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Student Spotlight

Projects in the classroom and beyond

Learning that informs ministry

Reading and research form the basis of any graduate school experience. But because CTU is a graduate school of theology that also prepares students for ministry, Associate Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics, Regina (Gina) Wolfe, challenged students in two of her spring semester classes to synthesize and shape the academic content they were absorbing into formats that could be used in ministerial contexts as tools for raising awareness.

The result? In one course, Women, Poverty, and Global Justice, the MA and DMin students — hailing from Argentina, Vietnam, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, and the United States — produced a video in which students spoke to issues related to women’s agency and empowerment. To view the video, click here.

The students in a second course, Catholic Moral Tradition and Public Policy Debates, published a newsletter. The class drew on Kenneth R. Himes’ notion of ethical “coordinates” (Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation, Orbis, 2013), which uses the principles of Catholic social thought as “coordinates” or criteria to guide citizens, consumers, and communities toward actions and strategies that are respectful of the dignity of the person, supportive of human rights, and attentive to the common good. Students used the ethical coordinates to address three complex contemporary realities – extractive industries and mining, safe and clean water, and HIV/AIDS. To download a PDF of the newsletter, click here.

New student journal, Theophilus, launches

Stephanie Cherpak, Matthew Dougherty, OPraem, and Bernadette Raspante each came to CTU with different backgrounds, goals, and ambitions, but over the past year their efforts have coalesced to found Theophilus: The Student Journal of the Catholic Theological Union. For all three young editors, the journal represents a desire to foster a spirit of dialogue and debate in the CTU community and beyond.

Theophilus is entirely student-produced; the journal is managed, edited, and reviewed by CTU students, and at present its contents are also taken only from CTU student submissions. The student-centric nature of this online publication is no coincidence. The editors’ primary intention in creating Theophilus was to inspire a stronger sense of academic community among CTU peers, a community that would be both aware of and engaged with the academic exploits of its members. To access the journal, click here.

In addition to the journal, Theophilus also maintains a blog, which further supports the journal’s mission as a platform for discussion. Through the Theophilus blog, students can share new ideas and insights on a weekly basis in a more casual, less competitive setting. In addition to scholarly works, the blog publishes poetry, photography, and reflections. To access the blog, click here.