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January 11, 2021 - ICTC Winter Quarter Update

Posted by ICTC on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:10 PM PST

ICTC Winter Quarter Update

Divisive politics, racial injustice, destructive weather, a global pandemic, an economic crisis, and now the recent attack on the democracy of our country: our world is shaken. Yet as we know from history and our Catholic tradition, the fractures caused by these challenges also open space for compassion, justice and transformative change. We discover what’s meaningful in our lives during these times of tribulation, where suffering calls for the response of love and compassion. We are presented with opportunities to reassess and modify how we respond to the daily occurrence of injustice so that we might move nonviolently towards peace. All of this is cause for hope!

We begin 2021 by inviting the Seattle University community to join us for the exploration of "The Nonviolent Shift" - a series of events that focus on the topic and practice of nonviolence.

  • Ken Butigan (DePaul University) begins the series as the keynote for the winter Catholic Heritage Lecture focusing on the "Call to Gospel Nonviolence" on January 28. A reading group before and discussion with Dr. Butigan after the lecture bookend the event - more information below.
  • Claude AnShin Thomas (Vietnam combat veteran turned Zen Buddhist monk, author, and speaker) will address the issue of nonviolence from a Zen Buddhist perspective at our first Interreligious Dialogue Initiative (IDI) event of the year on February 2.
  • Kazu Haga(founder of the East Point Peace Academy) will lead us in trainings on creating and supporting movements for nonviolent social change, with a training for students on February 19 and for faculty and staff on February 23.

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