Sunday, March 6, 2011

Old St. Pat's 2011 Lenten Speaker Series: Reflections on Compassion, Justice, Forgiveness and Communion

Old St. Pat’s invites the city of Chicago to experience the 2011 Lenten Speakers Series as four individuals share their life’s work and the motivations that drive them towards a life of compassion, justice, forgiveness and Communion. Please join us in March and April at Old St. Pat’s Church, 700 West Adams, for this (free will donation) Speakers Series, which takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as we hear from Fr. Gregory Boyle, Avis Clendenen, Fr. Michael Pfleger, and Eboo Patel listed below:

Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J.
Tuesday, March 22
 Fr. Boyle, a pastor working in a Los Angeles neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity, created Homeboy Industries. This organization provides jobs, job training, and encouragement to young people as they also learn the importance of working together and learning more about the mutual respect that comes from collaboration. Homeboy Industries is recognized for its unparalleled success as a gang intervention and re-entry program. Moved by the “power of boundless compassion,” Fr. Boyle’s work and words inspire us to more deeply embrace the common human longing for hospitality and to stand with and find room for all those who are left out.

Avis Clendenen, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 30
 Avis Clendenen, a professor of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University, she draws from profound personal experiences of loss and offers transformative wisdom into the mystery of human and divine forgiveness. Her article “Accidental Killers and Their Long Lament” published in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling is a chapter in the forthcoming book Forgiving God: Healing Fractures in the Divine Human Relationship, co-authored with Troy W. Martin. Dr. Clendenen teaches courses in the area of pastoral and practical theology.  She is co-author with Sister Irene Dugan, r.c. of Love Is All Around in Disguise: Meditations for Spiritual Seekers, editor of Spirituality in Depth, and co-author with Tory Marin of Forgiveness: Finding Freedom through Reconciliation. She is a regular contributor to the journal Lectionary Homiletics and is currently completing a study, Experiencing Hildegard: Jungian Insights into the Spiritual Vision of 12th Century Hildegard of Bingen.

Tuesday, April 5
Fr. Michael Pfleger
Fr. Pfleger, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago and pastor of St. Sabina Parish on the south side, has lived and ministered in the African-American community on both the west and South Side of Chicago. In the course of his extensive and active ministry, Fr. Pfleger has been recognized for his commitment to equality and passionate stance against injustice. His life calling and work are the subjects of a recent documentary film by Bob Hercules, Radical Disciple: The Story of Fr. Pfleger.

Eboo Patel
Wednesday, April 13
Founder and president of the InterFaith Youth Core, Eboo Patel works to advance the vision that religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He’s inspired to build this bridge by his faith as a Muslim, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship. Eboo Patel was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and serves on the Religious Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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