Advanced Ministry Studies
CATECHETICAL MINISTRY YEAR
Contemplation in Action: A Spirituality for the Transformation of Self and Society
This class will introduce students to contemplative spirituality by exploring the Christian mystical tradition as ancient interior pathway for awakening to a “life-transforming realization of oneness with God” (Finley). Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history, theology, and central figures of the tradition, will engage in core practices of Christian meditation, and will explore the dynamic between contemplation and embodied non-violent actions on behalf of peace and social justice. Special attention will be given to the writings of Fr. Thomas Merton as well as to the spiritual practice of Centering Prayer as a discipline that is conducive to the transformation of self and society.
SESSION: Cat AMS 202
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (Breaks and Lunch time included)
Format: Zoom Live Class
Professors: Sergio Lopez, MA in Religious Studies and MA in Organizational Leadership
Sergio Lopez is a faith-based social activist, an educator, and a trainer. He works for Catholic Relief Services organizing grassroots communities to labor for global justice and teaches pastoral leadership at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He specializes in the areas of social ministry, leadership, and contemplative spirituality. Sergio has an MA in Religious Studies from Mount Saint Mary’s University (Los Angeles) and an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Sergio and his wife Ellie live in Simi Valley, California.