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Permeation: A Catholic Way of Knowing

A Catholic Way of Knowing Free Webinar

All at St. Martin de Porres Parish, Regina, SK.
Event 7-9 pm. Talks go live online at 7:30 local time.

January 8, 2019 (Tuesday)
Faith and Reason in the Classroom
Faith and reason are at the heart of a Catholic education. And the relationship between faith and reason is at the heart of each subject matter, from religion to math. Understanding how faith and reason work together, even when the subject is not specifically religion is the first step to thinking about how to permeate every subject with Catholic faith. Come and learn about the Catholic attitude towards faith and reason and how that makes a difference in a Catholic classroom.

February 6, 2019 (Wednesday)
There is no Neutral: Teaching Every Subject From a Catholic Perspective
Some people might think that at least some subjects simply cannot be taught from a Catholic perspective. What makes math class in a Catholic school any different? Math is math, right? While it is true that only some subjects (religion, yes, but also things like music or literature) can have specifically Catholic content, every subject is taught in a certain context. And that context is never neutral. If it isn’t Catholic, it’s going to be something else. Come and consider how our view of the world shapes our attitude towards every subject.

March 7, 2019 (Thursday)
Faith Permeation and Indigenous Perspectives: How do they work together?
Catholic teachers today are told both that they need to permeate every class with Catholic faith and that every subject matter needs to take into account Indigenous perspectives. Isn’t this too much to ask? Or is it possible that Catholicism has within it the resources for precisely this kind of education? From the time the first Gentiles entered the Church, Catholicism has embraced and been embraced by many cultures. Come and learn about the relationship between Catholicism and culture, especially the culture of Canada’s first peoples.

April 5, 2019 (Friday)
Permeating English and the Fine Arts
On the one hand, literature and the arts are easier to permeate with Catholic faith because there are such things as Catholic novels, paintings, sculptures, chorales and cantatas. On the other hand, permeation is more than teaching Catholic content. It also includes context. It ask questions like, “What is a Catholic attitude towards literature in general, Catholic or otherwise? And “Why has the Church produced such a wealth of great art?” and “Can the creative act of the artist connect that person with the Creator in some way?” Come and think about how permeating English and the Fine Arts is about Catholic content, but also so much more.

May 2, 2019 (Thursday)
Permeating Social Studies, History, Health and Phys. Ed.
Here again, there is Catholic content to be taught. No one should graduate from a Catholic school and not know something about Church history. And our students should definitely be equipped to answer some common false claims made about the Church. (Did you know, e.g., that medieval Christians never believed that the earth was flat?) But we also need to think about other questions. “Health is important, but is it possible to live well and meaningfully if we’re not healthy?” “What virtues might we cultivate through sport and exercise?” “What does the Church think about various political systems or about the participation of the faithful in politics?” Come and think about which big questions can inform your teaching in subjects like social studies, history, health and Phys. Ed.

June 4, 2019 (Tuesday)
Permeating Math and Science
While every Catholic high school student should know names like Gregor Mendel (the monk who discovered genetics) or Georges LeMaitre (the priest who first hypothesized the Big Bang), the bigger questions here are about the relationship between God, humanity and a remarkably ordered universe. “What does it say about the universe that we can create a language to describe it with the precision of mathematics?” “What kind of thing is humanity, that it would create such a language?” “Why are math and science both predictable and full of surprises?” “What kind of Creator makes a reality like this?” Come out and think about how even math and science are full of opportunities for bringing a Catholic worldview into our classrooms.