Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s historic 1963 encyclical Pacem in Terris, or Peace on Earth, Cabrini College will host a speakers series of diverse faith leaders.
Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baptist, and Quaker speakers will offer perspectives on international peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and human rights. Each presentation is free and open to the public.
Thomas Merton on Conflict Resolution and PeacebuildingWednesday, April 17, 7:15 p.m., Widener Lecture Hall
Nicholas Rademacher has researched North-American Catholic radicalism—especially the Catholic peace movement—and the work of Paul Hanly Furfey, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and the Berrigan brothers.
The Future of Solidarity: Changes and Challenges Facing Catholic Social Thought Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:15 p.m., the Mansion
A renowned speaker in Catholic social justice circles, Reverend Kammer is author of Doing Faithjustice (2004), a widely used text on Catholic Social Teaching, and is former president of Catholic Charities USA.
John XXIII and Human Rights: The Implications for Today Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall
The author of Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution (2010), Beyer’s scholarly research focuses on solidarity, Catholic social thought, human rights, economic justice, and political and economic challenges in Poland.
You Were a Stranger: Reflections on Pacem in Terris, Power and Privilege Wednesday, March 13, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall
In addition to his experience in higher education at Lehigh and Princeton universities, Rabbi Goren has also worked with the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and Jewish Funds for Justice.
Islamic Perspectives on International Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Wednesday, March 20, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall
Rasheeda Ahmad has researched multicultural and urban education, community-based learning and civic engagement, and disability studies. She provides extensive professional development and instructional materials for educators in Ghana, West Africa.
The Meaning of “Peace” in Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement Tuesday, March 26, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall
One of the preeminent scholars on the Father Divine Peace Movement, Primiano is co‑producer of The Father Divine Project, a multimedia documentary and video podcast about Father Divine, Mother Divine, and the Peace Mission Movement. He also is writing and producing a documentary film, I Know You Are God: The Marriage of Father and Mother Divine.
A Baptist Engagement of International Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution Wednesday, April 3, 7:15 p.m., Grace Hall
Author of 38 books on religion and social justice from an evangelical perspective, Reverend Campolo is founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has created, nurtured, and supported programs for at-risk children in cities across North America, and has helped establish schools and universities in several developing countries.
Reverend Campolo is also a spiritual advisor to President Bill Clinton. The Campolo College of Graduate and Professionals Studies at Eastern University bears his name.
Can You Have One Without the Other?: Peace and Justice in Pacem et Terris and in Quaker Spirituality Wednesday, April 10, 7:15 p.m., Widener Lecture Hall
A renowned Quaker commentator on religion and social justice issues, Seeger is the subject of a 1965 Supreme Court case (U.S. vs. Seeger), which overturned his previous conviction of refusing the military draft on religious grounds, expanding the merit of conscientious objection in U.S. constitutional law.
The series is made possible in part by funding from the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support initiative of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is the independent, nonpartisan conflict-management center created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence.
USIP works to save lives, increase the government’s ability to deal with conflicts before they escalate, reduce government costs, and enhance national security.
The Faith Speakers Series is in collaboration with the 10th Annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation, which is on April 28, 2013.