Faith & Science: Presentation Slides

I am so grateful for the amazing turnout we’ve had for both sessions of my new class, “Foundations of Faith,” there were after 97 the first night, we had 106 the second week. Of course even better than the numbers is the quality of questions and discussions I’m hearing from everyone attending.

For those that weren’t able to make it, or those who want to review, here are the PowerPoint presentation slides on “Faith & Science.” The readings can be found on this page. As the weeks go on, all resources (readings and slides) will be found at this hub.

Faith & Science: Presentation Slides

Faith & Science: Foundations of Faith Resources

After a great turnout Monday night for the first session of “Foundations of Faith,” it is now time to turn attention to next week.

While this week we covered Faith and Reason, next week we extend that philosophical conversation to a more practical conversation regarding the relationship between faith and science.

For this week, instead of a collection of excerpts, I have selected a single letter composed by St. John Paul II in 1988 to the then director of the Vatican Observatory.

Faith & Science: Reading Packet

I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday night, feel free to invite a friend!

If you missed the reading packet or slides from any week, all resources can be found at this hub.

Announcing “Foundations of Faith” – Adult Faith Formation in Jefferson City

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Have you ever found yourself during Mass wondering what something means as you listen to the Scriptures? Perhaps something the priest mentioned in a homily was unclear? Maybe you know you’re Catholic but you’re not sure why the Church teaches what she does on a number of pressing and important issues? Perhaps you want to be better able to explain to your friends what you and the Church believe? Or maybe you’re just curious.

Thankfully there is a solution arriving here in Jefferson City, Mo. Beginning on October 15, 2018, I will be offering an adult education, faith formation, catechesis, class, seminar, whatever you want to call it, and you are most welcome to attend. The classes will begin at 6:30 PM and will be held in Kertz Hall at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

The course will be geared towards adults, that is anyone 18 & older.

I am titling the course, “The Church in the Modern World.” That is both a reference to Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes, as well as something broad enough for us to cover a wide variety of topics across different sessions.

I will be offering a six week session this fall. In the future, I plan to offer more 6-10 week sessions. Each of the sessions will be based on a particular theme as requested by those attending the class. Click here to see some potential future topics.

For this initial session I consulted our parish education commission and came up with the theme, “Foundations of Faith.” Our class topics will be:

October 15: Faith & Reason

October 22: Faith & Science

October 29: Revelation

November 12: Origins of Sacred Scripture

November 19: Scripture & Tradition

November 26: Jesus

December 7: Mary (N.B. – This is on a Friday as a part of the parish Advent Soup Supper)

It will not be a linear course in the sense it will not be necessary to attend every week, you can come and go as you please. I will also post readings and resources on this web site, though it will not be necessary to review them beforehand. Even if you can’t make it a given week, you’ll still have access to all of the resources found at this hub.

I look forward to seeing you on October 15th, let me know if you have any questions. Please help me spread the word. Below is a printable flyer you can print.

If you already know you want more information, click here, to send me an e-mail, and I’ll add you to the e-mail list.

Priesthood: Adult Ed Resources – 30 March 2017

Due to various scheduling issues, especially spring break for the college students, this week we will be shifting gears from talking about faith & science, and we will talk about the priesthood. On the balloting, I listed two different topics; the priesthood, and “married/women priests.” This week I will combine both into the one session.

Here are the readings for this week, you will note that I have listed the paragraph numbers in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The reason for only listing them instead of adding them here has to do with the formatting and citations. Frankly, it would take me quite a bit of time. So if you have a hard copy of the Catechism you can crack it open, or you can go to this link on the Vatican web site.

Priesthood: Reading Packet

The readings this week come from:

  • The Council of Nicaea I (325)
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (1992)
  • Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (1994)
  • Homily of Pope Francis (2013)

For past week’s topics and resources visit the main class page.

For any questions, comments or concerns, contact me.

Adult Education Programming Update

First of all let me say how pleased I have been with the quality of conversation taking place every Thursday night at, “The Church in the Modern World” Adult Education class that I’ve been offering for about a month now here in Columbia, Mo.

One of the best things has been to see men and women from college age all the way through retirees gather in one place and seek to learn and dialogue together about their Catholic faith. Certainly, there are an abundance of professional and academic fields represented in the group, such a variety of experiences both presents it’s challenges but also enriches the experience. Personally, on a philosophical and pedagogical level, I enjoy the challenge of trying to weave the group together. I ask patience and forgiveness for any failures in that regard.

After conducting some balloting in the first few sessions, last week, when discussing revelation etc., I announced the upcoming topics. I failed to connect a few dots regarding the timing of spring break for the college students as well as Holy Week. After further discussion last night, I have decided on the following schedule for the upcoming weeks. I wanted to post an update so that all can have it written down and avoid confusion.

Thursday, March 30 (Spring Break) – Priesthood

Monday, April 10 (Holy Week) – The Mass & the Eucharist

Thursday, April 20 – Sexuality & Theology of the Body

Thursday, April 27 – Contraception

Thursday, May 4 – LGBT Issues & the Church’s Response

Thursday, May 11 – Reconciliation

Stay tuned for further updates.

If you are looking for information from past topics, please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

March 23, 2017 Presentation Slides – Faith & Science

Another night and another great conversation about our Catholic faith and how we as a Church need to understand our philosophical foundations and then apply them as we engage with the world.

The key to last night’s conversation between can be summed up by one of the attendees in the struggle between perceived and real differences. That is to say that we must work to break down and get past perceived differences while also at the same time finding a way to not deny the real differences and seek a way to work together for the benefit of theology, science and the entire world.

Here are the presentation slides from last night:

March 23, 2017 Presentation Slides

For the readings provided for this week’s class click here.

All resources for previous weeks and topics can be found here.

Faith & Science: Adult Ed Resources – 23 March 2017

After treating Faith & Reason in the first weeks and then Revelation last week, we now turn towards the relationship between faith and science. As in the past weeks, this will continue to be more of a foundational topic, albeit more concrete than the previous weeks.

We will continue a foundational approach as it should be fairly obvious that any discussion on faith and science could lead to a discussion on a wide variety of concrete issues. Certainly we will discuss some of those applications in class on Thursday, though the aim will be more philosophical.

For this week, instead of a collection of excerpts, I have selected a single letter composed by St. John Paul II in 1988 to the then director of the Vatican Observatory.

To review the letter before class on Thursday, click the link below.

Faith & Science: Reading Packet

To view previous week’s resources click here.