This Week at Seattle University, 01/13-01/17

Written by Hannah Crivello
January 13, 2014
Ann O?Hara Graff Lecture 2014 to Feature Theologian Agnes Brazal
Monday, Jan. 13
7 p.m.
Pigott Auditorium

Agnes Brazal, director of the Office for Research and Publications and coordinator of the graduate program at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines, will present the Ann O?Hara Graff Lecture. She will speak on ?Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ.? In her presentation, Brazal explores an alternative ?embodied? view of the virtual/cyberspace, rearticulates the concept of the Body of Christ from this perspective, and elaborates on the challenge of solidarity in the (cyber-) Body of Christ in relation to the politics of exclusion and violence on the Internet. Brazal is a prolific writer and editor. Her latest book, Feminist Cyberethics in Asia: Religious Discourses on Human Connectivity is due out in 2014.

Free and open to the public, the Ann O'Hara Graff Lecture Series honors the memory of Theology and Religious Studies Professor Ann O?Hara Graff, who was known for her commitment to the vitality of the Church, the role of women in Catholicism and diversity issues. The series is sponsored annually by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The 2014 lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture. For more information, contact Lauren St.Pierre at

AJ Rafael in Concert ? A Benefit and Fast in Solidarity with the Philippines
Thursday, Jan. 16
7:30 p.m.
Campion Ballroom; Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

The concert: YouTube sensation AJ Rafael is a Filipino-American whose music has received more than 90 million hits since 2006. All proceeds from the concert will benefit School of the SEA (Sea and Earth Advocates), a leading environmental education organization whose facilities were devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

The fast: Members of the Seattle University community are also invited to follow the lead of Yeb Sano, who fasted in solidarity with the typhoon victims during the UN climate change meetings as chief Filipino negotiator. For more information about the fast, please contact Mike Schut at or (206) 220-8461.

The concert and fast is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for the general public, and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets. For more information, visit Benefit and Fast.

Baggaged Christians

Do you secretly know more praise and worship music than your peers? Are you hauling around religious angst? Are you an ex-Jesus freak? Or a current Jesus freak with issues? Have concerns about faith and spirituality? Want to explore your issues with ?The Church?? Campus Ministry invites you to a six-week sharing group to process, reflect and share on these issues with the hope of expanding your spirituality. For more information, contact Rachel Doll O'Mahoney at or Tad Monroe at