Reimagining American Community

Amidst all the bad news from the earthquake Pennsylvania grand jury report on priest abuse, I’m finding I need to remember all the good work of Gospel-based social justice getting done, much of it outside our borders, by committed Catholic laypeople and exceptional clergy.

And now we have a new source for those voices.

It’s a terrific podcast called Near and Far, from DePaul’s Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology (CWCIT).

With insightful hosting by DePaul’s Michael Budde, it features conversations with journalists, pastoral leaders, activists, theologians, and scholars from across the globe who are working on the forefront of issues affecting the Catholic Church in the southern hemisphere—Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The first four podcast episodes are interviews with participants in the CWCIT’s speaker series last year on Works of Mercy:

If you’re not familiar with the CWCIT, it’s a leading center of research and reflection on the Church in the global South; it hosts visiting scholars each year, publishes the Studies in World Catholicism book series, and collaborates internationally with institutions such as the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, the St. Vincent School of Theology in Manila, and the Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations in Nairobi.

FYI: another notable member of the Center is theologian William Cavanaugh. The CWCIT does great work–recommended highly.


About the Author
A native Texan, Elias spent several good years studying classics and medieval Italian at UC Berkeley before wasting several more years in financial journalism around Chicago. He has written for Strong Towns, the American Scholar, the New Urbs blog, and the Gary Catholic Worker and is the co-author of a textbook on character education. He briefly published something called The Armchair Historian. None of his three teenage daughters display an interest in the Greek and Latin classics thus far. He and his family reside in leafy Valparaiso IN.