Theological Reflection: Key to Connecting Faith and LifeCourse Level: Basic

Course Summary

Too often faith is attended to only on Sundays. During the rest of the week, Sunday's wisdom and challenges, plus its understandings and right judgments, are often left untouched. This course introduces a way to go beneath day-to-day events to find meaning within them, to make decisions about them, and to invite an awareness of the abiding presence of God, any day of the week!

One of the powerful witnesses of Jesus the Son is that his life was completely intertwined with God the Father. Nothing separated him from his relationship with the Father, and his relationship with the Father influenced all that he did. This course seeks to assist its participants in taking on the ways of Gospel through theological reflection. What does it take to keep faith and life integrated? How can we do that specifically? What is gained when we do? This is a course that answers those questions and at the same time provides ecclesial leaders some skills to facilitate theological reflection in groups. Finally, for those responding to a call from God to be leaders within the Christian community, this course will offer a method by which to lead that sets ecclesial leadership apart from leadership in other organizations.

Successful completion of this course earns 1.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • To understand and be able to define theological reflection
  • To be familiar with a method for carrying out theological reflection
  • To understand some of the considerations regarding facilitation of a theological reflection method

Course Materials

  • Required Book: Gros, Joye, OP Theological Reflection: Connecting Faith and Life Chicago, IL: Loyola Press, 2002 ISBN: 0829417249; ISBN-13: 978-0829417241

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Understanding Theological Reflection
    • To be able to define and describe what theological reflection is
    • To be able to explain why theological reflection is useful
    • To be introduced to a model of theological reflection that helps explain the elements in the theological reflection process
  • Week 2: Components of a Theological Reflection Method
    • To become familiar with one method for carrying out a theological reflection process
    • To discover some of the skills needed to do theological reflection
    • To examine how to use theological reflection in various ministerial settings
  • Week 3: Facilitating Theological Reflection
    • To identify necessary skills for facilitating theological reflection
    • To recognize the challenges and gifts within group process
    • To understand the importance of being authentic to Catholic tradition