Parishes and congregations employ various models and approaches in their planning for faith formation. One of these methods is a themed approach to faith formation. In Forming a Community of Faith: A Guide to Success in Adult Faith Formation Today (Twenty-Third Publications, 2014), Jane Regan summarizes the approach: “One model that has proved effective is for the pastoral team to decide on a theme for the year around which all adult formation experiences will revolve. If a parish selects sacraments, for example, all aspects of parish programming would have that as a theme.
Last year Seth Godin posted: “Eleven Things Organizations Can Learn from Airports.” (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2013/01/ten-things-organizations-can-learn-from-airports-.html)
Seth begins by saying: “[Of course, this post isn’t actually about airports].” Many of Seth’s reflections can lead us to ask questions about what we do in adult faith formation:
I remember now with fondness what was, at the time, a depressing February day during my childhood. I was at scout camp, and I was working with friends on the fire-building requirement for Camping Merit Badge. There was snow on the ground, and everything our chapped fingers touched was cold and damp. We were allowed five matches to set our would-be fires going. If unsuccessful, we had to wait for the next campout to try the test again.
Encourage adults to notice the blessings around them and to write about them. David Steindl-Rast’s book, 99 Blessings: An Invitation to Life Rast (Image, 2013) gives blessings that the Catholic monk has experienced and cherished. Blessings in this book include birthdays, constellations, learning by heart, sleep, spring flowers, and more.
Last month I was involved in an experience which has made me wonder, wonder about some of our approaches for adult faith formation.
In an online discussion with leaders in adult faith formation throughout the country (who usually have lots to say) I asked what their churches were doing in response to the call from Pope Francis for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria (on September 7, 2013). Francis invited Catholics, other Christians, those of other faiths and non-believers who are `'men of good will" to join him that day in St. Peter's Square to invoke the `'gift" of peace for Syria, the rest of the Middle East and worldwide where there is conflict.
There was one response.
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