In this episode of the Parousia Podcast Charbel Raish talks to Monica Ashour, founder of TOBET (Theology of the Body Evangelization Team), about Theology of the Body, how her ministry TOBET got started and the latest range of resources for children.
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About the Program
The Body Matters, based on St. John Paul’s life-affirming Theology of the Body (TOB), is a teaching tool intended to assist primary educators (parents) in forming their children, and to be inserted into already-existing curricula at Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs.
In November 2015, TOBET’s Episcopal Advisory Board, led by Archbishop Samuel Aquila, confirmed the need to create an original, inspiring, age-appropriate TOB program. Despite common misconceptions about TOB, The Body Matters is not a “birds-and-bees” centered program. Rather, its purpose is to form children in the Faith and to combat the destructive messages they absorb from the culture.
While not addressing these controversial issues directly, The Body Matters program, infused with St. John Paul’s theology, aims to restore a right understanding of the dignity of the human person and to form families and their children in the truths of the Catholic Faith, precisely through a deeper understanding of the human BODY.
TOBET is well equipped to respond to the call of their Episcopal Advisory Board. With over 20 years of teaching and catechetical experience, Monica Ashour, M.T.S., M Hum. has built a team of experts in childhood development, children’s literature, graphic design, and curriculum expertise, that has made possible the achievement of its groundbreaking program, The Body Matters.
TOBET’s The Body Matters is being used now in schools, parishes, and homes across the United States and is also gaining international recognition.