USF hosting Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities workshop
Jan. 3, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis will host “Deepening Franciscan Identity: Teaching Care for Creation,” the first of three regional workshops presented for the faculty and staff of Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU) member institutions, from Jan. 17-19. Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is sponsoring the workshops.
The workshop at the University of Saint Francis will feature Brother Keith Douglass Warner, OFM, director of education for the Center for Science, Technology & Society at Santa Clara University in California and Christine Elliot, director of Care for Creation at FAN. Their presentations will link the Franciscan spiritual and intellectual tradition with ethics, science, prayer, service and advocacy to present a distinctly Franciscan approach to the care for creation.
Sessions will include presentations and sharing and evaluation of best practices, as well as collaborative approaches to applying Franciscan values in the classroom, in community-based learning or in campus ministry settings. Classroom learning methods and student programs to foster care for creation will be developed. Care for creation initiatives at the University of Saint Francis will be highlighted, while FAN and the AFCU will provide opportunities for participants to continue sharing their methods after the workshop.
Brother Warner has taught at Santa Clara since 2003, developing courses and teaching on the topics of spirituality, justice and the environment for the university’s Center for Science, Technology & Society, Environmental Studies Institute, Religious Studies Department and honors program. He has published on the themes of environmental ethics, science practice, spirituality and justice in numerous journals, and has co-authored “Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth” with Ilia Delio, OSF and Pamela Wood in 2008. He returns to the University of Saint Francis after delivering the keynote address, “The Incarnation Matters,” for the 2010 AFCU Symposium there.
His introductory presentation, “Franciscan Spirituality and Wisdom for Our Ecological Crises,” will provide an overview of Franciscan charism and the care for creation. It will be free and open to the public in Gunderson Auditorium, Achatz Hall of Science, on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.
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