Dominican University established the St. Catherine of Siena Center to bring faith and scholarship to the critical issues of church and society for the benefit of the university community, professional ministers and the wider community of faith. It is dedicated to examining and furthering the role of the Christian in today's world.
As we continue to celebrate the Jubilee Year of the Dominican Order, we examine the relationships that mark our existence in family, country, faith, and world. Our speakers will explore political, ecological, ecclesial, and familial relationships that shape our vision and lead us to the deepest truths of our lives. Join us as we learn from our experience as relational and interdependent members of a community of faith to create a more just and humane world.
Laudato Si, the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, not only addresses humanity’s impact on sentient and nonsentient beings, it also specifically deals with the impact of our use of technology and science on the existence of other humans and the human ecosystem. This presentation will elucidate how care for our common home leads us away from naive and harmful reliance on technology and science.
This brief class will cover the major parts of Paul’s life and letters, the problems involved in interpreting them, and how they can inform the problems that churches face today. It will give background to the history and culture of Paul’s audiences and also discuss methods for interpreting ancient letters.
Pope Francis has repeatedly apologized to the Indigenous peoples of the Americas for the church's involvement in their colonization, which in some places is still ongoing, and acknowledged the church's historic responsibility to build a new, right relationship with them.