Sr. kathleen erickson - ecological spirituality

For more than 50 years, Kathleen Erickson has been a member of the Sisters of Mercy, teaching school in North Dakota, Nebraska and Colorado, followed by parish work in North Dakota. After serving in the Mercy community’s administration for eight years in Omaha, NE., she learned Spanish and went on to service farther from home.

Kathleen Erickson, RSM has been involved in immigration ministry since 1991, working at the US/MX border with immigrant women. She has provided spiritual support to detained immigrants in Federal Detention Centers and county jails and volunteered at the border as 2,000 immigrants a week were being released by ICE with a need for shelter and support. In March, 2019, Kathleen participated in a “root causes” pilgrimage to Honduras to deepen understanding of the reasons for forced migration, including corporate greed and the effects of climate change. She is committed to raising awareness about the need for deeper examination of the complex causes of migration and climate emergency, and our response.

“Response” is both personal and communal. In this time of what seems like extreme racism, xenophobia, and polarization, we are called to explore scientific discoveries and contemplative recognition related to the truth that we are all one. This concept is complex, and challenges the structures which have benefited some and resulted in terrible suffering for many. Spiritual practice is also challenged, as we let go of certainties determined centuries ago and grapple with a new consciousness of what we may be called to as human beings in the 21st century.

dr. frank rogers - engaged compassion

Dr. Rogers is the Muriel Bernice Roberts Professor of Spiritual Formation and Narrative Pedagogy and the co-director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology. His research and teaching focus is on spiritual formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. A trained spiritual director and experienced retreat leader, he has written on the interconnections between spirituality, social engagement, and compassion. He is the author of Practicing Compassion; Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (and its supplemental curriculum, The Way of Radical Compassion); The God of Shattered Glass, A Novel, and Finding God in the Graffiti: Empowering Teenagers through Stories which explores the role of the narrative arts (storytelling, drama, creative writing, and autobiography) in the spiritual formation of marginalized and abused youth and children.

He lives in southern California with his wife, Dr. Alane Daugherty, with whom he shares three young adult sons, Justin, Michael, and Sammy. With his wife, he loves to run, camp, snorkel, and follow baseball.

Recent Publications / Achievements

Practicing Compassion (Nashville, TN: Upper Room Books, November 2014)

“Is it Harmful to Tell People to Love Your Enemies If You Never Teach Them How?” (September 2013)

“How Do You Love Your Enemies?: An Invitation to Compassion Formation” Wing and A Prayer (May 2012)

Leadership Team

  • Jamie Norwich-McLennan - retreat leader

  • Russ Terman-White - registrar

  • Adam Lassen - listening circles

  • Amalia Spruth Janssen - worship coordinator