Peace Day 2016 Schedule

2016 Season of Peace and Justice at the University of the Incarnate Word

Living Compassion, Justice, and Peace

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"A Life for God and a Heart for Others"
Learn of the deep roots of social justice going back to the 1860's, through the new exhibit in the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Heritage Center by the Chapel of the Incarnate Word, 4503 Broadway, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Contact: Sr. Mary Henry, (210) 828-2224, ext. 294.

Oct. 1, A Pilgrimage on I.W. Sisters History and San Antonio Mission History considering how UIW carries forward the legacy of service Sponsored by the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership. Contact:

Oct. 3, Monday, 6:00 pm, "St. Francis of Assisi Blessing of Animals and Prayer for Creation." entrance to the Headwaters Sanctuary (west of the baseball field, #55 on the map) Bring your animals live and stuffed. Enjoy God's creation and pray that we may work together to preserve it. Learn more Co-sponsored by UIW Liturgical Outreach and the Headwaters, a Ministry of the IW Sisters Contact:

Oct. 5, Wednesday, 6:00 pm, "A Film Conversation about Domestic Violence," Mabee Library Auditorium. The award-winning film Telling Amy's Story. Hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay, and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, the film follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred on November 8, 2001. Following the film, join the conversation with our special guest, Marta Pelaez, Director and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services. Contact: Polly McCord

Oct. 6, Thursday 11:30 am-1 pm, Hangul Day - Korean Alphabet Day. Dubuis Lawn - Rain Location: Cardinal Courtyard. Join our exchange students and former study abroad students from South Korea in celebrating Hangul Day with food, music, giveaways and photo booth. Hangul, created by Sejong the Great was a step to literacy and cultural identity in Korea. Sponsored by International Affairs. Contact: Sheena Connell

peace day imageOct. 7, Friday, 1:30 pm-2:30 pm, "On Social Justice...Catholic Relief Services," Administration 155. Migration, Human Trafficking, and Climate Change. The world is facing some of its most serious challenges ever. Just as humanity has contributed to these problems, we have a shared responsibility to help solve them. Learn how you can help create lasting changes Contacts: Kanssa Vilgil, Mariela Fuentes, or Gina Delgado

Oct. 10, Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, "The Role of Embracing Intersectionality in Developing Peace Allies." Gorman 117. Shared by Dr. Danielle J. Alsandor and Graduate Students. One of the major themes from Catholic Social Teaching is the promotion of peace and disarmament. This presentation explains how our intersecting multiple social and psychosocial identities can be used as a unifying tool to lead to the development of allies for peace. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." We are different, yet those differences can be viewed and used to unite us. Contact: Danielle J. Alsandor

Oct. 13, Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, "On the Side of the Road," International Conference Center Auditorium, 847 E. Hildebrand. A documentary film made over five years and discussion with the director Lia Tarachansky, an Israeli now living in Canada, who seeks to build understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. Donations welcome. Contact: Judith Norman

Oct. 19, Wednesday, 7 p.m, Administration 215. "Domestic Violence" shared by Patricia Castillo, the director of P.E.A.C.E. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will share some of the resources available on "Human slavery and trafficking" Contact:

Oct. 20, Thursday, 3 - 4:15 pm, "The Death Penalty in Texas and the U.S." Administration 374. Dr. Roger Barnes, UIW Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department explains why the death penalty is so expensive and why it fails to serve as an effective deterrent to homicide. Learn why the death penalty is used more in Texas than elsewhere and how race affects its use. The Texas Catholic Bishops have called for the abolition of death penalty, see Contact:

Oct. 20, Thursday, 6:30pm, "Taizé Prayer Service," St. Joseph's Chapel at the Village at Incarnate Word. Join our retired citizens to pray for peace and reconciliation in the world in a service of contemplative worship with chant in the tradition of Taizé. Contact: Brenda Dimas, (210) 829-3128.

Oct. 20, Thursday, 7- 9 pm, "Francisco, Obispo de Roma: La revolución de la Misericordia," Oblate School of Theology- Whitley Theological Center, 285 Oblate Dr. San Antonio, TX, 78216-6693. Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, shares a lecture in Spanish co-sponsored by Oblate School of Theology, Our Lady of the Lake University, and UIW. Price: $10, students $5. Contact: Continuing Education (210) 341-1366 x 406

Oct. 21, Friday, 9:00am-12:00pm, "4th Annual Regional Interfaith Conference," Oblate School of Theology, Tymen Hall, 285 Oblate Dr. San Antonio, TX, 78216-6693. Following the President's Interfaith Service Challenge, UIW has hosted conferences to build bridges between faiths and strengthen working together. For Registration contact: Rev. Trever Alexander $10 for students, $20 for non-students.

"The Theory and Practice of Catholic Peacebuilding" Friday, October 21st from 1:15pm - 2:30 pm, Library 221. A webinar with discussion, by Gerard F. Powers, Professor of the Practice of Peacebuilding, University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Kim Lamberty, Director of University & Mission Engagement, Catholic Relief Services. Co-sponsored by CRS, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. CRS has resources for classes Contact:

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Oct. 22, Saturday, 10:00am-3:00pm, "On Social Justice... Catholic Relief Services' Ambassadors Training," Mabee Library Special Collections Room. Migration, Human Trafficking, and Climate Change. The world is facing some of its most serious challenges ever. Just as humanity has contributed to these problems, we have a shared responsibility to help solve them. Learn how you can help create lasting changes. Contacts: Kanssa Vilgil, Mariela Fuentes, or Gina Delgado

Oct. 25, Tuesday, 10:30 -11:45 am, repeated 1:30 -2:45 pm. "Recycling, resources, carbon footprint, and conservation." Nursing Building 313. Hear from a representative from the Solid Waste Management Division of the city about our challenges and join in conversation with Professor Suzan Roy and her Theology and Ethics classes who are doing service learning around this critical issue. Contact: Suzan Roy

UIW PEACE DAY, Oct. 26, 2016

Exhibits in the Circle by the Library or in case of rain in the Cardinal Courtyard. See a list of our exhibitors after the presentations list for day.

UIW joins the Incarnate Word Sisters in "Speaking for human dignity and standing against human slavery

9:00 - 10:15 am Immigration: Why they come? How should they be treated? Mabee Library Auditorium. Film and discussion moderated by Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, IW Sisters Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee. Fr. Phillip Ley, OFM Conv. will describe his ministry Posada Guadalupe Their mission is to assist homeless immigrants referred by local hospitals and youth who have aged out of detention centers for unaccompanied minors, providing them with food and shelter and assisting them to transition into productive lives through hospitality, advocacy and education. The shelter was inspired by Matthew 25: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Contact:

10:30 am, "Child Exploitation, a Form of Human Slavery" shared by Larry Baker, Rex Miller, Carla Clark. Mabee Library Auditorium. Special Agents of the FBI serving in the area of child exploitation will present information on the sexual exploitation of children which will include discussions about sexual trafficking of children, child pornography, and sextortion. "The mission of the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children program is threefold: first, to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; second, to develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and third, to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations."

11:45 am-1:15 pm, "Peace Jam and Rangoli Mural," Dubuis Lawn or in case of rain, the Cardinal Courtyard. Music for Compassion, Justice, and Peace from many countries shared by International Students and their friends. Music exchange, international playlist, and performances, and conversations from around the world. Rangoli Mural - All students are invited to help create a sidewalk mural showing the diversity of UIW campus and celebrating Diwali, Festival of Lights. Rangoli are colorful murals traditionally created at the entrance of a home to welcome guests and usher in peace, goodness, and prosperity. Sponsored by the International Student office. Contact: Sheena Connell Soup lunch provided by the Student Dietetics Society.

1:30 - 2:15 pm. "Veterans Against War," Mabee Library Auditorium. Veteran war resisters discuss the interlinkages of the Military Industrial Complex, US societal militarism, and endless war. Learn from Jovanni Reyes, the co-author of "Hollywood and the War Industry," Learn of Iraqi Veterans Against War or Jovanni Reyes Contact:

3:00 - 4:15 pm. "Service Opportunities," Mabee Library Auditorium. Learn from some of our community partners in San Antonio and consider an international service opportunity Contacts for students to do community service and ideas for faculty who would like to make service learning a part of their classes. Moderated by Denise Ramon, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership. Contact:

4:30 PM - 5:45 pm, Administration Building 375. "Image of the Enemy" a documentary of Palestinians and Israelis made by Dr. Leo Lopez, CEO of El Renovatio Films L.L.C, Director and Executive Producer, Cinematographer Homero Salinas Jr. with Aaron Tyler, PhD, Associate Producer. Dr. Lopez will lead a discussion of methods to help anyone anyplace move beyond the limits of our "Image of the Enemy" to human encounters, active listening, and compassionate reason. Hear Dr. Lopez Read more of his background Leo Lopez III, M.D. Contact:

Oct. 26 exhibitors in the Circle by the Library or in case of rain in the Cardinal Courtyard include:

"Ettling Center for Civic Leadership" Creating a better society through service. Learn of on-going service opportunities, Cardinal Sync (OrgSync), and opportunities in the Cardinal Community Leader program. Contact: David Espinoza, Student Engagement Coordinator, Email: Phone: 210-283-6423

"Fair Trade Sale in partnership with Catholic Relief Services" Pope Francis has said, "There is no worse material poverty ... than the poverty which prevents people from earning their bread and deprives them of the dignity of work." Stand against human slavery by asking for fair trade products. Hosted by Cardinal Community Leaders Dominic Teran and Gabrielyd Martinez. Contact:,

"MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA" Get involved in ways that could help save your life and the lives of your family. Become a part of MOMSDEMANDACTION.ORG . Take the pledge to support candidates with common sense! Contact:

San Antonio Peace Center. PEOPLE WITH A PASSION FOR PEACE. Since 1995, the all-volunteer and interfaith peaceCENTER continues to be a significant community catalyst for peace Compassion and Justice are our strong guiding lights. Contemplative Practices, Experiential Education, and Nonviolent Actions are our working expressions throughout the community at large.

Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word bringing the saving and healing love of God through the promotion of human dignity. Learn of ministries in four countries. Join us in some way Be an Incarnate Word Missionary Assist with Women's Global Connection

"Veterans Against War" an exhibit and opportunity to learn from people with experience. Contact: Jovanni Reyes

peace day imageOct. 27, Thursday, 4 - 6 pm, "Being the First: First-Generation Student Symposium," Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall in the UIW Music Building. Alpha: First-Generation-Student Success invites the UIW and San Antonio community to a conversation about first-generation students. The keynote speaker is Dr. Robert Vela, the President of San Antonio College, followed by a panel of students and faculty who will address the experience of first-generation students in college. A small reception will conclude the event by 6pm.

Oct. 29, Saturday, 9 - 10:30 a.m., A Guided Celtic Walk to Thin Places in the Headwaters Sanctuary" led by Religious Studies Professor Sylvia Maddox, the co-author of "Praying with The Celtic Saints." The Celtic tradition has always honored "thin places" as places where heaven and earth were closely connected, openings to inner peace. This walk will offer quiet meditations that will reflect the Celtic vision that enables us to see "thin places" of healing and mystery right before our eyes. This program is limited to 14. Contact to register: Pamela Ball, (210) 828-2224 or

Nov. 7, Monday, 12 noon to 1 pm, Why Central Americans come to the U.S.: What would you do? Library Special Collections. A consideration of the complex issues and possibilities for improvements Shared by Robert McKinley, senior associate vice president for economic development at the University of Texas at San Antonio who has directed the university's Institute for Economic Development for more than 26 years. Bring your lunch, drinks and cookies provided. For more information, please visit

Thank you to all who have assisted and to the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and the Cardinal Community Leaders.