*This course is now available to take online at your own pace.
Today, despite great advances in technology, access to information, and means of communication, our world in numerous ways seems more divided than many of us can remember it being in our lifetimes. Today, in the United States in particular, a growing number of people are losing faith in the systems meant to provide and maintain order in our country. Today, as Bishop Barron has noted, the “nones”—those who are unaffiliated with any particular religious tradition; those of ‘no faith’—represent the fastest growing religious group in the United States. Today, many folks are losing heart; in despair, they retreat inward, even as others “double down,” busying themselves feverishly in an “industry of ministry”—but to what end?
We are not the first to contemplate this specter.
In Sacred Scripture—the highest and most sacred literature ever composed, because it is the very speech of God—Ecclesiastes is a book that, more than any other in the entire Bible, faces right into the bleakness to search for the meaning of life; to see whether there is hope and joy of a deep and lasting sort.
Join with us in this ten-week journey, as we join “the Teacher” in Ecclesiastes each week to contemplate all the things that weigh on us: our relationships (or the diminishing of them), our finances (or the diminishing of them), our faith (or the diminishing of it!)—even perhaps the worrisome diminishing of care itself.
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