Year 2 Summary
The Emerging Scholars in Religious Ethics colloquy united six rising university religious scholars to explore and assess key moral and ethical issues of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faith traditions. Following the initial meeting of the group in 2019, the cohort was encouraged to share their research agendas and resources. In the coming year, each member will develop an original manuscript that not only evaluates the state of religious ethics of their respective faiths but also reflects on where the field should be going in the future. The interdisciplinary Research Fellows Colloquy members reconvened at Duquesne in the spring to share strategies for increasing civic engagement and producing scholarship-for the academy and the public arena related to the common good from diverse religious, moral, and cultural perspectives. We also continued hosting university initiatives that aligned with the Catholicism and the Common Good project theme, including the second Trauma-Informed Community Development Institute, Teaching for the Common Good faculty workshop, graduate fellowships, and faculty and student research awards.
BUILDING COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS
The Center launched a new academic-community collaboration that provided an opportunity to develop authentic, mutually beneficial alliances with external stakeholders, impart new insights into Catholic social teaching, and promote civic awareness among students, faculty, and staff. United Pittsburgh: Imagining an equitable and inclusive Pittsburgh, (previously known as Cultivating the Common Good) aligned credit-bearing undergraduate and graduate courses, team-taught by a faculty member and community partner, with a free, public speaker series. Topics included race, economic and healthcare disparity, empowerment, and inclusivity. We continued to support existing community partnership projects, Won't You Be My Neighbor and Day of Learning and Speaking Out, which addressed the immigrant experience, racial inequality, and restorative justice.
RE-IMAGINING CATHOLIC HIGHER EDUCATION
We developed a short, animated video, What Exactly is the Common Good, to illustrate the historical and cultural roots of the Common Good, its significance and limitations, and its relevance to addressing contemporary social problems. The video was designed to have wide appeal to religious and academic scholars and leaders, students, CCD instructors, and the general public. The Theology and University Colloquy members continued to focus on the value of religious traditions in advancing institutional missions as well as the common good. Toward this goal, four members received innovation grant awards to support new programs and cross-institutional collaboration.