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​​​Winter 2023 Events

February 15

Rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia
Divine Cosmos, Sacred Earth: Hindu and Christian Approaches to Ecology (details​)​

Did you know that, despite obvious differences in scripture, philosophy, and theology, Hindus and Christians share a remarkable consensus in their eco-spiritual worldviews? Join Daniel Scheid​, associate professor of theology at Duquesne and author of The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics​, to discuss Hindus' and Christians' shared beliefs in (1) the immanent presence of the divine within creation; (2) the inherent goodness of nature and therefore the intrinsic value of nonhuman beings; and (3) the goodness of cosmic and planetary order, with the clear ethical implication that humans ought to preserve Earth’s well-being and honor its intrinsic limits. (Cosponsored with the Center for Religion, Culture, and Community​)

Preview of World Catholicism Week 2023

April 13-15 -- Becoming a Church of the Poor: Vincentian Charism and Reform

The global gathering, World Catholicism Week 2023, will address how the Vincentian charism can contribute to the
Icon by artist Sr. Maria Park (Suwon, Korea)
process of reform that Pope Francis has inaugurated. What is the Vincentian vision for making the Church more open to God and to the poor? How does the Church need to reform, and what kinds of internal and external resistance does it face? How is a reforming Church simultaneously a Church dedicated to the transformation of the world, addressing pressing concerns of economic, political, and environmental justice? Panels will address the following topics: 

  • historical perspectives on reform in the lives of Vincent, Louise, Frederic Ozanam, and Vincentian communities worldwide
  • the changing concept of "the poor" and the theme of marginality 
  • the internal reform of the Church, including the roles of laity and women 
  • becoming an outward-facing Church dedicated to the transformation of the world. 

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