About Soup with Substance

The Center for Peacemaking, Campus Ministry and Intercultural Engagement partner to host Marquette's Soup with Substance program.

Inspired by the "round table discussions" of Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker Movement, Soup with Substance is a noon-time presentation on an issue related to peacemaking and social justice over a simple meal of soup and bread.

The program invites members of the Marquette and Milwaukee community to listen to and discuss a topic with a local or national figure known for his/her academic or community work in nonviolence. This program occurs on Wednesdays and has existed at Marquette for over 40 years.

Race Relations in Milwaukee

February 6 | Noon-1:00 p.m. | AMU 227

Milwaukee faces many issues around race and continues to be ranked high as one of the most segregated cities in the U.S. Join the conversation with presenter Jeffrey Roman who has worked in the Milwaukee community as an educator, advocate, and coalition builder for over 10 years.

Jeff Roman currently serves as Chair of the City of Milwaukee Equal Rights Commission. As an ERC Commissioner, he works to strengthen community relations, communication, and accountability between residents and City departments and agencies. He also serves as the Benchmark Coordinator for the Milwaukee Black Male Achievement Initiative and is actively engaged in the City's Black Male Achievement and Fatherhood Initiative efforts with focus on organizing stakeholders, building and strengthening capacity, and aligning policy and resources at the city, county and state levels. His work over the years has laid the foundation for cooperative efforts and collaborations that aim to improve outcomes in racial equity, health, education, employment, violence elimination, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice system connection within communities of color across the region.

When Forgiveness Must Wait: The Need for Restorative Justice

February 6 | Noon-1:00 p.m. | AMU 227

When is the right time to forgive, and when must it be preceded by other forms of reconciliation? Prof. Janine Geske will share her decades of experience in restorative justice and the effect it can have in healing loss or conflict.

Race and Reconciliation

February 6 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. | AMU Weasler Auditorium

Father Bryan Massingale will address the profound ways in which issues of race and ethnicity can too often divide us and the possibilities for reconciliation and hope.

The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph

February 3 | Noon-1:00 p.m. | AMU 227

How is it possible for enemies to become friends and work for a common cause? The personal work of forgiveness and reconciliation done by Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis is resulting in new life for others.

Reflections on Peace and Reconciliation in Contemporary Belfast

December 4 | Noon-1:00 p.m. | AMU 157

Professor Risa Brooks, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, will discuss her recent trip to Belfast and her personal experiences navigating the ongoing social divide between Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant citizens.

Dr. Brooks will begin with a brief overview of the troubles in Northern Ireland to provide context for her remarks.

Significance of Afghan War Rugs

November 20 | Noon-1:00 p.m. | AMU 157

This week's Soup will feature Dr. Annemarie Sawkins, curator of the exhibit, "African War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia" at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, located at 2220 North Terrace Avenue in Milwaukee. She will discuss how war rugs represent the intersection of visual tradition and the violent reality of contemporary Central Asia, as well as the history of how the war rug exhibit came to Milwaukee.

Sawkins is an independent curator, art historian and author born in Durham, England. She previously worked as a curator at the Haggerty Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Sacredness of the Circle

Wednesday, November 13 l Noon l AMU 157

Deeply rooted in the Native American tradition, Talking Circles are an opportunity for participants to safely share their story and receive support in an effort to balance personal wellness. It is a traditional place of healing. The circle structure symbolizes equality - everyone humbly within it is on the same level with an equal voice. Similarities and differences are not expounded upon, but respected and even revered. These circles are peacemaking tools and living examples of empowering diversity. It does take some courage to sit here though, not because of the confrontations and challenges that await you, but because of the truths you must speak.

Some of the revealed experiences in these circles are devastatingly raw and painful, but with a circle keeper like Dale Kindness who serves the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, Inc. specifically and the Milwaukee Indian community in general, a path to healing and recovery is beautifully carved out.

Touchstones: Honoring the Holy and Sacred of the Rose Garden and Beyond

Tuesday, November 12 l Noon l AMU Henke Lounge

St. Ignatius invites us to reflect on touchstone moments of our faith, markers which call us to transform our hearts to know and feel God's presence more deeply. The deaths of the Jesuit Martyrs and the Ramos women reflect such touchstones. As Judy Noone, Maryknoll Missioner, states in her book of the same title, these faculty, priests and caretakers on the UCA campus lived and died "the same fate as the poor." We hope you can join us as we explore some of these markers of Holiness.

Kathy Coffey-Guenther currently serves as the associate vice president for the Office of Mission and Ministry at Marquette University. Kathy received a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Marquette University and a certificate in spiritual direction from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has worked in private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual director integrating psychological and theological paradigms to assist in psycho-spiritual healing. In addition to her clinical and retreat work, Kathy also serves as a speaker and consultant to religious congregations, clergy and religious, and parishes focusing on the work of community building, conflict resolution and spiritual growth.

Gandhian Nonviolence

Wednesday, October 2 l Noon l Holthusen Hall, 4th Floor

Dr. Lingam Raja is a professor at the Gandihigram Rural Institute in India and will give talk on Gandhian nonviolence. Using Mahatma Gandhi's revolutionary concept of 'Nai Talim' system of education, Gandhigram Rural Institute has developed academic programs in rural development, rural economics and extension education, rural oriented sciences, cooperation, development administration, as well as rural sociology, english and communicative studies. Students emerge from its portals tend to meet the personnel needs for rural development under various governmental and non-governmental schemes.

His visit is scheduled during the same week as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday celebrated in India on October 2nd to mark the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the "Father of the Nation." In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly announced that it adopted a resolution that declared October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Border Awareness Experiences

Tuesday, September 17 l Noon l Alumni Memorial Union (AMU) 157

During Spring Break 2013, Gerry Fischer, associate director of Campus Ministry, and a group of students traveled to the American-Mexican border to learn about the reality of migrants and people in border communities.

Student participants of the Border Awareness Experience will share their reflections from their time at the Annunciation House, a shelter for migrants on the border between El Paso and Juarez. The students come from across academic majors but share the common experience of learning about the impact of current immigration policies and the people who are affected by them.

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