LA ROCHE TO HOST FIRST CATHOLIC COMMON GROUND INITIATIVE NOV. 20
CATHOLICS INVITED TO ENGAGE IN PRAYERFUL DIALOGUE ON CRITICAL ISSUES IN THE CHURCH
Pittsburgh – The Catholic Common Ground Initiative, inspired by the call to be one in Christ, invites Catholics with differing views about critical issues in the church to engage in dialogue for the sake of building up communion. The first Common Ground conversation will focus on the topic, “Methodological Considerations for Common Ground Conversations,” and will be facilitated by Fr. Eugene F. Lauer, S.T.D., Department of Religious Studies/Philosophy, La Roche College. It will be held in the Ryan Room at La Roche on Nov. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., and pre-registration is required.
“The Common Ground Initiative is very simply a way to bring Catholic progressives and conservatives together in conversation,” explained Fr. Lauer. “Anyone interested in crossing that divide—in taking part in conversation rather than debate—is welcome to join us. I would hope that those who attend will learn a little bit about the methodology of how to communicate without arguing but with understanding.”
The Catholic Common Ground Initiative was initiated by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, the late Archbishop of Chicago, in October of 1996. The La Roche College Common Ground Conversations are being dedicated in honor of Fr. Eugene Lauer. Fr. Lauer formerly served as the chair of the Humanities Division at La Roche College and as its academic vice-president and campus minister.
Each conversation session will begin with a potluck covered dish supper and attendees are asked to bring a dish. Participants may make a free-will offering, with proceeds going to the Sister Candace Introcaso Student Emergency Fund.
The next conversations will focus on “The Role of Laity in the Church,” and will take place on Tuesday, March 19. Future topics under consideration include Sexual Orientation, La Roche College and Catholic Identity, and Faith in the Academy.
For more information, contact organizer Ed Bobinchock at 412-536-1209 or email Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the event, email Gina Miller at email@example.com or call 412-536-1085.
About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.