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Will There Be Faith?: A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples Paperback – August 23, 2011
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Thomas H. Groome is chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry and professor of theology and religious education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and author of What Makes Us Catholic?
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- What would catechesis look like if it followed the pedagogical model used by Jesus?
- What if we sought to not just teach about the faith, but help the faithful (both young and old) learn from and be transformed by our rich Catholic tradition?
- How can parents be more intentional about passing on the faith?
Thomas Groome's new book, Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples, seeks to answer these questions by proposing a life to Faith to life model for catechesis and Christian religious education.
By life to Faith to life Groome means a methodology that begins with the life experience of the faithful, invites them to consider that experience in light of the wisdom and practices of the Church, and then to bring those new insights back to their lived experience. This intuitive, praxis-based approach builds off of Groome's earlier body of work in the field of Christian religious education.
Groome's aim is to take catechesis away from the strict classroom-based model that has became prevalent in many places in the Church. This model, although popular, has led to the compartmentalization of catechesis. As Groome writes:
"The emergence of denominational schools, Sunday schools,' and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) all greatly enhanced the effectiveness of religious education. The disadvantage, however, was that they removed the family from its central position as educator in faith and gave the impression that the school -- of whatever kind -- could educate better than and instead of parents. Even the Church helped to convince parents of this schooling paradigm.Read more ›
First Movement: Naming Present Action
Second Movement: The Participants' Stories and Visions
Third Movement: The Christian Story and Vision
Fourth Movement: Dialectal Hermeneutic Between the Story and Participants' Stories
Fifth Movement: Dialectal Hermeneutic Between the Vision and Participants' Visions
Focusing Act (FA): Engage people with a real life or faith theme.
M1 (Movement 1): Have people respond to the theme as it pertains to their lives.
M2: Encourage them to reflect critically on the theme in conversation together
M3: Share the Story and Vision of Christian faith in ways pertinent to the theme and meaningful for this group, context and occasion.
M4: Encourage participants to appropriate and integrate Christian faith with life.
M5: Invite people to make a decision - cognitive, affective, or behavioral in response to the whole process (p.299-300).
Will There Be Faith? is an important contribution to the current discussion.Read more ›
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Perhaps no one in the post-conciliar era in the US is more responsible for the complete breakdown in catechesis than Thomas Groome of the New Catechetics movement. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rich Leonardi
The cover says it all - RUN far away from this book. A person sitting on a rock gazing into a misty sea? So cliche like much of his writing. Read morePublished 19 months ago by JanetEarth
As a retired Director of Religious Education, I see this book as a must-read for every teacher, director, and parent. It is well written and easy to read and follow.Published 24 months ago by Helen