In light of increased crime, violence and poverty in urban areas, what does it take to strengthen a community? Care of body, mind, soul-spirit, and community relationships are all part of building and restoring neighborhood well-being and social change. On February 20th, 2018, from 6:30-8:30pm at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI, the executive directors of two centers in Milwaukee will share the stories of people who come to their centers in need, those learning to engage as neighbors, and those they train as mentors. Their programs address immediate needs, literacy, household budgeting, GED and computer education, gardening and home-building, and community development. Within all of this is group sharing and personal care for the spirits and spirituality of those who come.
September 8, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Baldemar Velasquez, founder and President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will speak on his work organizing migrant farm workers as FLOC celebrates 50 years of social justice work.
Rev. Charles Bouchard, OP presents “Spirituality, Health Care Reform, and the Happy Death” on September 14 at 7 pm.
Advances in medical technology have brought many blessings, but they have also led to soaring costs and a health care system that sometimes seems beyond our control, especially for the frail and elderly. How can we use technology effectively while honoring death as a spiritual event and part of our journey back to God? How can the traditional Catholic notion of the happy death influence debates about health care reform? A discussion of these topics will be led by Rev. Charles Bouchard, Senior Director of Theology and Ethics at the Catholic Health Association of the United States.
Location: Martin Theater, Dominican University, 7900 W Division St. River Forest, IL 60305
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August 4, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Dominican artists – visual artists, sculptors and potters, poets, photographers, film-makers, dancers, and other artists – gathered at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian July 26-29. The theme for the Gathering, “Response,” reflected the call of the artist to respond to instances of social injustice.