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The Jesuit University in a Secular Age: Theological Perspectives

Donna Teevan, Associate Professor
Theology and Religious Studies

Wednesday, May 25, 12:30-1:30pm on Zoom
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Philosopher Charles Taylor has described our era as “a secular age.” There is no doubt that there have been fundamental shifts in the role that religious perspectives play in shaping worldviews in the West and that these shifts are part of the context of Jesuit education today. Fortunately, Jesuit institutions have a long history of engaging culture in a way that is world-affirming and adaptative as well as critical where appropriate.

In that spirit, this project undertakes a theological engagement with secularity and considers its implications for the mission and identity of Jesuit universities. It is my hope that such an exploration, undertaken in dialogue with the Jesuit educational and Catholic intellectual traditions, may contribute to a discernment of what is authentic and of value in the “secular age” in which we live and point to ways forward that are genuinely Jesuit and Catholic.

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SPRING 2022:

Gospel Leadership among Roman Catholic Women presentation HeaderGospel Leadership Among Roman Catholic Women

Tuesday, May 17, 12:30-2pm
Student Center 130

Jeanette Rodriguez, PhD, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies and ICTC Director, and Sharon Callahan, EdD, Professor Emerita, School of Theology and Ministry, present on their research “Gospel Leadership Among Roman Catholic Women.”  

This presentation considers the priestly leadership some women offer their faith, local and institutional communities. Grounded in deep spirituality, the over 40 women we interviewed and studied evidence the four ministries valued by the early church: Kerygma, Koinonia, Diakonia, and Leiturgia. In addition, the women demonstrated new ecclesiologies offering ecumenical and prophetic contributions to the institutional church and the people of God.

Both Extirpate and Vagabond Forever: Material Formations of Faith in Early Modern Compilation

Allison Machlis Meyer, Associate Professor, English
Wednesday, April 27, 12:30-1:30pm on Zoom

Dr. Allison Machlis Meyer will present work from an ongoing research project that asks how the processes of compiling eclectic, separately-created and separately-printed works into unique physical books—called Sammelbände—construct early modern thinking about religious difference. These compiled volumes provide compelling work for an examination of the fraught religious identities permeating the early modern period: they are polyvocal books that though their material form unsettle codified historical narratives about faith divides between Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and Muslims.

Dr. Meyer’s presentation considers how Hebraist Hugh Broughton’s 1613 Seder Olam participates in the Reformation’s turn toward a historical rather than typological relationship to Christianity’s Jewish origins, and how its compilation in Sammelbände with John Cotta’s 1616 The Trial of Witchcraft reveals the conceptual incapacities of Christian political theology that demands both the existence and supersession of Jews to navigate Protestantism’s newly historical sense of its past.

Dr. Maureen Emerson Feit presentation: From Transaction to Transformation

From Transaction to Transformation: New Models of Leadership & Capacity Building in Community Organizations

Dr. Maureen Emerson Feit, Director & Assistant Professor
Tuesday, May 3, 12:30-1:30pm on Zoom

Maureen Emerson Feit will present the initial results of a participatory study that asks the question: which pedagogical strategies are most effective in supporting a shift from transactional to more transformational approaches to leadership development for leaders of color in community organizations?  The study was co-designed with RVC, an organization that cultivates leaders of color, strengthens organizations led by communities of color, and fosters collaboration between diverse communities in King County.

For many years, RVC has been active in larger, national efforts to address racial disparities in the nonprofit sector, challenging more traditional and transactional approaches to capacity building and urging funders to recognize the characteristics of many community organizations -- with their embeddedness in community,  attention to relationships, practices of shared decision-making, less bureaucratic and more responsive operations -- as strengths rather than deficits. Beginning in 2017, as they developed plans for the leadership development for their fellows, RVC staff worked with Dr. Feit to design a leadership program centered on transformational approaches to nonprofit management, resulting in a curriculum that combined critical theory with the Ignatian tenets of context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation.

In 2021, with funding from ICTC, Dr. Feit returned to RVC and worked with alumni of three fellowship cohorts to reflect on their experiences. In this talk, Dr. Feit will be joined by Flo Sum, Fellowship Program Manager with RVC. They will share some of the challenges and insights fellows developed when working for racial justice and liberation within the nonprofit and philanthropic system and Dr. Feit will discuss ways that critical race and feminist approaches in the classroom can intersect with and complement Ignatian pedagogical practices.

Photography of Flo Sum

Flo Sum – RVC Fellowship Program Manager

Florence (also goes by Flo) was born and raised on Duwamish ancestral lands in Seattle. Their experience in nonprofit organizations led them to their graduate education and to RVC’s fellowship. Florence graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in American Ethnic Studies and Communications, and an MA in Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management and education policy. Florence enjoys frolicking in the mountains, playing video games, eating their way around town, and training in Muay Thai and Krav Maga.

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WINTER 2022:

Cardinal Gregory

Responding to the Cry of the Poor: A Laudato Sí conversation with Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop of Washington

Thursday, February 24 at 12:30pm on Zoom

Cardinal Gregory was named the first African American cardinal in November 2020. He has spoken extensively on race relations and divisions within the church, the sexual abuse crisis, and the importance of Pope Francis' work on environmental justice. 

Cardinal Gregory currently serves as a Member of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and on the Board of Trustees for the Papal Foundation.  Additionally, he is the Catholic Co-Chair of the National Council of Synagogues consultation for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Read more about Cardinal Gregory here.


Faith Group Activity among Catholic Young Adults: Many Living the Faith Outside of the Parish

Panel presentation by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University

Tuesday, February 15 at 4pm PST on Zoom

Recent research shows young adult Catholics are more engaged with their faith than thought, but it is outside of the local parish. How does this impact parish life? Join CARA researchers as they discuss their recent findings in the report "Faith and Spiritual Life of Catholics in the United States."


  • Claudia Avila Cosnahan, Mission & Partnerships Director for Commonweal and an instructor and consultant for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
  • Dr. Mark Gray, Director of CARA Catholic Polls (CCP), Senior Research Associate
  • Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education Chair, Boston College
  • Darius Villalobos, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

Report Summary:

This report presents findings from a study about faith and spiritual life of Catholics in the United States (especially, Hispanics/Latinos and youth/young adults) to help better understand their spiritual needs and how existing spiritual formation programs cater to these needs. The report is based on the national poll of young Catholics, national survey of Small Christian Communities, and interviews about Small Christian Communities. Read the complete report here, and view a presentation here.

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate is a non-profit research center that has been conducting social scientific studies about and for the Catholic Church, since 1964. CARA’s mission has three aspects: to increase the Church’s self-understanding, to serve the applied research needs of Church decision-makers, and to advance scholarly research on religion, particularly Catholicism.

Fall 2021

Maka Black Elk

Is Healing Possible? Confronting Catholic Indian Boarding School History

Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota), Executive Director for Truth and Healing, Red Cloud Indian School

Tuesday, October 12, 4-5:30pm PST on Zoom

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Prior to entering this discussion participants are encouraged to watch this brief explainer video on the harms and legacy of Indian boarding schools in the United States.

The history of Indian boarding schools in the United States exemplifies a longstanding erasure of the experiences of American Indian nations. The Catholic Church and other Christian denominations, with the support of federal dollars originally meant for individual Indian families, operated hundreds of boarding schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Critical to the foundation of these schools was the systemic suppression and eradication of native languages and culture. Many Native American children suffered from physical, mental, and sexual abuse, separation from family, loss of culture and language, and even death.

This conversation will bring this history into perspective as the experience of one particular former Indian boarding school is shared and discussed. The Society of Jesus was one of many Catholic orders that ran some of these schools including the one highlighted here. This dialogue is focused on understanding that history, facing the challenges produced by that history, and seeking to understand what the future might hold for the possibility of healing. Questions that will be pondered include: What must the Church do to reckon with this history? How can we imagine a Catholic faith that rejects the colonial project?

Maka Black Elk (Oglala Lakota) is the Executive Director for Truth and Healing at Red Cloud Indian School, formerly known as Holy Rosary Mission, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Red Cloud is one of the few remaining Jesuit schools serving an indigenous community in the country. As an alumnus of Red Cloud, Maka continued his Jesuit education at the University of San Francisco. He returned to Red Cloud after earning his master's in Peace and Human Rights Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University. Over the past eight years, Maka has been a high school history teacher, volunteer coordinator, and the director of curriculum during which he earned a master's in Educational Leadership from the University of Notre Dame. He serves as the chairperson of the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and is a board member of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and the Catholic Volunteer Network. He also serves as an advisor to the Taking Responsibility initiative on clergy sexual abuse at Fordham University. Maka has dedicated much of his work to leading and fostering educational empowerment for his community through his unique lens of being both Lakota and Catholic.

Hidden Mercy: Stories of Catholic Responses to the AIDS Epidemic

A talk with author Michael J. O'Loughlin

Wednesday, February 16 at 7pm
Wyckoff Auditorium (BANN 2nd Floor), Seattle University
Co-Sponsored by St. Joseph Parish
*Livestreamed at www.youtube.com/c/StJosephParishSeattle

Hidden Mercy

About Hidden Mercy:
Set against the backdrop of the HIV and AIDS epidemic of the late twentieth century and the Catholic Church's crackdown on gay and lesbian activists, journalist Michael O'Loughlin searches out the untold stories of those who didn't look away, who at great personal cost chose compassion—even as he seeks insight for LGBTQ people of faith struggling to find a home in religious communities today.

Michael J. O’Loughlin:
Michael J. O’Loughlin is an award-winning journalist and national correspondent for America Media. He is the host of the New York Times recommended podcast Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, which was honored with awards from the National LGBT Journalists Association and the Religion News Association. Prior to joining America, O’Loughlin was a national reporter for The Boston Globe.

Learn more about Hidden Mercy and Michael J. O'Loughlin here!