Saturday, January 2, 2016

People's Catholic Seminary: A Journey to Spiritual Transformation, Inclusive, Liberating, Empowering and Equal

http://arcwp.org/peoples-seminary
http://pcseminary.blogspot.com/

Vision

People’s Catholic Seminary[1], a seminary without walls, offers courses to inspire and educate individuals and groups who embrace a vision of church that is inclusive, liberating, empowering and equal.
Matthew Fox, one of the great visionaries of our times, proposes that contemporary seminaries move from knowledge factories to wisdom schools. PCP offers pathways to theological and ministerial competencies in a renewed priestly ministry that nurtures our baptismal call to live holy lives as midwives of grace in mystical, prophetic, and sacramental communities of equals.

Mission

People’s Catholic Seminary provides educational courses that appeal to mainstream Catholics and to those on the margins. Our courses foster an expanded worldview of our liberating God of compassion present in all and working for justice for all through systemic change. As co-creators and companions on a journey, we share the wisdom of God in our sacred texts, theologies, sacred practices, sacramental celebrations, and lived experiences.

Overview of Education Programs

Ordination

People’s Catholic Seminary offers certificate programs for candidates on the journey to ordination and for supporters and community members. The certificate programs provide a comprehensive overview to theology, scripture, women studies and sacramental ministry. These programs are designed for the candidate preparing for priesthood who needs the basic courses to begin a pathway to ministry.

Spiritual Development and Enrichment

People’s Catholic Seminary provides a broad range of learning experiences and spirituality programs that are open to adult participants regardless of previous educational background. We recognize that women’s roles in the world religions are undergoing dramatic shifts and changes that have been inspired by a transformative consciousness of gender equality and justice.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Program I – Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
101. Introduction to Contemporary Theology (six sessions)
102. Jesus in the Gospels: Equality and Empowerment
103. Mystics and Visionaries in the Christian Tradition (Part 1)

104. Sacraments
Certificate Program II – Justice and Gender Equality
201. Biblical Justice for Women
202. Women & Christianity
203. Reshaping the Priesthood as a Discipleship of Equals
204. Mystics and Visionaries in the Christian Tradition (Part 2)

Professional Development Courses

Evolutionary Theology
Celtic Women in the Christian Tradition
History of Religion in the US
Prayer and Meditation
Spiritual Direction
Spirituality for the 21st Century

Cost

The average cost is $20 per session. Courses run from 6-10 sessions. The sessions are mostly on-line through SLACK and VoiceThread. 

Founders

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP and Dr. Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP are founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. Please send inquiries about the People’s Catholic Seminary to peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

[1] People’s Catholic Seminary is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the Inclusive Catholic Community of the NYS Capital Region, Inc.

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