Adult Faith Formation
Adult Faith Formation helps you learn about what your faith teaches. Our Adult Faith Formation program is a resource to help you enrich different areas of your life. Whether you want to learn more about scripture, historical facts or your family and prayer life, we can help and provide online resources for those times when you can't make it to an in-person presentation. A wonderful byproduct of adult faith formation is that it is a great way to build lasting friendships with the people who share your values and grow with you spiritually.
"Awakened and energized by the Spirit, let us strengthen our commitment and intensify our efforts to help the adults in our communities be touched and transformed by the life-giving message of Jesus, to explore its meaning, experience its power, and live in its light as faithful adult disciples today. Let us do our part with creativity and vigor, our hearts aflame with love to empower adults to know and live the message of Jesus. This is the Lord's work. In the power of the Spirit it will not fail but will bear lasting fruit for the life of the world." (USCCB pastoral plan for Adult Faith Formation, Our Hearts were Burning Within Us, 183)
Becoming an Antriracist Parish: Catholic Theologians Addressing Racism
Addressing racism in a sustained way requires work, humility, patience, and persistence. These three events with Catholic theologians about race and theology are intended to help us as a parish continue to learn about how we might become a more actively anti-racist community. These will not be lectures, but a series of conversations to help enrich our own continuing dialogue and actions as a parish. See and share the flyer. The sessions are:
February 7, 4pm
Parishioner Dr. Brian Flanagan will engage in conversation with Dr. Karen Teel about how White Catholics can become aware of their own identities, Whiteness, and need for conversion to anti-racism. Dr. Teel is a Professor of Theology at the University of San Diego, the author of Racism and the Image of God (2010) and "What Jesus Wouldn’t Do: A White Theologian Engages Whiteness," among other articles and essays on racism, white supremacy, and anti-racist theological anthropology. RSVP.
March 7, 4pm
Dr. John Slattery, a white Catholic theologian currently working at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has written about science and evolution and has highlighted the role of race in theological responses to eugenics. Dr. Steven Battin is a Black Catholic theologian and Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, who researches decolonial, indigenous, and African-American-based post-capitalist movements and Slattery became both colleagues and friends during their time together at Notre Dame. In this conversation, the two theologians, who are both from New Orleans, will discuss Catholic life in their hometown, racism, and their differing experiences in the Catholic Church. RSVP.
April 18, 4pm
In our third event, parishioner Dr. Annie Selak, who is Associate Director of the Georgetown University Women's Center, will engage in conversation with Dr. Nichole Flores of the University of Virginia. Dr. Flores writes and teaches about Catholic and Latinx theologies in relation to justice and other areas of ethics, both in scholarly venues and as a contributing writer to America magazine, and has been active in Catholic responses to racism in the aftermath of the 2017 Charlottesville demonstrations. RSVP.
Kindness in the Time of Pandemic: Julian of Norwich on Pain, Hope, and God's 'Kinde Love'
March 14, 4pm, Virtual
Julian of Norwich endured several waves of the plague and resulting social upheaval, including a major rebellion in 1381. Her book, Showings, was in part her way of responding to such pain, anxiety, and division. She placed her hope ("All Shall Be Well, and Every Kind of Thing Shall be Well") in what she called God's "kinde love," where "kind" signaled not only divine benevolence but also intimate kinship between God and humanity (God as mother), as well as among all humans. She proposed a new form of Christian humanism.
Julia A. Lamm is Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, where she has taught for 30 years. She has been a parishioner at Holy Trinity for almost as long; she and her husband, Alan Mitchell, are proud parents of an HTS and Gonzaga High School alumnus. She is author of God's 'Kinde' Love: Julian of Norwich's Vernacular Theology of Grace (Crossroad/Herder&Herder, 2019) and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Christian Mysticism (Wiley, 2013). Another book, Schleiermacher's Plato, will appear later this year (Walter de Gruyter, 2021).
If interested in reading more about Julian of Norwich. Participants are invited to read any chapter of the God’s ‘Kinde’ Love available via Crossroad Publishing, Amazon, or special ordered through your local bookstore.
Presentations & Resources
Dutch Jesuit Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria. In the film, Van der Lugt is speaking for the last time. He makes an urgent appeal to every human being to never give the last word to hatred, but to fight for love. "To my last sigh I hoped that hatred, struggle and pain would stop." Learn more.
This short video addresses some of the early Jesuits and the Maryland province changes that occurred this year.