Course Memo

Multiethnic parishes, campuses, and classrooms have become the "new normal" in the U.S. Catholic Church –one-third of parishes are now "shared parishes" composed of culturally diverse communities sharing the same space; more than half of college and high school students do not fit the traditional profile in terms of race, ethnicity, or socio-economic status; and faith communities are receiving a significant influx of international pastoral ministers. While in the past, skills in interculturality might have been seen as optional, now they are required for all who minister in the U.S. Catholic Church or similar settings.  This seminar, designed around parish, campus, or classroom settings and taught by a missiologist who has written on culture-sensitive ministry, engages recent research, art, case studies, and theological reflection, all towards the goal of improving one's ability to work interculturally. Its aim is to stress intercultural competencies, that is, those which shape knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Besides readings, some required beforehand, and class discussions, it features guest speakers, films, and other learning activities built into a learning contract which the student will put together with the help of the instructor and the participants.  A final paper or project will serve as a capstone for future exploration and application.  This course serves as an anchor for the Intercultural Concentration within JST's MTS degree, although students in other programs are welcome with the instructor's approval, as well as those upgrading. Auditors who do the readings and participate in discussions are also welcome with the professor's approval.  This intensive seminar will meet from Monday to Thursday, January 16th (MLK Day) to the 19th, from 9 to 5 p.m. and also one Saturday, February 18th, same times, for final project presentations.   [Faculty consent required; 15 max enrollment; Auditors with faculty permission]