Title

Stepping Out on Faith: Economic Justice Through Community Organizing

About the Speaker

Chair, Department of Religion and Associate Professor, La Salle University

Dr. Maureen O’Connell received her Ph.D. in Theological Ethics from Boston College. She is the author of Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization (Orbis Books, 2009) and If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (The Liturgical Press, 2012), which won the College Theology Book of the Year Award in 2012 and the Catholic Press Association’s first place for books in theology in 2012. Her current research project explores racial identity formation, racism, and racial justice in Catholic institutions of higher education.

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Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College

Start Date

2-23-2017 7:00 PM

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In her lecture, Professor O’Connell will be exploring methods of faith-based community organizing, work that she is closely involved with through several organizations both in Philadelphia and nationally. Professor O’Connell’s theological approach is practical and engages with faith based community organizing as a viable approach to building economic dignity and justice, particularly in urban communities in the U.S. Her talk will explore some specific ways that faith-based organizing deepens the traditional praxis of Catholic Social Teaching where economic justice is concerned, while refusing to dodge the reality of racism as a driver of social inequality. Professor O’Connell will also be sharing images and “real world” reports from the North American World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, CA, which she participated in just prior to her visit to St. Norbert College.

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Feb 23rd, 7:00 PM

Stepping Out on Faith: Economic Justice Through Community Organizing

Fort Howard Theater, Bemis International Center, St. Norbert College

In her lecture, Professor O’Connell will be exploring methods of faith-based community organizing, work that she is closely involved with through several organizations both in Philadelphia and nationally. Professor O’Connell’s theological approach is practical and engages with faith based community organizing as a viable approach to building economic dignity and justice, particularly in urban communities in the U.S. Her talk will explore some specific ways that faith-based organizing deepens the traditional praxis of Catholic Social Teaching where economic justice is concerned, while refusing to dodge the reality of racism as a driver of social inequality. Professor O’Connell will also be sharing images and “real world” reports from the North American World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, CA, which she participated in just prior to her visit to St. Norbert College.