In the documents of Vatican II, the baptized are called to holiness and to greater understanding of their unique role in building the Kingdom of God. An informational and enriching introduction to the Catholic faith and theology, this course will enable you to take greater responsibility in promoting the life and mission of the Church. Using the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults as a primary text, this course will explore six core areas and will serve as a good foundation for those who seek to continue theological studies or develop theological competency for ministry. Theology is a fascinating and vital subject that challenges those who study it to think critically and personally about human existence, the world we live in and our relationship with God and one another. It is recommended (but not required) as a first course for those new to theological study.
Unit 1: Faith Development
- Faith as a Personal and Communal Response to God's Self-Revelation
- Stages of Faith Development
- Faith as "Content" as Well as a Dynamic Spiritual Reality
Unit 2: Scripture
- Revelation Transmitted through Scripture and Tradition
- Development of the Bible
- Overview of the Old Testament
- Overview of the New Testament
- Interpretation of the Scriptures
Unit 3: The Creed/ Jesus Christ
- Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds
- Person of Jesus Christ
Unit 4: The Church
- Models of the Church
- Marks of the Church
- Mary and Saints
Unit 5: Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer
- Liturgy as Act of the Church
- Seven Sacraments
- Importance of Prayer
Unit 6: Morality
- Elements of Christian Morality
- Sources of Catholic Morality
- Basics of Catholic Social Teaching
- Developed by Mary Jane Silvia, Director for Youth Ministry, and Mary Ellen Mahon, Director for Catechetical Formation, Diocese of Manchester.
- Seven weeks in duration, with one week for orientation.
- Typically 15-20 students in each course.
- In addition to assigned readings from United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, additional lecture material provided online.
- Supplemental readings are provided to encourage further exploration of topic, internet links provided for all readings.
- Written assignments (150-200 words) required.
- Facilitator-moderated chat sessions with students in course.
- United States Catholic Catechism for Adults from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2006 -- please note that it has a red cover, as shown at right. This book is available to read online, or it can be purchased in paper or electronic form.
- Read assigned texts; keep notes, questions, and comments for class discussion.
- Participate in the class discussion using the Forums area: post at least 2 comments, questions, or responses per unit.
- Write 150-200 words in response to the assignment in each unit.
- Participate in at least 4 scheduled chat sessions throughout the course.
- Complete the course evaluation.
4 to 6 hours per week, depending on your learning style and schedule.
A certificate of completion awarding 35 contact hours will be sent upon completion of all course requirements.