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Engaging the Bible as Scripture: Reading Scripture for All It’s Worth

Instructor: Dr. Barbara Green, O.P. What are the challenges of reading the Bible not simply as a wonderful (if difficult) book but also as Scripture: formative and normative, challenging and sustaining for us, despite and because of its many complexities and struggles of our lives?  In an age when we may feel bored with what…

Priests for the 21st Century: Revisioning Priesthood for a New Day

Moderator: Diane Vella, MA Diane Vella has served as a Lay Ecclesial Minister on Long Island for over 40 years on both the diocesan parish levels, with special interest and expertise in the fields of Adult Faith Formation and Lay Ministry Formation.  For most of those years she has also served as an Adjunct Instructor…

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The Passion Narratives: A Paradigm for Christian Discipleship

The Passion Narratives: A Paradigm for Christian Discipleship Few biblical accounts evoke more emotion than the Passion Narratives. These accounts of Jesus’ suffering and death play a powerful and climactic role in the four Gospels, to say nothing of their liturgical role in Holy Week. Each evangelist shaped the common inherited tradition somewhat differently, even…

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The Bible and Ecology

Instructor: Dr. Paul Schutz In this five-week course, the focus will be on key biblical texts (Genesis 1-3, Psalms 8 and 104, Proverbs, NT, Revelation, etc.) that discuss creation, God's relationship to creation, and humanity's standing within the natural world. This course will examine the way the Bible has been used to justify social oppression and…