Enhancing the mature faith of adults is essential to the life of the parish and to the parish’s capacity to fulfill its fundamental mission of being and becoming a more effective agent of evangelization, according to School of Theology and Ministry Associate Professor Jane E. Regan. In her new book, Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice (Paulist Press, 2016), she suggests drawing on the times that adults already meet–parish councils and coffee committees –to enhance the faith formative values of those gatherings. By looking at these multiple parish gatherings through the lens of communities of practice, their formative roles can be examined. In the second part of the book, Regan examines characteristics that these communities of practice have in common, and includes reflection and conversation questions. Regan is an expert in adult faith formation and is also the author of Forming a Community of Faith: A Guide to Success in Adult Faith Formation Today and Toward an Adult Church: A Vision of Faith Formation, among other titles.
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