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Revitalize the Church

Feb 28, 2024 - Apr 30, 2024

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Full course description

3-Week Course


With a range of scandals contributing to a breakdown in trust, the Church is in a time of challenge and uncertainty. Engage with an alternative perspective to discuss the potential for renewal and revitalization. It is a challenging time in the Church. Leadership, governance, and the sexual abuse scandal have all contributed to a breakdown in trust among its members and brought about serious questions around its viability. This course offers an alternative way to view the situation by considering the potential for renewal and revitalization. Articles from the Summer 2019 C21 Resources and video segments provide material for reflection, contextual understanding, and practical strategies for moving towards reform.


  • Week 1: Introductory Week
  • Week 2: Facing the Challenge of Revitalization
  • Week 3: Responding to the Challenges of Revitalization

Special Features

  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion;
  • Resource page to use for further study;

All STM Online: Crossroads courses include these features

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course has ended.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

All materials provided in the course.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 3-4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Certificate Requirement Categories

  • Themes of Our Christian Tradition

Content Scholars

  • Various contributors edited by Elise Italiano Ureneck

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