University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation Offering Two Courses

WEST VIRGINIA—Two five-week courses are being offered through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF). These courses are hybrid models. They are composed of both weekly live two-hour Zoom lectures as well as a rich variety of online course materials and discussion experiences through the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community For Faith Formation (VLCFF). The courses are being underwritten by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, who pays 100% of the tuition and the cost of the books associated with the courses. The course instructor is Dr. Rodica Stoicoiu. For further information or to register, contact Jeanne McKeets at jmckeets@dwc.org with your name, address, and phone number. The last day to register is Friday, Feb. 19. Ecclesiology: Beginnings of the Church Ecclesiology is the theological study of the Church and in this course we will learn basic terms and concepts that are essential for understanding the Church’s nature and mission, and how these have been a constant theme in the Church’s evolution as a “living organism” throughout history. We will focus on the New Testament Church, those earliest of Christians and what it felt like to be a Christian in the first century. We will look at this time of development and transition as community and leadership rose. We will study the early questions that arose in this time period and we will end with how this early Church serves as a guide and blueprint for issues in the Church today. Although the class will meet regularly on Thursday nights, the first night of the class will be on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. This is due to a Diocesan wide Zoom presentation with Bishop John Stowe on Thursday, Feb. 25, which we don’t want to interfere with. Offered Thursdays 7-9 p.m. Introduction to Scripture Though an introductory course can’t cover everything one needs to know to navigate the world of scripture, this course provides the basic concepts to begin the journey! We will focus on how the Bible came about, what were some of the cultural factors which influenced the events around the writings of the Old and New Testaments, and what Church documents today tell us about the Bible. Our focus will be on how Catholics read and interpret the Bible. Offered Thursdays 1-3 p.m. All courses run from Feb. 21-March 27; successful completion is worth 2.5 CEU’s if taken for score.

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