Pierless Bridges

The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition

An annual publication of the Lane Center, Pierless Bridges highlights research and praxis that connects social analysis with theological and ethical reflection. It presents the Ignatian tradition and Catholicism in conversation with contemporary experiences. And it explores faith’s public dimension as it intersects with culture, politics, and society.

Volume 2: 2021

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A Reflection on Healing, Anti-Black Racism, and Cura Personalis

As we mark the one-year anniversary of COVID-19’s deadly emergence and the murder of Breonna Taylor, I’ve been reflecting on a passage from The Salt Eaters and its implications both at the personal and societal level. I’ve been asking, what must we take up and what must we let go as we fight against anti-Black racism and toward racial equity? How do we let go of the pain and hurt or perhaps, the unearned privilege and resources to allow wholeness and racial justice to come in?

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Encouraging User Action on Environmental Justice Through Virtual Environments

Inspired by Laudato Si and the Universal Apostolic Preference to show care for our Common Home, the goal of my research is to affect user action on environmental justice through the means of an online, desktop, virtual environment. In this virtual setting, users embody first-person perspective, virtual scenarios that demonstrate the effects of environmental pollution and degradation.

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Quarantine Connections: A Student Postcard-Making Project to Build Empathy & Community

As Lane Center Faculty Fellows this year, we had the opportunity to collaborate around Jesuit traditions in generative ways that eased the isolation we felt during the pandemic. As faculty members in the Department of Art + Architecture, we wished to respond to the unique challenges of 2020–21 through an art-making project that would bring together the department’s five programs and its faculty, staff, and students in a shared and mutually supportive enterprise.

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