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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

High School Theology: Ecclesiology I (The Study of the Church, Part 1)

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Class dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 7 to Sept. 28, 2010
Total classes: 4
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern (Noon Central)
Duration: 1 hour
Fee: $75 for the entire 4-week course. $15 Early Registration Discount before August 1, 2010
Instructor: Monica Ashour, M.T.S., M.Hum.
Prerequisite: None
Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th
High school credit: 1/3 semester credit. For a full semester credit in Theology then enroll in 2 more of Miss Ashour's 4-week courses.
Course description: The students in this course will study the nature of the Church, that is, how She is in the “nature of a sacrament” (Lumen Gentium), along with her other aspects, particularly how the Church is Body and Bride of Christ, “the most apt” description of herself (Lumen Gentium). Once we have established Jesus Christ as the Bridegroom of His Body-Bride, the Church, and the consequences arising thereof, we then move naturally to theological ramification of dogmatic teachings such as the 4 Marks of the Church, authority (especially infallibility) and hierarchy, and Mariological teachings. A particular focus will include Pope Benedict’s writings about ensuring that the Church’s feminine qualities be of primacy to ensure that the Church is not seen merely in a “masculine, structural, purely theoretical way” but that the Marian “mystery exists” (Mary: The Church at the Source).
Course goal: The final goal of this course is for each student to glorify the Father as a person “fully alive” (Ireneas) as he/she grows in his/her encounter with Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, and with the Holy Spirit, the Soul of the Church, for all of time and eternity. The proximate goal is for the student to see the wondrous gift of the Catholic Church so as to become resolute in his/her lifelong commitment to Jesus’ Body-Bride.
Course outline: To be announced
Homework: None
Course materials: Optional reading assignments will be provided

Equipment requirements:
Students are required to have high-speed internet and a headset with microphone.
Miss Ashour will be available via email in between classes for questions and comments.
Recordings of classes are provided to students within 24 hours and available for 6 months.
Homeschool Connections does not provide record keeping services.

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