To the Reader:
This is a work in progress: the first draft of Teaching About Franciscan Values, a collection of materials for use in the classroom.
We hope these selections will serve as useful resources for teaching about Franciscan values and the Franciscan tradition in counes in different academic areas. This is not intended to be a book for one single course, but a set of varied readings from which you can choose one or more parts to insert into your overall course plan.
Each unit of material is preceded by a short introduction. The units can be used alone for individual classes, combined with other units in the collection, or used with materials from elsewhere which you might wish to add. We will only know how the selections here work if you try them out.
In creating this collection we have tried to represent different aspects of the Franciscan tradition and different expressions of the Franciscan vision. We have not tried to present a “canon” of Franciscan writings or a uniform interpretation of what it means to be Franciscan. Each of these selections is rather intended to serve as a point of entry into the larger reality of the Franciscan tradition, to provoke discussion and reflection, and increase a desire for further study and deeper understanding.
We welcome all of your comments and recommendations. Let us say again that this is a work in progress. We hope to improve it based on your responses.
This initial version of Teaching About Franciscan Values has been created as part of a project supported by an Institutional Renewal Grant from the Rhodes Consultations on the Future of the Church-Related College, funded by the Lilly Endowment.
Professors at St. Francis College can access the actual documents by clicking on the link at the head of this post. We welcome any comments about how you used these materials in your class. We also welcome comments about your students’ responses to these materials.