Neighbor with Neighbor: A Call to Solidarity

"A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you.
And then there will be another 'you,' and another 'you,' and it turns into an 'us'...
When there is an 'us,' there begins a revolution..."

Pope Francis is compelled by a revolutionary vision of human solidarity that pulsates with purpose: neighbor standing with neighbor, creating a world that radiates God's love for humanity and our earth. This vision has shaped the mission of Nazareth College since its founding in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The dynamism of the Sisters' charism — uniting neighbor with neighbor and neighbor with God — takes ever new forms, challenging students, faculty, and staff to stand in solidarity with individuals and communities experiencing discrimination, marginalization, and violence.

Today this charism is expressed succinctly in Nazareth's "Community and Belonging" mission statement: "...to confront inherent privilege, power, and marginalization to achieve equity and social justice." Thus, students work at our southern border with families without access to basic necessities or adequate legal representation; stand with persons and communities terrorized by violence due to heterosexism and transphobia; challenge structural racism and religious intolerance that deny citizens their rights due to skin color and/or religious faith.

We are privileged to bring to our campus distinguished presenters who, like Pope Francis, carry the belief that we, as a community, possess the creativity, compassion, and courage to build a future full of hope. With gratitude for their coming to our campus, let us welcome: Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway; James Martin, S.J.; Teresa Delgado; and Julie Hanlon Rubio.

James Martin, S.J. tweet
James Martin, S.J. tweet

One student's reflection

Mariela León Thomas '21G says "Deeper Than the Skin: A Musical Presentation On Race" was a great wake-up experience. Her blog post »

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