Are We At Home in the Cosmos? Challenges and New Directions

Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 2:59 PM PDT

Catholic Heritage Lectures:
"Are We At Home in the Cosmos? Challenges and New Directions"
Keynote Speaker: Ilia Delio, O.S.F

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls us to conversion, to a new level of consciousness that sees the whole earth as a cosmic family, following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi. But Francis of Assisi lived in a prescientific age, where cosmos and anthropos were held together in a geocentric order centered in Christ. Is our postmodern, scientific age able to embrace a new level of consciousness, one that sees the earth as our home? We will explore some of the challenges of Laudato Si’ and highlight the relationship between integral ecology and evolution, using the insights of Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.

Ilia Delio, O.S.F., is a Franciscan sister of Washington DC and the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Christian Theology at Villanova University. With doctorates in pharmacology and historical theology, Sister Delio offers a unique perspective on the interconnections between science and religion, particularly in light of current conversations on climate change and environmental justice.

Jason Wirth, PhD, professor of philosophy at Seattle University, will respond to Sr. Delio’s keynote address, bringing his insights as a priest in the Soto tradition of Zen Buddhism.

This is the first of three lectures in the 2015-2016 series, "Care for the Earth, Care for the Poor," which will engage Pope Francis‘ call to renew our commitment in caring for our common home. Visit to view our winter and spring speakers.


Don’t Miss:

Laudato Si Catholic Heritage Lectures Reading Group
October 2 & 9 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Seattle University | Casey Building | Floor 5
Hosted by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Have you heard about the letter climate change deniers tried to prevent the Vatican from releasing due to its acceptance of prevailing scientific consensus on human-caused climate change? Maybe you’ve heard that the pope’s letter on the environment is expected to provoke difficult conversations in the U.S. Congress, 30.7% of which identifies as Catholic.

If you’re curious about all the buzz, have read the letter and/or welcome the opportunity to discuss it with colleagues and students, consider joining this fall’s Catholic Heritage Lectures reading group to discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home). 

In the spirit of the document, you are encouraged to access it through the following link: 

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