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Fall Lecture Series: Biblical Foundations for the Church’s Universal and Inclusive Mission

Lecturer: President Emeritus Donald Senior, CP

Donald Senior, CP, will teach the 2014 Fall Lecture Series titled Biblical Foundations for the Church’s Universal and Inclusive Mission. The course begins September 3 and ends November 26.

As Pope Francis has reminded the church both by his words and his actions, we are to be “missionary disciples,”  that is, a church not closed in on itself but reaching out to the world with the message of the Gospel, particularly to those who are most vulnerable.  This course will identify biblical motifs from both the Old and the New Testaments that frame the scope and content of the Christian mission in the world today.  The dialectic between identity and outreach, between the particular and the universal, and between community and mission mark the entire Scriptures and throw light on the challenges and opportunities facing the global Church.

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DateLecture TitleFee
9/3 - 11/26K2012-1 Biblical Foundations for the Church’s Universal and Inclusive Mission (Entire series of 12 Lectures)$150
9/3K2012-2 Orientation and Overview: The Interplay of Mission and Community in the Scriptures and in the Life of the Church. $15
9/10K2012-3 Election and Outreach: The Dynamic Tension within the Old Testament.$15
9/17K2012-4 The “Mission(s) of Israel.$15
9/24K2012-5 The Mission of Jesus in its Historical and Theological Context.$15
10/1K2012-6 The Mission Theology of the Gospel of Mark.$15
10/8K2012-7 The Mission Theology of the Gospel of Matthew.$15
10/15CTU Study Week. No class. 
10/22K2012-8 The Mission Theology of Luke-Acts.$15
10/29K2012-9 Mission and Community in Paul.$15
11/5K2012-10 Mission and Community in the Theology of John’s Gospel.$15
11/12K2012-11 The Cosmic Scope of the Church’s Mission (Colossians & Ephesians).$15
11/19K2012-12 Mission and Witness (1 Peter and Revelation).$15
11/26K2012-13 Synthesis: Church and Mission; various models.$15


Donald Senior, C.P., is President Emeritus of Catholic Theological Union and Professor of New Testament Studies. A frequent lecturer across the country, Fr. Senior also serves on numerous boards and commissions. He is past President of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and he was reappointed in 2006 and 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. Fr. Senior is the General Editor of The Bible Today and co-editor of the twenty-two volume international commentary series New Testament Message. He is the General Editor of The Catholic Study Bible (Oxford University Press, 1990). He has authored and edited several books and articles.