Avila University Hosts Peace Activist Reverend John Dear

Since the implementation of the sustainability committee at Avila University, significant strides have been made to educate the student body on the current state of the environment. The Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence recently hosted Revered John Dear, a Catholic priests and multi-Nobel prize nominee. The lecture given by Reverend Dear is titled, “They Will Inherit the Earth,” which is based off his book They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace and Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change.

Arica Maurer, coordinator for the Buchanon Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence, explained how “peacebuilding is not only about relationships between people but about humankind’s relationship with the earth. We have invited Reverend Dear to speak because we believe it is important for the Avila community to hear his message about the environmental aspect of peacebuilding as well as to learn from his example of nonviolent, civil disobedience in pursuit of justice and peace.”

For more details on this lecture, visit Avila news.

Avila University Receives Grant to Begin Sustainability Initiatives

Avila University is following the call of Pope Francis given in Laudato Si to “care for our common home.” Avila recently implemented a campus-wide recycling initiative that stemmed from a desire to be a campus of change makers. Avila ministry screened the Leonardo DiCaprio documentary “Before the Flood” in 2016, which was followed by a hundred signatures asking for a formal initiative to combat climate change. An Avila sustainability committee was soon formed and they received a grant from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to purchase recycling bins and distribute them across campus.

Julie Cowley, assistant director of university ministry, notes that “We will be successful with education on the subject of climate change and what can be done to combat it. Our culture is shifting, and at Avila, it is no different. We want to be an extraordinary and a sustainable university.”

For more information on Avila’s recent initiatives, visit Avila news.