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V Adult Education/Discussion Clubs Friday, Dec. 17, 196S--The Catholic N.W. Progress--29 C. L. [Larry) Anderson Adult Formation Program chairmn St. Louise Parish Bellevue Pursuit of Education Never Stops By C. L. Anderson ADULT education has become an important segment of the general educational system, a result of per- sons realSrrg that our leoxn.ing nustn't stop after we {have c0anpleted the years prescribed by law or the demands of our vocations. qhis same idea. is behind the Adult Formation Pro- gram of the Cbnfraternity of Christian Doctrine. We must continue maturing as Catholics throughout our fives if we are to have a meaningful relationship with God. On this ,premise, seven discussion groups, of 10 or 12 members each, vere organized at St. Louise Parish .in Bellevue this ,past fa, ll. "Cttristianity is an adult affair," says Father biichael ,Holland, assistant ,pastor and director of C.C.D. "m St. ,Louise Parish. "And the need for adult education in Ohristiamty is great. "The doctrine of che Oatholic Church is continually developing, and we must contimte our studies so we are aware of the greater knowledge that can provide us with a deeper understanding of Christ." 1he purpose of the discussion meetings, held in homes, is to stinmlate parisnioners to give greater lottght ,to their faith and attain a greater awareness of Christ and the privileged res'tmnsi,bi.l,ities as His ./ ./ followers. This hopefully wif.1 lead to greater com- mitment. rlqE not action groups in the ustml sense, they m'e meant to not merely be organizations for in- tellectual exercise. They are to give greater Christian vitality to our lives as we live thegn minute-'by.mixmte. At the same time, each meeting is aimed at being a Christian experience in Rsel. A small group of Catholics gather in a fairly inanimate atmosphere where ideas and experiences can be exclmnged openly and frankly so as to give deeper g to the idea of the Christian community--our oeness wiFn each other and with Go& ".One of the values of these nings is that the mers find they are not alone with questions con- coming 4ir faith," says Bob Morensen, cohairznan of the Adult Fornmtion Program at St. Iuise. 'lis has great benefit, of course, and gives us an opportunity to tlk together to find new ,perspectives ertnent to these questions. This also increases our feeling of unity in our quest for greater understand- ,ing of God." The group leaders attempt to stimulate mevabers to expose their opinions on old cl new ideas in e church. They ask members  state opinions to ex- plan vhy they have these views, so as to give other members new insights and also to cause the speakers to ,probe their own minds more deeply. This helps to combat inadequate notions of faith and aids development of a more complete notion of faith a respnse of the entire person to a personal God. SINCE study is'an essential .part of Christian growth, reading in preparation for meetings is required. A study-outline book, "Wlm Is Happening in the Church?" published y the Lisuorian Press, is ,used as basic material tot all groups. Other reading is encouraged. Father Holland meets mon6hiy with group leaders fr a review of topics upcoming. This also provides an oFportuity to talk generally about ,progress of the groups and ,to discuss methods as well as material. The assistant pastor also joins groups during monthly meetings, vdhich are spread over the calendar. Other priests, as well as nuns, are being invited to attend meetings, not only as source .persons but also as dis- cussants who are seeking better nderstand'mg of God n ..union with other Ohristians not in their usual The St..Louise Adult Fortion Program stands on the .phffom that our relationship with tte unchanging Christ cannot ,be static. While He renains the same, our understanding and wareness of .I-I'm must continue to grow. "Talk-talk-talk" Discussion Clubs are an enjoyable and easy way for acquiring or deepening an adult education in religion. Usually members belong to the same neighborhood and meetings are held in rotation in their homes, providing friendly, informal but infor- mative sessions in which everyone talks, everyone learns, as these CCD members do in St. Louise Parish, Bellevue.