On October 21st the Br. David Darst Center hosted the Speaker Series event, which focused on the impact that media has on gender roles and stereotypes. The speaker, Jennifer Parks from Loyola University, presented and led the audience in discussion about how the media can influence our views on gender in ways we might not even realize. She started the evening with a film about the influence of advertisements, which displayed how the media has come to set the standards of an ideal women’s body though the manipulation and distortion of images.
At the end of October we said goodbye to our last group from a very busy month. We had the wonderful opportunity to be with students in the Gap Program at St. Norbert College. During the week and a half they were at the Darst Center, we learned about different issues of social justice that people face in Chicago and beyond. The students’ transformative experiences were evident through the words they shared with us as they looked back to reflect on the entire retreat. One student shared her experience and touched on the importance of getting mad and getting inspired
Our Facts on the Fence display for the month of October asks the question, “Who does the media tell me I should be?” The media influences and affects society’s perception of gender norms in many ways. Its impact on gender roles may not even be so obvious or apparent to us in our daily lives. However, it isn’t until we stop and ask what messages the media is sending us until we can recognize how it contributes to and perpetuates the gender stereotypes we see today.
Mark’s Gospel has been called, quite aptly, a passion narrative with a long introduction. It’s the briefest of the Gospel texts, and probably the first one written. Scripture scholars marvel at Mark’s clumsy Greek and his rather ham-fisted storytelling. The text baffles us and confounds us at various points, often through the eyes of the disciples, who never quite seem to get it. There’s no Bethlehem birth account; Mark begins with an adult Jesus in Galilee seeking baptism by John. Hardly an image for the front of the Christmas cards.
For the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to take a more active role as part of a young woman’s “village.” I saw morning hours that I prefer not to see as I woke to deliver her to school on time and then raced to finish things here at the office so that I could be there in the pick-up line. We worked on homework together and I struggled to come up with meals appropriate for a 15-year-old’s pallet. My experience of the past few weeks prompted a
I’m thankful for roads. Yes, they blight the landscape and, if only indirectly, despoil the environment. Yes, they were spawned by the ancient imperial need to move chattel — often in human form — around a kingdom. Yes, they are mostly potholes come Spring. But for better or for worse, they are the veins of a nation, and I’ve come to embrace the connectivity they bring. They permit us to visit areas of the country to which we might not otherwise have access, They are among the first things we
With CTA bus and train tracker apps and displays readily available, the Google Maps app taking into account current traffic and suggesting the best routes to get from point a to point b, and weather which has, up until this week, been pretty easy to navigate, it is often all too easy to take mobility in our city for granted. As retreat groups come in and out of the Darst Center, visiting our nearly two dozen partner agencies, moving about the city is made possible only because of the tireless
The Br. David Darst Center invites individuals and groups to leave their comfort zones and what they are familiar with, to question the stories they have been told, and be open to seeing things differently. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for all those who have the courage to take risks. I am thankful for those who risk what they previously knew to meet people, share stories, and experience life at our partner organizations. I am thankful for those who risk acceptance by challenging the status quo, sharing what is in
I am thankful for the hospitality that we, as a staff, at the Darst Center strive to embody for all of our immersion and rental groups that come through here. And for the hospitality that our partner agencies provide us while we are discovering the rest of the story with the immersion groups that we host.
The hospitality that we provide is unparalleled to most retreat centers I’m familiar with. We strive to be Lasallian in our hospitality. Being Lasallian means embodying five basic principles: concern for the poor and social
The Br. David Darst Center is thankful for the passion and belief people have in the work they do, and that it really can make a difference. As a recent college graduate, my parents were not happy that I wanted to take a year off after graduation to serve and volunteer. When I told them that I would never get another chance to do something like this, their response was to ask why. “So what?” they said. This chance I was taking wasn’t going to help me in the long