All our Sunday morning programs run from 10:30am till noon and are open to the public.
Our Sunday School for children is on hiatus for the summer.


August 2017


Sunday, August 20


John Ungashick


"The Syllabus of Errors, the Church versus the Modern World"

In 1864 Pope Pius IX issued the Syllabus of Errors which was a list of 80 statements which he considered erroneous. They were a direct attack on liberalism, modernism, moral relativism and the secularization of society. John will cover the religious and political situation in mid 19th century Europe which led to the issuance of the syllabus, discuss the syllabus itself and then relate certain items which he personally experienced as a 1950's Catholic School kid and how the Second Vatican Council in the mid 1960's steered Catholic teaching in a different direction although some proponents of the Syllabus still exist in the Church.


Sunday, August 27


Creative Writers Showcase


Our Creative Writers group will once again share some of their original works. They will share with us some of their process of writing new pieces based on a theme, and then we'll all get to try our hand at writing a short piece, too.


September 2017


 Sunday, September 10


Geoffrey Stone

Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago

"Sex and the Constitution"

In the works for roughly a decade, Prof. Stone’s newest book, "Sex and the Constitution," explores the remarkable process through which Americans, and especially the justices of our Supreme Court, have navigated such profoundly divisive and important questions as contraception, abortion, obscenity, sodomy and marriage. While committed to the separation of church and state, the judiciary has had to (and continues to) grapple with issues that are deeply bound up with religious beliefs and traditions around sex, sin, and shame.


Sunday, September 17


Renee Engeln


"Beauty Sick: How Our Focus on Looks Hurts Girls & Women"

Northwestern University Professor of Psychology, Renee Engeln, PhD, will discuss her new book, "Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women." Dr. Engeln will reveal the shocking toll that this obsession takes on women and girls mentally, emotionally, financially, and physically.


Sunday, September 24


Peter Hayes


"Why? Explaining the Holocaust"


Peter Hayes, award winning author, Northwestern University Professor of History and German and from 2000 to 2016 Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor at Northwestern University, who spent his career teaching students about the Holocaust, will offer his explanation of why the Holocaust occurred, describe its horrors, and warn “what happened in the past has implications for the future.”


October 2017


 Sunday, October 1


Jacqueline Battalora


"The Legal Invention of White People"

 Professor Jacqueline Battalora of Saint Xavier University will explain where, when, how, and why the human category called "white people" was first utilized in law. This legal history begins in the 1600s in the British colonies of North America and concludes with evidence of  "white people" being asserted and imposed as a matter of foundational U.S. law.


Sunday, October 8


Janet Heimlich


"Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment"

High-profile cases such as the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church and “faith healing” child death cases in some fundamentalist congregations have drawn attention to a serious yet misunderstood problem: religious child maltreatment or RCM. What can we do to protect children from harmful religious influences and ensure that faith is a source of comfort, strength, and inspiration, and not a justification for abuse and neglect? In this enlightening and provocative talk, award-winning journalist Janet Heimlich discusses how to identify RCM and its risk factors, and, most importantly, how we can stop it.


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