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Anthony Smith spends time in London

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Anthony Smith spent four weeks, beginning in July, in London at the Institute for Ismaili Studies. Here, he worked on the translation of Christian Jambet’s The Great Resurrection at Alamut: Forms of Liberty in Ismaili Shi’ism. Smith also spoke about a paper at a conference named “A Post Secular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society.” This conference was held at the Ian Ramsey Centre of St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. His paper was entitled “Black American Islam and the Critique of the Secular.” In this paper, Smith examined the ways that the study and engagement with Black American Islam has been neglected in religious studies, especially in “secular studies.” He suggested ways that engagement with this living tradition might open up new avenues of thought for the study of religion and our understanding of the post secular moment we appear to be in.

Maureen O’Connell explores community engaged learning

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Maureen O’Connell participated late June, in the first of three mid-career colloquia at the Wabash Center. Here, she explored community engaged learning. From there, she travelled to Melbourne, Australia, where she gave a keynote address at a religious education conference through the Archdiocese of Melbourne. She also gave a series of workshops for educators on “Pedagogies of Mercy.” In md-August, Maureen co-facilitated a two-day retreat on “Women’s Theologies of Justice” through POWER, which she attended with AJ Jenkins. This retreat was designed for 60 women of various faith traditions from Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. Here, women engaged in faith-based community organizing. Later, Maureen participated in a colloquium at Fairfield University on “The Future of Catholic Systematic Theology.” Here, she was part of a panel that imaged what would be going on in the field at the 100th anniversary of Vatican 11 in 2066. Finally, Maureen participated in a conference on Theological Anthropology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. This was titled “Relation, Vulnerability, and Love,” where she responded to a plenary session on civic virtues for a global economy and contributed to a panel on the arts and vulnerability.

Maggie McGuinness’s book receives recognition from prestigious group

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Maggie McGuinness’s book, Called to Serve, A History of Nuns in America, received the 2016 Book Award from the Conference on the History of Women Religious. She received the award at the Conference on the History of Women Religious, held at Santa Clara University in California in July. Here, she chaired a roundtable and gave a brief presentation related to her work on Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Geff Kelly was a featured speaker in Switzerland this past summer

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Geff Kelly was a “featured speaker” at the 12th International Bonhoeffer Congress held in Basel, Switzerland this past July. In his lecture, Dr. Kelly analyzed the Student Uprising, known as the “White Rose” movement. This was done at Munich University and focused on the impact of the White Rose Student Movement on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics and Military Resistance Movement, centered in Berlin.

Jack Downey participates in service based projects in many parts of the world

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Jack Downey participated in the La Salle “Camden Aware” service trip in May. He trained Tibetan activists from Asia, Europe, and North America in direct action climbing in Upstate, New York. He also attended the Wabash Center’s Workshop for Early Career Religion Faculty at Colleges and Universities in Indiana this past July. Jack also represented La Salle at the Lasallian Summer Seminar for Professors at St. Mary’s in Wisconsin. Lastly, Jack conducted research into the 19th century missionary work of the Sisters of St. Ann in Alaska. This research was done at the Royal BC Archives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Brother John Crawford assists in increasing Evangelization

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Brother John Crawford wrote an article titled “Evangelization and Catechesis: How to Meet Christ,” for AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education. He also offered a keynote address at the Brother Luke Salm Religious Education Workshop for Lasallian educators of the District of Eastern North America. This was held at a retreat center in Maryland on October 3rd. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Lasallian Education: Evangelizing and Catechizing in a Community of Welcome.” Brother John also assisted participants at the retreat in thinking about how to evangelize in increasingly diverse and non-churched environments.

Father Frank Berna presents paper at Inaugural Congress on Christianity and Sport

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Father Frank Berna presented a paper titled “From Rocky Balboa to Adonis Creed: Any Themes of Salvation?” at the Inaugural Congress on Christianity and Sport held at York St. John University, located in York, UK late last month. He also published a book review on Hans Gustafson’s Finding All Things in God, in Catholic Books Online this past July.

Vivienne Angeles chairs panel on “Locating and Localizing Religiosity”

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Vivienne Angeles attended the International Conference on the Philippines (ICOPHIL) at Silliman University in Dumaguete City on the island of Negros Oriental where she chaired the panel on “Locating and Localizing Religiosity.” There, she met with fellow La Sallian faculty members from De La Salle and De La Salle Dasmarinas. Vivienne also finished writing a chapter on “Muslim Women’s Activism in the Philippines.” Finally, her article on “Religion, Migration, and Belonging: Filipino Catholics in Philadelphia,” is being included in the La Salle Museum Publication, Border Crossings: Immigration in Contemporary Prints, edited by Klare Scarborough.

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