Ruah Woods was created to share the solid Catholic truths of the Theology of the Body for all ages through the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and beyond. Now, at the request of the Archdiocese, we are authoring courses and lessons to bring this beautiful and powerful teaching alive in school through an integrated curriculum for grades k through 12. Our curriculum will help Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools help teachers, catechists, and parents carry out their mission to evangelize and catechize youth. It will do this by supplementing and elevating the religion curricula currently used with the insights and truths of Theology of the Body.
Theology of the body is St. John Paul II’s brilliant synthesis of what it means to be a human being, wonderfully created, wounded in heart, yet redeemed by Christ for happiness now and in eternal life. Theology of the body is the answer for our modern age to questions about human nature, human dignity, our proper relationship to God and one another, the meaning of the complementarity of man and woman, and the importance of marriage, the family, and friendship. It is, by St. John Paul II’s design, an adequate anthropology to ground the rest of the Catholic religion curriculum.
For the Fall of 2016, our curriculum for K-4 and for high school freshman and sophomores will be ready to be taught. Within three years we will have the entire K-12 curriculum rolled out.
These materials will be distributed in an easy to use online format and designed to help educators successfully teach the curriculum, whether in the regular classroom or in a PSR program. Visit our website RuahWoodsPress.com for more information.
For additional teacher resources and discovery, come to our teacher training on July 12-14 for a deeper look into Theology of the Body and the ways to include it in your classroom. Register here.
SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES (GRADES 9-12)
Called to be More" is a high school supplemental religion curriculum incorporating the Theology of the Body in the USCCB’s “Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework.” Lesson plans and preliminary content have been created for integration of these themes through four initial semesters and will continue to complete all in the coming years. Each lesson has been designed to engage students and to be user-friendly for teachers. For more information visit our curriculum website.
A rigorous Quality Assurance program is in place to ensure that education materials produced for public use by Ruah Woods meet sufficient theological standards. At a minimum, these standards include:
Representing the authentic vision of Pope St. John Paul II.
– teaching materials must accurately reflect the larger context of John Paul II’s entire corpus (e.g. his papal works such as encyclicals, exhortations, letters, and audiences as well as his pre-papal books and articles).
Harmonizing with the larger body of Catholic teaching.
– teaching materials must be in total and explicit harmony with official Catholic teaching, especially as reflected in documents of the Magisterium such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the current Code of Canon Law, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and the various official documents released by the Popes or on their behalf.
– also whenever possible, connections are made with the 2000 year patrimony of the Catholic faith in order to maintain continuity with the past, such as the lives and teachings of the saints, teachings of past popes and councils, as well.
Emily Macke, M.T.S.
BA Theology and Communication Arts, Franciscan University of Steubenville,
Master’s degree in Theological Studies, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Andrew Sodergren, Psy.D.
Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology, Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS)
Doctoral dissertation. Attachment and Morality: A Catholic Perspective.
Master’s degree in Theology, John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family
Molly Power, M.T.S.
BS Agricultural and Environmental Communications and Education, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Master of Theological Studies in Marriage and Family, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family