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November 2015

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Summer 2016 writing workshops are now online. New this year: The Transformative Power of Metaphor (Mary Nilsen), and Christian Spirituality and the Writing Life (Lauren Winner).

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The writing workshop, Writing Spirit, Writing Faith: A Week with Mary Potter held at the Whidbey Institute this month went well. Read more »

Christian Political Advocacy?

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This fall in Bearings Online we asked four scholars the question, “At what point does political advocacy on the part of Christians distort or compromise the Christian message?”

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This spring, several new resident scholars will be joining us at the Collegeville Institute. Check out our Spring 2016 scholars »

November Scholar Presentations

This month several of our resident scholars shared their work publicly through lectures, dramatic monologues, art exhibits, and more. Below is glimpse of what a few of our scholars have been up to this month; visit our website to see other past events from this fall.

Rick Gaillardetz gave a lecture at the Abbey Chapter House titled, “Toward a Noncompetitive Theology of the Church: Reflections on the Enduring Significance of Vatican II”  
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Natalia Pecherskaya gave a lecture on campus titled, “Life in Modern Russia: A Citizen’s Perspective”  Watch the video »
Robin Gallaher Branch performed a dramatic monologue at the Sacred Heart Chapel of Saint Benedict’s Monastery titled, “Astonishment and Joy: Luke 1 as Told from the Perspective of Elizabeth”  Watch the video »
Rebecca Berru Davis, along with Laura Taylor, gave a lecture at the Haehn Museum titled, “Engaging Art and Liberation Theology for Justice in Latin America.” Read more about this event »

Featured articles from Bearings Online

A Right Orientation

by Linda Mercadante

Linda Mercadante doesn’t think “right action” is the core of the Gospel. Instead, she believes that “right orientation” is where we must start.

The Humble Courage of Faith

by Steve Ostovich

Steve Ostovich argues that there is no place in politics where Christians should not enter, no area that remains outside critical consideration in light of the Christian hope for justice.

Advocacy for the Least of These

by Myriam Renaud

Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek,” but Myriam Renaud agrees with Dorothy Day that we cannot be meek when faced when injustice. She believes that the Christian message calls to us to participate in advocacy focused on helping “the least of these.”

Christians in the Public Square

by Vance Morgan

Vance Morgan tackles the question, ”At what point does political advocacy on the part of Christians distort or compromise the Christian message?​​”

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