Families with their joys, challenges, pressures, and pains, found themselves at the center of pastoral attention during 2014-2015 when Catholic bishops had two synodal meetings in Rome. This issue of C21 Resources provides a focus on the pastoral challenges and opportunities in the changing realities of post-modern families and family life in the U.S. In this course we hear family stories voiced by persons who experience them and enter into the ongoing dialogue about possible responses to the pastoral needs of contemporary families.
Everything you need for this course is provided on the course web site.
- Introductory Week
- Week 1: Some Realities of 21st Century Families
- Week 2: Family Stories
This course includes:
- Weekly introductions to each new topic;
- Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and
- A page of further resources about topics discussed in this course.
All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features
- Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
- Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
- The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
- An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
- Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
- A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.
Additional Materials Needed
Everything you need for this course is provided on the course site. View this issue of , C21 Resources "Catholic Families: Carrying Faith Forward." Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, The Church in the 21st Century Center, if you prefer a hard copy of this issue.
A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.
- Dr. Stephen J. Pope, professor of theology at the Boston College Theology Department