Gospel of Life Seminar

Social Concerns Seminar
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The goal of the Gospel of Life Seminar is to provide students with the opportunity to read and reflect on a consistent ethic of life through experiential learning. Exploration begins in the orientation classes where students will become familiar with various life issues (end of life issues, poverty, bio-ethics, creation care, the death penalty, a full concept of being pro-life, etc) through readings, lectures, and by meeting people who work on life-related issues across the spectrum. This year the seminar will be traveling to Portland Oregon to meet with various organizations, NPO’s, advocacy groups, and local communities serving and dialoguing around the topic of life. While in Portland students will also be participating in direct service that engages in honoring the life of all, including those on the margins. The follow-up classes facilitate the analysis and synthesis of insights gained during the week of experiential learning. All those who are interested in being apart of this conversation, honoring a consistent ethic of life, are encouraged to apply. Questions? Contact Melissa Marley Bonnichsen.

Immersion Dates: October 19–25, 2019

The fall 2019 seminars are football friendly.

Things to Note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This may look different in each seminar and site. For example, some sites allow fewer showers, others may have simpler sleeping arrangements, meals will be healthy and simple, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details from your site leader during preparation classes.
  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts at your site. Meals are provided throughout travel to and from your immersion location. You will have a limited budget for meals which will be enough to eat simply and be well nourished.
  • Site leaders will be the liaisons with community partner contacts.
  • Lodging varies depending on the site, please be flexible. You will likely be responsible for your own bedding. Please plan ahead for this as most seminar students will need to bring a sleeping bag.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and the entire immersion in order to complete the requirements for the course. Immersion implies over-night stays on site. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up.
  • Fall 2019 class sessions will take place on Thursdays from 3:00–4:30 p.m., September 12–November 14.
  • This seminar is designated as a Catholic Social Traditions Minor Seminar, CSTS and also a Poverty Studies Minor Elective, PSCE 
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$300 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar Contact Greg White (gwhite2@nd.edu) for financial assistance inquiries. Full seminar fee will be charged for all withdrawals after September 24, 2019.
Application Process: 
  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) Completed application and (2) Possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen between September 2 and September 6, 2019.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first seminar class.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email seminars@nd.edu.
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

The fall 2019 application is not available at this time.  

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Upcoming Events

March 2019

2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Documentary Film: Los niños de María
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:30pm
Puerto Rico Faculty Seminar Panel
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

April 2019

Film Screening: Icebox
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Postgraduate Service: AmeriCorps Panel
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:30pm
Been & Seen Series: Listening to Uganda
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Higgins Lunchtime Labor RAPS
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Labor Café
Friday, April 26, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

May 2019

2019 Service Send-Off Ceremony
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm

June 2019

Community Engagement Faculty Institute
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 (All day) to Thursday, June 6, 2019 (All day)