Christian Anthropology: Responding to Modern Challenges, Arlington, Spring 2024
March 21, 2024
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Teachers in the Diocese of Arlington are invited to join our team for a one-day Workshop on addressing gender ideology. Explore the truth of the human person, the reality of sex, and the magnitude of the cultural influences of gender ideology from a societal level to your local community. Learn facts about gender dysphoria, transgender identification, and the psycho-social, medical, and surgical interventions to align the appearance of the body with self-determined identity. Understand Church teaching on the dignity of the person and medical ethics of “gender-affirming care” and the meaning of true accompaniment for vulnerable persons and help for those who are suffering. Finally, receive activities, lesson ideas, and practical tools to help guide you in navigating this difficult issue with your students.
This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.
Breakfast and Check-In
Defining the Human Person Through Images
Examine sacred art and other images to discuss how Christian anthropology and gender ideology define the human person.
Theological Considerations: A Basic Overview of Theology of the Body
Spend time reflecting on the beautiful teachings of the Theology of the Body and how it is the key to addressing the problems that have arisen from gender ideology.
Scientific and Medical Considerations
This session will explore the science behind biological sex and medical consequences of surgical procedures performed on those seeking to “transition”.
A Clash of Anthropologies: Responding to the Current Culture
This session will explore the current secular cultural view and contrast it with the Catholic worldview.
A Pastoral Response: Practical tips on Accompanying Students and Parents
Learn what the Church truly means by accompaniment and receive practical strategies to help guide students and parents who are hurting.
Additional Resources, Evaluation