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Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis
The death of John Lewis, US Civil Rights icon and US Congressman, marks an historic turning point in the civic and religious life of the United States. Lewis was a close friend and ally of Martin Luther King and other leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. He later became the moral conscience of the US Congress as he led the way on many social justice issues such as voting rights, fair housing, and opposition to all forms of racism and human rights violations – such as the immigration policies of the present US administration… Read more.
As president of Global Ministries University and as a human being caring about our nation and our global community I am compelled to speak out against the overt and covert racism that sadly still plagues our nation. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others call into hideously sharp focus the sustained and systemic injustice perpetrated on Black people. We must all stand together in solidarity with our Black sisters and brothers, say their names and affirm the value and dignity of Black lives. Black Lives Matter! …Read the entire statement here.
This video was produced by President Grudzen’s daughter, Simone Grudzen.
Interview on Climate Crisis
On Tuesday, May 12 President Gerald Grudzen interviewed San Jose State University Professor William DeVincenzi, who was trained with Al Gore on the climate crisis and is now a civic activist on climate issues. Professor DeVincenzi discussed the role his faith has played in his social activism and also commented on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si and its significance for moving humanity toward a sustainable climate future.
Global Ministries University announces a new Certificate Program based upon Laudato Si.
This Free Zoom session was held on Wednesday July 1 at 4 PM PDT (7 PM EDT) with psychologist Manuel Yaniz PhD. Learn more .
Marita Grudzen presented “Spirituality A Way to Sustain and Connect in the Era of Covid-19,” A Forum of the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Thursday May 28, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm (PDT)
New Book By Gerald Grudzen and John Raymaker
In 2008, the authors wrote Steps toward Vatican III which explored developments occurring in the Catholic Church including its teachings on social justice, interreligious dialogue, and Small Christian Communities. This update of Steps explores how Pope Francis has developed such themes in original ways in his encyclicals and in his use of synodal consultations. For example, in his Encyclical “Laudato Si,” the pope seeks to lead us into the mysteries of the universe, of creatures, and the harmony of creation. It helps us reflect on the universal communion of nature.
Young people, in particular, have responded with enthusiasm to Pope Francis’ initiatives. The book notes how some “traditional” Catholics have opposed the pope, but it argues that, in fact, the pope is more traditional than his critics for he insists on going back to Jesus’ own teachings.
The new ongoing crises such as the breakdown and rise of new ideologies, terrorism, massive advances in the sciences and in technology, as well as fundamental shifts in gender relations are further factors considered in the book. Indeed, the world is now radically different from the world of the early 1960’s when Vatican II Council was held. Due to these many radical changes, the book suggests the need for a Vatican III which would consolidate the Church’s global outreach on every continent.
Hamilton Books is offering a 30% discount for those ordering the book directly from the publisher.
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