October 13, 2017

John Carroll University

• Dynamic break-out sessions led by expert presenters

• Corresponds to courses in the U.S. Bishops' Curriculum Framework

 • Network with other teachers, workshop lesson plans, and share ideas

• Emphasis on practical pedagogy for high school students

Break-out Sessions


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Jesus and Justice

Jesus of Nazareth was deeply shaped by Jewish prophets and practices--including the practice of the jubilee year. What does this tradition mean for how we care for the poor, the migrant, and creation?

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Church in the World

More and more we teach church to the unchurched. How can we convey Vatican II's vision of the church as a sign and instrument of communion with God and unity of the human race?

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 Islam for Christians

Muslims honor Jesus as a great prophet and revere his mother Mary. How much do we really know about Islam? And how do we foster genuine understanding among our students?

Living as a Disciple of Christ in Society

Christ's Mission Continues in the Church

Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues



Dr. Sheila McGinn (Jesus and Justice) is Chair of the TRS Department at John Carroll. She is the author of numerous books and articles, including The Jesus Movement and the World of the Early Church.


Dr. Eric Dart (Church in the World) is assistant professor of theology at Gannon University. An accomplished teacher, his courses include Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and Vatican II.


Dr. Zeki Saritoprak (Islam for Christians) is the Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll. In addition to his book Islam's Jesus, he has written on theology, mysticism, and Islamic approaches to the environment.


Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind

What Are We Trying to Do in the Classroom?

Keynote Presentation by Todd Walatka, Ph.D.

Dr. Walatka is Assistant Chair for Graduate Studies in the Theology Department at the University of Notre Dame. He regularly trains new teachers in Notre Dame's ECHO program.

Workshop Schedule


 8:00 - 8:30 am     Mass in St. Francis Chapel

 8:30 - 9:00 am     Gathering (coffee and pastry)

 9:00 -10:00 am    Opening Keynote: Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind

 10:15 -11:30 am    Break-Out Session 1 (Jesus & Justice, Church in the World, Islam for Christians)

 11:45 - 1:00 pm    Lunch and Resource Sharing

  1:00 - 2:15 pm     Break-Out Session 2 (Jesus & Justice, Church in the World, Islam for Christians)

  2:30 -3:00 pm    Social (beer and wine reception)