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Learning and Teaching Online

Due to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) many schools have turned to online learning and teaching platforms.

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We, in collaboration with students from Lehigh University, have provided links to resources to help facilitate the transition to the online environment, for both the educator and the student. These resources are for primary and secondary schools; some resources can be used for adult education. The resources provided cover the following:

  • Skills for teaching and using the online environment
  • Lessons on climate science and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
  • Courses and MOOCs from edX.org as well as SDGAcademy
  • Care of the Earth Resources for parishes
  • Programs in English and Spanish

Check out these resources under the tab “Projects” LINK  http://augustinians-un.org/climate-science-education/

Send comments to Robert Dueweke at rdueweke@gmail.com

 

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AI Delegate Publishes on Asylum Situation

Delegate Favio Ramirez Caminatti publishes an article on the MPP situation along the U.S./Mexico border. His article, “Examining the Legality of the Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) can be accessed here: https://mitchellhamline.edu/law-review/2020/03/18/legality-migrant-protection-protocols-mpp-asylum-seekers/

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Model UN — Hancock High School, Chicago

The Model UN is an excellent program to introduce high school students to the dynamics and issues of the United Nations. Students represent various countries and present issues of those nations in the form of debate. Chicago Hancock High School professor Andrew Martinek brought ten students to New York for a UN program last week. I had the fortunate opportunity to meet the students and answer questions as a NGO representative of Augustinians International. The Model UN can help students broaden their horizons on international concerns in a more globalized world.

RESOURCES

 

https://www.un.org/en/mun     LINK

 

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Conversion as Transformation: a new book

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and the call to conversion. Conversion is also about transformation. The United Nations is about the business of transformation toward a better and more beautiful world. Written by Dominic Arcamone, Conversion as Transformation: Lonergan, Mentors, and Cinema is an engaging book on self-development and the search for authenticity. The book can provide much inspiration during this season of Lent.

About the book:

The process of human transformation is complex and ongoing. This book presents a framework for understanding human transformation through the insights of Bernard Lonergan. The reader will be introduced to terms such as the turn to the subject, consciousness, subjectivity, and intersubjectivity. It will explore terms such as horizon, feelings, values, self-esteem, sublation, conversion, dialectic, and religious experience. The book explores transformation through the way mentors have authored their own lives, told their own stories, and taken possession of their interiority. Transformation is illuminated through the lives of saints and ordinary men and women who did extraordinary things, such as St. Augustine, Dag Hammarskjold, Vaclav Havel, Franz Jaggerstatter, St. Therese of Lisieux, Fredrich Nietzsche, Katherine Ann Power, and Marie Cardinal. Transformation is also illustrated through the medium of cinema: Babette’s Feast, The Mission, As It is in Heaven, Romero, Dead Poets Society, Ordinary People, The Godfather trilogy, Three Color trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dial M for Murder, and Twelve Angry Men. While the book treats religious, moral, affective, intellectual, and psychic conversion as moments of transformation, it argues that ecological conversion requires all of these so as to meet the most serious challenge of our time.

“Today the international order vibrates in dangerous uncertainty. Multilateralism is under attack. Toxic feelings and nationalistic ideologies contaminate digital space. Opinions and bias become ‘reality,’ truth is suspect and mendacity finds a home. Written in a clear style, Arcamone challenges the reader to explore the dynamics of desire and the critical link between the inner self growing in authenticity and its creation of beneficial exterior structures. If we want to change the world, we need to understand our attitudes, ways of thinking, valuing, and deciding. Coming to know ourselves this way reveals to ourselves what we need to change. New students as well as those more familiar with Lonergan’s insights will benefit from this important work. I highly recommend this book for anyone, especially diplomats and NGO representatives, who are in the business of changing structures and creating a better world.”—Robert Dueweke, OSA, NGO Representative to the United Nations

“Arcamone demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the multifaceted dynamics of conversion as he links highly developed insights to accessible themes, images, and symbols. Take up and read, you will enjoy the journey.”—John Francis Collins, Lecturer & Christian Life and Ministry Discipline Coordinator, Catholic Institute of Sydney

“Dominic Arcamone has written a profoundly pastoral, practical, and intriguing book of theology. In the quest for authenticity Dominic shows his creativity as a communicator by taking us on a cinematic tour of his favourite movies, drawing us into the conversion and transformation of characters and personalities which remind us of our own quest for authenticity.” —Dennis Carroll, Senior Pastoral Care Coordinator, Catholic Healthcare

Dominic Arcamone is a retired mission manager in healthcare. He has also been a sessional lecturer for the Australian Catholic University from 2007 to 2015, writing and teaching graduate and postgraduate courses in theological subjects. He has a B.Th., MTh, MA (Counseling and Pastoral Care), D. Min, Dip. Adult Training and Assessment, and PhD. Since the events of 9/11, he has also focused on the problem of religion and violence and published his first book with Wifp and Stock, Religion and Violence (2015).

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SEE ALSO: https://bclonergan.org/news/new-book-on-lonergan-conversion-and-cinema  LINK

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United Nations — 75th Anniversary

The United Nations is celebrating its 75th anniversary with the theme: Shaping our future together — 2020 and beyond. This is a time to pause and to ask ourselves what is the purpose of this global institution? Does the world need a UN? Do we embrace multilateralism and the democratic process? The Preamble to the UN Charter states that the purpose of the UN was to prevent war in the present and future generations.

For more information: https://www.un.org/en/un75

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Testimony by Michael Stevanovich, Augustinians International youth representative from Lehigh University:

This Wednesday, six youth leaders from around the world sat on a panel with the Secretary-General at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday to share their visions for a future that includes the voices of everyone including youth from around the world. This event which placed students alongside ambassadors and prominent UN officials. Amongst the issues discussed were multilateralism, youth empowerment, and climate change. When addressing multilateralism, the panelists highlighted the key role that civil society must play in ensuring a United Nations that represents all voices. Furthermore, we must engage and educate those left behind by multilateralism to heal the divides in our global community. While this event was centered on Youth engagement, the panelist recognized we have much further to go, to address the most pressing issues facing our plant we must embrace Youth as decision-makers and not simply just consultant.

While this forum highlighted some of the key issues facing the next generation, it failed to outline a clear vision to address these issues. This is where Augustinians can play a key role in the UN. As a part of civil society, we must hold the leaders of the UN accountable to more than discuss these issues but rather demand a clear vision forward. To take the critical actions needed to address these key issues we must not only hear the voices of the powerful nations and the corporations but the margins in society that are most affected by these problems and have the greatest insight into the change we need. As Augustinians, we must bear witness and be a voice for those on the margins to ensure that the next 75 years of the UN will truly include all voices.

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Welcome Youth Representative Michael Stevanovich

Michael Stevanovich from Lehigh University

As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it,” and this ethos is what has driven me to dedicate my life to public service. I am the son of a Mexican immigrant and since I was 14 years old, I have worked in public service to create a more inclusive community and champion the very change I want to see in my community. I have worked for the mayor of Detroit, worked on several local political campaigns, and helped to improve community relations as a Government Affairs intern for Quicken Loans.

As I begin my college career studying international relations at Lehigh University, I have come to realize that my community goes beyond the city, state, or even country I live in. In the 21st century, we are now more than ever a global community. As former Secretary General said, ““More than ever before in human history, we share a common destiny. We can master it only if we face it together.” I look forward to working for Augustinians International to continue their great work bringing education and giving a voice to those who often do not have a voice for themselves. I hope to learn how NGOs can promote a more equitable and united global community and better understanding how NGOs can promote greater reform within the UN.

 

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Visit to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Colorado)

Round-table discussion with climate scientists

This past October Fr. Bob Dueweke visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. The purpose for visiting this facility and its scientists was to learn more about climate change and how the mission of Augustinians International might realign its focus and energy. Questions that guided this visit were as follows:

–How does one, who is not a professional scientist, stay up to date with the current research in climate science?

— I am familiar with the IPCC’s Assessment Reports and books by Elizabeth Kolbert, Benjamin Barber, Jeremy Jackson, Steve Chapple, and Dahr Jamail, to mention a few. I recently explored NCAR’s online library link, but is it open to the public? The University of Michigan has a wealth of materials in line with the SDGs. Are there other recommended resources?

Fr. Bob at NCAR

–What and where are the areas on the planet most sensitive to climate change? How is it detected? Is that area atmospheric, oceanic, or land-based?

–There are many programs of data collection on the Internet for the so-called citizen scientist. Are these valid programs to participate in?

–I am interested in knowing more about “Rising Voices” and collaboration with Indigenous communities affected by sea level rise and other impacts due to climate change. Collaboration with indigenous communities/local knowledge is a constant concern at UN conversations.

–What political entities have benefited from NCAR’s research in developing policy?

Fr. Bob with senior scientist Joe Tribbia

Hopefully, we will be able to continue this important conversation on climate change.

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Retreat on Climate Change

On October 25-27, 2019, Fr. Bob Dueweke, osa, gave a retreat in Las Cruces, NM, on Bernard Lonergan’s notion of Cosmopolis, applied to the reality of climate change.  The purpose of the retreat was to raise awareness of human-induced climate change and what we, as individuals and as church, can do to mitigate its consequences. The notion of cosmopolis refers to those people who live the transcendental precepts (be attentive, be intelligent, be reasonable, be responsible, be in love) in service as change agents for a better world. This annual retreat is part of a long series on Lonergan’s thought and how his ideas can be applied to everyday life. Previous retreat themes are the transcendental precepts, the conversions, and realms of meaning.

Funeral liturgy for the Earth

Next year’s theme is on Beauty, October 30-November 1, 2020, at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, NM.

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Welcome Augustinian Sister Jana Anne Akan

We welcome Sr. Jana Anne Akan to our team.

Here biography:

Jana Anne Akan, OSA (Sisters of St. Rita)

Sr. Jana Anne is an Augustinian Sister with Sisters of St. Rita in Racine, WI. She has been involved with social justice work and lay ministries mostly in Los Angeles and Racine. Started her ministries through St. Vincent de Paul Society as an active member by serving the homeless. Later, got involved with prison ministry and ministered the youth at Central Juvenile Detention Center in Los Angeles. She has taught Religious Education in Los Angeles and Racine. Currently volunteers as communion/pastoral care minister and works as a Hospice Chaplain.

Any Augustinian sister who wants to know more about our work at the United Nations should contact me, Fr. Bob, at rdueweke@gmail.com