Globalization, Spirituality and Justice


The Basin and Towel: A Summit on Synod, Women, and the Future of the Church

Saturday, April 30 at 9am, Campion Ballroom
Co-sponsors: Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) and Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC)

The Catholic Heritage Series will take shape as a summit in spring quarter. This event includes a facilitated four-part movement of discernment, discussion, prayer, a shared meal, and live art, poetry and music, with a special performance by the Gospel Truth Choir! Morning refreshments, lunch and parking are included in this free event; a free-will donation to help cover the cost is appreciated.

Pope Francis opened a process of synodality which states as its purpose: “to search for God’s will on how to be Church and how the Church can best exist and pursue its mission in the world.”

It is a process of listening, conversing, and discerning among all those who manage to participate. Decisions will be made in prayer and received in peace.”

At the same time, the Jesuit Superior General initiated a process of discerning how Jesuits can work more collaboratively with women in their ministries.

To assist Catholics in contributing their voices to both processes, ICTC convenes a summit to open a conceptual space for women and men to participate in the synod and the Jesuit discernment process.

This event is free, but you can donate a free-will offering to offset the cost of this event. A suggested donation of $10-15 per person will help cover the cost of food and speaker honorariums.

*As of now, no Covid-19 protocols will be in place for April 30. You will be notified by email if any Covid protocols are reinstated for this event.*

Artwork by Tara Patterson, view her work on Etsy; and a copy of the print "Worship Him" will be given away on April 30!

Movement 1: Gratitude and Consolation - Speaker: Jill La Pointe, President of the Lushootseed Research Institute

Movement 2: Sources of our Desolation - Speaker: Jo Ann Rooney, President of Loyola Chicago

Movement 3 and 4: Hope and Action - Speaker:  Alexandra Kovats

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The Nonviolent Shift: The Catholic Church and the Growing Call to Gospel Nonviolence with Dr. Ken Butigan, DePaul University

Thursday, January 28 at 4pm PST via Zoom

Nonviolence is a spiritual journey, a way of life, a method for social change, and a universal ethic. Pope Francis has increasingly called on the Church and the world to embrace Gospel nonviolence in our lives and in the struggle for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This presentation will explore how the Church is responding to this call – and how we can all be part of this nonviolent shift.

Ken Butigan, PhD, is a senior lecturer in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Program at DePaul University in Chicago. He has played a pivotal role in movements for social change and has published a series of books on peace and nonviolence, including Nonviolent Lives and From Violence to Wholeness. He serves on the Executive Committee of Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, which has collaborated with the Vatican in co-sponsoring two landmark conferences on nonviolence in Rome. He has also worked for three decades with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, which has trained tens of thousands of people in the power of nonviolent change and which organizes Campaign Nonviolence, a long-term, nationwide effort seeking to foster a nonviolent culture of free from war, poverty, racism and environmental destruction.

Fr. Dan Groody, Notre Dame

Passing Over: A Eucharistic Theology of Migration with Fr. Dan Groody, University of Notre Dame

Thursday, October 22 at 4pm

This talk will explore the connection between what happens inside churches and what happens outside them, especially in relationship to the meaning of the Eucharist and the challenges of global migration. At a time when more than 80 million people are forcibly displaced, how do we move from a space of otherness to a vision of "oneness" that leads us from alienation to genuine communion?

Rev. Daniel G. Groody is the vice president and associate provost for the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as a University Fellow and Trustee, and associate professor of theology and global affairs. He is a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow and the director of the Global Leadership Program within the Institute.  He is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, and an award-winning professor, author, and film producer.

Drawing on years of work on international migration and refugee issues, Groody has authored numerous books and articles, translated into seven languages, which include Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace (Orbis, 2007) and Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002).

He is also the executive producer of several internationally acclaimed films and documentaries, including One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist, and Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey. He teaches the courses “The Heart’s Desire and Social Change,” “Theology of Migration,” and “Christian Faith and Global Justice,” and he lectures widely around the world.

Groody has worked with the US Congress, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and the United Nations on issues of theology, globalization, migration, and refugees. In 2007–08 he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre.

He holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MDiv and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.

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