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Ecumenical and Interfaith Convocation: Laudato Si' On Care for Our Common Home


STARTS: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
ENDS: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM

5416 S. Cornell Ave, Chicago IL 60615 (see map)

An Ecumenical and Interfaith Convocation
Celebrating Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Si:
On Care for Our Common Home

Co-sponsored by:
Catholic Theological Union
The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) Common Council
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace & Justice
The Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

Join us for this opportunity to engage with the faculties, presidents, and deans of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), as well as denominational leaders and their constituents -- students, parish and congregational leaders, and lay people. The  convocation will focus on the urgency of environmental issues, particularly climate change. In light of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, we will come together to pray and worship in celebration of God’s gift of creation; share moral wisdom and theological knowledge on environmental justice and global climate change; share practical skills, and strategies.

Help us plan for food and beverage services and meeting room arrangements.
Please register by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015.

Registration for the event is now closed. A limited number of registrations will be accepted at the door.

Click here to download event flyer.  

Plenary Speakers
Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Theological Ethics, Catholic Theological Union
Dan Misleh, Director, Catholic Climate Covenant

The convocation program includes: 
Morning prayer, ceremonial reception, and presentation of the encyclical document,
9 am
Morning breakout sessions, 11 am - 12:15 pm
Afternoon breakout sessions, 3 - 4:15 pm
Closing worship service, 4:30 pm

Morning Breakout Session Presenters (participants choose one): 
Richard J. Perry. Jr. and LSTC Colleagues 
Raymond M. LodatoSenior Survey Director in the Academic Research Centers at NORC and a Lecturer in the College of the University of Chicago
Rev. Elijah Nicolas Mueller, Director of the St. Macrina Orthodox Institute
Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago
Rabbi Michael Zedek, Senior Rabbi at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago
Anthony Suárez, Instructor in Theology at Dominican University, a former Director of the Office for Peace and Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Bishop Sally Dyck, United Methodist Bishop for the Northern Illinois Conference and Timothy Eberhart, Assistant Professor Theology and Ecology, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Aaron T. Hollander, Graduate Student at the University of Chicago Divinity School
Fr. Emery de Gaal, Chairman and Professor of Dogmatic Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein

Afternoon Breakout Session Presenters (participants choose one):
Mike Harrington, Outreach Associate at Elevate Energy
Marian K. Diaz, Assistant Professor, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University, Chicago
Jennifer Shankie, Real Estate Office Archdiocese of Chicago, Chicago Sustainability Interfaith Partnership
Advocates for Urban Agriculture---Growing Home, KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, and Openlands
Rev. Brian J. Sauder, Executive Director at Faith in Place
Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, Professor of Ethics and Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program, Catholic Theological Union
Mark J. Potosnak, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Study, DePaul University, Catholic Climate Covenant
Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, Associate Professor of Spirituality at Catholic Theological Union, with Panel
Rev. John Kartje, Mundelein Seminary