Adult Faith Enrichment Event
The Ministry Center is at 750 Seagate Drive (across from Saks) and the Church Hall is behind the main church at 650 Seagate Dr (across from the elementary school).
The Catholic Teaching on War and Peace, and the New Moment (lecture by Dr. Laurie Gagne): March 27 at 9:15 am and 7pm .
LECTURE: There has always been a peace tradition in the Catholic Church, but for 1500 years, it has been on the margins of Christian life and practice. Since the 1960’s, however, there has been a turn away from war on the part of the magisterium, a trend that reached its high point in Pope Francis’s 2017 World Day of Peace Message on nonviolence. This presentation will provide an overview of the history of Church teaching on war and peace, emphasizing the New Moment; it will also demonstrate and analyze the success of nonviolence, in recent history, as a method of conflict resolution. Find out more by clicking to the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.
Biographical Sketch of Laurie Brands Gagne, Ph.D.
Laurie Gagne received her doctorate in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame and taught Religious Studies for many years at Trinity College of Vermont. While at Trinity, she wrote, The Uses of Darkness: Women’s Underworld Journeys Ancient and Modern, which was published by University of Notre Dame Press (2000) as well as a number of articles on philosopher/mystic Simone Weil and the spiritual journey. When Trinity closed in 2001, she began a new phase of her career teaching Peace and Justice at St. Michael’s College and was appointed Director of the school’s Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice. Articles and papers from this phase focused on religion and literature and the pedagogy of Peace and Justice. Outside the classroom, Laurie was an activist, starting a nationwide campaign on behalf of Congolese women (the Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo) in 2010 and helping to found the Vermont Ibutwa Initiative, a non-profit which provides medical assistance, psycho-social counseling, and a sustainable livelihood to survivors of rape in Bukavu, DRC. Now retired, she has edited a book on Simone Weil (Love in the Void), is serving as President of the Board of Directors of Ibutwa, and teaches as an adjunct professor of Peace and Justice at St. Michael’s. Continuing her activism, she served as a member of the Meta Peace Team, an unarmed force for civilian protection, for a month last summer in Palestine.
MOTHER'S DAY EVENT
Mary's Faithfulness, Our Example: Brunch and Presentation: Thursday, May 9th, form 10am - 12noon. Bring your mother, daughter, or granddaughters to this enjoyable morning in our Ministry Center Hall. Learn more about our presenter at her website: click here.