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Franciscan Goals for Today

RLST 105 - Franciscan Goals for Today

Saint Francis of Assisi called for a profound response to the needs of the world. This course invites students to appeal to the saint’s life and writings, along with contemporary thinkers, to reflect on current world issues in order to develop attentive, intelligent, reasonable, responsible, virtuous responses to global concerns – particularly the U.N. Millennium Development Goals:

“1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger,

2. Achieve universal primary education,

3. Promote gender and equality and empower women,

4. Reduce child mortality,

5. Improve maternal health,

6. Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases,

7. Ensure environmental sustainability,

8. Develop a global partnership for development.”

Particular emphasis will be given to Francis’ sense of the mystery of God as the Humble One – the pre-eminent Servant who invites us to serve.

Nicholas Kristof at the New York Times

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week.

For a list of all of his articles go to this page and scroll down. At the bottom of that page is a search box that will search all of his articles.

His most recent articles:

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The stated mission of Sojourners: "We  is seek to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world."

The link below will take you to their website where you will find many journal articles, blog posts, and other information.