SU LSAP Events

horizontal rule2022-2023

Background of Mayan pyramids, text on the right

Ecological Spirituality from the Ancestral Testimonies of the Nahua People

with Ignacio Torres Ramírez

When: Tuesday, May 30, 2023. 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m
Where: Student Center 130
Presentation will be in Spanish with English translation

Registration is now closed. If you want to attend, contact Jessica Palmer at or (206)-220-8272

Ancestral Testimonies of the Nahua People:

I will share with you some of the Nahua cosmovision within a pre-Hispanic historical context as well as one of conquest.  We will travel to the past, long before the arrival of the Aztecs and the Spanish conquest to introduce you to the deep cosmology of our ancestors. We will journey through an historical path covering the arrival of the Aztecs, the Spanish conquest and indigenous, black, and popular resistance. Over the course of our journey I will present the powerful traditions, uses and customs such as ceremonies of the earth and the communal planting of the three sisters (corn, bean and squash) as a sacred practice of our cosmovision.

About Ignacio Torres Ramírez:

I am proud to be one of the original peoples of the indigenous community of Amatlán de Quetzalcoatl, in the Municipality of Tepoztlán in the State of Morelos. It has deep ancestral roots from which I receive my traditional name Nahui Cuauhtli, meaning Four Eagle. Amongst the original peoples we keep traditions and customs based on our land, our spirituality and our cosmovision. One example being the Communal Council naming the guardian of the sacred conch, for the use of general ceremonies. In 1992, I had the great honor of being named guardian of the community’s conch. As in many indigenous communities, Amatlán is one of the spaces that we practice curandería and many of our families come from this carefully preserved lineage to care for the community’s  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. For 2000 years my family has come from this line of healing.

I graduated from the Metropolitan Autonomous University in CDMX as a veterinarian doctor. My interest is the health of animals but also the health of the owners of the animals. This led me to graduate from the Centro de Desarrollo Humano hacía la Comunidad-Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos (CEDHEC-UAEM) (Centre for Human Development for the Community) as a Corporal Therapist offering massage, chiropractic and traditional herbal medicine. I continue my training for a diploma in acupuncture and in this way I am able to serve the health of animals and humans.


Flyer of Catholic Earth Summit 2023. ( It contains same information as below)

Turning the Tide for Ecology - 2023 Catholic Earth Day Summit

When: Saturday, April 22, 2023. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Where: Student Center
Join the Creation Care Network for its annual environmental justice summit! The day will provide space to ground our collective work spiritually, discern how the Spirit is calling us to build reciprocity with the Earth, and act together for climate justice! The day will include:
• Mass with Archbishop Paul D. Etienne
• Keynotes on integral ecology and salmon recovery
• Discernment on how the Spirit is calling us to care for our common home
• Panel on climate action
• Group reflections on environmental justice
• And more! This free in-person event is open to all and includes a vegetarian lunch & parking.

Hosted by: Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, and Creation Care Network Sponsored by: Archdiocese of Seattle, St. James Cathedral Seattle, St. Joseph Parish, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture, Catholic Climate Covenant, and Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Caring for Our Common Home: A reading of Laudato Si' through the lenses of Querida Amazonia

When: Thursday, October, 2022 27 at 4pm
Where: Le Roux Room, Student Center 160
Description: Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si' calls for an ecological conversion. In his view, we are no longer the owners of creation, nor is nature available at our disposal. Yet, the ecological conversion that Pope Francis seeks is almost impossible without problematizing traditional substance ontology or ways of being. We need a complete overhaul of how we understand reality. I suggest Pope Francis offers us a pathway forward in his apostolic exhortation letter Querida Amazonia. I invite you to navigate the richness that emerges from reading Laudato Si' through the lenses of Querida Amazonia.

Decolonizing Religious Landscapes for a Pluriversal Church

When: Friday, October 28, 2022 at 12:00-1:30pm
Where: Casey 515
An event for faculty and staff
Description: Across the Abya Yala continent, indigenous people, many Christians themselves, are decolonizing the religious landscape, placing their epistemologies and philosophical/spiritual principles at the theological table. In this presentation, I suggest that the first step to incarnate Francis's cultural dream of intercultural encounters among cultures, is to pause, and make sure that we truly comprehend indigenous complex philosophical systems. Then, through an inter-religious, intercultural hermeneutics, place in dialogue indigenous philosophical/spiritual systems and the foundational theological and metaphysical assumptions that sustains Christian dogmas. The result could be a richer pluricultural Church.

horizontal rule2021-2022


Strategic Conversations: Laudato Si'

When: Friday, April 29, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Harding 143
Description: Host: Dr. Jeanette Rodriguez | Presenters: Jessica Palmer, Shannon Britton, Sofia Cofinas and Yolanda Cieters
The Foundational Goal in Reigniting Our Strategic Directions pledges Seattle University’s commitment to Pope Francis’ Seven Year Journey Toward Integral Ecology through the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Working group chair, Jeanette Rodriguez, welcomes the community to discuss Seattle University’s commitment to Laudato Si’, how the work is progressing and how you can be involved.

“Planting Seeds of Hope: Taking Care of our Common Home” Laudato Si' Summit

When: March 19, 2022
Co-sponsored with the Creation Care Network, a PNW Catholic group working on environmental justice

Cardinal Gregory

Responding to the Cry of the Poor: A Laudato Sí conversation with Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington

When: Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 12:30pm
Where: on Zoom
Description: Cardinal Gregory was named the first African American cardinal in November 2020. He has spoken extensively on race relations and divisions within the church, the sexual abuse crisis, and the importance of Pope Francis' work on environmental justice. 
Cardinal Gregory currently serves as a Member of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and on the Board of Trustees for the Papal Foundation.  Additionally, he is the Catholic Co-Chair of the National Council of Synagogues consultation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Read more about Cardinal Gregory here.