Theology of the Body

Foundations of Theology of the Body: An Invitation to Love

The University of Dallas School of Ministry, in partnership with the Office of Formation and Discipleship of the Archdiocese of Atlanta offers a one year online certificate course called Foundations on Theology of the Body: An Invitation to Love. The course involves a close reading of St. John Paul II's catechesis on human love in relation to various pastoral issues and the application in ministry of the Theology of the Body.

Delve into the philosophy and theology of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Principles learned throughout the course will be applied to the most pressing issues facing modern culture today including sexual difference, a true understanding of freedom and relationship, purity of heart and a positive sense of shame. Students will also examine the Church's teachings on contraception, homosexuality and ethical fertility treatments.

This program is also available in Spanish.  

About the Course:

Now offered online for all!The year-long course is offered in two 13-week sessions. After completing both sessions, students will have a better appreciation of the theological understanding of the human person as well as the ability to apply these theological principles to their personal lives and their respective ministries in family life, catechesis, and youth outreach.  

Once exclusively offered for parish leaders working throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Theology of the Body: An Invitation to Love is available to all who are interested in learning more, beginning in the Fall of 2016. Parish leaders and those who work in Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry, Family Ministry, Marriage Prep and Enrichment and Natural Family Planning find this course particularly relevant to their life's work. After successfully completing all courses, each student will receive a Certificate from the University of Dallas and the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

couple smiling “It seems that lives are transformed whenever they are touched by the Theology of the Body. This class has been a turning point, or I guess you could say a paradigm shift for both myself and my husband’s mindset regarding marriage. We are about to embark on facilitating a continuing marriage formation group... at our parish, St. Monica’s in Duluth, GA. We are praying that this first group going through will be especially sent by the Holy Spirit, and that they will catch the vision of what God designed their marriages to be, and then want to pass that on to other couples as we build community.” - Denise, TOB '15
ladiesI can't begin to tell you how much I have learned, how much I share with people all the time about this class and mostly how much it has changed my life.” - Cindy, TOB '15
rosaryThis course has enhanced my knowledge base and will be a definite value added in my ministry, most especially in marriage prep and adult faith formation.” - Deacon Joe, TOB '15

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may be enrolled?

Formerly, this course was offered exclusively for parish leaders working throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta in the following areas: young adult ministry, youth ministry, marriage preparation and enrichment, Natural Family Planning and other related fields.

Beginning in Fall 2016, the course is open to all.

A high-school diploma or equivalent (GED) is a prerequisite.

What is the cost of the program?

The total tuition per student $490 and covers both sessions: Spring (January to April) and Fall (September to December). There is a separate cost for books.

What is expected of the student?

Classes are posted weekly beginning on Sunday, at 1 a.m. A student is expected to log into each one hour video class sometime during the week, and complete weekly assignments, to include participation in a discussion board and any corresponding quizzes, and writing a short essay at the end of each semester about the application in his/her particular area of ministry of the Theology of the Body.

Where are the courses taken?

The student takes the weekly lectures online, using a personal computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone, through the University of Dallas' eCollege™ website. After the class is posted every week, it will be available for the whole Spring Session or Fall Session for reviewing. The student doesn't need to travel anywhere; he can take the class in the place of his choice, since it is an online course.

Are there specific technical requirements?

Yes. A student must have access to a computer or laptop with a sound card and speakers (or headphones), an internet connection with either Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Microsoft Internet Explorer, Windows 7, XP or Vista, and a modem of 56K or higher. Classes may also be taken on a tablet or smart phone via Puffin web browser only (no other web browser will support it).

How does a student get a password and a student ID?

Each registered student will receive the web address, instructions, an ID number, and a password to access the course.

How does a student get the books?

A list of textbooks will be provided to you before the course starts. 

 How do I register?

Registration is online only at the University of Dallas website. Students can pay by credit card or by check or money order. If paying by check or money order, students complete the on-line registration form, and mail the payment, payable to University of Dallas, to the following address:

University of Dallas
P.O Box 716 School of Ministry
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062-4736

Can a married couple take the course together?

Yes, but each person will have to be fully registered, paying full tuition. Every student that takes the class must be appropriately enrolled in the course, and each student will receive the appropriate Certificate at the conclusion.



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