Welcome to The Signs of the Times Podcast, brought to you by the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame, where we discuss principles of human dignity, solidarity with the marginalized, and the common good as they relate to current events. Hosted by JP Shortall, Director of Communications and produced by Katie McCauley, Assistant Director of Communications at the Center for Social Concerns.
The Catholic Labor Network: A Conversation with Clayton Sinyai
What do labor unions and the Church have in common? For Clayton Sinyai, the answer to that question is a countercultural emphasis on solidarity. Sinyai is the executive director of the Catholic Labor Network, an association of Catholic union activists and clergy committed to Catholic Social Teaching on labor and work. In this episode, he discusses his experiences in a non-unionized workplace and the movement to connect churches with unions to promote the cause of workers.
Discovering Global Solidarity in the Local Community
Quinn McKenna is a Notre Dame junior who participated in the center's Global Learning and Living Community (GLLC) during the summer of 2021. This program allowed ISSLP participants an opportunity to live in an intentional community in South Bend/Notre Dame, conduct virtual global service-learning projects, and engage in learning about global issues localized in South Bend and the region.
Justice in the World of Work
Kevin Cassidy is the director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Office for the United States and Canada. We discuss the importance of a human centered approach to work which looks after the individual, the institutions, and how we push forward on making decent work available to all women and men around the world. Kevin shares how COVID-19 has impacted international employment and what recovery must entail if it's to be successful.
Taking Education Beyond the Walls of the Classroom
Madeline Owen is the newly selected Valedictorian of the University of Notre Dame's class of 2021. Madeline reflects on her experiences at the Center over the past four years and how they've shaped her. Madeline shares, "The opportunity to not just learn within the walls of the classroom but beyond the walls of a classroom; to physically travel to places, talk to people, look them in the eyes, hear their stories was something that I was incredibly surprised by and an opportunity I just couldn't pass up."
Starting Justice at Home
In 2018 when the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing sex abuse in the Catholic Church was released, as a Pittsburgh native and lifelong Catholic, Kevin Hayes was shaken. In reaction to that report laity came together for a listening session and from that came the framework for Catholics for Change in our Church. They coalesced around focus groups: support for abuse survivors, financial transparency, addressing clericalism, strengthening the clergy, pathways to lay leadership, and engaging youth.
The Connection Between Religion and Ecology
Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the Founder and Executive Director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD). The ICSD reveals the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes faith communities to act. The scale of the ecological crisis becomes more severe each year, and with over 6 billion people in the world identifying with a religion there's a huge under-leveraged ability for humanity to turn the collective shift.
Grateful for this podcast
Thankful to hear from many leaders who work to promote the common good. Just listened to the episode with Sr. Norma—her work is so inspiring and reminds us to care for all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Thank you, JP and team for your important ministry.
These are the kinds of conversations that need to be happening right now! Thank you for this
Thank you so much for the most recent episode on resilience. I really appreciate the reflections on living well in the current moments.