If you'd like to learn more about your faith but don't have the
time or inclination for academic courses, the online reading
communities may be for you. We invite you to consider registering
for one of our online reading communities for 2015. These reading
communities are an opportunity to deepen your knowledge of your
faith by sharing your reactions to a worthwhile Christian book.
There are no tests or term papers because the reading
communities are not offered for academic credit. Each reading
community takes up a worthwhile book and reads it in stages. Along
the way, members, guided by a facilitator, post their reflections
on the reading, and read and respond to one another. In this way,
participants can read and share for the sheer joy of learning or
they can fulfill requirements for continuing education for
The fee for each online reading community is $40, which covers
the cost of the book and administrative expenses. The book will be
mailed to you after you register.
The reading communities offered for 2015 are:
Reading Community I: The Seven Big Myths
About Marriage by Christopher and Jennifer Kaczor. San
Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2014, 210 pages.
Dates: February 15-May 30, 2015. Register by
February 1, 2015.
From the book jacket: "This work explores some of the most
interesting and vexing issues concerning contemporary marriage,
including contraception, reproductive technology, and divorce.
Appealing to reason rather than religious authority, the book
tackles the most controversial and talked about moral teaching of
the Catholic Church and argues for their reasonableness."
Reading Community II: A Banqueter's Guide
to the All-Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God by Patrick
T. McCormick. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004, 147
Dates: June 21-August 22, 2015. Register by
June 7, 2015.
Patrick T. McCormick teaches Christian ethics at Gonzaga
University. In this book, he explores how the Eucharist teaches us
justice through the metaphors of bread, table, body and
Reading Community III: Walking with
Mary: A Biblical Journey from Nazareth to the Cross by
Edward Sri. New York: Image, 2013, 170 pages.
Dates: September 6-November 7, 2015. Register
by August 15, 2015.
From the book jacket: "In Walking with Mary, Edward Sri
looks at the key passages in the Bible concerning Mary and offers
insight into the Blessed Mother's faith and devotion that we can
apply to our daily lives. We follow her step-by-step through the
New Testament account of her life, reflecting on what the
Scriptures tell us about how she responded to the dramatic events
unfolding around her."