Community Day 2000: A Call to Jubilee Justice is the theme of this year’s Community Day, which will be held Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Thornton Auditorium, Minneapolis campus. Community Day is a time for all faculty and staff to gather for discussion, reflection and celebration as the new millennium begins. Community Day offers a great opportunity to meet new people and visit with long-time colleagues.
The morning session runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including lunch. The afternoon session runs from noon to 4 p.m. including lunch. You may attend either the morning or afternoon session.
Extra shuttle service between the two campuses will be scheduled at convenient times for St. Paul faculty and staff traveling to Minneapolis.
Please sign up now online at http://www.hr.stthomas.edu/training/communityday.html or call the Training and Development registration line at (651) 962-6900. Please be sure to indicate whether you will attend the morning or the afternoon session.
This year’s program will include a variety of discussion topics related to justice, which can mean a right ordering of our relationships for the common good of all. The keynote speaker is Dr. Judith Dwyer, executive vice president. Dwyer’s remarks will focus on the challenges of justice in higher education.
Following the keynote presentation, you will be able to choose a topic for small-group discussion. Small-group discussion topics include:
Promoting justice through volunteering. What can be given? What can be learned?
Many of us volunteer in many ways, both through UST and other organizations. Discuss your volunteer experiences and how these impact your life and the lives of those you serve. You also will learn more about opportunities to volunteer through UST.
What does it mean to be an urban university? What are the opportunities and challenges for promoting justice?
What are the characteristics of an urban university? What can/should the community-at-large (surrounding UST) expect from us? How can we develop better community relationships?
The Biblical concept of Jubilee — what is it about? What might it mean for society?
The Biblical concept of Jubilee comes from Leviticus 25 and is about the forgiveness of all debts and return of all land to original ownership every 50 years in order to maintain balance in society. Join a discussion of how these principles may or may not be practically applicable in modern times.
Social justice: What does it mean and what are the implications for this university?
Bring your understanding of this broad concept of social justice to a discussion that will value all experiences. How can we then use our collective wisdom to truly practice social justice as a university community?
Justice and religious freedom: the Catholic university as a place for all people.
Join a discussion of how we value our diversity of religious experiences as a UST community.
Diversity: What are the implications for justice if we don’t continue the conversation?
Can we truly move beyond being "politically correct" and create a culture that values, respects, and embraces diversity in all its iterations for the betterment of everyone?
"On the Outside Looking In"
View and discuss a clip from this video documentary filmed in north Minneapolis by Steven Lybrand and David Nimmer about “safety nets” and extending support to the most vulnerable members of society.
The seven virtues of St. Thomas Aquinas — what do they teach us about just living?
An opportunity to view and discuss the meaning of the frescoes.
What is the role of higher education in creating a more peaceful and less violent society?
We live in a society marked by increasingly lethal violence. How might higher education in general or St. Thomas in particular contribute to a more peaceful society?
"Incivility at UST": Video and discussion
View and discuss this short documentary, filmed by Tim Scully’s spring 1999 Advanced Video Production class, that explores growing incivility in society, the possible causes and the potential solutions.