Currently not accepting new students in this program.
"The planet is in trouble: climate change is creating the greatest challenge that our human species has ever faced, the web of life is confused by loss of habitat and the decimation of so many life species, our oceans and fresh water locales are polluted with toxins, and the air we breathe and the food we consume are creating health risks. Human culture has lost its spiritual groundings, and people seek a new spiritual awakening. How understand this ecological and spiritual crisis? The Sophia Center invites a deep reflection on how we understand “nature” and “the human person,” how we have imaged God and the meaning of our lives, and what the future we envision for our children and grand children is. This future grows from the present, from our capacities for personal and social transformation. We need to retrieve a sense of sacred creation and the numinous universe. The MA in Culture and Spirituality (and our 18 unit certificate) provides an opportunity to explore a new cultural paradigm, what Pope Francis has called “an ecological conversion,” a vocation as change agents dedicated to reconciliation and mutuality with the web of life—people who understand themselves and their life work as responsible leaders for a future of ecological sustainability and transformed human community. Please join us in an exciting educational adventure that will open you to a holistic vision and a capacity to make a difference."
Robert Ludwig, PhD is an experienced educator and scholar. He earned his MA and PhD in theology from The Aquinas Institute of Theology (now at St. Louis University), and studied political theology in Germany at Tubingen. His dissertation on theology and politics in America focused on Jesuit peace activist Daniel Berrigan and the Catholic Peace Movement during the Vietnam War. He was “Theologian in Residence” at the University of Colorado (Boulder) from 1972-1979, where he taught Religious Studies and organized academic symposia, lecture series, and conferences on theology and culture. He led a distance-learning graduate program at Loyola University In New Orleans from 1982-1989 at the Loyola Institute for Ministry, and was director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola Chicago from 2004-2012. His award-winning book, “Reconstructing Catholicism for a New Generation” (Crossroad, 1995) includes a penetrating exploration of the challenges facing humanity due to environmental degradation, and an exposition of the insights of Thomas Berry and Teilhard de Chardin for reconstructing Christian spirituality for a sustainable future. At Holy Names University, Dr. Ludwig oversees the revision of the programs in Culture and Spirituality and the development of adult learning modalities to make the program more accessible to adult learners.