Course Memo

The proliferation of religious movements in recent decades may represent a new dynamic within the Church of the 21st century? Yet many movements raise tensions within the wider Church.  The course studies circumstances that led to their development, "listening to" the testimony of founders, leaders, and members.  Among movements to examine:  Catholic Action, Young Christian Workers, Catholic Workers, Cursillos, Focolare, Communion & Liberation, Neocats, Pentecostals & Charismatics, Base Communities, Volunteerism.

Format:  Lecture/discussion of assigned readings (3.0 units).  Evaluation:  Participation in class discussion of assigned readings; research paper (20 pages) with summary presentation  for class (20 minutes).