Service & Spirituality

  • The fragility of faith

    The fragility of faith

    How can a thinking person still believe in God? Michael McCarthy, S.J., considers the role of God at academic institutions and the necessary conditions for faith to endure.

  • Be three things: Voice, witness, solution

    Be three things: Voice, witness, solution

    Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel on the meaning of interfaith—and solving problems in Silicon Valley both in the long run and right now.

  • Finding awakening in all things

    Finding awakening in all things

    Ignatian spirituality and Tibetan Buddhism are distinct traditions but their core teachings reveal a spiritual kinship on finding the divine in all things, says scholar Thomas Cattoi.

  • Rise up, my love

    Rise up, my love

    There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. And there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there. Writer Brian Doyle suumons one such place in Oregon.

    Winter 2014

  • The chaplain is in the House

    The chaplain is in the House

    With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

    Winter 2014

  • These things are real

    These things are real

    Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., M.Div. ’78 talks with Ron Hansen M.A. ’95 about finding grace versus the dark side, requesting the last seat on the Titanic, and a question all Catholic priests face: How can you live this life healthily as a celibate?

    Winter 2014

  • What I’ve learned from cowboys, clerics, and communists

    What I’ve learned from cowboys, clerics, and communists

    Political scientist Jane L. Curry takes a long view—and shares lessons gleaned from growing up in the west, living alongside Jesuits, and studying Poland for more than 40 years.

    Winter 2014

  • At the Ambo

    At the Ambo

    Religious studies lecturer Jean Molesky-Poz comments on the unique perspective of women preachers.

  • In pursuit of a pastoral church

    In pursuit of a pastoral church

    National Catholic Reporter senior analyst Thomas Reese, S.J., argues how Pope Francis might reform the Catholic Church.

  • The frontier in our backyard

    The frontier in our backyard

    At a daylong immersion, nine SCU leaders learn how the University can build bridges to disadvantaged community neighbors.

Summer 2014

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Features

A day with the Dalai Lama

High-spirited and hushed moments from Feb. 24: a day to talk about business, ethics, compassion.

The Catholic writer today

Poet and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia argues that Catholic writers must renovate and reoccupy their own tradition.

Our stories and the theatre of awe

Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson speaks about grace, discernment, and being a modern believer.

Mission Matters

What would the next generation say?

Hossam Baghat, one of Egypt’s leading human rights activists, was awarded the 2014 Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize for his work defending human rights.

Breaking records on the maplewood

Scoring 40 points in one game. And besting Steve Nash’s freshman year.

How's the water?

A lab on a chip helps provide the answer—which is a matter of life and death when the question is whether drinking water contains arsenic.