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An Afternoon With Holocaust Survivor Kurt Gutfreund

Gutfreund was born in January 1938 in Vienna, Austria. Kurt and his mother were able to survive in hiding until the end of 1942, when they were arrested and deported to the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. Kurt and his mother would survive in Terezin until their liberation in 1945.

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Immigration is often framed in terms of crisis management, rather than by addressing underlying economic, political and cultural contributing factors. In the US context in particular, political rhetoric has often masked complicity, abetted human rights violations and betrayed the nation’s founding principles. The lenses that shape the (quickly shifting) immigration debate in the US can distort the realities that migrants face and become surrogates for other cultural and political concerns. Focusing solely on economics or fear-based approaches too often de-humanizes newcomers.

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Issued at the outset of his pontificate, Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium (2013) called for a missionary reform of the church and indicated key directions this reform should take. In the course of the next years in hundreds of speeches and addresses, Francis further clarified his thinking on mission and on the changes needed to revitalize it: all the baptized need to be awakened to their calling, spiritually regenerated, shown the expansive and world-transforming nature of their task, and guided to avoid common counter-missionary attitudes and practices.

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Rev. Bryan Massingale, James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, gives the 2018 Tolton Lecture on “The Dark Night(s) of Malcolm X: Re-Reading Catholic Spirituality through Black Political Struggle.”

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April 8, 2018:

How can the institutional Catholic church reach out to its LGBT members? And how can LGBT Catholics reach out to the institutional church?  Father Martin uses the virtues of ‘respect, compassion and sensitivity’ to build a bridge between these two important groups in our church. Recorded live at Catholic Theological Union on March 24, 2018. Presented by the Bernardin Center at CTU.

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Did Jesus really mean for us to be this good this long? Or were his commandments simply meant to direct the believers until his imminent return? The delay of the Parousia became the first theological crisis for the early church. How were the faithful to live in the mean time? Fast forward 2,000 years. We’re still awaiting Jesus’ return. How are we to re-interpret the ethical mandates of Jesus, in light of our own complex, intercultural, and polarized world?

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On June 4, 2017, CTU adjunct professor Sr. Joanne Jaruko Doi, MM, explored the ways her family and collective history continues to inform her life and vocation as a Maryknoll Sister, and its relevance for these times when Executive Orders continue to have profound implications for families and targeted communities on the margins of American society

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On February 12, 2017, Mary Meg McCarthy, Director of the National Immigrant Justice Center, spoke on the theme of "Responding to the Call of Our Neighbor: Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees Into Our Communities."

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On January, 11, 2017 Rev. Dr. Michael Pfleger, Senior Pastor at the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, gave a lecture, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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November 14, 2016:

Within this podcast, Adele Reinhartz, Ph.D. and Rev. Leo D. Lefebure, S.T.L., Ph.D. speak on the topic of Jesus as a Jew and what implications this has for interfaith relations and dialogue.  This lecture was held on November 14, 2016, as part of the annual Rabbi Hayim Perelmuter Conference, and was co-sponsored by the Department of Interfaith Affairs of the Anti-Defamation League, the Center for Religion, Culture and Community at DePaul University, and the Catholic Jewish-Studies Program of The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union.

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