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Saint Mary’s lecture series to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila

first_imgKeri O’Mara | The Observer The Center for Spirituality (CFS) at Saint Mary’s announced its spring 2015 lecture series entitled “Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Church.”The series will include two talks and one panel discussion, marking the 500th anniversary of Saint Teresa’s birth. According to a press release, the Saint Mary’s College Annual Endowed Lecture Series Fund will sponsor the lectures, which are free and open to the public and will take place in the Vander Vennet Theatre.According to Michelle Egan, associate director of the CFS, the center hosts a series each fall and spring semester encompassing a specific topic or theme.This spring series will follow the 2014 lecture series, “Unitas, Veritas, Caritas: Catholicism and the Liberal Arts and Sciences,” which explored the relationship of faith and reason across disciplines.“When deciding on a theme, we consider the current contemporary religious and theological issues, or if there are any significant milestones within the Church,” Egan said. “The 500th anniversary of Teresa of Avila’s birth is one such milestone.”While other CFS lecture series have focused on larger concepts, such as “facets of justice” or “leadership of Catholic women both past and current,” Egan said the spring 2015 series will discuss rather particular aspects of Teresa’s life and work.The first lecture, titled “Teresa of Avila: Prayer is an Adventure in Love,” will take place Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m.“Our first lecturer, Keith Egan, Aquinas chair of Catholic theology emeritus at Saint Mary’s, will explore Teresa’s thoughts on prayer and love because for this saint and doctor of the Church, she spent her life searching for God through prayer,” Egan said. “For her, prayer is an ‘exercise in love.’”On March 3 at 7:30 p.m., the second lecture, “Teresa the Theologian on the Human Person as Capax Dei” will feature a visiting scholar from Fairfield University.“Elizabeth Dreyer, religious studies professor at Fairfield University, will consider Teresa’s work as an incarnational theologian and how that has or hasn’t prospered in the history of Christian theology and spirituality,” Egan said.The third and final lecture of the series will feature a panel of both undergraduate and post-graduate students from Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, titled “Teresa and Us: The Significance of Teresa of Avila for Young Catholic Women Today.” The panel will take place March 19 at 7:30 p.m.“Our final event in the series will be a panel discussion about the significance of Teresa for today’s young Catholic women,” Egan said. “Teresa was certainly a leader in the Church, she was a religious founder, a reformer, and her writings have been, and continue to be, very influential to theologians.”“How she is a source of wisdom is just as relevant today to young women as she was several hundred years ago,” she said.According to Egan, this series furthers the CFS’s purpose, as the organization was established in 1984 as a center to “build a theologically well-grounded spirituality among members of the College and greater South Bend community,” according to the press release.Egan said the events also support the religious and academic missions of the College.“World-renowned scholars come to Saint Mary’s to share their wisdom on contemporary religious issues and to address broader issues of how faith and reason interact,” Egan said.Senior Madison Maidment said she enjoys having the opportunity to hear such scholars discuss aspects of spirituality that are not often elaborated upon in religion courses as fully as possible.“I remember a lot of my friends who are nursing majors were really interested in the fall series because it had lectures concerning things like health care professions and biology,” Maidment said. “This spring series interests me a little more because it gives students a chance to get to know a saint on a more personal, relatable level, and I think that’s an awesome opportunity.“… But both series this school-year have brought topics to the table that aren’t often discussed in our daily lives, and I think these unique themes appeal to a wide variety of students.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, Center for Spirituality lecture series, CFS lecture series, Michelle Egan, Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila: Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Churchlast_img read more

Regulators likely to require more climate risk disclosure from Australian coal firms

first_imgRegulators likely to require more climate risk disclosure from Australian coal firms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:ASX-listed companies with high carbon exposures—such as Whitehaven Coal, Yancoal and New Hope Group—will have to ramp up their climate risk disclosures from the brief mentions in past financial statements.Minter Ellison climate lawyer Sarah Barker told The Australian Financial Review that Australian Securities and Investments Commission member John Price’s speech on climate risk disclosure on Monday was “almost the final piece in the regulatory puzzle.” Ms. Barker did not comment on individual companies.Whitehaven, Yancoal and New Hope, which are enjoying strong coal prices and Asian demand, make only cursory references to climate risk in their annual reports and barely discuss long-term implications of tougher action on climate change, which could hit Asian markets harder.Mr. Price said ASIC believed directors of ASX companies should take a “probative and proactive” approach to assessing climate change risk, and considered “unremarkable” a 2016 legal opinion by Sydney silk Noel Hutley that directors who ignored the risk could be in breach of their duties of care and diligence. He said ASIC would vet climate disclosures of ASX 300 companies.ASIC has previously said climate risk should be included in ASX companies’ operating and financial review if the risks are material. Mr. Price said they should go beyond strict legal requirements and consider “the general information needs of investors” and voluntary codes such the global Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) code.The TCFD code requires companies with climate-related risks to stress-test their business models and pay incentive structures against all reasonably plausible scenarios over short, medium and long terms, and disclose any material adverse or positive outcomes on asset values, such as potential “stranded assets,” in their financial statements.More: Whitehaven Coal, Yancoal, New Hope must ramp up climate disclosurelast_img read more

Return of Chamakh

first_img “Chamakh will be available,” Warnock said. “He was very close to being available last weekend but we felt it was not worth the risk. “There won’t be many changes from Everton. At Everton we were fantastic, so I don’t envisage many changes. “But it’s nice to look at the squad, the second group of players, knowing what you can bring into the squad. “That was the pleasing thing last night, the way we played, we enjoyed it, we went forward whenever we could, we looked like we wanted to go out and play football in the cup. “They all played really well against a strong Newcastle team. It showed we’ve got quite a good squad.” Warnock was less than happy with the stadium announcement, made while the match with Newcastle was ongoing, that Manchester City would be the opponents in the fourth round. “I made an enquiry after the game, because I was disappointed, if I’m honest,” Warnock added. “I don’t think it should have been announced. I don’t know why it was announced and who announced it. I’m sure there will be some enquiries today. “I felt it was out of order for both sets of fans, who just wanted to get on with the game.” Asked if knowing City, 7-0 winners over Sheffield Wednesday, would be their next opponents with victory had affected his players, Warnock’s response was sarcastic. Warnock, with a smile, said: “I think that’s why they threw the last goal in, so they didn’t go to Man City away. We heard the score.” Leicester beat City’s Manchester rivals Manchester United 5-3 last weekend and are seventh in the table with two wins and one loss in their five matches since promotion from the Championship. “They’ve made the Premier League look quite easy, really,” Warnock added. “I’m hoping they get a more difficult game on Saturday.” Marouane Chamakh is back in contention as Crystal Palace return their attentions to the Barclays Premier League against Leicester on Saturday. Press Association A Palace side showing a full 11 changes following the win at Everton lost 3-2 after extra-time to Newcastle on Wednesday night to exit the Capital One Cup at Selhurst Park. Chamakh missed the defeat and the 3-2 win at Goodison Park with a hamstring injury and may be selected among the substitutes against the Foxes, with manager Neil Warnock insisting the players which began at Everton would likely return to start. last_img read more