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Lecture Series on Laudato Si and Conservation - Sundays, April 3rd, and May 1st

Updated: May 3, 2022

"Living Laudato Si"

Laudato Si calls for us to respond to the cry of the environment and our communities. How can institutions and individuals do that? What communities set a good example of caring for our common home? What do the rest of us have to do to get there? Michael Terrien will present Living Laudato Si through an interview by Jerome McDonnell.

Michael Terrien is an Oblate of St. Benedict. He serves on Vatican’s "Laudato Si Action Platform Dioceses and Parishes Working Group" and is the past chair of CADEIO Care of Creation Committee. Additionally, Mr. Terrien has served on the board of Parliament of the World Religions and continues on their Climate Action Task Force. He was also project director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Michael co-founded the NGO Play for Peace and served as a board member of the Association for Experiential Education.

Did you miss the April 3rd Lecture? Please feel free to view it on demand from our YouTube channel here:

Great Lakes Conservation

Jerome McDonnell spent almost four decades in broadcasting at WBEZ. Jerome will talk about the things he's come to learn and appreciate about our Great Lakes through his many years of reporting. He'll describe what an ethical response to the challenges our waterways face would look like. He'll also reflect on his years in broadcasting and his attempt to be the "good media".

Jerome McDonnell hosted WBEZ's global affairs program Worldview from 1994 until October of 2019. He was WBEZ’s environment and climate reporter through 2020. Over the past twenty-five years, he has interviewed world leaders like Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice, and the Dalai Lama. But Worldview’s strong sense of social justice means some of Jerome’s most interesting guests were peasant organizers, environmental activists, and social entrepreneurs. Jerome believes broadcasting's highest calling is to bring people together to make a difference. Worldview’s long-running Global Activism segment featured people who’ve started health care, education, and community development organizations around the globe. Jerome was also Team Leader for Bike to Work Week and initiated composting at WBEZ.

Jerome will also be the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago's 2022 Spirit of St. Benedict Awardee, as presented at the June 8th Testimonial Dinner!

Did you miss the May 1st presentation? Feel free to view it on our YouTube channel here:

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