Caring for Our Common Home
6th International Conference
Wednesday, April 22nd – Monday, April 27th, 2020
April 30, 2019
During Easter, we finalized the outline for the International Heads Meeting. The theme is Caring for Our Common Home. Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si', in which the pope describes the earth as “our common home,” we hope our days together will spark an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. The fragility of our common home becomes more and more evident as we witness natural disasters, hear of rising sea levels and learn of the forced migrations of people from their homes which are no longer habitable. Sensing the urgency of our environmental challenges, we also considered the work of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission (JPIC) of he Society of the Sacred Heart as we planned the conference.
The VI International Conference of heads of Schools of the Sacred Heart will occur in Miami at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, April 22-27, 2020. We decided to keep the registration at $850 as it was for our last International Heads meeting in Mexico City. This fee covers food, speakers, translation, transportation and tours during the conference. Participants pay for their transportation to Miami and for their lodging. We have secured places in a variety of local hotels at different price points.
We want you to know that each morning, there will be opportunities for recreation and prayer from visiting the Carrollton wellness center to yoga on the bay to prayer or liturgy in the chapel. There are two planned field trips. One field trip is a bus tour throughout the neighborhoods of Miami. Another time will allow conference participants to visit a vast array of destinations in the greater Miami area from botanical gardens to museums to significant places engaged in addressing climate change. At the end of the day there will be time for quiet reflection. Each evening will include a wonderful meal.
Our keynote speakers include:
- Isabelle Lagneau, RSCJ, Sophie’s Educational Vision – A Call to Form Advocates of God’s Creation
Society of the Sacred Heart, General Council Member
Isabelle Lagneau is graduated in philosophy from Jean Moulin University in Lyon and in literature from Grenoble University. She has a master’s in theology from the Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit philosophy and theology University in Paris. She taught Philosophy and French in Sacred Heart High Schools (Grenoble and Chatenay Malabry), was chaplain for Catholic students from Grenoble University and Paris Schools of engineers, was in charge of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools of France, directed the RSCJ spiritual center of Joigny, and worked as a spiritual director in the Centre d’Etudes Pédagogiques Ignatien (CEPI) the French Jesuit Professional Center of formation for mission. She was a spiritual director and gave Ignation Spiritual Exercises. Isabelle will share her vision of Sacred Heart Spirituality, its roots in Sophie’s charism and its call to Sacred Heart Educators today to form students as people of discernment capable making choices to build a world rooted in justice, peace and integrity of creation.
- Martin G Poulson, SDB, The Dialectics of Creation
University of Roehampton, Humanities, Faculty Member
Martin is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco, a Roman Catholic religious order that specializes in youth work. He is currently lecturing in systematic theology, creation and theology anthropology, theology of religious life and on the science/religion debate in the context of the encounter between theism and atheism.
- Elizabeth Rush, Home in the Time of Climate Change
Author of Rising Dispatches from the New American Shore
A 2019 Pulitzer Finalist, Elizabeth is a visiting instructor at Brown University. She teaches courses on writing and reading literary nonfiction. Her own work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution.
Interdisciplinary Panel on the Impact of Climate Change
- A University of Miami U-LINK team from the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy, Architecture, Atmospheric Sciences, Communication Studies, and Marine Geosciences will offer perspectives on the current context of climate change research and practice, and the need for climate adaptation strategies that prioritize the needs of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities.
- Our panelists include:
- Angela Clark-Hughes, Head of Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) Library
- Amy Clement, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences, RSMAS
- Tyle Harrison, Professor, University of Miami School of Communication
- Joanna Lombard, Professor & Architect, University of Miami School of Architecture
- Gina Maranto, Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy, University of Miami
- Sam Purkis, Chair and Professor, Department of Marine Geosciences, RSMAS
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation and the Society at the United Nations
- Margaret Causey, RSCJ, United States – Canada Director, JPIC
- Anne Corry, RSCJ, Head of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
- Sheila Smith, RSCJ, UN-NGO Representative, Society of the Sacred Heart Schools leaders TBA
- Joy Lopez, RSCJ, Member of JPIC
We plan to involve students in some of our discussions both as discussion leaders and translators. We are inviting all participants to share programs, processes and/or actions school communities are taking to address climate change. This information will be shared through the forum of a “market place” or “open town meeting.” Participants will be asked to bring materials for this sharing. Details on this will go to participants after they have registered. Registration will go out the first week of May.
How can you help us? Right now, we are establishing both local and international committees such as logistics, liturgy, tech support, hospitality, et al. We are most grateful to the Heads who have volunteered to be on the Network Steering Committee for this conference. As the planning by our International Steering Committee proceeds, we will reach out to you with other request, especially in terms of participation.
Our greatest immediate need will be financial support so that we can encourage the participation of our colleagues from across the globe. You can help us with this by sponsoring a registration ($850), by donating money to be used for travel by colleagues whose networks and/or provinces cannot sponsor them, by giving airlines miles or points, and by offering to sponsor elements of the conference. Please contact Debbie Rollheiser firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can help us.
We are excited to share these details of our planning thus far. Count on hearing from us as we move forward. We thank you for your generosity and support.
Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
Conference of Sacred Heart Education
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart