A Free Online Course from the Simone Weil Catholic Worker & Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life
See the one-page description here.
This course is about restoring dimension. It is opening our eyes to see liturgy forming the Body of Christ, opening our minds to see the Body of Christ as a living, social organism, and opening Scripture to see how its economic dimension has been lived and developed over Judeo Christian history. Finally, this course will be a forum for discussion, seeded with a variety of case studies, hopefully uncovering possibilities for a social economy of communion in our own parishes and neighborhoods.
Logistics: free, online 6-week course running from 10/26-12/11 (with a week off for Thanksgiving)
Estimated weekly commitment: 3-5 hours (reading, reflection, weekly 1-hour Zoom session)
Discussion forum for reflection responses & open dialogue, with written facilitator feedback
Option for outside, covered, socially-distanced gatherings for Portland, OR-based students
Enrollment capped on 10/25
Content & Structure: Each unit contains a lecture with material from Professor David Fagerburg’s “Liturgical Theology” STEP course (the germ of “Liturgy and Communion Economy”) as well as a mini-lecture, excerpted reading, Scripture passage, and case study that draw out the economic culture and theology that contextualize the unit’s highlighted aspect of liturgical life. All content is provided via video or PDF.
The introduction to the course will begin with the question “What do we mean when we say ‘economy’?” Unit 1 will introduce you to Dr. Fagerberg’s approach to liturgical theology and, in the mini-lecture, invite you to see how Jesus’ challenge to Temple and Synagogue worship dovetailed with his prophetic and restorative economic vision. Unit 2 will build on this framework by looking into the origins of the Church, and how Jewish understandings of covenant and redemption connect ecclesiology, liturgy, and economy, notably in the ratification of the Sinai covenant. Unit 3 will consider the Liturgy of the Word and the temporal aspects of liturgy, and draw connections between the Sabbath as a day of rest and worship, and the social and economic functions of the Sabbath Jubilee tradition. Unit 4 will consider the Liturgy of the Eucharist, Paul’s understanding of the social Body of Christ, and how it defines an economy of community mutuality. Lastly, in unit 5, we will explore more particular case studies that paint a concrete image of what exactly a “communion economy” might look like.
Abbie Amico lives in the Boston area and works as a guidance and social/emotional counselor at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Prior to accepting this position she attended Saint Louis University, where she studied theology, and Boston College, where she received her master’s degree in theology and social work.