Monday, September 7, 2009

It's an EPIC!

Ascension Press held a sale over the summer and I picked up a couple of items. One of these was a copy of EPIC, Steve Weidenkopf's brand new, 20-episode video presentation of Church history, beginning (as one would expect) with the early Church as described in Acts and ending with the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

I've spent about 20 hours over the last few days watching every minute of this video and all I can say is that it is fantastic!

I have read my way through a couple of one volume Church histories and, while I got a fair amount out of each, I also had to put in a fair amount of effort. EPIC's video approach, however, seems to offer just about as much information while requiring far less in the way of work.

The complete EPIC package includes, in addition to the 10 DVDs, a 220 page workbook, a foldout timeline chart and a bookmark that lists EPICs 12 time periods of Church history.

While I have yet to run this past the staff at Holy Cross, I suspect that EPIC will soon become a part of of our ongoing adult faith formation efforts.


In the choir loft said...

Mike - Did you get EPIC for the $254.96 that is listed on the website? I love church history and would like to get it, but that's more than I can afford now.

Mike said...


Yes, that's what I paid. The 'sale' consisted in free shipping for orders over $100.00.

While there are 10 2-hour long DVDs in the package, $255.00 is still a lot of money. If I wasn't 99% sure that I'd be using it as the basis of an adult faith formation program at Holy Cross I think I would have passed.

BTW, our typical adult program will draw maybe a dozen folks and we use a classroom that holds 30 to 35 comfortably, so I'm going to lobby for opening EPIC up to people from other parishes. If I'm successful I'll post the announcement on the blog.

In the choir loft said...

Mike -- If I can, I'd sure like to attend. Whenever I see a book on Church history I buy it, especially the history of the Church in the US.
Good luck and God Bless.