Accumulated over millennia, our global artistic heritage is a resource for cultural renewal as well as historical understanding. Through performances, objects, and images, artists have long provoked insight and pleasure, and enriched and reflected on human experience. In contemporary society, they stimulate innovation, reinvent media, articulate cultural critique, and work with communities to effect change.
Pope John Paul II added his own insight about the process of evangelization and spoke of the New Evangelization as proclaiming the Gospel with new methods, expressions, and ardor. The task begins by examining the New Evangelization as it might apply to the United States—especially to its prevailing culture—and then focuses on the essential need to develop greater capacity for intercultural communication.
In so doing, we may see new challenges and opportunities for presenting the message of Jesus Christ. The purpose of the Church is to evangelize: From that encounter comes incorporation into the Body of Contemporary cultural diversity issues, which is the Church. Thus, missionary activity is not something left solely to the professional foreign missionary; it is a responsibility incumbent on all believers.
In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI elaborated profoundly on the meaning of evangelization. It is not directed only to the salvation of individual souls, but to entire societies and cultures. Evangelization can be understood as having four pillars: The Four Pillars 1.
The evangelization of cultures: Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue: He urged the faithful to seek out the new areopagoi—that is, the new social forums in which the faith is to be presented. He has reminded the faithful of the function of the Court of the Gentiles, which brought non-Jews into dialogue with people from all cultures in the precincts of the Temple in Jerusalem.
In Go and Make Disciples, the Catholic bishops of the United States stress outreach in dialogue based on a clear sense of Catholic identity. They outline three goals in this document: Much of what follows here is culled from these sources.
It has also been a land of immigration. The presence of so many cultures has given the nation a pluralist quality. Although Catholics make up the single largest religious body in the United States some 24 percent of the populationthe prevailing culture has a Protestant flavor.
Indeed, anti-Catholicism has marked much of U. The United States is a secularized society, as are most financially well-off countries around the world today.
However, it is not as secularized as many countries in Europe or as Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Fifty-eight percent of Americans say they pray at least once a day see religions.
Nevertheless, the number of Americans who claim to have no religious belief at all continues to rise see Barry A.
Putnam and David E. Campbell, American Grace [New York: Simon and Schuster, ] Many Catholics drift away from the Church, especially as young adults. It has been said that if all the former Catholics in the United States were to constitute a church denomination, it would perhaps be the second largest church in the country, after the Catholic Church itself for reflections on the findings of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life regarding the large number of lapsed Catholics, see Joseph A.
Catholics Leaving the Church in Droves: What Can Be Done? Individualism has long been a characteristic of the prevailing culture in the United States.
Individualism can make space for creativity and achievement, but it can also be a source of selfishness. Because of its wealth, U. Recent studies have indicated that while the United States is one of the richest countries in the world, it ranks only about fourteenth in terms of happiness see www.
Where do Catholics find themselves regarding secularism, individualism, and materialism? Secularism traditionally carries with it important values such as respect for human rights and freedom of religion.
When the secular crowds out the religious, however, it needs to be challenged.
Religion provides important pathways to the transcendent that every society needs. Respect for the dignity of every human person is a central tenet of Christian faith.
In Catholic social teaching, the basic social unit is not the individual, but the family. Catholic faith sees every human being as interdependent with a community, not as solitary individuals.About FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: An American City July 14 – September 30, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is an exhibition comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that will launch its inaugural edition in July of Angelaki “was established in September to provide an international forum for vanguard work in the theoretical humanities.
In itself a contentious category, 'theoretical humanities' represents the productive nexus of work in the disciplinary fields of literary criticism and theory, philosophy, and cultural studies.
Key links to Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) EYLF Principle 4. Respect for Diversity EYLF Practice 5.
Learning Environments EYLF Practice 6. Cultural Competence EYLF Outcome Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity EYLF Outcome Children are Connected With and Contribute to their World One of the conte. Module 1 Frame Issues of Diversity Theologically in Terms of the Church’s Identity and Mission to Evangelize Goals.
To better understand the meaning and purpose of . This course is an introduction to gender and sexuality studies from a sociological perspective. Its primary focus is critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, inequalities on the basis of gender and sexuality, activism around issues of gender and sexuality, and how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other .
by Anita S. Mak and Helen Chan. Chinese settlement in Australia has a long history, beginning soon after the discovery of gold in Australia in