Through his organization buildOn, Ziolkowski got teenagers in our country to work in senior centers, to clean up parks and abandoned lots and even to work in food pantries on which some of their families depended. What I find most amazing is that through buildOn, Ziolkowski got some teenagers from our inner cities to spend time in developing countries building schools. Was he successful? More than 600 schools have been built throughout the world through buildOn. Read more.
In the Media
Just nine months into his first term, it appears likely that the legacy of Mayor de Blasio will largely rest on an important issue: his ability to improve relations between the Police Department and the city’s communities of color. A panel discussion titled “Broken Windows ... Broken Theory?” held at St. John’s University on Monday delved into race relations. Read more.
The decision by N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell to increase Ray Rice’s suspension from two games to an indefinite ban has done little to quell the criticism that has surrounded the league this past week in its handling of domestic violence cases. Read More
“The Catholic community in the US does a great deal to fight poverty and its effects in many ways, including initiatives established by the bishops themselves,” Meghan Clark, an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, told Crux. But, “where we are perhaps most lacking is a strong, clear, public voice connecting justice and spirituality, for how these efforts don’t just flow from our faith, but are demanded by it.” Read More.
“It’s important to remember that with any difficult conversations like these, you want them to occur in the right time and space,” says Elissa Brown, PhD, a professor of psychology at St. Johns University who provided therapy at schools after the terrorist attacks. Read More.
What does it mean to be a human person? The debate between Catholicism and libertarianism, which took center stage in Catholic circles over the summer, is not primarily about economics or politics. It is about anthropology. Catholicism and libertarianism have incompatible views of the human person. Perhaps the most important divergence between these two worldviews is in this very basic theological claim: I do not create myself, I do not call myself into existence, and I always exist in relationship to other people and to God. Read More.