Vision Academy Track Overview

The Vision Academy for Catholic LIfe and Leadership invites participants into the movements of the narrative of the “Disciples on the Road to Emmaus” as we journey together to explore the dynamics of the Catholic imagination.  Jesus interprets for them the scriptures concerning him, healing and expanding their imaginations, helping them to perceive the truth and beauty of salvation history unfolding before them. He restores their memories of all that he had proclaimed during his earthly ministry, illuminates the meaning of his suffering and death, and capacitates their imaginations for the building of the kingdom.

Through the five tracks, participants explore the truth and beauty offered by a particular facet of the Catholic imagination (music, art, literature, scripture, testimony). Through each particular lens, participants will learn how and what to see, read, hear and allow what they encounter to transform their lives of discipleship - their offering of self-gift in service to the world. 

 

Literature

Literature

This is an introduction to how to read and discuss Catholic literature. Participants will develop skills for reading multiple levels of selected pieces of literature, identify scriptural and sacramental themes, consider the spiritual significance of what they read, and practice sharing substantive and enriching conversations with others. The final project for this track is for each participant to plan and host their own Catholic literature discussion group in the coming months.

 

 

 

Art

Art

This is an introduction to how to “read” and discuss sacred art. Participants will develop skills for closely attending to sacred art, discerning key themes and details, tracing the biblical and doctrinal roots of the art, and discussing sacred art in an informed and spiritually nourishing manner. Participants will also develop skills for exploring the visual art encountered in daily life and crafting their own life as a work of art (St. John Paul II). The final project for this track is for each participant to plan and host their own sacred art discussion group in the coming months, or to create their own sacred art.

 

 

Music

Music

This is an introduction to how to listen to and discuss music, both liturgical and non-liturgical. Participants will develop skills to more prayerfully consider what they are singing, hearing or performing through identifying scriptural and sacramental themes, considering how lyrics and music can open us up to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith. The final project for this track is for each participant to plan and host their own musical discussion group in the coming months, or to create their own sacred music.

 

 

Scripture

Scripture

This is an introduction to how to read and pray with Scripture. Participants will develop skills for paying close attention to the written word of scriptural texts, making connections to other parts of Scripture, moving between meditation (reading) and contemplation (prayer), and discussing Scripture with others in a way that opens up to faith-sharing. The final project for this track is for each participant to plan and host their own Bible study in the coming months.

 

 

 

Testimony

Testimony

This is an introduction to how to recognize, articulate and share how God’s grace is at work in our lives. Participants will develop skills for paying close attention to how we see our own stories, discerning narratives and themes that emerge, and practice articulating our stories building towards crafting and sharing a story of grace with others in the track.

 

 

 

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