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)
Blaming God? Exploring Ancient and Medieval Jewish Lamentation Literature as a Response to Exile
Rabbi Hyim Shafner
Sunday, November 10, 10:10am, Trinity Hall
From the destruction of the ancient Temple to medieval persecutions to the modern Holocaust, Jews have responded to tragedy with a rich body of scripture and liturgy. In this presentation, Rabbi Shaffner will provide several examples and examine their themes and theology.
Rabbi Hyim Shafner is the rabbi of Kesher Israel: The Georgetown Synagogue, in Washington, DC. He has Rabbinical Ordination, an MSW in social work and an MA in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Shafner is the author of the Everything Jewish Wedding Book (2008), a founding writer of Morethodoxy, and a periodic contributor to The Journal of Jewish Ideas and Ideals.
Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church
Tuesday, November 19, 7 pm, Trinity Hall
Join journalist Austen Ivereigh, author of Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church, as he takes us takes us inside the Vatican’s urgent debate over the future of the church. This colorful, clear-eyed portrait of Pope Francis centers on the tensions generated by the Pope’s attempt to turn the Church away from power and tradition and outward to engage humanity with God’s mercy.
Pope Francis is attempting to reshape the Church to evangelize the contemporary age, but he has faced rebellions over his allowing sacraments for the divorced and his attempt to create a more “ecological” Catholicism, as well as a firestorm of criticism for the Church’s record on sexual abuse. Yet, Francis has emerged as a leader of remarkable vision and skill with a relentless spiritual focus -- a leader who is at peace in the turmoil surrounding him.
With entertaining anecdotes, insider accounts and expert analysis, Wounded Shepherd takes the reader on a journey through the key episodes of Francis’ reform in Rome and the wider Church and brings into sharp focus the frustrations and fury, as well as the joys and successes, of one of the most remarkable pontificates of the contemporary age.