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An Evening for Catechists


Using Scripture in Catechesis

Harvard scholar Steven Pinker, in his popular book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, includes a six-page accusation about the violence in the Hebrew Scriptures. This is a common thread evident in a current trend of atheism as well.  As Catholic religious educators, we must not only be careful with our own use of Scripture in catechesis but also actively promote a Catholic understanding of the Bible so that our students are adequately prepared for the challenges and threats to faith posed by this trend and by literalists/fundamentalists alike.

This presentation will give catechists/DREs some tools for helping students appreciate the Bible as The Word of God... in human language.

Cost: $10 per person

Deadline to Register: March 15, 2017

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March 20:
Holy Rosary Parish Center, 32 Vaughn St., Caribou

March 21:
St. Augustine Parish Hall, 75 Northern Ave., Augusta

March 22:
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Hall,
150 Black Point Rd., Scarborough

Sessions begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m.

The presentation runs from 6 to 8 p.m.

KEVIN DOWD is a doctoral student in theology and education at Boston College, working sunder the advisement of Thomas H. Groome. He is the third of eight sons from Worcester, Mass., and has taught in Catholic schools in both Massachusetts and New York. After graduating from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Kevin volunteered for two years with the Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries center in Garrison, NY.  In 2008, he earned his Master’s in Education from the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College.  His research interests include religion and public education, interreligious dialogue, and bullying in schools.