The Gros Institute embraces and strives to live out the core principles of the global Lasallian mission and the values of Lewis University, namely, knowledge, wisdom, fidelity, justice and association. The goal of the institute is to create a deeper understanding of and vibrancy for how we live out our common values in our daily lives. Through engagement with the Institute, participants will be able to:
- Cross boundaries, real and imagined, in order to explore and foster deeper understanding of faith, identity, and meaning;
- Build mutually enriching relationships through active listening and respectful dialogue;
- Engage in social activism to promote a more just and equitable society;
- Demonstrate enhanced, holistic knowledge of issues and concerns related to injustice and the motivation and methods to transform them.
- Foster justice and peace through knowledge of Catholic social teaching, deepened respect across differences, commitment to inclusive community, and solidarity with those who are oppressed
- Identify and network with ecumenical, interfaith and intercultural partners at Lewis, in the broader community, and across the Lasallian global network
- Prioritize social action based on the signs of the times through intentional dialogue
- Form and mentor participants spiritually and practically in order to understand and analyze injustice and work toward its transformation
- Leverage and grow cross-university connections to build bridges and collaborate toward justice through academic and co-curricular experiences
- Cultivate engaged pluralism within the Lasallian global network, particularly among institutions of higher education, and the communities within which they are rooted
- Mobilize students, colleagues, and community partners to be a force for justice
Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC (1938-2013)
In honor of the life and ministry of Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC (1938-2013), the Institute develops relationships among interfaith, ecumenical, and intercultural partners to act for just peace in collaboration with people of faith and good will. Its initiatives are a response to the signs of the times and circumstances in which we live, such as: extreme poverty surrounding islands of affluence, widespread violence and abuses of human rights, degradation of creation, fear-based divisions between people rather than embracing the dignity of difference, to name a few.
The Institute integrates academic rigor and community engagement through stories, ritual, research and action.