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As a result of the recent events regarding Kyrgyzstan and my presenting at this year’s International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, I was a featured faculty member at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School.
In a school year marked by the publication of several works of the SJND faculty, one of the newest members of the school’s teaching staff, Francesca Po, has also published an article.
Po, associate campus minister and SJND service learning coordinator, teaches World Religions, Philosophy, Morality, and Understanding Catholic Christianity at the school. She co-wrote an article with leading Ghandhian Michael Nagler calling for a presence like the Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) to be present in Kyrgyzstan…
In the wake of Po’s work, Kyrgyzstan has invited NP’s presence to their country. It represents the first time in history a nation has invited the organization officially to have a presence in their country.
Po also presented a research paper at the international conference, Religion and Spirituality in Society, in Chicago in February…
Original faculty announcement:
The liturgy focused on social justice, ministry to immigrants and the parable of the Good Samaritan. The senior class prepared the liturgy, with contributions from Mrs. Norris and the Modern Languages Department. Francesca Po, deputy campus minister, presided over the service…
This female presence behind the altar was a first for our school community. It demonstrated the concept of the unexpected person stepping up to lead the way for change in our society…
In response to my recent article with Michael Nagler, the government of Kyrgyzstan invited Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) to aid their nation in the issues of violence. This marks the first time in history a nation has ever officially invited NP’s presence.
Official NP announcement:
Current NP projects in Kyrgyzstan:
There is something within our current worldview that is perpetuating the crises of the modern world. Using Sean Kelly’s comprehensive explication of the patterns of American history in Coming Home, we recognize the location of our current condition—we are within the sixth cycle of repeating triphasic patterns in our history. This triphaic model is: (1) identity, (2) differentiation, and (3) integration, and can be found embedded in the myths of our civilization and in the depths of our psyches, demonstrated by both Carl Jung and Kelly. Robert Wuthnow adds to this discussion by presenting how spirituality has evolved in modern American society, echoing the first two phases of the triphasic model. Claude Fischer and Michael Hout’s demographic research in the United States present the specific nature in which the spirituality described in Wuthnow’s offering is developing. We realize in Fischer and Hout’s findings that there is a continued presence of religious beliefs despite the decline in religious affiliation, but along with the decline in religious preference is also a decrease in civic engagement. Finally, using the theory of Ninian Smart on the elements of what creates worldviews, we can deduce the missing piece to our puzzle—the sixth cycle needs the social dimension of religion in order to reach its final integration phase. In order to solve the problems of our time, we need to creatively reintegrate the social dimension of religion, the concept of community, into our current worldview.
Bring it on, students! Teachers need to be graded as much as students do!