Happy Birthday Blessed Chiara Luce Badano: Celebrating a Life Lived to the Fullest
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano would have turned 50 on the 28th of October. She died when she was only 18 and yet today her life, lived to the fullest, continues to deeply touch people throughout the world – especially young people – who are transformed by her light.
Through testimonies, art, and interactive games, we want to come together to get to know Blessed Chiara Luce and celebrate her 50th birthday.
The event will be the opportunity to launch two new books on Blessed Chiara Luce Badano.
Encountering Augustine Through His Letters: A Master Class with James Wetzel, James K. A. Smith, and Sarah Stewart-Kroeker
The Augustine of the letters is still the theologian of gritty genius that we find in the Confessions and his other so-called major works, but it is in the letters especially that we find him a mortal of many moods, off-script, and engagingly self-revealing.
Please join us as we share our sense of some of our favorite letters of his and wend our way together to the place where Augustine is often an inspired companion: the sanctuary of life’s great questions.
Baptists and Catholics Together? A conversation with Steven Harmon and Paul Murray
Within the whole church, Baptists and Catholics might seem to be ecclesiological and liturgical polar opposites. The two traditions are arguably more dissimilar from one another than each is from almost any other Christian tradition. Yet as veteran Baptist ecumenist Steven Harmon demonstrates in his forthcoming book "Baptists, Catholics, and the Whole Church: Partners in the Pilgrimage to Unity", they share much in common that can enable them to travel together as fellow pilgrims on the journey toward a more visibly united church.
Join Steven and leading Catholic ecumenist Paul Murray as they discuss Catholic-Baptist relations and how the Baptist-Catholic encounter can benefit the whole Christian community.
Slavery, Freedom, and the Bible: A Webinar Conversation
Cackie Upchurch has written a fascinating new book on a complex issue--the Bible's teachings on slavery and freedom. Join us for an eye-opening discussion with Cackie and her conversation partner Carey Latimore. Carey is Professor of History at Trinity University and Associate Minister at Mount Zion First Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas. The two will discussed Cackie's new book What Does the Bible Say About Slavery and Freedom.
Dignity and Dementia: Mapping the Church's Response to the Coming Crisis
Today, 50 million people have dementia, but in just twenty years that number will more than double. Fundamental human dignity, already under assault on a spectrum of issues, is increasingly being robbed of those with dementia. How can the Church respond now and in the future? This urgent topic is the subject of a new book, Losing Our Dignity, by Charles Camosy. In this webinar Camosy will be joined by four guests, each with a unique perspective on the topic. Kathyrn Jean Lopez, the moderator of the discussion, is Chair of the Pro-Life Commission of the New York Diocese. Sr. Constance Veit is US Director of Communications for the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order devoted to the service of the elderly poor. Erin Younkins is an Occupational Therapist and Director of the Office of Life, Justice and Peace for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. And The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann is Bishop of Orange, a diocese actively participating in The Whole Person Care Initiative.
Preaching the Gospel of John with Saint Augustine: A Master Class with Rowan Williams and John Cavadini
Preachers, teachers, and Christians across the globe have found the passionate, pastoral, and psychologically astute writings of St. Augustine of Hippo fresh and relevant century after century. Now a new translation of St. Augustine's Homilies on the Gospel of John has arrived just in time for a month of summer preaching on John 6. This online master class with renowned Augustine scholars Rowan Williams and John Cavadini will focus specifically on Augustine's homilies on John 6. No preacher will want to miss this webinar!
The Human Face of the Migration Crisis: a Faith-Based Response
The scale of human migration can be overwhelming—estimates are that more people are on the move in our time than at any time in human history. To each “number” there is a human face, a person made in the image of God. How can people of faith respond to this crisis in tangible ways? How can the Bible inform our response? To look at these and other questions related to the migration crisis we will be joined by a panel from across North America with a variety of experiences and perspectives on migration.
Women in Leadership: Reflections on the life of Chiara Lubich and the thought of Pope Francis
SALLY AXWORTHY was appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See in September 2016. Her previous roles include time as Joint Head of the North Africa Department, Head of the Great Lakes, East Africa & Somalia Department, and Director of Corporate Services in India. Mrs Axworthy took up her appointment in September 2016.
FRANCESCA DI GIOVANNI is an Italian lawyer who has worked in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See since 1993. In January 2020 she was appointed by Pope Francis to serve as the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs in the Section for Relations with States, becoming the first woman to hold a managerial position in that branch of the Roman Curia.
MAURIZIO GENTILINI, is the author of the recent biography "Chiara Lubich: Prophet of Unity". He is an historian and archivist. He currently works at the National Research Council in the Department of Human Sciences.
AUSTEN IVEREIGH is a British writer, journalist, and Fellow in Contemporary Church History at the University of Oxford. He is author of two biographies of Pope Francis: "The Great Reformer. Francis and the making of a radical pope" and "Wounded Shepherd. Pope Francis and his struggle to convert the Catholic Church". He recently co-authored with Pope Francis "Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future. In Conversation with Austen Ivereigh".
ELIZABETH WALLIN is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Lia, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to creating and developing a sustainable, community-oriented program for women impacted by the justice system. For the past four years, Elizabeth’s sole focus has been to redistribute community resources, elevate the voices of those directly impacted by the issue, and bring in business in support of the mission.
Hope for Judas? A spiritual conversation on Judas and God's boundless mercy for us all
Join Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Fr. Christoph Wrembek, SJ, for a thoughtful reconsideration of a central figure in the drama of Holy Week and find yourself invited to a deeper encounter with the mystery of God’s mercy in Jesus Christ. This discussion, moderated by Christopher Alt, SJ, of The Jesuit Post, will engage with Wrembek's book Hope for Judas, published in English for the first time last month.
Hope For Judas is "a beautiful meditation not simply on the story of Judas but on all of our stories." - Fr. James Martin, SJ
Embracing our (in)abilities: Learning community-building from people with disabilities
American culture thrives on a certain type of attitude: “You can do it if you try!” Yet, these last twelve months of the pandemic have upended these expectations and made us aware of our limitations and inabilities. Could we learn from those in our midst who live with more consciousness of their own disabilities?
In this webinar you will hear insights from four panelists from across the globe who will share stories and reflections on the intersection between building community and living with disability.
- Luca Badetti, PhD, promotes human growth and transformation through inclusive community belonging. Combining his background in disability studies, clinical psychology and theology, he teaches at Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center. He is the author of "I Believe in You: Wisdom from community with persons with disabilities on believing in ourselves and the other"
- Lillibeth Navarro is a spiritual mentor, advocate, activist, speaker, writer, peer counselor, local and state commissioner both in the Philippines and the United States. She is the Founder & Executive Director of CALIF (Communities Actively Living Independent and Free).
- Stephanie S. and Jen O. are part of the Cleveland L'Arche Community, where people with and without intellectual disabilities share a common journey.
All Brothers and Sisters: an interfaith reading of "Fratelli Tutti"
In his latest encyclical, Pope Francis highlights where our modern world has to change, from its economic and political frameworks to its approach regarding climate justice and war — topics that involve humanity as a whole. Thus, the pope invites believers of all religions to work together for a more fraternal world. How are our Jewish and Muslim communities reacting to this invitation? And what are their thoughts on the encyclical?
Watch the webinar with Rabbi Burton Visotzky, Imam Tariq El-Amin and Fr. John McNerney.
Reading Augustine in a Time of Crisis
A conversation with three interpreters of St. Augustine as they engage the questions posed by the multiple challenges of 2020.
James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University and author of On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-world Spirituality for Restless Hearts.
Joseph Kelley is professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College and the editor of City of God: Abridged Edition.
Gregory Lee is Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College, Senior Fellow of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies and theologian in residence at Lawndale Christian Community Church in Chicago.
Moderator: Dr. James Wetzel, Director of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.
Respondents: Rev. Kelly Fassett, Dr. Elizabeth Smith Woodard, Dr. Paul Camacho.
Hope After the Pandemic: Building Solidarity and Resisting Throwaway Culture
What Pope Francis says about the post-pandemic world in general is particularly true for Southern California.
The pandemic has highlighted profound “social sicknesses” in our region, involving health care, housing, nursing homes and job loss. The impact on the poor, the elderly. and communities of color shows how throwaway culture deeply affects the most vulnerable.
In this talk, Charlie Camosy lays out a path that each of us can take towards deeper solidarity in our families, communities and region.
Hope for Post-Election Politics
The 2020 presidential election signals the end of what has been a terribly
divisive year. Many in the U.S. have withdrawn into opposing camps formed in part by antagonism toward others who hold different convictions.
In this talk, Charles Camosy, Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University, makes the case that post-election, U.S. culture is ripe for a “politics of encounter”—one that can bring hope by replacing antagonism with a politics that starts with dialogue and a commitment to the fundamental equality of and respect for all human beings.
Julie Hanlon Rubio, author of Hope for Common Ground: Mediating the
Personal and the Political in a Divided Church and Professor of Social Ethics
at Santa Clara University, joins Camosy to respond. Camosy and Rubio launch a dialogue about post-election hope and resources the Catholic tradition can offer for a politics that seeks common ground.
The ‘20-21 school year promises to be like none other that has come before. To help families across the country face these challenges we have brought together a panel featuring a veteran teacher, an experienced parent, and a trained marriage and family therapist. In this webinar they will share wisdom and encouragement designed to strengthen you and your family to not only survive but also thrive during this school year.
Claire Frazier-Yzaguirre, M.A., M. Div., is a licensed Marriage & Family therapist, author, speaker, wife & mom.
Jhimy D. Rodriguez, M.Ed., is a New York City high school teacher, youth leader, and family man.
Dr. Holly Taylor Coolman teaches theology at Providence College, in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is Chair of the Theology Department.