St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry has announced its 2008 Academy for Contemporary Theology (ACT) course lineup. This year's theme is Catholics and Civic Responsibilities in the Election Year.
From the program flyer:
The overall focus for this year’s Summer ACT will be to look at issues surrounding the relationship between our identity as a people of faith and our responsibility as citizens. How do we participate in the political life of our country and address public issues while remaining committed to the principles of our faith? It is hoped that the perspectives offered would generate a vital public discourse concerning faith in public life to sort out the issues and make responsible decisions for the future of our country and the world.
Individual 5-hour modules will include
- Biblical Perspectives: This module will examine biblical texts often used in discussions concerning a Christian’s responsibilities in public life.
- Historical Perspectives: This module will examine the Catholic Church teachings using some key documents.
- Moral Perspectives: This module will focus on some key issues from a moral perspective.
- Practical Perspectives: This module will look at practical strategies to help people sort through the issues and challenges.
Given that 2008 is a presidential election year, this looks to be a good mix of topics.