The Center for Faith and Spirituality at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish has announced Mercy Week 2020 will be presented on September 21-24.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will feature a series of online conversations celebrating the college’s founding by the Sisters of Mercy. The theme of the week will focus on the critical concern of anti-racism. The Sisters of Mercy were founded out of a deep concern for the needs of persons who are poor and work to fill needs identified through their “critical concerns.” The Sisters address these concerns through prayer, communal life, education, advocacy with legislators and other leaders, and corporate engagement.
Here is the list of online Mercy Week presentations. The livestream links are available here. All are welcome.
Monday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
“What is Systemic Racism?”
Presented by Sherine Green, an online faculty member in theology at Saint Joseph’s and Villanova University as well as the director of youth faith formation at Christ Our Light Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.
“What is Anti-Racism?”
Presented by Fr. Bryan Massingale, S.J., author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church.
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 p.m.
"What is White Privilege?"
Presented by Debbie Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
Thursday, September 24, 6:30 p.m.
A Saint Joseph's College faculty panel will discuss the topic of race and the academic disciplines.
The Center for Faith and Spirituality provides opportunities that encourage spiritual growth in a setting that extends hospitality to persons in all aspects of life, fosters community, and deepens relationships. It seeks to provide leadership and resources that engage, nurture, and foster faith and spirituality among individuals and communities from various backgrounds within the Portland metropolitan area and surrounding Lakes Region. The center is grounded in the college’s core values of faith, excellence, and community in its efforts to furnish interfaith spiritual explorations and to collaborate with Christian and other faith organizations. It strives to engender greater cooperation among these organizations in the spirit of hospitality that is at the heart of Mercy spirituality.