The theme of the Wolfington Center's 2015 Lenten Lecture Series is The Relevance of Gaudium et Spes (The Pastoral Constitution of the Modern Church) for the 21st Century.
Among the documents of Vatican II (1962-65), only one—Gaudium et Spes—focuses on the relationship of the church to the world at-large.
On the 50th anniversary of the document, this series will not just revisit its revolutionary implications set forth a half-century ago, but also suggest that its vision and moral imperatives still challenge us to realize an inclusive human community characterized by love, justice, and peace.
Feb. 25, 2015, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall Board Room
Kathryn Getek Soltis, Ph.D. - Villanova University
“The Continuing Relevance of the Key Principles of Gaudium et Spes”
Soltis is the director of the Center for Peace and Justice Education and a professor of Christian Ethics. She received a doctorate in theological ethics from Boston College.
Co-editor of the text, Virtue and the Moral Life, she has published or presented many scholarly articles in the areas of Catholic social teaching, virtue ethics, and prison ministry.
March 1, 2015, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall Board Room
Cynthia Dobrzynski Sr. Vice-President, Mission & Ministry, Catholic Charities USA
“The Work of Catholic Charities USA: Putting into Action the Vision of Gaudium et Spes”
Dobrzynski coordinates the Mission and Ministry office for Catholic Charities USA. She has college degrees from Georgetown University and Boston College.
For more than two decades she has been active in ministry dealing with education, family life ministry, spirituality, and Catholic health care.
March 18, 2015, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall Board Room
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D. School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College
“Joys & Hopes, Griefs & Anxieties of Hispanic Catholics and the Transformation of the American Experience”
Ospino is a professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education at Boston College, where he also received a doctorate in theology and education.
A native of Colombia, he is one of the principal coordinators of the groundbreaking National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Minsitry. He is also very active on the grassroots level in Hispanic pastoral ministry in Boston.
March 25, 2015, 7:15 p.m., Mansion Dining Room
Khalid Y. Blankinship - Department of Religion, Temple University
“A Muslim Assessment of the Spiritual Vision of Gaudium et Spes”
Blankinship is chair of the Department of Religion at Temple University. His doctorate in history is from the University of Washington.
An author of at least three books and numerous scholarly articles on Muslim law, history, and spirituality, he has lectured in places abroad such as Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, India, and Malaysia. He is an active member of the American Academy of Religion.
March 31, 2015, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall Board Room
Rabbi Arthur Waskow - Director, The Shalom Center, Philadelphia
“Dancing in God’s Earthquake: A Response to Gaudium et Spes”
Waskow is the founder and director of The Shalom Center, which strives to integrate political action and spiritual searching in Jewish, multireligious, and American life.
Cited by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential U.S. rabbis, he has authored 22 books and for the past half-century has been articulating the importance of Judaism for issues such as ecology and human rights.
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