Sean Ruane has his M.A. in Social Justice from CTU and was educated in the Lasallian tradition. We asked him a few questions about how his CTU education inspired him in his work as Director of Operations & Development at Just Roots Chicago, a community farm on Chicago’s southside:

How has your experience at CTU impacted/inspired your work with JustRoots?

My experience at CTU provided me with the tools to develop a deeper understanding of the connection between our food system and the earth. My education, paired with real world experiences, motivated me to take action to help foster more just, equitable, and sustainable communities.

What do you wish people knew more about when it comes to ecojustice? Why does this matter for the Church?

Ecological issues impact everybody on this planet, especially folks living and working in historically marginalized communities. I believe faith communities have a responsibility to find new and innovative ways to respond to these issues, while working to bring people together to cultivate deeper relationships with each other and the earth.

Sean Ruane

Enfolded with Affection: Imagining "Us" in Creation Theology with Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
Pope Francis' Ecological Theology in Dialogue with Asian Religions
Learn@CTU Blog Post: Let Heaven and Nature Sing: the Enfleshing of God


Summer 2022

Christ of the Forest with Mary Froelich, RSCJ : When his disciples showed signs of faltering, Jesus took them to the forests of Mount Hermon to refresh and reframe. Both Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ and recent scientific research show how profoundly humans are meant to live in deep interconnection with the natural world. Mary Frohlich, RSCJ’s course, “Christ of the Forest” provides opportunities to explore spiritual practices that foster such interconnection, while also giving such practices a Christian theological foundation.

Fall 2022

Ethics and Economics of Climate Change: This course considers the problem of climate change and related environmental problems through the multiple disciplines of ethics, economics, political science, moral psychology, and theology. The moral implications of cost-benefit analysis, of the natural environment seen as a “public good,” and of the international and inter-generational distribution of the burdens of climate change are considered.

By Rhonda Miska, OP
“Joy to the world! Let heaven and nature sing!”

Like me, you probably sang these words during the recent celebration of Christmas – the Christian holiday more accurately described as the Feast of the Incarnation.

Christmas celebrates God becoming flesh. And not just any flesh, but the flesh of a tiny, vulnerable infant who needed – in the words of Denise Levertov’s poem “Annunciation” – “milk and love.” The Creator of the Universe, the Source of All Being takes the risk of becoming a baby in this messy, beautiful world. It is a wild claim so difficult to wrap our finite minds around that we need to practice believing it every year. Continue Reading…

Karen Ross, PhD
A Pathway for Tomorrow: Co-Creating the Church of Tomorrow at CTU