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Growing Faith for a Vibrant Church [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Growing Faith for a Vibrant Church BY JANE E. REGAN Growing in Faith: The Journey of a Lifetime Picking up my youngest daughter from kindergarten at our local Catholic school one spring afternoon several years back, I experienced one of those moments that shifted, even just slightly, my understanding and appreciation of our faith. Once released from the dismissal line, Catie dashed to the car with an art paper in her hand, clearly excited. "I know what this Sunday is!" she announced as she jumped in. "Really?" I responded, only half paying attention as I pulled out of the school parking lot. "Yep," she said. "It's pom-pom Sunday." "You mean Palm Sunday," I corrected. "No, pom-pom Sunday because all the followers of Jesus cheered for him on his way to Jerusalem. And he got to ride a pony!" Sure enough, the picture that she showed me when we got home was of Jesus sitting on a pony/donkey with all the people standing along the side of the road waving red and yellow pom-poms, vestiges o...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources EDITOR Jane E. Regan ADVISORY BOARD J. A. Apple-yard, S.J. Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Thomas Groome John McGinty Robert Newton Theresa O'Keefe Hosffman Ospino Barbara Radtke Jacqueline Regan DESIGNER Progressive Print Solutions Erinkate O'Domiell C2l Resources is published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with the publications from which these articles have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today. They are published with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and lay members of the Catholic community. © 2009 Trustees of Boston College
CHILDREN'S STORIES FOR FAMILY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FAITH AND GOD [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
CHILDREN'S STORIES FOR FAMILY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT FAITH AND GOD RECOMMENDED BY LEIAND NAGEI A 11 of these authors/illustrators / I have many more books that A- JL you might find offer insights into values we cherish. Each of these books opens the door; you decide how far you will venture into this journey to the soul. Demi, The Empty Pot. New York, NY, (Henry Holt and Company, Inc.: 1990). Thoughtfulness, hard work, and honesty are portrayed as virtues in this competition. What is prized becomes the source of discussion and of what one values. Demi's art always has a touch of gold. Fox, Mem, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge. Brooklyn, NY &amp; Lajolla, CA, (Kane/Miller Book Publishers: 1985). What is used to help one remember also deepens the relationship between the generations. The artwork of Julie Vivas captures the warmth and intimacy of the story. Lopez, Barry, Crow and Weasel. San Francisco, CA, (North Point Press: 1990). It's a quest from boyhood to manhood, from ado...
Contributing Publications [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Contributing Publications America , the national Catholic weekly magazine, has been published since 1909 by Jesuits in the United States for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. America is online at www.americamagazine.org. Subscribe via the Web or call 1-800-627-9533. The Journal of Religion, Disability &amp; Health provides an interfaith, interdisciplinary forum that supports people with disabilities and their families through religious, spiritual, clinical, educational, and scientific perspectives. This journal addresses the critical ethical, moral, and spiritual issues raised by people with disabilities in health and rehabilitation services. It focuses on research, policies, and practices that unite religious personnel with health care professionals and researchers to develop more holistic supports and inclusive communities for people with disabilities. Subscribe online at www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~contentM: 792 3 0695 2 ~tab=s...
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Handing On the Faith [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Handing On the Faith BY THOMAS H. GROOME The Need for Total Community Catechesis A burgeoning recognition that the process of growing in faith extends far beyond the confines of formal religious education has given rise to a call for an approach to catechesis that draws on the whole life of the Christian community as a source and agent of formation. No longer is the task of fostering faith the work of u the expertsall are called to be participants as teachers and learners. Stop and remember how you came into your identity in Christian faith. I'll wager that memories will come tumbling of family rituals, prayers, and faith sharing, of parish events and celebrations, and of personal relationships that spoke to you of God's love and presence in your life. Well, what was often achieved in a former time by osmosis—from the Christian enculturation of family, community, and parish—is now being organized into an intentional approach to "handing on the faith." And given the diversity of infl...
GROWING IN FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
GROWING IN FAITH I was in the fifth grade in a Catholic school when the fruits of Vatican II began to appear in the Mass's liturgical music. I remember the energetic, joyfilled strumming of the guitar players as they sang spirited songs such as "To Be Alive" and "We Are One in the Spirit." The melody, rhythm, and lyrics of these songs connected my bodily-felt senses, emotions, and thoughts as I experienced God in ways that transcended the earnest but remote nature of our daily religion classes. Singing these songs within the communal settings of my elementary school friends, church, and family allowed me to realize that I could pray through music. As a high schooler, I joined our church folk group and began to lead our parish community in song. I experienced tremendous joy sharing this part of myself within these communal contexts. These experiences had a significant influence on my faith as I learned what it meant to be sacrament for one another. Susan Swanson
Family Matters in Faith Formation [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Family Matters in Faith Formation BY JOHN ROBERTO This article examines the literature on family faith practices and their implications for fostering faith within the family and the parish. The research studies we have consulted explored family faith practice among religiously committed families. These studies will help us answer these questions: How does family religious involvement benefit children, teens, and adults, and strengthen the family? What is the impact of parental faith on children and teens? What are the core family faith practices? A good deal of research and our own experience makes clear that the family is the first community of faith and the most powerful influence on the faith of children and teenagers. Parents are the first educators of their children, providing the foundation for a spiritual and religious life. At the same time, families are stretched and stressed in new and challenging ways, putting new demands on family life and parish ministry. Family time an...
GROWING IN FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
GROWING IN FAITH I come from a big family where Catholic religious practices were woven through the fabric of our lives. However, one of the most formative experiences was not explicitly religious, but shaped my faith: eating dinner as a family on a nighdy basis. My siblings and I were involved with the various extracurricular activities that many families know. Likewise, my parents had their commitments outside the house. However, it was an expectation that everyone would be home for dinner. It was in that space that I learned many valuable lessons: how to wait my turn, how to listen to others, and how to tell a story that would hold the attention of ten listeners. But it also taught me patience, restraint, and understanding. As I reflect back, it was where I learned to live out Jesus' command (Matthew 5: 23-24) if you are angry with your brother, "go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come" to the table. By meeting daily in that time and space, I learned the neces...
What Is a Christian Practice? [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
What Is a Christian Practice? BY DOROTHY BASS The process of growing in faith has more to do with how we live than what we are taught. Focused attention to the "'practices" that shape the Christian life provides access to an important resource for growing faith. Christian practices are shared patterns of activity in and through which life together takes shape over time in response to and in the light of God as known in Jesus Christ. Woven together, they form a way of life. Each practice is a complex set of acts, words, and images that addresses one area of fundamental human need. Hospitality. Sabbathkeeping. Forgiveness. Making music. First of all, practices are things we do. A child or adult can participate in a practice such as hospitality through warm acts of welcome, even without comprehending the biblical stories and theological convictions that encourage and undergird this practice. Most of our practicing takes place at this unreflective level, as we go about our daily living....
Faith for a Lifetime [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Faith for a Lifetime BY JANE E. REGAN A number of theologians and religious education theorists have given attention to the way in which a person's faith grows or changes over time. While not separate from knowledge of beliefs or church teachings, this sense of a growing faith looks at the way in which persons make meaning of the world around them through their commitments of trust and belief. The following description gives an overview of faith development, highlighting the dynamics that enhance and shape our faith as we move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. Faith in Our Parents The earliest experiences of infancy serve as an essential foundation for a life of faith. Psychologist Erik Erikson describes this as the time in which basic trust is established. The consistent response an infant receives when it cries serves to reassure the child that the world and the people in the world can be trusted to address her needs; the world becomes a trustworthy place to b...