Interfaith Relationships the Focus of Loras Campus Conversation Series

Pope Francis’ latest teaching, “Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship,” will be the focus of a new series of discussions for the campus community on how different faith experiences learn from each other and grow together.

“The idea actually came out of our Archbishop Kucera Center Book group’s read of “Fratelli Tutti” last spring on Zoom,” Colleen Kuhl, director of campus ministry, explained. “Several members of the group felt that the document was such an accessible read and that certain parts of it clearly affirmed the Catholic Church’s strong commitment to interfaith relationships and understanding. Sometimes people—both those who are Catholic and those who are not —are not familiar with how fully Catholic teaching — and especially Pope Francis — supports coming together as people of different faiths (or no faith tradition) to address global understanding and community.”

Sponsored by the Professional Development & Experiential Learning Subcommittee of the Interfaith Strategic Planning Committee and the Archbishop Kucera Center, each session of the four-part series will be moderated by Dave Cochran, Ph.D., director of the Archbishop Kucera Center, and feature a guest commentator.

“One of the key things we hope participants take away is how a call to interfaith dialogue and learning is at the heart of the Catholic tradition today,” Cochran said.

Each session will be held during common time with two in-person sessions and two held virtually.

  • Openness of Heart – September 29; 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. in the ACC Ballroom A/B

Commentator: Stacia McDermott

  • Journey of Encounter – October 27; 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. via Zoom

Commentator: John Waldmeir

  • Love Your Neighbor – February 16; 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m. in the ACC Ballroom A/B

Commentator: Andrew Massena

  • Authentic Social Dialogue – March 16; 11:10 a.m.- 12:10 p.m. via Zoom

Commentator: Tania Tauseef

Each session is an independent discussion so attendance at all four is not required.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).