We are meant to “rise up” daily from the many graves within which life buries us. We die a thousand deaths during the course of our lives. What are we meant to rise up to? What constitutes the mediocrity we are asked to rise up from? What constitutes the sanctity we are asked to rise up to? What are the hallmarks of a mature discipleship? What constitutes the virtues that Jesus describes as being ..
Quite often in our churches preparation for the sacrament of confirmation focuses only on following a program or a book. This makes young people only feel like spectators of their faith. During this session, we are going to review the invitation made by Pope Francis during the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, to the youth of the world: “Dear young people, we didn’t come to this world to veg..
One week after the Religious Education Congress ends, we will walk into our churches to commemorate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. It will be Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This workshop will “break open” the Passion narratives in the Gospels by deepening our understanding of the symbols and language used in the sacred texts to communicate the faithfulness of Christ and the activi..
Young people live in a different world from the generation of their parents and teachers. This workshop will present challenges and suggestions to engage youth to become missionary disciples. This year, Pope Francis has summoned us in a new approach through a synod with the topic, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment,” Pope Francis said that the Church has decided to examine herself..
Are you looking for ways to help children get energized about their faith? Are you ready to create a learning environment that is filled with excitement? If so, don’t miss this workshop. We will explore creative activities and techniques that can be used in the catechetical setting with elementary children to foster joy, enthusiasm and faith that is on fire!Steven Ellair Steven Ellair is a nationa..
Using music, story and humor, Fr. Rob Galea will offer young adults some tips on how to function and thrive in spite of stress, anxiety and even depression. Fr. Rob GaleaInternational Catholic speaker Fr. Rob Galea serves in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia. In addition to his series of recordings and CD releases, the singer/songwriter has also written a number of songs for various in..
We know that we should practice love. But here’s the deal: Love can only spill from a heart that has been softened and in most cases broken. Terry Hershey teaches us how to live and love from a soft heart: the permission to see the world – this day – through the eyes of our heart. It happens when we allow ourselves to feel, fully and wholly, without a need to defend or explain. When we allow ourse..
“If you are here at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, it is probably because you are a person who yearns for more and more of God’s love in your heart, in your relationships and in this world,” challenges ValLimar Jansen. As we are inundated each day with so many experiences, we find that we can bump up against unacknowledged prejudices in our own hearts and in our communities. Once ac..
Hope is a powerful emotion that arises from the most basic human longings – it is a life-sustaining force, rooted in relationship and our relationship with the future. Today, in our challenging and chaotic time, hope is more essential than ever. In our time together, we will explore the connection between reality, grief and hope, and how our thoughts and feelings create the energy of hope. Also, w..
Music and song enable us to joyfully praise God as we share the core of our faith tradition. Teachers, catechists, music ministers (and all who just love to sing!) are invited to experience a selection of vibrant songs from Australian Michael Mangan. Bring your voice and experience repertoire that is sure to have your parish and school communities rising up to sing with joy!Michael Mangan Michael ..
Jerusalem is the holy city in Judaism and Christianity. In this session, we will look at the history and place of Jerusalem in Judaism and Christianity and how the real city became so important to the faith of both religions. Jerusalem is vital to our respective spiritual lives. We will explore how Jerusalem animates our faith. Rabbi Michael Mayersohn Rabbi Michael Mayersohn is a Reform Rabbi who ..
When we read the words in John’s Gospel, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” we are immersing ourselves in the reality of the Incarnation – the moment when God became man so that we could be in relationship with him. Does our ministry seek to do the same? Are we striving to build relationships with young people, new parishioners, families and total strangers in an attempt to help them buil..
While many people go to Mass every week, very few know what it is to worship. Certainly, we show up and do our best to “pay attention,” but for too many of us this just means we watch closely. You have been given a gift that you have most likely left unused – a gift unused because it is largely unknown. This workshop will uncover this unknown and unused gift, so that you can stop watching the Mass..
Our rich Christian tradition of forgiveness is being rediscovered as a precious “resource.” Join Cardinal Luis Tagle as he leads us in the search for peace in our hearts, families, parishes, communities and the whole world. Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle In 2012, Cardinal Luis Tagle was installed as the 32nd Archbishop of Manila, Philippines, by Pope Benedict XVI. He formerly served as Rector at O..
Our young adolescents are demanding, yet excellent in so many ways. How can we best serve this incredible population with great faith formation and inspiring discipleship? Come learn proven methods and compelling theories in this workshop!Doug Tooke Based in Helena, Mont., Doug Tooke is Director of Partnerships for ODB Films and owner of Monarch Catholic Ministries. He has over 20 years of profess..