AJCU News

A round-up of news stories from across our campuses and beyond. 

 

Multimedia

A collection of photos, videos, and other media from Jesuit universities around the country.

Photos of the Month

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara CA

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Gonzaga University, Spokane WA

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis MO

Saint Louis University, Saint Louis MO

Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling WV

Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling WV

John Carroll University, University Heights, OH

John Carroll University, University Heights, OH

Spring Hill College, Mobile AL

Spring Hill College, Mobile AL

 

VIDEO

Reb. Bryan Massingale, theologian at Fordham University, addressed the AJCU Commitment to Justice Conference on August 11, 2017. Reading the signs of the times, particularly with regard to racial justice, he challenges Jesuit universities to move more intentionally toward mission integrity in order to make our full contribution to society.
Eboo Patel, founder of Interfaith Youth Core, addressed the AJCU Commitment to Justice Conference on August 11, 2017. Recognizing the nature of these challenging times, he invites listeners to broaden our understanding of dialogue to include those we tend to dismiss.
Mike Garanzini, SJ, Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, addressed the AJCU Commitment to Justice Conference on August 12, 2017. After describing key outcomes from General Congregation 36, he shares the outlines of a new International Association of Jesuit Universities to be launched in the coming year.
Sr. Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, addressed the AJCU Commitment to Justice Conference on August 12, 2017. With an awareness of current public policy discussions underway on tax reform, she describes the way that US tax policy has led to greater inequality over the past 35 years, and the challenge of addressing this inequality today.

Books

Conversations reviews a few books directly related to Jesuit higher education. These include the histories of the institutions, explorations of Jesuit spirituality and mission, and trends of higher education. The site also hosts profiles of authors, often featuring recent books by Jesuit university/college faculty.


RECENTLY Reviewed Books 

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Noted Books of interest

Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life, by Tim Muldoon Timothy P. Muldoon, Assistant to the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Boston College, is a pastoral theologian and frequent author. His Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life is a new release from Loyola Press. The back cover explains the book’s purpose: “Today’s popular culture thrives on telling us what we should do and who we should be. We need to have the prestigious job, the perfect relationship, the jam-packed social life, and we need to show it all off on social media.” And it goes on to ask: “Can achieving those things provide the fulfillment that we all long for? Is there something bigger and better out there waiting for us?”

Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life, by Tim Muldoon

Timothy P. Muldoon, Assistant to the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Boston College, is a pastoral theologian and frequent author. His Living Against the Grain: How to Make Decisions that Lead to an Authentic Life is a new release from Loyola Press. The back cover explains the book’s purpose: “Today’s popular culture thrives on telling us what we should do and who we should be. We need to have the prestigious job, the perfect relationship, the jam-packed social life, and we need to show it all off on social media.” And it goes on to ask: “Can achieving those things provide the fulfillment that we all long for? Is there something bigger and better out there waiting for us?”

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, edited by Miguel A. De La Torres.  This book notes that for many people of faith the election of Donald J. Trump as president represents a confessional crisis that calls into question the deepest meaning of our religious claims and values. A number of scholars address topics of gender, race, disability, LGTB justice, immigration, the environment, and others. These scholars include Miguel H. Díaz of Loyola Chicago, Amir Hussain of Loyola Marymount, and Christiana Zenner of Fordham.

Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump, edited by Miguel A. De La Torres. 

This book notes that for many people of faith the election of Donald J. Trump as president represents a confessional crisis that calls into question the deepest meaning of our religious claims and values. A number of scholars address topics of gender, race, disability, LGTB justice, immigration, the environment, and others. These scholars include Miguel H. Díaz of Loyola Chicago, Amir Hussain of Loyola Marymount, and Christiana Zenner of Fordham.

The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity, by Gillian T. W. Ahlgren.  Gillian T. W. Ahlgren is a professor of theology at Xavier University. She has published earlier on St. Teresa of Avila and other subjects. And she is the founding director of the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice at Xavier U. Drawing on the story of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, “The Tenderness of God invites readers into a rich conversation across time and space about how to recapture our humanity and nurture our God-given capacity to live meaningfully and joyfully in communion with others.”

The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity, by Gillian T. W. Ahlgren. 

Gillian T. W. Ahlgren is a professor of theology at Xavier University. She has published earlier on St. Teresa of Avila and other subjects. And she is the founding director of the Institute for Spirituality and Social Justice at Xavier U. Drawing on the story of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare, “The Tenderness of God invites readers into a rich conversation across time and space about how to recapture our humanity and nurture our God-given capacity to live meaningfully and joyfully in communion with others.”

The Source of All Love: Catholicity and the Trinity, by Heidi Russell. This book presents a “fresh approach to Christian doctrine” by bringing together “insights from science and theology to provide a twenty-fist century understanding of the nature ofGod.” The author, the director of the Masters of Divinity program at Loyola University Chicago uses Scripture, Church Fathers, and Karl Rahner as well as quantum physics.

The Source of All Love: Catholicity and the Trinity, by Heidi Russell.

This book presents a “fresh approach to Christian doctrine” by bringing together “insights from science and theology to provide a twenty-fist century understanding of the nature ofGod.” The author, the director of the Masters of Divinity program at Loyola University Chicago uses Scripture, Church Fathers, and Karl Rahner as well as quantum physics.

With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit, by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J Walter Ciszek made headline news in 1963 when he returned to the United States after 23 years of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. He was assigned to Fordham University as a spiritual guide and retreat director; he also served as a lecturer at the John XXIII Center there until his death in 1984. His first volume, With God in Russia, was published in 1964. He also published He Leadeth Me in 1973.

With God in America: The Spiritual Legacy of an Unlikely Jesuit, by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J

Walter Ciszek made headline news in 1963 when he returned to the United States after 23 years of imprisonment in the Soviet Union. He was assigned to Fordham University as a spiritual guide and retreat director; he also served as a lecturer at the John XXIII Center there until his death in 1984. His first volume, With God in Russia, was published in 1964. He also published He Leadeth Me in 1973.

Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium, by Joseph Tetlow, SJ Discernment is a big word in Ignatian spirituality. It is a core experience of the Spiritual Exercises and moves from there into everyday life. But what exactly is it? Why and when do we do discernment? And how should we do it? Always Discerning works to answer these questions. In it Father Tetlow “provides a powerful and highly practical way for the ‘people of God’ to pray in the new millennium, while teaching us how to recognize God’s will in every area of our lives and respond to it in joy and love.” He has been a prolific writer and valued spiritual guide. He also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, as a theology professor at St. Louis University, and as president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium, by Joseph Tetlow, SJ

Discernment is a big word in Ignatian spirituality. It is a core experience of the Spiritual Exercises and moves from there into everyday life. But what exactly is it? Why and when do we do discernment? And how should we do it? Always Discerning works to answer these questions. In it Father Tetlow “provides a powerful and highly practical way for the ‘people of God’ to pray in the new millennium, while teaching us how to recognize God’s will in every area of our lives and respond to it in joy and love.” He has been a prolific writer and valued spiritual guide. He also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, as a theology professor at St. Louis University, and as president of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen, by Tim and Sue Muldoon  The subtitle explains the purpose of this book: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen. Author Tim Muldoon and his wife Sue collaborate on this volume from Ave Maria Press to bring the insights and dynamics of Ignatian spirituality to the task of raising teenagers. It hopes to help a parent relate to a son or daughter “in a way that reflects the tenacious love of God.” And it explains: “This thoughtful approach shows you how to talk with your children openly about friendships, freedom vs. limits, family time, sexuality, the use and abuse of technology, faith and Catholic practice, recognizing the needs of others, and getting through hard times together.”

The Discerning Parent: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen, by Tim and Sue Muldoon 

The subtitle explains the purpose of this book: An Ignatian Guide to Raising Your Teen. Author Tim Muldoon and his wife Sue collaborate on this volume from Ave Maria Press to bring the insights and dynamics of Ignatian spirituality to the task of raising teenagers. It hopes to help a parent relate to a son or daughter “in a way that reflects the tenacious love of God.” And it explains: “This thoughtful approach shows you how to talk with your children openly about friendships, freedom vs. limits, family time, sexuality, the use and abuse of technology, faith and Catholic practice, recognizing the needs of others, and getting through hard times together.”

Public Theology and the Global Common Good, edited by Kevin Ahern, Meghan J. Clark, Kristin E. Heyer, and Laurie Johnston The subtitle of the book reads “The Contribution of David Hollenbach, S.J.” The book brings together colleagues and former students of David Hollenbach, who for the past half-century has done significant work on the common good, human rights, and justice. He has served at Boston College and at Georgetown University and at other schools of higher education. Here the contributors honor their colleague and add their own voices to the discussion.

Public Theology and the Global Common Good, edited by Kevin Ahern, Meghan J. Clark, Kristin E. Heyer, and Laurie Johnston

The subtitle of the book reads “The Contribution of David Hollenbach, S.J.” The book brings together colleagues and former students of David Hollenbach, who for the past half-century has done significant work on the common good, human rights, and justice. He has served at Boston College and at Georgetown University and at other schools of higher education. Here the contributors honor their colleague and add their own voices to the discussion.

Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration, by Tisha M. Rajendra.  This book addresses a question that is rarely raised in debates about immigration issues: What ethical responsibilities do immigrants and citizens have to each other? Here Tisha M. Rajendra, an associate professor of theological ethics at Loyola University Chicago, proposes a new definition of justice based on responsibility to relationships and develops a Christian ethic to address this social problem.

Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration, by Tisha M. Rajendra. 

This book addresses a question that is rarely raised in debates about immigration issues: What ethical responsibilities do immigrants and citizens have to each other? Here Tisha M. Rajendra, an associate professor of theological ethics at Loyola University Chicago, proposes a new definition of justice based on responsibility to relationships and develops a Christian ethic to address this social problem.

The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe, by John F. Haught Where other scholars have studied life and the universe, John Haught considers another development in the history of the universe, namely the emergence of interiority and religious awareness. Where others have told the outside story of the universe, Dr. Haught fills that out with the inside story. John F. Haught, distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, is the author of over 20 books, many dealing with the relationship of religion to natural science.

The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe, by John F. Haught

Where other scholars have studied life and the universe, John Haught considers another development in the history of the universe, namely the emergence of interiority and religious awareness. Where others have told the outside story of the universe, Dr. Haught fills that out with the inside story. John F. Haught, distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, is the author of over 20 books, many dealing with the relationship of religion to natural science.


Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Korea. 

Student Stories

Students are crucial to the conversation.  Here we feature their reflections about their Jesuit education.  Students are welcomed to offer short articles (500 words) or comments for possible publication.

 

Teaching the Mission

New for our Fall 2016 issue of Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education, faculty members offer reflections on their own experiences of teaching at Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. Faculty members are invited to offer short articles to feature both online and in our print edition of the magazine. 

Alumni Views

We are pleased to offer perspectives from Alumni of Jesuit colleges and universities. Alumni are encouraged to offer short articles to feature both online and in our print edition of the magazine. 

More Resources from Partner Organizations

AJCU Connections:

Like Conversations Magazine, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and University’s Connections publishes articles on important topics pertinent to our schools. Their topics range from the role of STEM education to important and distinguished faculty members. Visit the AJCU website to read articles from the latest issue of Connections.   

JesuitResource.org from Xavier University

Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity created Jesuit Resource, a rich website featuring online and print resources about the Ignatian tradition. Sort by theme, purchase materials,  learn A-Z Jesuit terms, and more with this easy to use website.

INTEGRAL Podcast

Produced by Santa Clara University’s Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Integral Podcast explores the question, “Is there a common good in our common home?” Given the ongoing impacts of systemic racism in the United States, this year’s season of Integral examines racism’s impact on our common good so that we might build a better society. This year’s first episode, for example, examines the racial disparity in mass incarceration in the United States, and can be heard to the right. All episodes of INTEGRAL can be found at the Bannan Institute’s website.