17 books on these themes. Fr. Schreiter is Past President of the American Society of Missiology and of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
6-27 The Great Awakening (Workshop Closed)
We won’t get to social justice without a revival of faith. Something is happening around the country and it’s felt everywhere. Faith is being applied to social justice more now than at any other time in several decades, and spiritual power is being harnessed for social change. We may be poised on the edge of a new “great awakening” – a time like times before in American and world history when faith really changes things … big things. In this workshop, Jim Wallis will explore the promise and possibility of revival today.
Jim Wallis is a best-selling author, public theologian, speaker and international commentator on ethics and public life. As President and Executive Director of Sojourners/Call to Renewal, he convenes a national network of churches, faith-based organizations, and individuals working to overcome poverty in America. In addition, Wallis is Editor in Chief of Sojourners magazine. His columns appear in major national newspapers, and he regularly appears on radio and television.
6-28 Modern Media: A Test for the Modern Church (Workshop Closed)
David Walsh, PhD
This workshop will break new ground on the impact of mass media on children, families and communities. Dr. David Walsh will combine the latest discoveries in the field of brain research with empirical data to show how and why mass media are so powerful in shaping attitudes, values and behavior. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of media on the “culture of disrespect.” Dr. Walsh will present compelling evidence that the influence of media is one of the greatest challenges facing religious educators today. He will also offer a concrete plan for change and explain why it is imperative to address the role of media in the lives of believers.
6-29 One-minute Meditation: A Practical, Pastoral and Powerful New Way to Pray
Sometimes in our ministry and in our personal spiritual life we think too big, developing visions and expectations of others and ourselves that overwhelm and frustrate us. In this workshop, Tom Zanzig encourages us to think small, to imagine what might happen – in our own lives, in our ministries, in our parishes – if we could just get enough people to do a little. You might just leave this workshop asking, “Can it really be this simple?!”
6-70 Vietnamese Workshop
Bro. Fortunat Phong
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