Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture on Catholic Social Tradition

The annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. lecture was created by the Center for Social Concerns in 2009 in order to highlight the issues and themes within the Catholic social tradition, and to inspire students to live out Fr. Bernie’s words of promoting social justice. This fall event honors Fr. Bernie who died young but influenced students with the life lesson of a “Theory of Enough.” Past speakers have been men and women influential upon the Catholic social tradition.

2017 Annual Rev. Bernie Clark, C.S.C. Lecture

The Challenge of Peace Pursued through Christian-Muslim Dialogue

Scott Alexander, Ph.D. and Imam Hassan Al-Qazwini discussed how peace and justice can be achieved through interfaith dialogue between two of the world's leading faith traditions. 

Alexander is an associate professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Imam Qazwini is a scholar, educator, and advocate for Islam in America and in 2015 founded the Islamic Institute of America in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

“Christians believe in dialogue. That dialogue is modeled by God's dialogue with humanity. Indeed, the dialogue in which Alexander and Imam Al-Qazwini are engaged is a critical part of each of our religious experience,” commented Fr. Kevin Sandberg, acting executive director of the Center for Social Concerns. “Pope Benedict XVI said, "Interreligious and intercultural dialogue between Christians and Muslims cannot be reduced to an optional extra. It is in fact a vital necessity, on which in large measure our future depends." The Center for Social Concerns has long cultivated dialogue as a critical methodology in the discovery of truth and the common good on which justice and peace are predicated.”

This year’s lecture aligns with the Center’s Catholic social tradition theme for the year, “Living the Challenge of Peace,” which derives from a pastoral letter issued by the U.S. Bishops in 1983. Though the main emphasis in 1983 was on the just-war tradition, pacifism, and nuclear arms, the message is still relevant 35 years later on how people of faith can address the many tensions in our world from race, labor, and religion, to technology, the environment, and the arms trade.

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