Diocese to Host Theology of the Body Training in August for Parents, Parish Leaders, and Educators
WHAT: Theology of the Body for Teens Training Sessions
WHEN: Middle School Edition- Thursday, Aug. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
High School Edition- Friday, Aug. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw
SAGINAW — On Aug. 20 and 21, the Diocese of Saginaw will be offering two training sessions on St. John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” for all adults who interact with teens. “Theology of the Body for Teens” is designed as a catechetical program for use in youth ministry, Catholic schools, faith formation, and homeschooling settings. Colin MacIver, an educator and co-author of “Theology of the Body for Teens,” will lead the two sessions. MacIver conducts similar training events throughout the country.
“Parents, grandparents, clergy, religious, catechetical leaders, educators, youth ministers – all of these individuals will greatly benefit from “Theology of the Body” training sessions, and their own lives will be enriched as well!” commented Peg McEvoy, the diocesan coordinator of faith formation.
“Theology of the Body” refers to a series of talks that Pope John Paul II gave at his Wednesday General Audiences between 1979 and 1984. Rooted in a series of meditations on Scripture, the teachings that make up “Theology of the Body” are not simply focused on the human body and sex. They present a radiant vision of the dignity of the human person as being created in the image and likeness of the Holy Trinity. This vision brings new light to many areas of human life and the Catholic Faith, such as marriage, the family, the priesthood, consecrated life and social justice.
The Aug. 20 training session will be for adults who interact with middle school aged youth (sixth to eighth grade). The Aug. 21 workshop will be for those who interact with high school aged youth. Both sessions take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the diocesan Center for Ministry, 5802 Weiss St., Saginaw.
“These sessions will give adults a language and an approach to better help teens find answers to their tough questions . . . questions about God, their bodies, sexuality, and the meaning of life,” noted Mark Graveline, the diocesan coordinator of youth ministry.
The cost for each day of training is $40, which includes lunch, a training packet, and a copy of the “Theology of the Body for Teens” leader guide. For more information and to register, click here or call 989.797.6654.