TH 37 - Intentional Black Catholic Ministry
“There are 3 million African American Catholics in the United States,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ African American Demographics. How are Catholic faith communities educating themselves about the rich history of Black Catholicism in the United States? Are communities engaging in discussions about the social challenges facing this specific faith group? What are some ideas for improving ministry efforts to educate others about the Black Catholic community’s contributions? These questions are just a few that this Continuing Education Unit explores.
Participants will reflect on their own evangelization encounters, discuss the impact of social sins on this specific community, and consider ways in which they may enhance or change current ministry efforts.
6 Lessons - Pass/Fail
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:
1. Explore themes celebrating the cultural richness of the Black Catholic community.
2. Identify key figures from Black Catholic U.S. history.
3. Review history of and the current work of the National Black Catholic Congress.
4. Consider specific parts of the pastoral plan developed by the National Black Catholic Congress.
5. Identify specific action steps for groups and for individuals to consider for improving race relations.
6. Reflect on ministry and its current outreach toward people of color.
7. Observe the contextual frame of “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism”.
8. Analyze and review current data about racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
9. Learn ways of educating others about racial social crises.
10. Participate in discussion forums related to lesson materials.
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