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Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey

January 15, 2018 / Monday - March 05, 2018 / Monday, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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We are living in a world where …

  • The United Nations reports 244 million international migrants, the highest number ever recorded for people on the move fleeing war, violence, political unrest, slavery, and more.
  • Every minute, 24 people are forcibly displaced worldwide.
  • At least 21 million people are enslaved.
  • An estimated 11 million undocumented migrants reside in the United States.

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women, and men who leave – or are forced to leave – their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.
– Pope Francis

Migration is a complex issue that is reshaping the cultural, economic, and political landscape of the planet. Exploring Migration: A Faith Journey offers the opportunity for prayer, reading, and reflection, enhanced by discussion and discovery while exploring why millions of people today are on the move in every part of the world.

Series Dates:

  • January 15, 2018
  • January 22, 2018
  • January 29, 2018
  • February 5, 2018
  • February 12, 2018
  • February 19, 2018
  • February 26, 2018
  • March 5, 2018

Program developed by Just Faith Ministries

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FD: Evangelization

  • Cost: $175.00

A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament

January 30, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert, OP, and Ardeth Platte, OP, were present at the United Nations for nearly five weeks this past summer joining witnesses and representatives testifying and advocating for a worldwide prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Sisters Gilbert, OP, and Ardeth, OP, have dedicated their lives to raising their voices for justice and global peace. Don’t miss hearing their story and perspective on the global community’s response toward nuclear disarmament.

Peace and human dignity are values the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids hold close. We uphold a vision that the bond of interdependence among nations and people of the world will transform the world.

Dominican Center at Marywood | Celebrating 25 Years with Prophetic Voices | Grand Rapids, MIMore than 70 years have passed since the first nuclear weapons were dropped on Japan. The devastation horrified the world. And yet, the threat of nuclear action remains all too present.
Voices sounding the global alarm have also been present. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is a collaborative of hundreds of peace organizations. It has dedicated its work to drawing the world’s attention to the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.

On July 7, 2017, following a decade of advocacy by ICAN and its partners, an overwhelming majority of the world’s nations adopted a landmark global agreement to ban nuclear weapons named the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

As a result, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to ICAN for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of nuclear weapons.

Cost: $20 / $10 students, use coupon code Humanity for this discount.

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FD: Evangelization


  • Presenter: Sister Carol Gilbert, OP, Sister Ardeth Platte, OP
  • Date: Tuesday 01/30/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Cost: $20.00

Path to Wholeness: A Labyrinth Walk

February 13, 2018 / Tuesday, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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The labyrinth offers us powerful assistance to help remember our wholeness. Known as a path of prayer or as a path of meditation, it has an uncanny ability to help us integrate our positive and negative life experiences.

The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and the imaginative heart can flow together.
– Dr. Lauren Artress

The labyrinth will graciously offer you profound guidance on how best to proceed on your journey with an open, loving heart.

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FD: Spirituality

  • Cost: $35.00

Foundations in Wisdom: Where Justice & Spirituality Intersect

March 12, 2018 / Monday - May 07, 2018 / Monday, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

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Building on our connected, common humanity, Foundations in Wisdom offers the tools, resources, and experiences to renew one’s spiritual foundation, as well as the resolve to live in this world with compassion and to respond with contemplative service.

Martin Luther King knew that God and God alone gives us the interior resources to bear the burdens and tribulations of life, especially those that come as we fulfill our call to serve others and stand for what is right in this world. Had he not known how to move from action back into prayer – how to tap into a deeper Source than mere human activism – we would have lost him to fear and discouragement; the forces of evil would have prevailed, at least for a little while longer.
– Ruth Haley Barton, Author
MLK Jr. and the Soul of Leadership

All faith traditions and wisdom teachers are rooted in their commitment to social justice and to those living in the margins of society. The givens of our faith include being good stewards
of the earth, empowering the vulnerable to live with dignity, and standing in equity with all peoples.

This spiritual formation experience guides participants toward a deeper understanding that will awaken and strengthen a commitment to justice.

  • Companion with wisdom teachers who came before us – Dorothy Day, Howard Thurman, Monseñor Oscar Romero, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Teresa de Avila, St. Francis of Assisi.
  • Companion with wisdom teachers still with us – Richard Rohr, Joan Chittister, Malala Yousafzai, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Margaret Benefiel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pope Francis, Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Don Goergen, OP.
  • Companion with prophetic wisdom yet to come.
  • Journey near and far to witness and participate in the work of those making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Develop resources for cultivating the practices of meditation and contemplation in today’s world.
  • Share one’s story and have one’s story be heard through the art of holy listening and conversation.

Series Dates

  • March 12, 2018
  • March 26, 2018
  • April 9, 2018
  • April 23, 2018
  • May 7, 2018

Retreat: May 19, 2018 /  9:00 am – Noon

Cost: $475, plus book fees. If you would like information regarding a payment plan or scholarship, please email Margarita Solis-Deal, Director of Dominican Center:

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FD: Spirituality


  • Date: Monday 03/12/2018 - Monday 05/07/2018
  • Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Cost: $475.00