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Celebrating Laudato Si: An Ecumenical and Interfaith Convocation

  • Catholic Theological Union 5416 S. Cornell Ave Chicago IL 60615 (map)

Join leaders and experts of various faiths and institutions to discuss the Pope's most recent Encyclical: Laudato Si': On Care for our Common Home. Engage with the faculties of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS), their presidents and deans, denominational leaders, and constituents — students, parish and congregational leaders, and lay people. The ACTS convocation will focus on the urgency of environmental issues, particularly climate change. In light of Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment, we will come together to pray and worship in celebration of God’s gift of creation; share moral wisdom and theological knowledge on environmental justice; share practical skills, strategies, and processes necessary for environmental justice ministries; and network with one another for mutual encouragement and enrichment.

Co-sponsored by Catholic Theological Union, the ACTS Common Council, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Peace and Justice, and the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Registration deadline extended to September 24!
Please register ASAP!

Plenary Speakers:

  • Sr. Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF
    The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Theological Ethics, Catholic Theological Union
  • Dan Misleh
    Director, Catholic Climate Covenant

Presenters include:

  • Rev. John Pawlikowski, OSM
    Catholic Theological Union
  • Rabbi Michael Zedek
    Temple Emmanuel
  • Sr. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ
    Catholic Theological Union
  • Rev. Brian Sauder
    Faith in Place
  • Mark Potosnak
    Catholic Climate Covenant; DePaul University
  • Jennifer Shankie
    Archdiocese of Chicago Real Estate Office & Chicago Sustainability Interfaith Partnership (CSIP)


9:00 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:15 am - Morning Prayer
9:45 am - Plenary I: Theological & Ethical Content of Laudato Si'
Dawn M. Nothwehr, OST, Ph.D. - Catholic Theological Union
11:00 am - Breakout Sessions I
12:15 to 1:45 pm - LUNCH
1:45 - Plenary II: A Call to Action
Dan Misleh, Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant
3:00 pm - Breakout Session II
4:30 - Closing Worship Service: Prayers for Fidelity, Commitment to Action & Healing of the Earth