Dialogue is mainly listening with the goal of understanding and generating new ideas to make the world a better place, Sister Kathleen Kanet told an audience at Marymount University.
Every one of us is different, Kanet said. I believe that God created us unique and wonderful and blessed, and we have within us the thing to make peace and do justice. But we have to believe that ourselves.
Kanet and Sister Virginia Dorgan of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) were the keynote speakers at Marymounts Fifth Annual Founders Day, which honors the Catholic universitys founding order. It was a homecoming for both. Kanes first mission was an assignment at Marymount in 1963. Dorgan is an Arlington native who attended Marymount High School, housed at the time on the Marymount University campus.
For many years they ran The Network for Peace through Dialogue in New York City, a non-profit organization they founded that was dedicated to connecting grassroots communities, both local and global, in order to identify and research common issues and solutions in the areas of making peace and promoting just action. It ended formal operations on Dec. 31.
Dorgan touched on the RSHM tradition of education and addressing social issues. Today, it deals with issues ranging from immigration to human trafficking.
Each one of us has to do our part, she said, noting the importance of serving the common good instead of worrying about how I can get more and more.
The speakers were introduced by Sister Jackie Murphy, RSHM, who is in her 50th year at the 62-year-old university. She said for 25 years Dorgan and Kanet ran the Network of Peace through Dialogue out of their New York City apartment.
I stand in awe at what they did, Murphy said.
The sisters gave the crowd gathered in Marymounts private dining room a handout with the following dialogue practices:
- Listen for understanding, with equal respect for each person.
- Speak from your heart, as well as from your mind, when you are moved to make a contribution from your own experience.
- Suspend judgment. Let go of any need to be right or have a right answer. Try to suspend certainty.
- Hold space for differences. Embrace all points of view. Change the buts to and. Remain open to all outcomes.
- Slow down. Let there be spaces and silence in the dialogue.
A special Mass was celebrated by Father Thomas Yehl, the university chaplain before the keynote address at a luncheon hosted by Marymount President Matthew D. Shank.
Founders Week activities ran from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 and included a Food for the Soul talk by President Shank on Monday, a discussion on The Five Languages of Love on Thursday and an opening reception for Unaccompanied, a photo exhibition by Oliver Contreras, on Friday at Marymounts Barry Gallery.
Every one of us is different, Sister Kathleen Kanet, RSHM, told the audience during Marymount Universitys Founders Day on Wednesday, Feb. 22. I believe that God created us unique and wonderful and blessed, and we have within us the thing to make peace and do justice. But we have to believe that ourselves. (Photo by Emily Benson)
Speaking at Marymount University was a bit of a homecoming for Sister Virginia Dorgan of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary. Dorgan is an Arlington native who attended Marymount High School, housed at the time on the MU campus. (Photo by Emily Benson)
Founders Week activities at Marymount University ran from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24. In addition to the Presidents Luncheon, events included a Food for the Soul talk by President Matthew D. Shank on Monday, a discussion on The Five Languages of Love on Thursday and an opening reception for Unaccompanied, a photo exhibition by Oliver Contreras on Friday at the Barry Gallery. (Photo by Emily Benson)