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Christian Anthropology: Responding to Modern Challenges, Charlotte, Spring 2024


Hickory Catholic Conference Center

1551 Trinity Ln
Hickory, NC 28602 United States

March 7, 2024

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

Workshop Overview

Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, K-12 Catholic School Teachers, and Youth Ministers in the Diocese of Charlotte 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.

Registration for this event is being handled by the Diocese of Charlotte.


  • 9:30-10:00am

    Holy Mass

  • 10:00-10:30am

    Check-In and Refreshments

  • 10:40-10:45am

    Program Introduction

  • 10:45-11:15am

    Defining the Human Person Through Images

    Examine sacred art and other images to discuss how Christian anthropology and gender ideology define the human person.

  • 11:15am-Noon

    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.

  • 12:00-12:45pm


  • 12:45-1:15pm

    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”.

  • 1:15-2:00pm

    The Superpowers of Men and Women

    Use a popular Pixar movie to teach students about Christian anthropology and the gift of our identity.

  • 2:00-2:15pm


  • 2:15-2:50pm

    A Pastoral Response: Practical tips on Accompanying Students and Parents

    Learn what the Church means by accompaniment and receive access to videos and other practical tools to help guide students and parents who are hurting.

  • 2:50-3:00pm

    Additional Resources, Evaluation

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Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge.

Practical Application

Research-based teaching strategies, and concrete tools to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, and your calling as a witness to Christ.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free supplemental guide featuring 10-12 lessons with activities and sacred art.


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Veronica Burchard

Veronica Burchard is the Chief Operating Officer at Sophia Institute. Before stepping into the COO role, Veronica helped found Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2013. For the last decade, she has played a key role in the shaping of Sophia's professional development Workshops for teachers and catechists, as well as the production of Sophia's religion series including Spirit of Truth, A Family of Faith, and Walking with Jesus. Prior to joining Sophia, Veronica spent seven years as a High School English teacher in Florida and Northern Virginia, and in leadership roles at an educational non-profit in Washington, D.C. She holds an MA and BA in English.

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Susan Selner-Wright

Susan serves among the leadership of the Person and Identity Project, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The Person and Identity Project offers formation, workshops, and pastoral guidance on transgender issues and the human person. Having taught philosophy to undergraduates and Catholic seminarians since 1985, Susan Selner-Wright recently retired from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary where she held the Archbishop Chaput Chair in Philosophy. Her specialty is the metaphysical thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is the author of the Endow study guides, St. Thomas for Beginners I and II as well as a number of articles in professional journals. Her most important academic work is an edition and translation of Thomas Aquinas’ De potentia Dei, Q. 3, published by Catholic University of America Press under the title, On Creation. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, PLS, 1983) and the Catholic University of America (MA, Philosophy, 1986; PhD, Philosophy, 1992).

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