The theme of Mission Week 2009 was: "iAct:Consequences of Faith."
The founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola, reminds us that, “Love is found more in deeds than in words,” and this year’s Mission Week theme, “iAct: Consequences of Faith,” reflects the same deeply held conviction. How we live in relationship to others says a great deal about our understanding of faith and how God works with us.
It is the faith of this year’s Mission Week keynote speaker, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, that propelled her into becoming one of the most courageous and outspoken defenders of human rights in her nation. It is faith that draws us as a Catholic, Jesuit university toward inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, and it is our faith in God and the inherent goodness of human beings that drives the ethic of service that so inhabits every corner of Marquette.
We hope that you were able to take part in Mission Week 2009 and reflect on how your own spirituality and faith influences your actions for good. In the classroom and outside of it, love truly is found in the deeds of many people in this Marquette community!
Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2003)
February 1 - 8, 2009
"Human Rights and the Consequences of Faith."
As the first female judge in Iran, Ebadi was stripped of her basic rights by religious revolutionaries who declared women unfit to serve as judges. Undaunted, she persevered as a human rights lawyer, defending women and children in controversial, politically charged cases. Though she has been arrested and the target of assassination attempts, she has courageously continued to speak out on behalf of victims of injustice and discrimination. Ebadi created one of the first, independent, nongovernmental human rights organizations in Iran, The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, and her influence extends far beyond the borders of her country. She is the first Muslim woman and first Iranian to receive the Peace Prize, the path toward which is chronicled in her 2006 book, Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country. In honor of her many accomplishments, Marquette will awarded her with an honorary degree.
A stirring conversation about Iran Awakening took place with Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi and other faculty, staff and students. Copies of the text are available at the Book Marq. Sponsored by the Departments of English and Philosophy and the Muslim Student Association.
Book Discussion Audio
Over the last 15 years, Marquette has sent hundreds of faculty, staff and administrators to the regional Jesuit university gatherings known as Heartland/Delta. Those who attend are enthusiastic about exercising their creative role in Jesuit education and anxious to talk with others on campus.
“Current Jesuit Conversations and the Invitation to Partnership in Mission” by Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J., of the University of San Francisco (and former Marquette faculty member) spoke at the Gathering. View his talk below.