January 21st newsletter

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January 21st newsletter

Here is the link to the Jan 21st newsletter

This week, I have a very lengthy blog which tries to bring together lessons I have learned from the Church Documents series.  Monday’s podcast marks the final podcast in the series and I wanted to draw your attention to the landing page for the Church Documents PLC.  My top 5 links:

  1. Religious Education is Broken is more than one year old but I find it remarkably relevant. How we are conducting religious education in parishes and religion classes in schools is simply not working.  I think treating it like a subject is part of the problem.  Activity-based programs such as Catechesis of the Good Shepherd have met with success.
  2. Further down in the American Catholic news section, Sarah Silverman’s interview with Fr. Greg Boyle is stunningly effective. They begin to talk about brokenness and humanity and it is surprisingly sweet.
  3. ‘Tis the seasons for announcements of school closings. Check out the School News section for information on schools as well as parents who are rallying to save certain schools.  It can get depressing but believe it or not there are still people out there who don’t full grasp the enormity of the crisis.  They are the proverbial frogs in the water as it is slowly heating to a boil.
  4. The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a great article about time management but it also serves as a reminder for Catholic schools to be mission-driven/market-sensitive as opposed to mission-sensitive/market-driven. What are you supposed to be doing?  Spend most of your time doing that, says McKeon.
  5. Complexity Bias is a great article in the Miscellany section which explores our preference for complex solutions. Beware the consultant who makes the simple seem complex!