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American Privilege

A Devised Theater Piece for the Elephants in the Living Room

Monday, February 4, 2019 1:30 PM
Madame Cadillac Main Dining Room, Denk Chapman Hall and the Theater
Marygrove College
8425 W McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI

Deborah  Rose-Milavec

Detroit Mercy Theater Company is presenting a devised theater piece for the Elephants in the Living Room entitled America Privilege, conceived and directed by Brother Damian Torres-Bortello, SJ. This was developed through the collaboration from Detroit Mercy theater students as a response to the current climate in America around prejudice, discrimination and antagonism of persons with diverse identities.

The topic for American Privilege came from a theater workshop Brother Damian ran in the spring 2018, with different topics such as racism, women's rights and immigration. One theme seemed to connect all different themes, and that was privilege. Most of these issues have hurt communities in our country, according to Brother Damian. In response, citizens have resisted against these oppressions, finding empowerment to overcome injustice, either collectively or individually.

American Privilege is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. A free will offering will be taken up in lieu of tickets.

Doors open at 1:00 PM. A Q&A will follow the play.

No lunch will be served for this event. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com or at 248 987 2223.

A Woman's Perspective on the Church

Deborah Rose-Milavec
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1pm
Ss. Simon and Jude
32500 Palmer Rd.
Westland, MI

Deborah  Rose-Milavec

Deborah Rose-Milavec serves as the Executive director of FutureChurch. She has more than 20 years of experience working in community and church-based organizations, with a strong background in theology, Church history and Catholic social teaching.

Her professional experience includes serving as Executive director at the Domestic violence Prevention Agency and shelter in Shelby County, Ohio; Program director for the American Friends Service Committee; and prior to coming on the Board for FutureChurch, Vice-President and Project director for Catherine of Siena Virtual College, offering women's and gender studies worldwide, with a special outreach in Africa, China, the Philippines. Thailand, and other countries in Asia.

Deborah holds a Master's Degree in Theology and a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies.

She trained as a lay pastoral minister in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and is an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

A light lunch will be served at noon—for a lunch reservation, please RSVP Tom Kyle via email at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com or call (248) 987•2223.

Rev. Richard Rohr, ofm
Wednesday, November 7, 1pm

The Spiral of Volence:
The World, the Flesh and the Devil
The Three Sources of Evil

IBEW Hall, 1358 Abbott St. Detroit

Rev. Richard Rohr, ofm

Father Richard Rohr is one of America's most acclaimed and popular writers on spirituality. He is a Franciscan friar based in Albuquerque, NM.

Father Rohr no longer travels, but will appear via interactive teleconference (SKYPE). A light lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com, or at 248 987 2223 if you would like to have lunch.

Pope Francis & His Critics

Father Jim Bacik
Tues., Sept. 11, 2018, 1pm

Father Jim Bacik

Ss. Simon & Jude Parish, 32500 Palmer Road Westland, MI

Father James J. Bacik is a widely-regarded pastor, theologian, writer and lecturer who served as a priest for the Diocese of Toledo for over fifty years. He has lectured in Latin America, China, Japan, Russia, and Australia. According to Richard P. McBrien, Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, he is "one of America's finest, most insightful theologians, with a remarkable capacity for clear writing and effective teaching."

Father Bacik last spoke before The Elephants on May 26, 2010 on the topic "What the Spirit Is Saying to the Church through Young Adults". He has been a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and The Catholic Chronicle as well as a writer for the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Campus Ministry, "Empowered by the Spirit: Campus Ministry Faces the Future."

Fr. Jim Bacik is the recipient of the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Award, the Lourdes College Newman Award, and has received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Human Letters, Siena Heights University, 1996; and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, Neuman College,

Fr. Bacik will present an examination of the way Pope Francis has handled the scandal he inherited: his initial efforts blocked by the Curia; his misreading of the situation in Chile; his apology to victims; and his efforts to hold bishops accountable.

A light lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com, or at 248 987 2223 if you would like to have lunch.

Pope Francis & the Gospel of Nonviolence

Father John Dear
Thurs., Apr. 12, 2018>br /> Christ the King 16805 Pierson, Detroit, MI 1:00 pm

Father John Dear

John Dear is a longtime activist, lecturer, and author/editor of 30 books, including The Nonviolent Life, Lazarus Come Forth!, A Persistent Peace, Put Down Your Sword, Transfiguration, You Will Be My Witnesses, Living Peace, The Questions of Jesus and Mohandas Gandhi.

He has served as the director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and after 9/11, as a coordinator of chaplains for the Red Cross at the New York Family Assistance Center. From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of four churches in New Mexico. Formerly a Jesuit, he now serves as a diocesan priest in the Diocese of Monterey, CA. He has traveled the war zones of the world, been arrested 75 times for peace, and given thousands of lectures on peace across the country. He lives in New Mexico, and was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Along with Bishop Tom Gumbleton, Fr. John Dear is one of the strongest advocates for peace.

A light lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com, or at 248 987 2223 if you would like to have lunch. Click here for driving directions.

Pope Francis and His Call to Justice

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Sacred Heart Church Activities Bldg., 3451 Rivard
Detroit, MI 48207 1:00 pm

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland is Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, where she teaches graduate students preparing for the doctorate in Theology as well as undergraduate students in the interdisciplinary Program in African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and in the PULSE Program. An award-winning writer, Copeland is the author and/or editor of six books including Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being, The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille, and 125 articles, book chapters, reviews, and blog entries on spirituality, theological anthropology, political theology, social suffering, gender and race. Since 2003, Copeland has been a tenured member of the Theology Department at Boston College, where she earned her doctoral degree. She has taught at Marquette University, Yale University Divinity School, and St. Norbert College and has held visiting positions at Harvard University Divinity School. Copeland is a much sought-after lecturer in colleges, universities, and seminaries-both internationally and nationally.

Copeland is a former Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium (BCTS), an interdisciplinary learned association of Black Catholic scholars, and she is recognized as one of the most important influences in North America in drawing attention to issues surrounding African American Catholics. She was the first African American—and the first African American woman—to serve as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She is the recipient of five (5) honorary degrees as well as the Seton Medal and the Congar Award for excellence in theology. In November of 2017, the University of Dayton conferred upon her their prestigious Marianist Award, which is presented "to a Catholic scholar, author, and theologian who has made an outstanding contribution to the intellectual life."

Here is Dr. Copeland's Curriculum Vitae.

A light lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com, or at 248 987 2223 if you would like to have lunch. Please click here for driving directions.

Building a Bridge
between LGBT People and the Church

Father James Martin, sj

Father James Martin, sj
Tues., Jan. 23, 2018
IBEW Hall, 1358 Abbott St. Detroit 1:00 pm

James J. Martin sj, also known as Jim Martin, is an American Jesuit priest, a writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. He grew up in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business in 1982, and worked in corporate finance at General Electric for six years. Dissatisfied with the corporate world, he became more deeply involved in the Catholic Church and decided to enter the Society of Jesus in 1988, and was ordained a priest in 1999. and now lives in the America House Jesuit Community in midtown Manhattan.
Some of Martin's theological views, especially on homosexuality, are controversial in the Catholic Church. In addition to his work at America magazine, Fr. Martin has written or edited more than 10 books, many of which are largely about his own experiences. He is a frequent commentator for CNN, NPR, Fox News Channel, Time magazine, The Huffington Post and other news outlets, and has written several op-ed pieces and blogged for The New York Times. On April 12, 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin and EWTN leader Michael Warsaw as consultants to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications.
A light lunch will be served at noon. Please RSVP Tom Kyle at tom.j.kyle.1939@gmail.com, or at 248 987 2223 if you would like to have lunch. Please click here for driving directions.

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