Welcome to the online web-course on Solidarity. In this transformative journey, we will explore six profound lessons that delve into the heart of Christianity’s call to stand in unity with all people and reality itself. Guided by the teachings of Jesus and inspired by the biblical legacy of solidarity, we will embark on a path of understanding, compassion, and action.
Lesson 1: God’s Inclusive Solidarity
Explore the core essence of Christianity as God’s inclusive love, delve into the symbols of incarnation and the cross, and understand Jesus’ radical approach to inclusivity and solidarity.
Introduction to the Course
Understanding the Heart of Christianity
Incarnation and Cross: Symbols of Solidarity
Jesus’ Approach to Others and “Otherness”
The Call to Stand in Radical Solidarity
Lesson 2: Exploring the Essence of Solidarity
Delve into the roots of solidarity in Jewish and Christian traditions, discover God’s promise to Moses and Jesus’ role as a paradigm of solidarity, and recognize the importance of inclusion in building a foundation of solidarity.
Solidarity in Jewish and Christian Traditions
God’s Promise to Moses: “I Will Be with You”
Jesus as the Paradigmatic Act of Solidarity
Solidarity with the Persecuted and Outcast
Inclusion as the Foundation of Solidarity
Lesson 3: Embarking on the Prophetic Path
Answer the call to be prophetic in embracing solidarity, understand the significance of embracing pain and suffering, and learn how solidarity can lead to transformative change.
Taking Up the Mantle of Prophecy
Embracing the Message of Neil deGrasse Tyson
Jesus’ Invitation to Stand with the Suffering
Solidarity as Love in Action
Overturning Systems and Creating Change
Lesson 4: Reshaping Lives through Solidarity
Examine the transformative power of embracing suffering, recognize solidarity as a central element of Christian faith, and understand Jesus’ crucifixion as an act of complete solidarity with humanity.
Understanding Crucifixion and Suffering
Acceptance of Pain and Transformation
The Choice of Embracing Solidarity
Solidarity as the Heart of Christian Faith
Jesus’ Cross as an Act of Total Solidarity
Lesson 5: Transformative Solidarity
Learn how to participate in human suffering with a divine perspective, understand the presence of the crucified God with the suffering, and explore the transformative potential of solidarity.
Participating in Human Suffering with God
The Crucified God’s Presence with the Suffering
Identification with the Crucified Humanity
Collaboration with Jesus in Transformation
Becoming a “New Creation” through Solidarity
Lesson 6: Embracing the Radiant Presence
Answer the Gospel call to solidarity with the marginalized, recognize Christ’s presence beyond rituals, and embrace a spirituality of solidarity and inclusion that opens the door to God’s house.
Gospel Call to Solidarity with the Poor
Seeing Christ in the Marginalized
Christ’s Presence Beyond Rituals
Spirituality of Solidarity and Inclusion
Opening the Door to God’s House
Reflect on the lessons of solidarity, understand the role of inclusion in embodying Christ’s presence, commit to love and compassion, and carry the message of solidarity forward to transform lives.
Reflecting on the Journey of Solidarity
Embodying Christ’s Presence through Inclusion
Commitment to Love and Compassion in Action
Taking the Message of Solidarity Forward
Solidarity as a Path to Transforming Lives
Throughout this web-course, we will engage with thought-provoking texts and reflections that highlight the principles of solidarity and compassion. We will examine historical and contemporary examples of individuals who have practiced solidarity in various contexts. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in discussions, reflect on personal experiences, and engage in practical exercises that will help you integrate the lessons into your own life.
By the end of this course, you will have a deeper understanding of solidarity as a transformative practice, and you will be empowered to embrace compassion, create inclusive communities, and stand in unity with the marginalized, just as Jesus did. Let us embark on this journey together, as we seek to live out the call to solidarity and love in our world.
Note: This course is designed to be interactive and engaging. You will have the opportunity to reflect, discuss, and apply the principles of solidarity in your own life. Your participation is key to making this journey meaningful and impactful.