WASHINGTON — In the coming months, the Washington Theological Union will host two symposia — the first its annual Franciscan Symposium on “Celebrating Clare of Assisi and the Poor Sisters: 800 Years of Witness” and the second, a Celebrating the Mission symposium.
The 15th, and final, Franciscan Symposium will be held March 23 and 24 on the Laurel Street campus. Michael Blastic, OFM, will speak on “Poverty and Christology at San Damiano.” Other speakers include WTU associate professor of Church history Catherine Mooney; WTU vice president and councilor for mission Sr. Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF; and Sr. Pacelli Millane, OSC.
Registration must be completed by March 16. A brochure with a registration form is available on the WTU’s website.
On April 20, WTU will host a “Celebrating the Mission” symposium to reflect upon the accomplishments of the union that is concluding the majority of its programs in May. Alumni will share how their education shaped their current theological and ministerial work. Kenneth Himes, OFM, of Boston College, is among the presenters.
Attendees will receive Our Gift to the Future: Washington Theological Union’s Contribution to Theology & Ministry, a compilation of messages of appreciation for the WTU community.
Additional upcoming events at the WTU include two free lectures. On Feb. 29, the WTU is cohosting “The New Economy: Moving Toward a Sustainable Future” with the Center of Concern. The 7 p.m. presentation features several speakers including E.J. Dionne, Jr., a Washington Post editorial writer and NBC/MSNBC political commentator. Spiritual director Patience Robbins and Daniel Horan, OFM, will lead “Attending to the Spiritual Landscape of the Millennial Generation” on March 3. Robbins will offer observations about working with young adults through spiritual direction; Daniel will be presenting research about spiritual and sociological characteristics of millennials. Details are available in the ePistle newsletter.
— Compiled by Rebecca Doel