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Tuning the Rig

To "tune the rig" describes adjusting a ship's rigging; the rig of a well-tuned boat allows the sails to function well. This task must be performed to ensure the best performance by the ship. Tuning the Rig takes that metaphor as a guide for Catholic educators and administrators, as well as for the larger church. It argues from a variety of perspectives rooted in the Catholic imagination that the rig constantly needs to be re-tuned to balance between visions of the church as teacher and learner. Why should this matter to Catholic educators? To Herron, our understanding of the church as learner is at the heart of our understanding of ourselves as disciples. One of the logical consequences of this era of baptismal consciousness is a rising awareness on the part of the laity that their task is not simply to "pay, pray, and obey" but to grow and journey in faith. Herron's focus ranges from issues closely pertaining to Catholic schools to the larger questions of the Catholic imagination. The underlying thread, however, is the challenge of maintaining the richness of the Catholic imagination - of tuning the rig - in changing times and the ordinary life of the church.
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Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Tuning the Rig Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 How Is It That We Live Forever Part 5 I. A Good People Chapter 6 1. A Little Breathless and a Little Late: Towards a Teaching and a Learning Church Chapter 7 2. The Face of God in Human Form: Common Traits of Excellent Catholic Schools Chapter 8 3. The Substance of Things Hoped For: School Handbooks as Text and Event Chapter 9 II. A Gracious World Chapter 10 4. Finding God in the OC? Popular Culture and Religious Education Chapter 11 5. "Big Russ" and the Glory of the Ordinary Chapter 12 6. Chesterton, Gossip Girls, and the Formation of Catholic Imagination Chapter 13 7. When Did We See You Hungry? - Catholic Stories Today Part 14 III. A Community for Life: Made for Each Other Chapter 15 8. Shaking Off the Village: Spreading the Gospel in the Postmodern World Chapter 16 9. The Bishops and the Blogs: Faith Formation on the Internet Part 17 IV. A Tradition to Inherit Chapter 18 10. Ignatius Loyola and Jesuit Education Chapter 19 11. The Eucharist and the Millennials: Insights from the Benedictine Rule Chapter 20 12. The Scarred Coin and the Catholic Imagination: Writing Across the Curriculum and Vincentian Spirituality Part 21 V. A Reasonable Wisdom Chapter 22 13. The Fallow Way: Seeds of Renewal for the Catholic Imagination Chapter 23 14. Catholic Schools as Covenant Communities: Towards a New Model for School Governance Part 24 VI. A Spirituality for Everyone Chapter 25 15. Our Transformation in Christ: Thomas Merton and Transformative Learning Chapter 26 16. A Solidary Man: Thomas Merton and the Rise of Solidarity Chapter 27 17. A Bricoleur in the Monastery: Tactics in a Nothing Place Part 28 VII. A Faith That Does Justice Chapter 29 18. He Shall Overcome: The Challenge of Peace for Catholic Educators Part 30 VIII. A Catholic Openness Chapter 31 19. From the Eliot School Rebellion to Campion Hall: Solidarity, Public Interest, and School Vouchers, A Test Case for the Catholic Imagination Chapter 32 20. A Dangerous Memory: Prophetic Education and the Catholic Imagination

About the Author

Fred Herron is the interim executive director at Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, a member of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John's University, Staten Island, and chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Fontbonne Hall Academy.


...An exceptional job of communicating key challenges to Catholic Educators, providing purposeful examples to model through their imagination, dialogue and community of discipleship. It will be a must for my students. -- Dr. Gerald M. Cattaro, executive director, Catholic School Leadership and Faith Based Education, Graduate School of Education, Fordham University ...This is a must-read for parents, educators, ministers or anyone who understands that education is the key to a better faith and a better future. -- Nicole Sotelo, author of Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace Tuning the Rig reminds educators that we are commissioned to keep our Catholic imaginations vital and vibrant as we seek to guide our students in navigating the uncertain waters of growth. -- Kathleen McKinney CSJ, EdD ...An authentic voice whose scholarship brings...the Good News as the curriculum of our lives and of our work. Each chapter provides Catholic school educators perspectives for reflection and growth in their transformative work with the young. -- Professor Robert J. Starratt, The Lynch School, Boston College

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