2019 Event: Presenters

A natural tendency to feel compassion for human beings who are suffering unites all people, whether or not it is actually elicited or acted upon. This common impulse transcends the religions because it is rooted in a shared humanity. From a Christian perspective, it reflects the will of the creator of a single species, marked by solidarity, all loved by the same God, and invited to be grateful and to show gratitude in practice.”
-Roger Haight, Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers (Orbis Books, 2016), p. 183

Rev. Roger D. Haight, SJ, PhD, is a pioneering theologian whose cutting-edge thinking and prolific writing through at least 18 books takes on the hard theological questions of 20th and 21st centuries, such as liberation theology, spirituality, the dialog between science and Christianity, as well as groundbreaking work in Christology—the person and work of Jesus; ecclesiology—the all-encompassing study of the Church; and grace. That led to his current role as Union Theological Seminary’s Scholar in Residence; Alumnus of 2005 Award from the University of Chicago; and his 1994-95 presidency of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

His books include:

  • Spiritual and Religious: Explorations for Seekers (Orbis Books, 2016)
  • Spirituality Seeking Theology (Orbis Books, 2014)
  • Christian Spirituality for Seekers: Reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (Orbis Books, 2012)

Rev. Haight has an international perspective. He was educated during his formative undergraduate years in the Philippines and has taught in South America, India, Africa, Canada and Europe, as well as in the United States.

Prior to his Notification from the Congregation of Divine Faith of the Vatican, his teaching career spans Jesuit seminaries that have evolved into exciting and influential places of fruitful intellectual ferment—Loyola in the Philippines; the Jesuit College of Theology in Chicago; Weston in Cambridge; and Regis in Toronto.  It was nourished with academic degrees: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Berchmans College; STB, Bachelor in Sacred Theology from Woodstock College; master’s and doctorate degrees in theology from the University of Chicago; STL, Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago.

While we might not know exactly what this future looks like, efforts like Nuns & Nones can model the open dialogue and deep collaboration beyond affiliation and across generation that can allow our future to unfold in such a way that imagines us all having a place. … I can imagine no better adventure to embark on together: to find where at the edges of religious tradition and spiritual practice we can join together and create the ground on which future life can be rooted and grow.”
-Katie Gordon, Nuns & Nones: An Unfolding Expression of Spirituality*

Ms. Katie Gordon, MTS, is a national leader in the movement bringing together young adult seekers—the “nones,” named after the category on surveys asking about religious affiliation. She is a national organizer and facilitator of Nuns & Nones; of Sisters and Seekers in western Michigan; and of intergenerational and spiritually diverse collaborations. She is an intern with the Impact Lab of the On Being Project, focused on community building through radio, podcasts, and online media, such as #surpriseweresoulmates. She is also the 2019 Joan Chittister intern working with Benetvision and Monasteries of the Heart.

She is deeply involved in How We Gather, a groundbreaking study on “… new life emerging at the intersections of community, spirituality, and social justice.” It has become both a laboratory and a creative supporter of spiritual innovation, such as the online Formation Retreat. The dynamism of the collaboration among On Being, the Fetzer Institute and Harvard Divinity School led to additional studies that mined the insights of How We Gather.

There is a thread of interfaith work throughout her emerging career and she notes on her blog, “I found that I could remain engaged with these world religions by doing interfaith work.”

Her academic education is interdisciplinary: a bachelor’s degree in political science and religious tudies from Alma College; a master’s degree in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln; and a Master of Theological Studies degree in religion, ethics and politics from Harvard Divinity School.

* Katie Gordon, “Nuns & Nones: An Unfolding Expression of Spirituality” in The More … (Vol. 4, No. 1 (Fall/Winter 2018)

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