What is the Faith and Reason Conference?
Each Faith and Reason Conference explores a different area of study for PK-12, by considering the foundational theological, philosophical, and pedagogical principles that inform a distinctively Catholic approach to teaching these subject areas. From February 13–15, 2023, we will host the first Faith and Reason Conference at The Catholic University of America, on the topic of “The Arts in Catholic Education.” This conference will bring together 350+ PK-12 Catholic school teachers, leaders, catechists, and homeschooling parents for a one-of-a-kind formation opportunity that will include liturgical prayer, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, concerts, master classes, and invited exhibitors and vendors.
Who is invited to the Faith and Reason Conference?
ITCE is excited to bring together PK-12 Catholic school teachers, leaders, catechists, and homeschooling parents from around the country for a one-of-a-kind formation opportunity! While this year’s Faith and Reason Conference is focused on the arts, it is not intended solely for music, art, and drama teachers but for everyone who wants to explore and grow in appreciation of the distinctive gift of the arts in a Catholic education.
Please note that no one under the age of 18 is permitted to attend the Faith and Reason Conference.
Why the Arts in Catholic Education as the conference theme?
As Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said in 2002: “The true apology of Christian faith, the most convincing demonstration of its truth against every denial, are the saints, and the beauty that the faith has generated. Today, for faith to grow, we must lead ourselves and the persons we meet to encounter the saints and to enter into contact with the Beautiful.”
During these three days, we aim to inspire and support educators, catechists, and parents to appreciate the value and gift of the arts in education through the communal experience of beautiful celebrations of the Liturgy, theological and philosophical reflection, and practical applications for classrooms and schools. We pray that all of our participants will return to their school communities renewed, supported, and encouraged for their work of education and evangelization.