Marquette to Host Conference on
Peace and Justice|
Discussion will look at an interfaith approach to peacemaking
Aug. 26, 2005
Marquette University's Manresa Project will host Justice
and Mercy will Kiss, a conference on the vocation of
peacemaking in a world of many faiths on Thursday, Sept. 22
through Saturday, Sept. 24. Portions of the conference will
be free and open to the public, in the hope of fostering greater
awareness of the need for all to work more effectively for
the promotion of justice and peace.
Public events include:
- An address by James Orbinski, M.D. on
Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium,
1506 W. Wisconsin Ave. Orbinski is the most recent past
international president (1998-2000) of Doctors Without Borders'
Drugs for Neglected Diseases Working Group. Doctors Without
Borders is the world's largest fully independent medical
humanitarian organization with more than 400 projects in
more than 80 different countries. In 1999, Doctors Without
Borders was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Orbinski has represented Doctors without Borders in numerous
settings and emergencies, including at the U.N. Security
Council, many national parliaments, the World Health Organization,
the United Nations Health Care for Refugees, and has worked
in the Sudan, Kosovo, Russia, Cambodia, South Africa, India,
- An address by Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J. on
Friday, Sept. 23 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
in the Weasler Auditorium. Father Prakash
is a Jesuit priest who has committed himself to the service
of faith and the promotion of human rights, communal harmony,
justice and peace for the last 30 years . He currently serves
as the Director of “Prashant,” a center for human rights,
justice and peace, and as the coordinator of the Province
office for Integral Social Development (POISD), an organization
which coordinates development, justice and peace works of
the Society of Jesus in Gujarat , India .
Father Prakash is also the Director of the Justice and Peace
Commission of the Baroda Diocese and the secretary for social
communications for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
(CBCI) for 14 Dioceses of the western region of India .
Father Prakash is a liaison for the Local Capacities for
Peace Project based at Harvard University.
- An address by Nancy Martin on Saturday,
Sept. 24, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the Weasler Auditorium.
An associate professor of religious studies at Chapman University,
Martin is an historian of religion with expertise in Asian
religions, gender issues, and comparative ethics. Her research
focuses on devotional Hinduism, women's religious lives,
and the religious traditions of low-caste groups in India.
"The Jesuit General Congregations recently emphasized
the promotion of justice as integral to faith and essential
for Jesuit sponsored institutions in our contemporary world,”
Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa Project said. She noted
that the Manresa Project events reflect Marquette University's
yearlong emphasis on Human Dignity, Human Rights: A Call
The Manresa Project is an initiative at Marquette made possible
through the Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Program for the Theological
Exploration of Vocation. Elements of Manresa are designed
to help undergraduate students, faculty, and staff at Marquette
ask important questions about life, meaning, purpose, life's
journey, and using one's gifts and talents to meet the needs
of the world.
For more information on the conference or to register, please
visit the Manresa Project's Web site at: www.marquette.edu/pages/home/manresa/facstaff/conferences
Space is limited and registration is open until September
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