Mount’s Summer Spirituality Institute to offer thought-provoking presentations

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By: Jessica Lewis

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Dynamic speakers, relevant topics and the opportunity for learning and academic credit are offered to participants in this year’s Summer Spirituality Institute at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

This is the 13th Institute at the Mount, which will be held June 23-27, 2014. This year’s theme is “Sustaining the Sacred Web of Creation,” and will focus on sustainability, spirituality, the environment and bringing about a sustainable reign of God and environmental ethics.

This year’s keynote speaker is Kyle Kramer, M.Div., the founder, owner and operator of Genesis Organic Farm, a 27-acre fruit and vegetable market farm that he started in 1999. He is also the director of lay degree programs at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and the director of liturgical music at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Indiana.

Kramer’s lectures will diagnose some of the root causes of our social and environmental challenges, and share how he chose to respond by adopting a simple lifestyle on a small farm and by cultivating meaningful human relationships. He will also reflect on the human, ecological and spiritual lessons learned from a decade and a half of organic farming, family life and directing graduate theological and ministerial formation programs side-by-side with Benedictine monks.

Kramer will give the keynote speech on June 23 and 24. On June 25, Ursuline Sister Larraine Lauter, executive director of Water with Blessings, will talk about water and sustainable communities. This discussion will lead into the keynote on June 26, where Sisters of Charity Paula Gonzalez, Jean Miller and Joyce Richter will talk about the importance of living sustainably in a complex world.

Caroljean Willie, SC, will give the keynote speech on June 27. Willie is serving as an NGO at the United Nations, and will discuss global sustainability, using examples of projects and programs throughout the world that strive to address multiple issues of sustainability and justice such as fracking, climate change, water availability and food production.

All keynote presentations will be held in the Mount’s Theatre Lobby, and are free and open to the public.

Courses that can be taken for undergraduate, graduate, or CEU credit will be offered in morning and afternoon timeframes from Monday through Friday of the Institute week. These courses can be audited. Course topics include Christian approaches to healing and loving creation, spirituality and wellness, environmental ethics and bringing about a sustainable reign of God.

Course descriptions and further information can be found online at www.msj.edu/spirituality. Registration is open and can be made by calling Kathleen Owens at (513) 244-4496 or emailing her at kathleen_owens@mail.msj.edu.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.