Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.
You are invited to join the Marquette University community for Mission Week 2014, as together we explore “The Art and Practice of Forgiveness.” Almost everyone knows what it means to seek forgiveness or forgive another person, and the capacity to forgive informs our spiritual, psychological and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international. What does it mean to be a forgiving person, family, university or nation? Please mark your calendar for this important week of discussion and reflection.
Soup with Substance
“The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph”Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis
How is it possible for enemies to become friends and work for a common cause? Following the tragic death of Pardeep Kaleka’s father at the Sikh Temple of Milwaukee, he and former white supremacist Arno Michaelis joined forces to create a world that is absent of hate and bigotry. Their personal work of forgiveness and reconciliation is resulting in new life for others.
Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking
“Rethinking Christian Forgiveness: Theological, Philosophical, and Psychological Explorations”
Rev. James Voiss, S.J.
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
Sometimes what we think we know about forgiveness is just one part of the picture. Fr. Voiss draws on multiple disciplines and perspectives to think creatively about forgiveness and how a changed perception might allow us to become more forgiving people.
Sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu
Tuesday, Feb. 4
Keynote address: “Forgiving the Unforgivable” – Immaculée Ilibagiza
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
Immaculée Ilibagiza’s harrowing personal story of the Rwandan genocide reflects a depth of suffering beyond what most people will ever experience. In the midst of losing nearly everyone dear to her and being threatened to the point of death, she now stands as a beacon of forgiveness for others. Her story is internationally recognized as a testament to light amid darkness. Reception and book signing to follow.
Keynote tickets are available to Marquette students, faculty, and staff beginning Jan. 13 in the Brooks Lounge, Alumni Memorial Union, first floor. Available while supplies last. Limit two tickets per Marquette ID. Beginning Jan. 23, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.
Brooks Lounge hours:
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 5
Leading from the Spirit Luncheon: “ Women, Faith, and Forgiveness”
Noon – 1 p.m.
AMU, Monaghan Ballrooms ABE
Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
Kathleen Coffey-Guenther, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry
Jacqueline Schram, Governmental and Community Affairs Associate, Office of Public Affairs
Join three women of faith as they reflect on women’s spirituality and forgiveness in the Muslim, Christian and Native American traditions. Registration is limited. RSVP before January 29 to email@example.com
“God of Our Fathers and Mothers: Forgiveness in an Interfaith World” – Rabbi Abie Ingber
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
The hope and wisdom of Rabbi Ingber emanate from his lifelong commitment to interfaith dialogue and celebration. His ability to find creative ways for engaging dialogue in Jesuit higher education is unparalleled, and his life has been devoted to loving the “other” across religious boundaries.
Film: The Power of Forgiveness
Cudahy Hall 001
The Power of Forgiveness explores recent research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness on individuals and within relationships, and examines the role forgiveness holds in various faiths traditions. Looking candidly at the intensity of anger and grief that human beings experience, the film shows the role that forgiveness can play in alleviating suffering and the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that come with it. It includes feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore, Marianne Williamson and others.
Thursday, Feb. 6.
Soup with Substance: “When Forgiveness Must Wait: The Need for Restorative Justice” – Prof. Janine Geske
When is the right time to forgive and when must it be preceded by other forms of reconciliation? Prof. Geske shares her decades of experience in restorative justice and the effect in can have in healing loss or conflict.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry
“Race and Reconciliation”
Rev. Bryan Massingale
Fr. Massingale addresses the profound ways in which issues of race and ethnicity can too often divide us, and the possibilities for reconciliation that are possible, personally, spiritually, and nationally.
Join the Mission Week all-campus book discussion! Contact the Office of Mission and Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copy of The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. Copies are also available for purchase at the Bookmarq.
Click Mission Week Archives to see previous Mission Weeks