Course Facilitator Details

Mr. David J. Gruber M.A.

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Location: Galloway, Ohio, United States

In my 18th year of service as the Director of Religious Education at St Elizabeth Church, Columbus, OH, I am responsible for all religious education and lifelong faith formation of a urban/suburban parish serving over 500 families. I am also tasked with many parish administrative responsibilities utilizing 20+ years of business experience. I came into the Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 31 years ago this Easter and I am in my 27th year of active ministry overall. I became involved in online learning in 2009 as a parent with a special needs son after enrolling him in an online public school. I am a strong proponent of online educational opportunities after seeing the effectiveness of the curriculum and the minimized distractions of working independently and online, especially in older adolescent and adult learning. In response to our shared baptismal vocation, we are called to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to all we encounter, no matter where that encounter may occur. Jesus' encounters with the Woman at the Well or on the Road to Emmaus reminds us that in our life's journey, these encounters can occur anywhere at anytime. Much of our life's journey today occurs in the online world. Utilizing technology to evangelize and catechize is a wonderful example of meeting people where they are. I am committed to meet each of you where you are and am honored to be accompanying you here at VLCFF. "It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons." from the "Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis"