Dinner and a Course

A Project of Professional Faith Development (PFD): Keeping Faith Afloat

Following on the success of last year's Dinner & Course program, we've arranged another set for you!

Come to St. Joseph's College (UofA) for a four-evening course on issues of faith that matter to you.
All sessions run from 5:00 to 8:00pm starting with dinner in the College Dining Room.
Cost includes parking, dinner and the course!


Over four evenings, discuss issues on:

"The Monstrosity of God"

Facilitated by Dr. Nathan Kowalsky
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

British comedian Stephen Fry has said that if God exists and created bone cancer in children, then God would be monstrous and morally unacceptable. In this session we will discuss the problem of natural evil, and whether or not God must conform to human standards of goodness in order to be worthy of worship.

"Faith in Relationship"

Facilitated by Dr. Mona-Lee Feehan
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Our lives are built around and rely upon human communication and connections: relationships. As educators, we are blessed with the awesome responsibility of developing common understanding with and among our students. It is imperative that as educators we examine closely how to be in communion with our peers and students. This need includes thinking about the role of faith as it affects and facilitates growth in relationships and relationship building.

"What Happened? Looking at Church history....for the future"

Facilitated by Dr. Indre Cuplinskas
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Church’s past can challenge, inspire or, at times, lead us to despair. In this session, through concrete historical examples from the last century, we will explore why the past is important for the Church, how to approach Church history and what meaning the past can have for our present. (NB: no date memorization required!)

"Beyond the "Evolution" vs. "Creation" Debate"

Facilitated by Dr. Denis Lamoureux
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Are there only two positions on origins: either “evolution” or “creation”? This presentation is an introduction to professional terminology, science-religion dialogue, and various views on origins (young earth creation, progressive creation, evolutionary creation, deistic evolution, and atheistic evolution). Lamoureux also shares his personal story in coming to terms with evolution. Note this lecture has been delivered to biology students at the University of Alberta since 1995.
He's got a website for it too: http://www.ualberta.ca/~dlamoure/daac.html

What is it?

  • A serious yet less formal non-credit course facilitated by a variety of St. Joseph's College faculty members.
  • Topics focus on 'dinner table issues' that Catholics face today.

How much does it cost?

  • $240 for four evenings (parking, an updated dinner menu, and the course included).
  • You may wish to include this program as part of your professional growth plan.
  • The course intends to build community among educators over several nights; for this reason, a single evening price is not offered.
  • Those attending any 3 of the 4 sessions will receive a certificate of completion.

Will I need to submit a paper?

  • No. This is a non-credit professional development course.
  • Prior to the beginning of each session, we will email you a short two to three page article. It can be read prior to class in preparation for discussion.
  • After dinner, professors will offer mini-lectures, short readings and/or videos to stimulate learning and discussion on the noted topics. You’ll have a chance to dialogue and engage a specialist in the area of study.

How do I apply?

  • Register online here!
  • Contact Ms. Sara McKeon at the College at 780-492-7682 or by email at: sjcdean@ualberta.ca
  • Enrolment will be capped at 30 registrations

'Dinner and Course' engages educators with kitchen table issues faced in our schools, homes, and communities.


Please note: The 'Dinner and a Course' sessions are separate from the new Master of Educational Studies (MES) partnership between St. Joseph's College and the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.
The MES program is a cohort- and project-based Master in Catholic Education, beginning in the Summer of 2017. It is a two-year program that enables teachers and administrators to continue working while taking face-to-face graduate courses in the summer and online courses during the school year.
For more information, go to http://www.mes.ualberta.ca/