Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

About the VLCFF Partnership with NACAR

Given the broad scope of content, the diverse range of adult interests and responsibilities, and the availability of learning resources, no single approach can meet everyone's needs.

Consequently, a comprehensive, multi-faceted, and coordinated approach to adult faith formation is necessary.

(Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us § 98 §/p. 44)

At this critical time in the Church, associate leadership is a vital resource for reforming the church we love. Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council’s dogmatic constitution on the Church, teaches that “the laity have the right, as do all Christians, to receive in abundance from their spiritual shepherds the spiritual goods of the Church” (37). 

In order to experience ourselves as confident and competent in this role, NACAR is offering this newest member benefit, Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) courses through the University of Dayton.

These videos explain the relationship with NACAR and gives good information about enrollment.

God is longing for us to grow in knowledge, in communion with other faithful seekers and in our relationship with God’s own self.

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The Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF) is an initiative to offer religious education and faith formation for adults anytime and anywhere via the internet.

Who Sponsors the VLCFF?

The VLCFF is sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) of the University of Dayton - a Catholic Marianist Institution. Their mission is to mobilize the resources of the University of Dayton for partnerships with the Church that create and implement innovative pastoral initiatives designed to meet the needs of the Church and to articulate faith within the context of contemporary culture.

Cycle 6: September 8 – October 12, 2019
(Registration: Opens July 24; Closes September 4)

Some new classes listed below:

Administration in Ministry: Almost all ministers find themselves at some time in an administrative or supervisory role, being asked to plan, make decisions, set goals and priorities, facilitate meetings, prepare budgets, mediate conflict, and evaluate people and processes which will require skills in giving effective feedback. Another aspect of ministerial life that leaders are responsible for is to invite others to volunteer their talents and time, to activate the gifts of the gifted and facilitate their willingness to serve. Ministers are expected to do all these tasks in an atmosphere of calm and control, while keeping within the frameworks provided by civil law and canon law.

Collaboration and Community: There are theological reasons for collaboration, which underpin our style of ministry. There are predictable obstacles that can be met in a healthy way if we understand them. There are skills that can easily be used to make the process productive and even holy. 

Echoes of Racism: Whispers of Healing:  Racism has plagued most countries for centuries. This seminar is an attempt to understand what Catholic Christians are called to do in the face of racism.  In Genesis 1: 26, scripture tells us we are made in the image and likeness of God.  If so, then human beings must endeavor to see the image of God in all persons whom they encounter.  This seminar will address socio-cultural underpinnings of racism, and then, discuss possible solutions from a faith perspective. ( 3 week seminar)

Ministering in Times of Scandals and Divisions: This seminar will look at the roots of scandals and divisions in the Church and the response of the Church, while offering suggestions on ways to help ourselves and others find healing though grief work and prayer.  ( 3  weeks)

Faith and Human Development: This course provides an introduction to the stage theories of human development and spiritual growth. Participants will explore the maturation of human beings from a holistic perspective.

See the list of all Cycle 6 courses here.


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