parish-tested tools for etc faith-sharing groups
(where life experience, tradition,
and culture intersect and meet)
and for the individual seeker/disciple/minister/apostle
concise books written or edited by
Stephen Joseph Wolf,
parish priest and spiritual director
IDJC bookstore (new)
ETC Faith Books
ETC Faith Books (Experience, Tradition, Culture) are
arranged for six gatherings of a group of ten or so
for growing in faith exploring the intersections of
- individual personal experience and history,
- the faith tradition, including sacred scripture, church teachings and history, and
- the culture in which we live our faith.
Each ETC Faith Book provides
- a suggested traditional Christian song,
- scripture passages to be read aloud while group members follow in their own bibles,
- narrative exploring a theme and/or the scripture passages,
- questions to assist reflection and discussion in the group,
- and a closing prayer.
Most groups meet for 60 or 90 minutes weekly for six weeks.
All ETC Faith titles are also designed with the individual seeker-learner in mind.
IDJC Prayer books
IDJC Prayer Books draw heavily on
- the monastic traditions of praying the psalms,
- the lectio divina way of praying with sacred scriptures (lek-see-oh div-'ee-nuh),
- and the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola,
all designed for an individual's time with God,
respecting the basic question for spiritual direction:
LORD, how do you want me to be alone with you?
idjc: Integrating Disciple of Jesus Christ
Like every parish priest I know, it is my honor to see written on people's faces the desire to draw closer to God.
Whether in a small parish or in one like a megachurch, the Lord calls us into groups of faithful, and where even two or three (or more) are gathered, there he is in our midst (Mt 18:20). Hearing and telling faith stories and listening to the Lord in private prayer are key to maturing in faith.
Thank you for considering these titles for your parish, your faith-sharing group, or in your personal relationship with God.
All God's blessings,
Rev. Steve Wolf
Immaculate Conception Church