Annotation An examination of the intersection of religious and familial discourse over the course of two centuries. Households of Faith examines a variety of religious traditions with a particular focus on the way in which religious communities define gender identities. The authors explore the boundaries drawn in religious discourse between the private and public, offering a revisionist perspective on the theoretical framework of separate spheres. By analysing gender relations within the matrix of the family, they explore both the conflicts and interdependency of gender roles.
Contents: Preface I. Introduction: In Search of the Church II. Mark: An Alternative Community III. Matthew: Households of Justice IV. Luke: Signs of the Kingdom V. Paul: Communities of Reconciliation VI. 1 Peter: Homes for the Homeless VII. The Apocalypse of John: Communities of Resistance VIII. In Search of the Church: An Invitation
Grand Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards Thoughtful observers agree that the planetary crisis we now face-climate change; species extinction; the destruction of entire ecosystems; the urgent need for a more just economic-political order-is pushing human civilization to a radical turning point: change or perish. But precisely how to change remains an open question. In Earth-honoring Faith, Larry Rasmussen answers that question with a dramatically new way of thinking about human society, ethics, and the ongoing health of our planet. Rejecting the modern assumption that morality applies to human society alone, Rasmussen insists that we must derive a spiritual and ecological ethic that accounts for the well-being of all creation, as well as the primal elements upon which it depends: earth, air, fire, water, and sunlight. He argues that good science, necessary as it is, will not be enough to inspire fundamental change. We must draw on religious resources as well to make the difficult transition from an industrial-technological age obsessed with consumption to an ecological age that restores wise stewardship of all life. Earth-honoring Faith advocates an alliance of spirituality and ecology, in which the material requirements for planetary life are reconciled with deep traditions of spirituality across religions, traditions that include mysticism, sacramentalism, prophetic practices, asceticism, and the cultivation of wisdom. It is these shared spiritual practices that can produce a chorus of world faiths to counter the consumerism, utilitarianism, alienation, oppression, and folly that have pushed us to the brink. Written with passionate commitment and deep insight, Earth-honoring Faith reminds us that we must live in the present with the knowledge that the eyes of future generations will look back at us.
The key in the Generations approach to faith formation is that it builds on the strengths of a parish's current catechetical program, while creating a lifelong faith formation plan and intergenerational learning programs that gather all the generations to learn together and nurture faith at home throughout the life cycle. The CD-ROM includes PowerPoint presentations for each chapter, along with articles by religious education theorists who have been instrumental in developing a new paradigm of lifelong faith formation. The book is ideal for parish pastoral and catechetical leaders, as well as university courses in religious education and pastoral ministry.
Parish Prayer Services for Whole Community Catechesis : Year C
Author: David Haas
Publisher: Twenty-Third Publications
This collection of prayer services by liturgical composer David Haas contains services for each week of Year C as well as key feast days. The services are written in the spirit of whole community catechesis, and can be used with both adult groups and intergenerational gatherings.
Good communication, often said to be the key to every successful relationship, can be challenging to master without the right tools. In his relationship empowerment guide, author Rodney Jenkins offers a comprehensive road map that teaches couples how to speak openly to each other about both the good and the bad, listen effectively, and focus on long-term relationship growth. Jenkins relies on real-life scenarios as well as his own professional, personal, and faithbased experiences to offer couples clear ground rules for communication, including scheduling daily conversations, introducing “I” messages, and engaging in active listening techniques that help break down barriers and create intimacy. Through his proactive methods, Jenkins helps couples learn how to deal with communication roadblocks; maintain good communication during hardships; better understand a partner and the process of love; root a relationship in spirituality, honesty, and friendship; and focus on the big picture. Don’t Waste Your Mad provides couples with the tools to build, strengthen, and maintain a strong relationship through effective communication while growing together financially, spiritually, and emotionally.