• Plants growing
  • Planet Earth
  • Water drop
  • Mission Week mural

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Labyrinth - AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family
Walking the winding path of the labyrinth is a time- honored means of prayer and meditation. During Mission Week, all members of the Marquette community are invited to walk the labyrinth as we cultivate compassionate hearts that are responsive to the common good of humanity.

Tree of Life – art on glass of west windows in the AMU’s first-floor lobby
Sponsored by the Haggerty Museum of Art and painted by Jeff Redmon and the Marquette Art Club

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

Mission Week Mass

11:30 a.m.
Church of the Gesu
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 - Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

From Root to Rise — Body Prayer and Reflection

8:10 – 8:40 a.m.
Taught by Gretchen Baumgardt
Chapel of the Holy Family
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Employee Wellness Program

In his most recent encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis reminds us that "everything is connected.” Join us for a holistic morning prayer that will connect our mind, body and spirit and incorporate gentle breathing and movement with meditation that will reflect an Ignatian approach to spirituality. Taking time for contemplation invites us to connect with God, tune into our deeper desires, and move toward greater interior freedom and solidarity with one another.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Answering the Call: Earthjustice in the City

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union Monaghan Ballroom
Sponsored by the Faber Center of Ignatian Spirituality

Our Jesuit-inspired mission at Marquette University means having a faith that does justice. The themes of caring for creation, sustainability and economic solidarity are important dimensions of understanding earthjustice. The Faber Center is pleased to offer this lunchtime panel presentation that will highlight three local organizations that exemplify earthjustice: Ken Leinbach, executive director of the Urban Ecology Center; Venice Williams, director of Alice’s Garden; and Amanda Parrell Kaczmarek, coordinator of Campus Kitchen.

RSVP by Jan. 27, to attend

What do We Mean When We Call the Earth “Sacred”?

Margaret Swedish

4 – 5 p.m.
Opening keynote address by Margaret Swedish
Weasler Auditorium
A book signing will follow

“ … the life of the spirit is not dissociated from the body or from nature or from worldly realities, but lived in and with them, in communion with all that surrounds us.” — Pope Francis, in Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home

Playback Milwaukee Theatre

5:30 p.m.
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom (a light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.; the theatre starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Diederich College of Communication, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Intercultural Engagement

The Playback Milwaukee Theatre Co. will present an interactive sharing of experiences using playback theatre, a type of improvisation in which stories from audience members are heard and enacted on the spot with words, movement and music. We will experience how faith informs people’s experiences of creation — the natural world — to make meaningful connections and recognize our shared humanity.

RSVP by Jan. 27 to attend

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Research Exposition

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with light lunch
AMU, Second-floor Lobby
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation

Come see the research on the Marquette campus in action! Posters featuring amazing projects by faculty and students will be on display and researchers will be on hand to talk to you one-on-one about their research. Stop by and help pick your favorite research project and enter for a chance to win one of several prizes being offered.

A light lunch will be provided.

Research Projects include:
I Am Climate Change - Marquette Catholic Relief Services Students, Center for Peacemaking
JCHEM - Heidi Schweizer and Eric Kowalic, Center for Teaching and Learning
Establishing Rice Cultivation in Wisconsin - Michael Schlappi, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival - Joseph Brown, Deiderich College of Communication
Eco-dentistry at Marquette - Students from the Dental School
Project Freshwater - T. Ullrich, College of Education
Water POD - Mini Water Purification System - Hensley Foster, Opus College of Engineering
Membrane and Resin Desalination System - Emmanuel Kayiwa, Opus College of Engineering
Pilot Project for Collaborative Research with Industry at the Global Water Center - Patrick McNamara, Opus College of Engineering
Reducing Chloride Discharges to Area Waterways: A Menu of Options for Policymakers - David Striffling, Law School
Advaita Vedanta and Hindu Environmental Ethics - Alan Madry, Law School
Marquette University Water Law and Policy Initiative - Joseph Kearney, Law School
Hunger in the Inner City, a New Face to an Old Problem - Heidi Katte, College of Nursing
Interdependence of All - Sophie Torrijos, Ruth Ann Belknap, College of Nursing
Tourism, Nature, and the Ideologies of "Quality of Life" Between Dictatorship and Democracy in Spain - Eugenia Afinoguenova, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Applied Global Business Learning: India 2016 - Students from the College of Business Administration

Lecture: Comparative Religious Perspectives on Environmental Ethics; Catholic and Hindu

Noon – 1 p.m.
Speakers: Alan Madry and Jame Schaefer
Eckstein Hall, Room 357

This event is sold out.

Committing to our Sacred World: The Ecovillage Community in Findhorn, Scotland

4 – 5:15 p.m.
Bob Deahl and Bob Pavlik
AMU, 157 (changed from Monaghan Ballroom)
Sponsored by College of Professional Studies

During this session, you will learn about the Findhorn Ecovillage, which incorporates environmental, social, economic and spiritual sustainability in its holistic leadership program. Plan to participate in a Q&A session and a group movement activity as together we link the Mission Week 2016 themes with the Findhorn community.

Marquette Ukulele Group

6 – 6:45 p.m.
AMU, First-floor Lobby
Sponsored by MUSG

Coffee House with Peter Mayer

7 – 9 p.m.
Folk musician on evolution, sacred creation.
AMU, First-floor Lobby
Sponsored by the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund and MUSG

Peter Mayer writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of "folk", and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.

Wed. February 3, 2016

Research Exposition

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with light lunch
AMU, Second-floor Lobby
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation

Day 2 of celebrating research on campus. Join faculty, students and staff to learn more about Marquette initiatives around environmental issues. Vote for your favorite researcher and enter in a chance to win a prize!

A light lunch will be served.

Laudato Sí, the Paris Agreement, and the Role of Normativity in
Addressing Climate Change

4 - 5 p.m.
Michael Mehling
AMU, Room 157
Sponsored by German Studies and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Mehling is executive director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research scientist with the MIT Energy Initiative. He has more than a decade of experience working on energy and environmental policy with government agencies, private companies and civil society organizations in North America, Europe and the developing world. His recent work has focused on carbon pricing and other policies to address environmental impacts of the energy system, as well as the effects of the German energy transition, or "energiewende."

Dialogue Dinners

5:30 - 7 p.m.
AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
Sponsored by MUSG

Would you like to experience an unforgettable evening right on campus? Join one of your favorite Marquette professors or administrative leaders, along with neighbors from our Milwaukee community, for a dinnertime conversation about making Marquette, Milwaukee and the world a better place. These boundary-breaking dinners of six to eight people will be facilitated by student leaders.

RSVP to attend


Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

"On the Issues" with Mike Gousha — Waukesha’s Water Diversion Request

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall
Sponsored by the Law School

Facing problems with its underground water supply, Waukesha is looking to Lake Michigan to meet its future water needs, seeking to divert an average of 10 million gallons a day. To do so, it needs approval from the Department of Natural Resources and all eight Great Lakes states. Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Racine Mayor John Dickert will discuss the impact the diversion would have on Waukesha County, Milwaukee and Racine.

RSVP to attend

Nibi (water) Flows through Two Worlds

4 – 5:30 p.m.
First Nations Elder Josephine Mandamin, the "Water Walker"
Weasler Auditorium
Sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Intercultural Engagement

The spiritual relationship between Indigenous people and water has existed since the time of creation. First Nations elder Josephine Mandamin poignantly reminded the human community of her people's continued reverence for this sacred life-giving force by walking around each of the Great Lakes – more than 10,000 miles. But the duty to promote the care and protection of one of the planet's most threatened natural resources connects what may seem to be two disparate worlds.

Sustainability in Milwaukee
6 - 8pm
AMU 254

Join Students for an Environmentally Active Campus as they host Fourth District Alderman, Robert Bauman, Environmental Collaboration Office, City of Milwaukee. Bauman will address students on Milwaukee's different sustainability initiatives along with discussing opportunities for Marquette students to get involved within the community.

Sponsored by Students for an Environmentally Active Campus

Great Lakes Environmental Film Festival (GLEFF) Screening
7:00 pm
Johnston Hall 103

GLEFF team members will screen a number of short environmental films and talk about plans for the 2016 film festival. Students can learn how to get involved with GLEFF, how to become part of the festival'sscreening committee, and what the world of environmental filmmaking is about.

Learn more at: http://www.gleff.org


Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Water-focused Social Innovation

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Global Water Center, 247 W. Freshwater Way
Sponsored by the Social Innovation Initiative and the Office of Research and Innovation

More than 1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water, which has inspired many at Marquette and in southeastern Wisconsin to think innovatively about how water can continue to be a resource for all. Join us for a discussion in the university’s new Global Water Center space, which is dedicated to social innovations that are novel and sustainable and will have a positive impact on the global community. A short reception, with light lunch, will follow.

Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by Jan. 27.

About Mission Week

It is our privilege to invite you once again to Marquette’s annual exploration of our university’s Catholic, Jesuit intellectual mission and how that mission might be stretched even further for the good of the human community. The events of Mission Week are accessible to everyone in the Marquette community: students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. We hope you will participate in our wide range of academic, spiritual, artistic and social events.

Raynor Memorial Libraries' Mission Week Resource Guide

Check out the Mission Week video page for a sneak peek of the events.