LANE classes unpack the treasures of Sacred Scripture and Tradition, making them comprehensible, accessible, and shareable in the twenty-first century. Classes focus on five major themes of the Catholic faith: Bible, Doctrine, Prayer and Liturgy, Social Teaching, and Pilgrimage. Instructors are recruited from the best and brightest at local academic institutions, Catholic organizations, and the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
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LANE Labs are one-night classes that are equivalent to a three-week intensive. They will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish in Fr. Nash Hall. Tuition is $25 and includes a working dinner and materials.
BIB 101: Introduction to the Bible
Monday, September 9, 5:30-10 p.m.
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This lab is ideal for those who want to strengthen their foundations in the scriptures and those who are preparing for the Old and New Testament classes being offered in the fall and spring semesters.
Fall classes will be held September 16/18 to October 28/30 on Mondays or Wednesdays from at 6:30-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish in Fr. Nash Hall. Tuition is $35.
Registration will open soon. Stay tuned for information on additional class offerings.
BIB 201 – The Old Testament Story
The Old Testament is a history of how humanity rejected its Creator, and how God chose one man and that man’s descendants as the means by which he would restore his lost world. We will explore that story and apply it to our faith and life. Students will benefit from having taken BIB 101: Introduction to the Bible before taking this course, but this is not required.
DOC 250 – A Tale of Three Cities: The Catholic Quest for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty
This class will follow the Catholic Church’s quest for Truth, Goodness, and Beauty as it is exemplified by three cities: Rome, Assisi, and Florence. It may be taken on its own or as preparation for the pilgrimage to Italy in November.
Week 1: What is Truth? What is Goodness? What is Beauty? (The Story of the Three Transcendentals in Catholic Doctrine and Identity)
Week 2: Rome, the City of St. Peter and St. Paul (The Apostolic Deposit)
Week 3: Rome, the City of Apostolic Tradition (The Teaching Authority of the Church)
Week 4: Assisi, the City of the Franciscan Reformation (Francesco and Ciara)
Week 5: Assisi, the City of Stigmatic Goodness (The Way of the Cross)
Week 6: Florence, the Chaotic Cradle of Creative Genius (Dangerous Beauty)
Week 7: Florence, the Lost Vision of Transcendent Beauty (The Fallen Imagination of the Modern World)
Catechists, diocesan leaders, and ministry professionals who take LANE classes can earn credit toward certification. Students can earn 7 Diocesan Formation Hours (DFH) or 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) for a seven-week class. They can earn 0.75 CEU or 4.5 DFH for a three-week intensive or LANE Lab. Credits are in Professional Theology, Spirituality, or Evangelization/Methodology.