Gros Memorial Event

Inspired by the seminal vision of Brother Jeffery Gros, FSC, that all people need to work for understanding and unity among varied religious perspectives, the Gros Institute hosts an annual memorial event to explore dimensions of interfaith and intercultural leadership focused on the common good with cutting-edge scholars and practitioners. The event aims to support sustained, justice-centered dialogue toward social action among students, faculty, staff, and neighbors who relate to religion differently.

6th Annual Gros Memorial Event

Gros Memorial Event

THE INTERSECTIONAL ENVIRONMENTALIST: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Native American flute music -- William Buchholtz Allison
Earth Blessing and Land Acknowledgement -- Chief Joseph Standing Bear
Keynote presentation – Leah Thomas (livestreamed too)
Book signing/reception

Leah Thomas is a celebrated environmentalist and author of “The Intersectional Environmentalist: How to Dismantle Systems of Oppression to Protect People + Planet.” Coining the term ‘eco-communicator’ to describe her style of environmental activism, Leah uses her passion for writing and creativity to explore and advocate for the critical yet often overlooked relationship between social justice and environmentalism. With this intersection in mind, Leah founded and launched the non-profit Intersectional Environmentalist, a platform and resource hub that aims to advocate for environmental justice, provide educational resources surrounding intersectional environmentalism, and promote inclusivity and accessibility within environmental education and movements.


Peace Teach-In

Peace Teach-In

The Peace Teach-in is an annual 2-day event with the goal to further grow and develop Lewis University’s capacity for justice and social action. Every year, speakers, panels, activities, performances and experiences shape an interchange on a unique and timely topic that enriches conversations and learning across the University’s many disciplines.

Circle Training

Rooted in indigenous practices and utilized for restorative justice, community building, reflection and conflict transformation, peace circles employ ritual, talking pieces, shared values, deep listening, and egalitarian relationship-building to free participants to enter into storytelling and holistic healing. Those in circle reflect on their own journeys and experiences, the interdependence of human beings with one another and creation, and the impact of dysfunctional systems on people and other beings.

For more information about Circle Training contact Christie Billups.