2008 RECongress Period 7
Religious Education Congress
Sunday, March 2, 2008
10:00 - 11:30 am
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7-01 The Future of Liberal Catholicism
John L. Allen Jr.
Liberal Catholicism has been described as bankrupt, finished, and all but pronounced dead. But is it really? Or will the 21st century create a surprising renewal for the liberal instinct in the church?
7-02 Liturgical Movement for Children
Learn creative and effective ways to engage children K-8 in liturgical celebrations, prayer services and classroom activities. Simple gestures, liturgical dance, ritual and the acting out of Scripture is a wonderful way to involve our young students in the richness of our faith! This workshop is about “doing,” so come prepared to move!
An accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer, Donna Anderle has performed movement for prayer and celebration at major liturgical conventions across the country, including the L.A. Congress. She has four books of choreography and a CD-ROM on liturgical dance. Anderle is on the teaching faculty of The Cincinnati Ballet Company and is involved in various outreach dance programs for Cincinnati inner-city schools.
7-03 The Eucharist: Source and Summit (Workshop Closed)
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, according to the Second Vatican Council. In this session, Fr. Robert Barron will explore this central mystery of the faith under the rubrics of sacred meal, sacrifice, and Real Presence.
Rev. Robert Barron
Chicago-native Fr. Robert Barron first served the Chicago Archdiocese as Associate Pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge, Ill. Since then, he has served as Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein Seminary, located outside of Chicago. His numerous articles on theology and spirituality have appeared in a variety of journals. He also gives frequent retreats, missions and workshops.
7-04 God Loves Me! Calling Children to Faith Through Song
How can we share the great news that God loves us with the children in our care? What are some creative and practical ideas for passing on the riches of our Catholic faith tradition? Incorporating song, movement and meditative prayer, this workshop will offer a variety of age-appropriate activities suitable for children at the elementary level. Catechetical themes such as revelation, Trinity, Jesus Christ, church, morality, God’s Kingdom, Sacraments and justice will be addressed during this session.
7-05 Cultivating Spiritual Awareness with Young Adolescents (Workshop Closed)
This session will explore concrete principles and processes for helping junior-highers develop spiritual sensitivities and moral imagination. Examples from the young adolescent paperback series, “Lincoln Park,” will be used to illustrate these specific dynamics, including the unique function of adults as spiritual teachers.
For over 30 years Michael Carotta has worked with young people in educational, pastoral, clinical and athletic settings. His recent books include “Have Faith: A Candidate-Sponsor Resource for Confirmation and Beyond” and “Lincoln Park,” a junior-high mystery series co-authored with John Shea. Currently, Carotta serves as the Consultant for Adolescent Catechesis for Harcourt Religion and teaches graduate courses at several Catholic universities nationwide.
7-06 The Call of the Catechist
Carol Cimino, SSJ, EdD
This presentation will explore the special ministry and vocation of those who teach youngsters about their faith. It will offer some thoughts about what the ministry demands of our personal and spiritual lives, and how catechists can exemplify what the Acts of the Apostles calls them to be: “of one mind and one heart.”
7-07 The Once and Future Diaconate: A New Vision for a Renewed Church
William T. Ditewig
While many people are still discovering the diaconate renewed by the Second Vatican Council, and while the progress of this renewed order has sometimes been uneven at best and problematic at worst, the fact remains that the diaconate is the fastest-growing ministry in the church today. What is required today, now that we have had four decades of experience upon which to build, is a renewed vision of the diaconate based on a renewed vision of the servant-nature of the church herself. This workshop examines the theological, spiritual and pastoral dimensions of such a vision for the future.
7-08 Holy Week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Michael S. Driscoll
The cathedral stands out as the Mother Church of each diocese and it should model good liturgical practice for the diocese. The Constitution on the Liturgy (par. 41) states, “Therefore all should hold in great esteem the liturgical life of the diocese centered around the bishop, especially in his cathedral church.” This workshop will use the Los Angeles Cathedral as a case study to determine whether what happens at Our Lady of the Angels is the model for what can happen throughout the Los Angeles Archdiocese. How is this principle applicable in other (arch)dioceses?
7-09 Helping Kids Develop a Personal Relationship with Jesus
Children today are constantly bombarded with messages, distractions and temptations that lure them away from the spiritual and create an over-emphasis on the worldly. Here are some practical ideas and activities to encourage children to consciously choose Jesus Christ as their true leader and, in the process, become happier and more fulfilled followers. Drawing from the wisdom of Thomas a Kempis’ “The Imitation of Christ,” this talk is geared to teachers and parents who nurture the spiritual development of children ages 8-13.
7-10 “A Word in Your Ear”: Hearing the Word and Putting It Into Practice
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp
Attentive listening does not come easily, as the first disciples discovered. But because they failed to listen, they frequently failed to learn from Jesus. We will explore the significance of “having ears” in Jewish culture and will identify some of the “deaf spots” that cause us to be less than we are called to be. Emphasizing some of Jesus’ concerns, we strive to be more faithful disciples ourselves.
7-11 Grace under Pressure: Living with Hope and Courage
Dr. Greer G. Gordon
As modern-day believers, we live in a society that is filled with suffering. For many, that suffering brings with it a kind of immobilizing pressure that fills them with fear and doubt. From a spiritual perspective, that doubt and fear must be replaced with hope and courage, which only come through grace. In this session, a contemporary theology of grace will be explored, with a particular emphasis on what it means to live with hope and courage in a society of pressure and despair. This session is directed toward those working in evangelization, catechetical and pastoral ministries and spiritual development.
7-12 To Give You a Future with Hope: The Journey of Prayer & Spirituality for an Intergenerational Church
Far too often our tradition and prayer forms seem to isolate rather than unite. In our prayer and liturgical life, we tend to get “sectioned off” into different generational and other types of groupings, usually according to “stereotypes” of style, piety and approach. This session will be a musical, biblical and prayerful celebration of the many approaches, genres and resources of prayer that can help all of us – children, youth and adults together – to become active and engaged participants in the prayer-filled liturgical, catechetical and sacramental life. Together we will sing, pray and share stories that hopefully bring us together and form us to become a community centered in the mission of Christ.
7-13 Inward, Outward, Upward: Henri Nouwen’s Integrated Journey (Workshop Closed)
In his book “Reaching Out,” Henri Nouwen presents his own schema of the spiritual life in a threefold movement reaching out to our innermost being, to other fellow human beings, and to God. This represents the inward, outward and upward journey that we all embark upon – weaving psychology, ministry and theology with spirituality into a seamless whole. In this session we take a closer look at the integrated dynamics of such a journey.
Wil Hernandez, PhD
Dr. Wil Hernandez works as the Southern California Spiritual Formation Partners Coordinator for The Leadership Institute, in partnership with the Denver-based Spiritual Formation Alliance. Hernandez is author of “Henri Nouwen: A Spirituality of Imperfection,” and he regularly teaches on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen as an Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
7-14 Exciting “New” Gospels? What Catholics Need to Know about the Gospel of Judas and Other Apocryphal Writings
Felix Just, SJ, PhD
Some astounding claims have recently been made about newly discovered “Gospels,” such as the Gospel of Judas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, etc. But what value do these works really have? Do they teach us anything new about Jesus? Why are they so controversial? This talk will explore what we, as Catholic Christians, should know about these “non-canonical Gospels,” and what we should teach our children about them.
7-15 The Catechumenate and Conversion to Mission
Rev. Raymond B. Kemp
Have we slipped backward in our adult initiation to just giving instructions, and missed the challenge of conversion catechesis for engaging all the initiated in the mission of the church? Can the Lectionary and the coming synod on the power of the Word bring us back to the wonders of initiation processes that lead to vocation, mystagogia and mission? Let’s outline why the young adult generation values this authentic approach.
7-16 Leading in a Time of Uncertainty (Workshop Closed)
Lynn M. Levo, CSJ, PhD
Leading in a transitional time such as ours is both challenging and opportune. Leaders today are invited to embrace their full humanity, as they focus on the global reality and their current reality, guided by principles, values and a clear identity. This workshop will explore how leaders need to value and utilize the three types of human intelligence – rational, emotional, and spiritual – and will conclude with how trust is critical for any group/community to be mutual and healthy.
7-17 Soy Catequista: The Dignity, Vocation and Mission of the Catechist
The calling of the catechist is one of the most ancient and venerable vocations in the church. But today the complexity of faith communities is a challenge to the catechist in his or her concrete situation. This workshop will focus on what Scripture and Catholic tradition teach us about the dignity and vocation of the catechist. The workshop is based on a 2006 national consultation on catechesis in Hispanic communities and is intended to animate participants to convene Soy Catequista (I am a Catechist) events in their own parishes and dioceses.
Timothy Matovina is an Associate Professor of Theology and the William and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. In addition to his scholarly work, Matovina offers presentations and workshops on U.S. Catholicism and on ministry and theology. His publications include the recent, co-edited book, “The Treasure of Guadalupe.”
Natalia M. Imperatori-Lee, PhD
Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee grew up in Miami, the child of Cuban immigrants. She is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. Her interests include Vatican II and U.S. Latino/a theology. The former co-coordinator of Spanish-language RCIA, has spoken at the Detroit Archdiocese Pastoral Ministry Conference and at the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry, and was keynote at the Miami Archdiocese Youth Ministry Conference.
Michael E. Lee, PhD
Dr. Michael Lee combines academic theological work with years of experience in catechesis, ministry to the poor and music ministry in various church settings. He is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University, where he also serves at their Latin American & Latino/a Studies Institute. Dr. Lee writes on Christology, soteriology (study of salvation), Hispanic and Latin American theology.
Born in Arizona to parents of Mexican descent, Victor Valenzuela is fully bilingual and bicultural. He has been in ministry for 20 years, including classroom teaching, youth ministry, teacher training and writing and development of new materials. He has presented workshops to numerous groups both regionally and nationally. Valenzuela currently is a National Religion Consultant for Bilingual Resources at William H. Sadlier.
7-18 Pastoral Care of the Adolescent: A Church and Community Challenge
Robert J. McCarty, DMin
At the core of effective youth ministry is fostering the positive development of young people, even as they deal with a variety of risk issues and behaviors. This session provides a framework for comprehensive pastoral care and explores the principles and methods of caring for young people and their families. Practical strategies for developing life skills, crisis intervention, prevention programs and building youths’ assets will be explored.
7-19 “I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills”: Living a Contemporary Liturgical Spirituality
J-Glenn Murray, SJ
We have so often heard that by virtue of our Baptism each of us has a right and duty to participate fully, consciously and actively in the church’s liturgy. But what does that mean? How do we enter daily into this dying and rising of Christ that we celebrate Sunday after Sunday? Having looked to the hills, having been to the summit, how do we enter into a celebration that leads us day by day to a union of hearts and minds, that leads us day after day to answer the burning question: If we worship this way, how can we act any other way except in justice and in peace?
7-20 Life as Liturgy (Laundry Included)
Is it possible to have a contemplative life when there are so many demands on our time and energy, and we grow weary of juggling? This presentation will examine ways of seeing that can help us regain a sense of balance and renew our faith in the essential holiness of life.
Award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling author, Kathleen Norris has published seven books of poetry and four non-fiction books on her spiritual life. A Benedictine oblate since the late-’60s, she also has several published essays on monasticism. Norris resides in Hawaii, where she volunteers at her mother’s retirement home and her local Episcopal church. She travels regularly to the mainland speaking to hospital staff, social workers and medical professionals.
7-21 Liberation for Communion
Sr. Jamie T. Phelps, OP, PhD
This workshop will explore the primary ecclesiology of the Second Vatican Council, i.e., the church as communion. Participants will be lead in a reflection-discussion of their ministry as it contributes to the embodiment of Jesus’ vision of liberating humanity from sin and all that oppresses to make salvation – communion with God, other human beings and all creation a reality referred to biblically as the Reign of God or the Kingdom of Heaven.
7-22 When the Word Lives and Breathes: Reflections on Bibliodrama
Fr. Erik Riechers, SAC
Bibliodrama is a holistic method of delving into a biblical text. By laying the text out in a room, the participants have the opportunity of touching their personal lives to the text and letting the text come in contact with their personal lives. This session will offer an overview of this unique and invigorating approach of working with the biblical texts, and offer several short practical examples of how it is done.
7-23 Interaction in Multicultural Settings
Robert Schreiter, CPPS
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 is a repeat of Session 6-26.)
7-24 Glocal: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally to Stop AIDS
Carl C. Stecker
Sure, 39 million people worldwide are living with HIV. But they’re all “over there,” so, what can I do about it? The compassionate and comprehensive response of the church means both thinking and acting, both globally and locally – a “glocal” response. Know your epidemic (educate yourself and others), know your HIV status, act responsibly (both personally and corporately), advocate (governments and global community), give (time and resources), reach out (local and global), and remove stigma and discrimination. The brief presentation will be followed by stimulating discussion about what the body of Christ is doing and can do.
7-25 Clustering Parishes: Three Scenarios
Thomas P. Sweetser, SJ & Peg Bishop, OSF
No longer can Catholic parishes remain in isolation from one another. Today, two out of five parishes must share an ordained priest. Other parishes are being closed or combined with others close by. Still others must share staff, ministries and programs because of limited funds and resources. This presentation will offer three ways to cope with the shortages and draw out positive results: 1) clustering parishes that includes the parishioners in the deliberation; 2) providing a way in which priests who minister in more than one parish can find relief; and 3) sharing best practices and areas of need among groups of parishes so that all can learn from one another.
7-26 Seven Commitments to Change the World
Some of the most important moral challenges we face today – global poverty, climate change, human trafficking and genocide – often feel like huge mountains to move. It’s often not the information, knowledge, technology and resources that we lack to change the big issues, but rather, the lack of moral and political will. It’s really a matter of our commitments. This workshop will explore seven basic commitments that could literally change the world by providing a “tipping point” on the greatest challenges we face.
7-70 Vietnamese Workshop
Bishop Anton Chuong
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