21st Fellin Lecture to Focus on Nonviolent Social Activism

21st Fellin Lecture to Focus on Nonviolent Social Activism

Published: Friday, August 25, 2017

Cory LockhartThe annual Fellin Lecture is coming to Benedictine College for the 21st year. The Fellin Endowment Fund sponsors the lecture series, presented each year by the Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica Monastery in order to support the liberal arts orientation of Benedictine College. This year, Cory Lockhart, a peace worker with JustFaith Ministries, will offer an address on “Nonviolent Practice: A Personal, Active and Creative Way of Life.” Her presentation is set for Sunday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium on the Benedictine campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Lockhart’s nonviolent peace work is deeply embedded in the work of JustFaith Ministries, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her efforts as a program associate have given her the opportunity to work with others for peace and justice at home and abroad. In addition to her work with JustFaith Ministries, Lockhart is an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University, teaches locally in Louisville, and supports peace efforts with her writings and volunteer commitments. She participated in the historic Nonviolence and Just Peace Conference in Rome in April of 2016.

She is a member of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative and has an ongoing commitment to Christian Peacemaker Teams, working primarily in the Palestine region where, in 2012, she taught English. A graduate of Sacred Heart Academy sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, she became the 2016 recipient of the Angeline Award for her peacemaking work.

Lockhart holds a Master’s Degree in Spirituality through the spirituality program sponsored jointly by Bellarmine University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

The Fellin Lecture series is from a female perspective and past lectures have included:

  • “Common Ground, Uncommon Excellence” by Dr. Carolyn Woo, president & CEO of Catholic Relief Services
  • “Soul Food: Kansas Nuns Teach Journalist to Sit Still, Be Quiet, and Find Home” by Judith Valente
  • “Responsibility of the Artist in View of 9/11” by Sister Diane Couture, SSJ
  • “Benedict, Francis and Thomas: Contributions to Environmental Ethics from a Catholic, Christian Perspective” by Jame Schaefer
  • “Dialogue of Hope: The Future of Catholic Relations with Muslims” by Sandra Keating
  • “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible” by S. Mary Irene Nowell, OSB.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.