Mission Week 2017




Daily Reflections
Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Day 1: Taking “Be the Difference” beyond a hashtag: A message from President Lovell and Fr. Tom Krettek, S.J.

Day 2: A reflection from Janice Welburn, Dean of Libraries
Day 3: A reflection from Sheena M. Cary, Internship coordinator/lecturer, Diederich College of Communication
Day 4: A reflection from Tyanna McLaurin, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning/Service Learning Program
Day 5: A reflection from Dr. Kali Murray, Associate professor of law

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

Mission Week Mass

11:30 a.m.
Church of the Gesu

Click here to read Fr. Tom's Homily for Mission Week 2017
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Church of the Gesu

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Soup with Substance: the MAKING Of Milwaukee 53206: A Community Serves Time

Noon – 1 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
Sponsored by the Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry and Center for Intercultural Engagement

Join Dr. William Welburn, executive director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, as he speaks with Keith McQuirter, the director of Milwaukee 53206, an award-winning documentary featuring themes of incarceration and racial justice. Learn about the making of the movie, which was filmed just north of Marquette's campus.

Film Screening: Milwaukee 53206

5 – 6 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium
Sponsored by Marquette University Student Government, Office of Community Engagement, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Marquette Forum

Join us for a screening of the acclaimed film Milwaukee 53206, a documentary featuring the journey of three families in one of the poorest communities in the country and their experiences with incarcerated family members.


Dialogue Dinner: Milwaukee 53206

6 – 8 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
Sponsored by Marquette University Student Government, Office of Community Engagement, Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and the Marquette Forum

Join our Marquette community and Milwaukee neighbors for a dinnertime conversation about themes of racial injustice, incarceration and the ripple effects of both on families and communities. These boundary-breaking dinners of six to eight people will be facilitated by student leaders. Panel discussions will feature the film's director and featured actors plus Marquette faculty and community experts dialoguing on issues of incarceration and race in Milwaukee.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017

"On The Issues" with Mike Gousha: Guest panelists Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.; Bree Newsome and Rev. Jim Wallis

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Marquette University Law School, Eckstein Hall

Click here to view the full "On the Issues" conversation and here to read Alan J. Borsuk's blog about the event.
Sponsored by the Marquette University Law School

6 – 7 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

Join Dr. William Welburn, the executive director of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, as he facilitates a conversation with Rev. Jim Wallis and Bree Newsome as they discuss the history of racism in America, the legacy of racism in the South and the Gospel call to social action. Rev. Wallis and Newsome will speak to their deeply personal calls to action in overcoming racism ingrained in American society and their shared beliefs that America was founded by the near genocide of one people and the enslavement of another; that rooted into the founding documents of our nation is the notion that white lives matter more than others, and more specifically, given our history of enslaving African and African American peoples, white lives matter more than Black lives, otherwise known as the "original sin." Rev. Wallis is the founder of Sojourners and a Christian writer and activist. Newsome is a filmmaker, speaker and activist from Charlotte. N.C.

Rev. Wallis will sign copies of his book in the Lynch Lounge upon conclusion of the keynote.

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

March on Milwaukee 50th: 200 Nights of Freedom – Community Brainstorming Workshop

4 – 6 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, 163

As a part of Mission Week, the Marquette University Office of Community Engagement, in collaboration with the Offices of Mission and Ministry, and Diversity and Inclusion, will host a community brainstorming session on behalf of the coordinating committee of the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee's Fair Housing Marches. The session will focus on how community individuals/ organizations/institutions can contribute to the upcoming 200 Nights of Freedom project, kicking off in August of 2017.

Ex Fabula Storytelling event

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. (A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.; theatre experience starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom
Sponsored by the Office of Community Engagement, Marquette University Student Government and Project Return

Join us for an important evening of storytelling and deep listening of the experiences, hopes and dreams of members of our Marquette community and members of Project Return, a local nonprofit that assists formerly incarcerated Milwaukeeans in successfully returning and reintegrating into the community. Stories will involve themes and experiences of race, incarceration and the impact of both on the lives of our larger community.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017


Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227 (A light lunch will be served.)
Sponsored by Klingler College of Arts and Sciences

Join Marquette faculty as they facilitate a shared storytelling process of dialogue regarding Langston Hughes' timeless and powerful story of race, relationship and human learnings.

Closing Keynote: Racial Justice: The Call of the Church, featuring Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.

6 – 7 p.m., Keynote
Varsity Theatre

Racism has been called a "radical evil" by the U.S. Catholic Bishops and the country's "original sin" by Rev. Jim Wallis. Given the burden of our country's tragic history of the oppression of people of African descent, and the present-day suffering of our Black brothers and sisters because of current practices of racial privilege, we need to face the question: Is racial justice in our country, our communities and our families even possible? Join Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D., professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, a Marquette alumnus, and a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, as he challenges us to live the Gospel call of Christ through honest repentance, atonement, relationship and love. His unique "Call to the Church" is grounded in his identities as a priest, a theologian and as a man who grew up in Milwaukee's 53206 neighborhood — a community that is one of the poorest in the country and with one the highest incarceration rates of black men in America.

Opening reflections will be presented by Dr. Shawnee Sykes, associate professor of theology at Mount Mary University University; Rev. Joe Ellwanger, former pastor of Cross Lutheran Church; and Janice Welburn, dean of libraries at Marquette University. Student choirs will also be featured.

Father Massingale will sign copies of his book in the Alumni Memorial Union Lynch Lounge, third floor, upon conclusion of the keynote.


7 – 8:30 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

Gather with old and new friends for comfort food and fellowship.

Sponsored by generous gifts from CM Cares, the Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation; and the Layden Family Foundation.

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Closing symposium

9:00 a.m. – Noon (A light breakfast will be served.)
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

9:00 10:00 a.m. "all lives don't matter equally: african-american history with paula penebaker"

Sponsored by the Raynor Memorial Libraries as a part of Black History Month

Paula Penebaker is the President and CEO of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin.


Sponsored by YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Join Paula Penebaker and Martha Barry, racial justice director for YWCA Southeast Wisconsin, for a discussion of microaggressions, implicit bias and racism.

About Mission Week

We warmly invite Marquette students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee community to join us for a week of study, listening, dialogue and prayer as we seek to become better informed and transformed human beings related to the complicated history and reality of racial justice in contemporary times. Our theme for Mission Week 2017 is necessary and timely as we see pain, confusion, anger and peace-seeking in our own neighborhoods and across the country.

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