Upcoming Events

Envisioning a Just Society Post-COVID-19

COVID-19 has exposed deep injustices in our society, particularly systemic racism, which intersects with all the social issues that have been exacerbated by this economic and public health crisis. This fall, the Jesuit works in San Francisco will partner to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 in our context and ask ourselves how we are called to walk with the marginalized toward a just future. Through an anti-racist lens, we will generate dialogues on incarceration, homelessess, and vulnerable workers with social justice leaders in San Francisco. Guided reflections will draw upon the Catholic social tradition to invite us to imagine a just society after COVID-19.  

This four-part Zoom series, co-sponsored by the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and St. Ignatius parish will include two opportunities for group reflection each week (see below). To build trust within our reflection groups, we hope to maintain the same participants within the group whenever possible. We recommend but do not require attendance at all 4 sessions. If you would like a member of the Lane Center staff to lead a reflection for your students, please reach out to us: lanecenter@usfca.edu.  

Topic: Racial Justice 
Moderator: Megan Pryor Lorentz, Director of Adult Spirituality at St. Ignatius College Preparatory
Reflection: Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 12 pm or Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm 

Topic: Incarceration 
Moderator: Teresa Carino, Director of Parish Faith Formation, St. Ignatius Church 
Reflection: Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 12 pm or Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 pm

Topic: Homelessness 
Moderator: Grace Salceanu, Director, Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes Church
Reflection: Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 12 pm or Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm 

Topic: Work 
Moderator: Erin Brigham, Executive Director, Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, University of San Francisco
Reflection: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 12 pm or Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 pm  

The Spiritual Exercises in a Religiously Diverse Context
September 18, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

What does the Ignatian tradition have to offer those of different religious backgrounds and traditions? This lecture explores the question of how and why the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises should be shared in religiously diverse contexts. 

Women Encounter the Spiritual Exercises 

September 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

For the past 40 years, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises have been used as a tool for building leadership in mission at Jesuit universities. Join a conversation with female-identified USF faculty and staff to learn about their experiences with the Exercises, insights they gained through the process on the mission of Jesuit education, and the challenges and opportunities inherent in sharing this spiritual tradition in a diverse community.

Panelists include:
Rhonda Magee, Professor, School of Law, and author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice
Evelyn Rodriguez, Professor of Sociology
Rebecca Gordon, Adjunct Professor

Moderator: Julie Dowd, Director of University Ministry

Conversations Magazine Discussion 

September 29, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 

Once a semester, join members of the University Council for Jesuit Mission for discussion of the newest issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education. Published each semester by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Conversations features articles by faculty, staff, and students on topics related to Jesuit mission. 

Screening and Panel Discussion of "Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia"

October 22, 2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine Family / Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. 

Join the Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought & the Ignatian Tradition for the film screening and panel discussion of Flannery on Thursday, October 22 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm PT. Panelists include Mark Bosco, SJ and Elizabeth Coffman (co-directors of the film) along with Richard Rodriguez, author featured in the documentary. Professor Kimberly Rae Connor will moderate.

Ignatian Discernment as a Way to Deepening Relationship with God
Lecture by Lo Schiavo Faculty in Residence Joseph Nguyen, S.J. 

October 29, 2020
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Discernment of spirits is not a new human invention; nor is it a new insight into the spiritual life. Spiritual gurus across spiritual traditions throughout the centuries have discerned their thoughts and desires because they know that our thoughts and desires can determine our choice and action, which in turn, can alter the direction of our life for good or bad. Read more about the lecture and RSVP. 

Racial and Ecological Justice Reading Group with Lane Center Graduate Fellow Barwende Sane, S.J. 

Fall meetings: September, October, and November (specific dates/times will be determined later)

Spring meetings: TBD

This year-long book club, cosponsored by the USF Institute for Nonviolence and Social Justice and Gleeson Library, is open to faculty and staff and will meet three times in the fall to discuss the question: How can people who care for racial and environmental justice anchor their call for change in deep spirituality? They will draw on Howard Thurman’s Meditation of the Heart and Martin Luther King Jr.’s Strength to Love. During the spring semester, the group will also meet three times to ponder: How do we frame the question of ecological justice from the perspective of the poor? They will draw on Pope Francis’s Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon). 

RSVP to join the group (capped at 12 participants). 

4th Annual Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition Lecture: Carolyn Woo 

December 2, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This annual lecture honors the memory of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Sr. Ita Ford, MM, Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, and lay missionary, Jean Donovan — four Catholic women murdered on Dec. 2, 1980 for their commitment to justice in El Salvador. This series commemorates their witness and lifts up the Catholic sisters and lay women who continue to shape the Catholic social tradition.

Carolyn Yauyan Woo will deliver this year’s 4th annual lecture. Woo currently serves as the  Distinguished President’s Fellow for Global Development at Purdue University and President’s Liaison for Energy Transition at the University of Notre Dame. During 2012-2016, Woo served as president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. 

Opportunities to Engage the Ignatian Tradition

The Annual Lane Center Faculty Fellowship 
The Annual Lane Center Faculty Fellowship is an opportunity for faculty to become more familiar with Catholic Social Thought and USF’s Ignatian tradition and to collaboratively seek connections between these foundational resources and their own approaches to teaching and research. Learn more on myUSF and apply by Tuesday, September 1.

Faculty Colleagues in Mission: Doing the Work 

October 5, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

During this gathering, we will hear from one of our colleagues whose scholarship and teaching contributes an important dimension to our understanding of mission and illustrates how we can engage it in our communities and our professions. 

For the first event of the year, Alison Cohen, an epidemiologist and formerly an Assistant Professor in the School of Management, will share her thoughts on COVID19.

Center for Teaching Excellence Teaching Cafe 
Online Accompaniment: Ignatian Pedagogy for Distance Learning 

Building upon the Lane Center’s summer colloquia on “Online Accompaniment,” this teaching cafe will apply principles of Ignatian pedagogy to the challenges and opportunities presented in online teaching. The conversation will introduce foundational themes in Ignatian pedagogy, appropriate for faculty exploring the framework for the first time. It will also invite creative engagement with the Ignatian tradition in a rapidly changing context, which will be of interest to those who are familiar with this approach. 

People for Others: Building Community Around Ignatian Values 

During this time of physical distancing, as many of us face personal loss and stress associated with the pandemic, we invite staff to come together and build relationships of mutual support. People for others provides a space for staff to listen to each other in the search for meaning and purpose in our work as we explore Ignatian values.  

This seven-month program consists of six meetings with readings and presenters on Ignatian values. The experience will involve a virtual day of encounter with Ignatian partners and reflection to inform our work at USF. 

Online meetings from noon to 1 pm on:

Sept. 16
Oct. 28
Nov. 18
Jan. 27
Feb. 17
March 17

All USF staff members are welcome to apply by September 9. For more information on the program, schedule, and application, email lanecenter@usfca.edu.

Looking for other ways to engage the mission at USF? Check out the Mission Council’s Opportunities for Faculty and Staff.