December 27, 2020

          Upcoming Webinars & Links to Past Webinars       

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Below is a list of the AUSCP webinars coming up soon. Below this listing, you will find the links to some of the past webinars in case you would like to view them. Thank you for your interest and participation! 

Hope you can join us for some or all of the following webinars!

You can register for the webinars by clicking HERE.


Mondays, 7pm to 8pm ET, beginning November 30th: Anti-Racism Discussion Series on Caste by Isabel Wilkerson: 

We will meet on 6 Mondays - November 30th, December 7th & 14th;  January 4th, 11th, & end on18th, MLK Day. We are incredibly lucky to have Toni Pitts, a retired African American professor, and Lorraine Kim from our AUSCP Gospel Nonviolence Working Group to facilitate the study.  They are a dream team together and we couldn't be more blessed to have them.


Monday, January 11, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET - God's Own Vintage: Developments in Lay Ecclesial Ministry 15 Years after Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord

In 2005 the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a document titled "Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord". The document had significant impact on parish life as the number of priests declines while the number of Lay Ecclesial Minister expands.  Dr. Marc DelMonico, Director of Office of Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, will refresh attention to the document, discuss the developments over the past 15 years, and look at prospects for the future.


Wednesday, January 13, 3:00 – 4:30 PM ET - When I Cry for Help: Responding to Domestic Violence in Our Parish Communities

Domestic Violence is the ‘hidden secret’ in our parish communities. This webinar addresses the urgent need to respond to this crisis through our preaching, outreach, and community support. When was the last time that you preached about domestic violence? Or even mentioned it in your homily? 

Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P., discovered early in his ministry that if you preach about it, multiple victims will find the courage to come forth and seek safety and support. As a result, for decades he has been the Director of Domestic Violence Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago. His ministry has had a national and international impact. You won’t want to miss this presentation and dialogue! Fr. Chuck developed the largest parish-based domestic violence program in the U.S. at St. Pius V Parish in Chicago.


Thursday, January 14, 4:00 – 5:30 PM ETDACA: Then, now and the future

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy that allows some individuals with unlawful presence in the United States, after being brought to the county as children, to receive a renewable two-year deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit or the ability to remain in school, particularly college level education.  They are often referred to as DREAMERS

Presenters: Ashley Feasley, Director of the Office of Migration Policy & Public Affairs at the USCCB; A "Dreamer" who works with the Ignatian Solidarity Network; Humberto Marquez, Lead Organizer for Arkansas United, an immigrant rights group in Springdale, Arkansas, who is also a Dreamer himself.

Sponsored by the AUSCP Immigration Working Group.


Tuesday, January 19, 7:00-8:00 PM ET - Is Pope Francis Really Creating A More Incisive Presence for Women?

From Vatican II and Pope Saints John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis today, Deb-Rose Milavec will trace the start and stop steps. Deb is disappointed and sad that more has not been done yet she see hopeful steps that have been taken and the prospects for further progress in the coming years.

Deb-Rose Milavec, serves as Co-Director of Future-Church, a thirty year old national organization seeking changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in the life, ministry, and governance of the Church. Deb has more than 30 years of experience working in community and Church-based organizations with a background in theology, Church history and Catholic Social Teaching. (


Wednesday, January 27, 4:00 pm ET - Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Woman of Yesteryear, Saint for Today - Model, Intercessor, and Citizen of the World; January 4 of this year marked the 200th Anniversary of her death. Presented by Betty Ann McNeil, D.C., Vincentian Scholar-in-Residence, DePaul University, Chicago, and Rob Judge, Executive Director, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland. Come learn about the first native-born Saint of the United States and experience a virtual tour of her home and final resting place in St. Joseph’s Valley. Recommended for reading prior to the Jan. 27th webinar, Elizabeth Seton: American Saint by Catherine O'Donnell, available on Amazon hard cover ($25.39), Kindle ($13.49), or audio ( $24.42):


  More to come! Plans are underway for sessions on Catholic Social Teaching, beginning in February.

You can register for the above webinars by clicking HERE.


The following past webinars are available for viewing:

Choosing Peace: Vision and Practice 

Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2 

Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.? Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future?

Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 40th Anniversary 


Other webinars that might be of interest to you:

Boston College: Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life

Killing in Our Name: Federal Executions and Pro-life Witness
Friday, January 8, 2021, 12:30 pm EST

As the end of his administration approaches, President Trump has restarted the use of the federal death penalty. Since July there have been 10 executions with another three before he leaves office. This Public Dialogue, co-sponsored by the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty and the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, will explore how the principles of Catholic social thought can offer direction and urgency in ending the death penalty.
The participants will include Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, and chair-elect of the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy, the executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network; Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty; and Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., the executive director of the Ohio Council of Churches. Rev. Sullivan's sister was murdered in 1997, yet he rejects the use of the death penalty for the person responsible and is a nationally known death penalty opponent.
You can RSVP for the livestreamed dialogue here.

Faithful Priorities for a New Administration and a New Congress
Thursday, January 14, 2021,12:30 pm EST
Religious values and voters were at the center of the 2020 U.S. presidential campaign. How will faith and the faithful shape the agendas and actions of the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress? This timely dialogue will look at the complicated and changing role of the Christian community in this new public square. 
More details will be forthcoming.


Join Boston College’s C21 online course in January - Grace And Commitment: The Laity. This 3-Week course provides guided discussion on the laity’s roles in the mission of the Church. Discussion is based on the Fall 2010 issue of C21 Resources, a publication of Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center. This issue, “The Vocations of the Laity,” edited by Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg, contains fourteen short, informative articles and excerpts from relevant Church documents. Join the conversation about how family life, participation in the faith community, activities in the public square and the workplace, and leadership in Catholic institutions such as hospitals and schools are all locations for the vocations of the laity in today’s Church. The class begins January 27. Cost is $30.00To learn more, click here(link is external)


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