This is to let you know that the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (http://vlc.udayton.edu) is offering this course beginning on January 11, 2009. The course description and information is below. I am the facilitator for the course for this session and it is one of my favorites. Do you know the Church’s real attitude toward the media – or think you know it? Consider joining our class and discover the joy of communication’s theology, spirituality, and their pastoral and educational dimensions.
Church and Communication
Course Level: Advanced
This is an ADVANCED level course and should not be attempted without sufficient grounding in the basics of the Catholic faith.
Media dominates modern culture. Everyone is immersed in communication technologies in ways that are expanding at a phenomenal pace. What does the Church have to say about this reality for our times? This course is designed for catechists, pastoral ministers, clergy and all those who seek a greater understanding of the Church’s attitude, teaching and mission regarding entertainment and information media, including the theology and spirituality that underpins this teaching. Therefore the course relies heavily on Church documents to discuss issues such as what communication means and how it works, the history of communication within the Church, and pastoral planning for communication.