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2022-2023 Online College Catalog 
2022-2023 Online College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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TH 565 - Theology of Family Ministry

The course concentrates on the dynamics of family and human sexuality within a Catholic theological and spiritual context as the fundamental structure of human community. The course examines the crises which threaten the integrity of family structure in the contemporary world, such as drug and alcohol abuse, and violence, as well as the particular challenges posed by non-traditional family structures. Human sexuality is examined with a view towards understanding how religious values relate to sexual development as an expression of intimacy within and outside the institution of marriage.

Course Learning Objectives
  • Carefully and critically read the required texts on the theology of family in the Catholic Christian tradition, sacramental marriage, parenting, and Catholic human sexuality
  • Develop a theoretical and practical framework for understanding the theology of the Christian family
  • Analyze areas of family life, i.e. marriage, parenting, human sexuality, and special issues related to family life
  • Review sections on the Rite of Marriage and the Rite of Baptism and consider what it says about the meaning of family life
  • Synthesize and integrate the course materials to acquire the skills to appropriate what you have learned in a pastoral setting
  • Integrate the course materials with personal and pastoral experience
  • Identify an area of family life of interest to you and, applying what you have learned in this course, create a ministerial program for that particular aspect of family life
  • Write a research paper on a particular area of interest developed in this course

Credits: 3

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