Faith and Environmentalism

A Symposium Co-Organized by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and the Collegium Institute

Cosponsored by the Penn Humanities Forum, the Penn Museum, the Penn Newman Catholic Community, the Green Campus Partnership, and the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

When: Thursday & Friday, September 24 – 25
Where: Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia)

Thursday, September 24th; 5:00 p.m.
Lecture by Thomas R. Dunlap (Texas A&M) with response by Justin McDaniel (Chair, Penn Religious Studies).  Reception to follow

Friday, September 25th; 12:00 p.m.:
Green Faiths? Laudato Si and other Religious Responses to Ecological Pressures
Panel featuring Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Bethany Wiggin (Penn), Carolyn Fornoff (Penn), Mark Shiffman (Villanova), Cam Grey (Penn) and Ilana Schachter (Penn). Moderated by Mary Summers (Penn). Lunch will be served. 

For more information or to register, please click here.

The Family: Home of Holy Anarchy

A Special Presentation and Panel Discussion on the Nature of the Family in the Age of Scientific Control

When: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015; 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 119 A/B

Presenter:

Fabrice Hadjadj, 44, is a French philosopher and prolific author. A former atheist and anarchist, he entered the Catholic faith in 1998. Widely recognized as one of Europe’s rising Christian scholars, Hadjadj’s book Réussir sa mort: Anti- méthode pour vivre, won the French Grand Prix Catholique de Littérature in 2006. Currently Hadjadj teaches philosophy and directs the Philanthropos European Institute for Anthropological Studies in Fribourg, Switzerland. Married to the actress Siffreine Michel, Hadjadj and his wife have four daughters and two sons. In 2014, Pope Francis named Hadjadj as a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

Respondents:

Anna Bonta Moreland is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at Villanova University and currently the Myser Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture. Her areas of research include faith and reason, medieval theology with an emphasis on Thomas Aquinas, the theology of religious pluralism, and comparative theology, especially between Christianity and Islam. She is the author of Known by Nature: Thomas Aquinas on Natural Knowledge of God (Herder & Herder, 2010). She also edited New Voices in Catholic Theology (Herder & Herder, 2012). She resides in Bryn Mawr, PA, with her husband and four children.

 

 

Cardinal Ludwig Gerhard Müller was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Mainz, Germany, in 1978. He became chair of dogmatic theology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 1986 and is currently an honorary professor there. In 2002, Pope John Paul II named him bishop of Regensburg. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2012, and he was elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis in February 2014.

 

 

 

Panel Chair:

Mary Beth Yount is an Assistant Professor of Pastoral and Theological Studies at Neumann University and Director of Programming for the World Meeting of Families. Her specialization includes a focus on ethics, the theology of the family, parenting, and education. She has authored many book and article contributions, including: the meaning of the family in society (Liguori, 2015), living out mission (Saint Paul University, 2014), and the significance of dating (Wiley- Blackwell, 2011). She resides with her husband and four children in Aston, PA.

This event is free and open to the public. No World Meeting of Families Registration Required.
Kindly RSVP to Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu to reserve a seat. 

This event is made possible through the support of:
The Bruderhof
Collegium Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at the University of Pennsylvania
Department of Humanities, Villanova University
Office of the President, Neumann University
The Sodalitium Christianae Vitae/ Newman Center at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University

Special Events in September

Thursday, September 17: What is the Meaning of the World Meeting of Families? A Discussion on Love, Vocation, and Human Fulfillment featuring Dr. Christopher Roberts, who is the principal author of the World Meeting of Families Catechism, and other panelists.  For further details and information on registration, click here.
Tuesday, September 22: The Family as Holy Anarchy. Special event at the Philadelphia Convention Center immediately preceding the World Meeting of Families. Dr. Mary Beth Yount, an assistant professor of theology at Neumann University, will MC. Dr. Fabrice Hadjadj, the French Catholic philosopher, author and convert from Judaism, will deliver the main comments on family-related issues, and Cardinal Mueller of the CDF and Dr. Anna Moreland of Villanova will offer brief responses. To register, please contact Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu
Thursday & Friday, September 24-25: Religious Faith & Environmentalism Symposium
          o Thursday, Sept. 24,  5pm: Religious Faith & Environmentalism. Lecture by Thomas R. Dunlap (Texas A&M) with response by Justin McDaniel (Chair, Penn Religious Studies).  Reception to follow.
          o Friday, Sept. 25, 11:30am:Green Faiths? Laudato Si and other Religious Responses to Ecological Pressures. Panel featuring Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Bethany Wiggin (Penn), Carolyn Fornoff (Penn), Mark Shiffman (Villanova), Cam Grey (Penn) and Ilana Schachter (Penn). Moderated by Mary Summers (Penn). Luncheon.
          o Friday, Sept. 25, 2pm: Keynote Address
For more information or to register, click here.

This Thursday: What is the World Meeting of Families?

 A Collegium-Newman Discussion on Love, Vocation, Friendship, and Human Fulfillment
When: Thursday, September 17th, 2015; 7:00 p.m.
Where: Upper Lounge, Newman Center (3720 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)

Can’t make it with the thousands of others across the globe for the World Meeting of Families Congress at the Philadelphia Convention Center?  Please join us for this special presentation at Penn.
 

Dr. Christopher Roberts: Theologian.  Dr. Roberts is the primary editor and writer for the World Meeting of Families Catechism, Love is our Mission: the Family Fully Alive. His previous book was Creation and Covenant: The Significance of Sexual Difference in the Moral Theology of Marriage (2008). For several years he was a television journalist at PBS, including time as a reporter for the program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. Dr. Roberts completed his Ph.D. in theology at Kings College, University of London. He taught at Villanova University, and is currently studying for the permanent diaconate at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Chris and his wife Hannah recently welcomed their fourth child.

Ms. Caitlin La Ruffa: Director of the Love and Fidelity Network.  Caitlin is a frequent speaker, commentator and writer on marriage and sexual integrity.  She has been featured in The New York Times, WORLD Magazine, the National Catholic Register, National Review Online, and the Christian Broadcast Network.  She has been published in The Public Discourse, Mercatornet, AltCatholicah, and Verily Magazine.  Prior to joining LFN, Ms. La Ruffa graduated from Princeton University, worked at Bain & Company in New York, and began her career in the International Programs division of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.


Mr. Ron Belgau: Cofounder of Spiritual Friendship, an increasingly popular group blog dedicated to exploring authentic Christian teaching on friendship, especially in the context of homosexuality.  He is in the PhD program in philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches Ethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of the Human Person. He has served on the steering committees for Bridges Across the Divide and the Seattle Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Ministry, as a group leader for Multifaith AIDS Projects, and as leader of the Gay Christian Network’s celibacy support forum. For more than a decade, he has travelled around North America speaking about Christian teaching and homosexuality. Many of his essays and speeches are available at CityofGod.net. He also blogs at First Things and Spiritual Friendship.

This special Newman Night event will take place immediately following Newman’s Thursday Night Dinner.  To be sure that we have adequate seating, it would be helpful if you claim a space in advance with Katie Becker: kbec@sas.upenn.edu