2023 Summer Institute-Bridging the Unbridgeable Chasm: Beyond Polarization

Oblate School of Theology

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2023 Summer Institute-Bridging the Unbridgeable Chasm: Beyond Polarization

Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | IN-PERSON AND ONLINE OPTIONS AVAILABLEBy Oblate School of Theology

When and where

Date and time

June 19 · 7pm – June 21 · 8:30pm CDT


Oblate School of Theology 285 Oblate Drive San Antonio, TX 78216Show map

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Monday, June 19Tuesday, June 20Wednesday, June 21

7:00 PM

Keynote:”Beyond Polarization: Recovering Human Con

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

About this event

  • 2 days 1 hour
  • Mobile eTicket

To Participate Online Click Here to Register!

We live in a bitter, divided time. Today, everywhere in the church and in the world, we find ourselves divided by different histories, ideologies, politics, theologies, racial tensions, gender tensions, moral views and temperaments. Politics are stalemated, churches are splitting, and families struggle to sit down at a common table. And all of this being fed and enflamed by a hundred million websites vilifying each other. The gap is growing and seems unbridgeable. How can we respond? How can we begin to bridge this unbridgeable chasm, as faithful Christians, as loving citizens, and as aching family members?

All presentations will be recorded and will be available for viewing, through July 21, 2023. An automated follow-up email will be sent on June 22 that will include instructions on how to re-watch.

Summer Institute Keynote Speakers

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich: Renowned Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Cupich brings extensive experience in fostering unity and interreligious dialogue. As a respected figure in the Catholic Church, his insights on bridging divides are invaluable.

Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S: Archbishop of San Antonio, Archbishop Gustavo has dedicated his life to serving diverse communities. With his deep understanding of cultural diversity and social justice, he offers profound perspectives on overcoming polarization.

Sr. Norma Pimentel, MJ: Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, Sr. Norma has championed humanitarian aid and support for marginalized communities. Her unwavering commitment to immigrants and vulnerable populations inspires hope and fosters understanding.

Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI: A respected theologian, bestselling author, and spiritual guide, Rev. Rolheiser’s wisdom offers fresh perspectives on contemporary spirituality. His unique insights empower individuals to navigate polarization and cultivate inner peace.

Robert Ellsberg: Publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books, Ellsberg has dedicated his career to amplifying the voices of theologians, spiritual teachers, and visionaries. His profound understanding of faith and social justice will challenge and enlighten.

Additional Speakers

Dr. Arturo Chavez

Dr. Aimee Hein

Dr. Richard Scott Woodward

David Kauffman

For information or to register by phone, contact Victoria Rodriguez, Associate Registrar, at vrodriguez@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240.

Continuing Education events are free* to all OST faculty and staff, and to all students currently enrolled in certificate, credit, or graduate programs at OST.

All other students receive 50% off with student ID. To receive this discount, register with Victoria Rodriguez, Associate Registrar, at vrodriguez@ost.edu or (210) 341-1366 EXT 240.

*Does not apply to meals and lodging.