Group Leader: Robert Beezat
When: Tuesday, February 25th at 6 PM
Where: Panera Bread at 8907 Howell Avenue / Highway #38, between Puetz and Ryan Roads. Howell Ave. is about a mile east of I-94.
Hopefully, by the end of February, a hint of Spring will be in the air. Let me [Bob] know if you can make it.
When: February 6th, 2014, 8:30
Where:Wilson’s Coffee & Tea at 3306 Washington Ave. (Hwy 20) in Racine, 53405.
First meeting at the Colectivo Café! 9.22.13
Past Meeting Minutes
January 24th, 2014 Racine Branch:
We added a new member to our group this morning, Paulette Berggren. She joined Laura Gellott, Br. Michael Kadow, Mike Frontier, Tony Rottino and myself.
We had a fun, lively and interesting discussion about several articles in the January 24 issue. We spent most of the time on “Darwin’s Tree of Life” article by Elizabeth Johnson as well as other books some of us have read by her such as She Who Is and Friends of God and Prophets. Part of our discussion of the Darwin article focused on evolution of the brain. During this discussion we talked about a documentary which one member of our group saw part of called “Free the Mind” based on the work of Dr. Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. We thought that one of our future Commonweal Readers Community meetings should be structured around viewing this film together and discussing it in terms of some of the themes raised in the Darwin article.
We spent a good amount of time discussing the articles by James Fredericks and Andrew Bacevich re: “American Innocence: Niebuhr & the Ironies of History – An Exchange.”
We also discussed two articles by J. Peter Nixon which appeared in earlier issues of Commonweal on Obamacare.
January 21st, 2014
We had a small but hearty group at last Tuesday’s Milwaukee Commonweal Readers Community at Panera’s in Oak Creek. Temperatures at 3 degrees above zero and falling after several inches of snow earlier in the day cut down on attendance. I got a few emails and/or texts earlier in the day that people would not be able to make it that night.
So the group was just me, Don Sass, and Tom McGovern. We did have some interesting discussions about a number of articles from the last several issues of Commonweal. I will not attempt a summary of our discussions but will list some of the articles we talked about.
October 25 Issue: “We Will Not Bleed”
December 6 Issue: “Raising Catholics: A Symposium”
January 24 Issue: Most of us had just gotten that issue a day or two of the meeting, so we did not have time to read much but we talked a little about Niebuhr and Bacevich.
All in all, we touched on a broad range of subjects, which is what Commonweal is all about. It was fun and interesting and I always learn new things from the articles in Commonweal and the readers who have joined in the conversation.
November 2nd. 2013
We had some interesting discussions about articles which appeared in the September 27, October 11, and October 25 issues of Commonweal. We spent quite a bit of time discussing David M. Kennedy’s book review “We Will Not Bleed” which reviewed Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country by Andrew Bacevich. We also spent time discussing “A New Balance,” the editorial from the October 11 issue. We also liked the letter from Paul Stubenbort of Bensalem, PA on Christians involvement in secular democratic hopes and to “marshal every Christian to support the best in their politicians.” We also spent some time discussing John Garvey’s article, “An Imperfect Union: When Church & State Marry,” and John Cavadini’s article, “Why Study God: The Role of Theology at a Catholic University.”
First Meeting: September 22, 2013
We found out most of us have readers of Commonweal for many years, some continuously and some off and on. One member of the group was a rather recent subscriber. One member of the group had an article published in Commonweal and several of us have had letters to the editor appear in Commonweal. We had a wonderful time meeting and hearing from each other about our background and experience and why we showed up at this first meeting. Mostly it was because we wanted the chance to talk with other Commonweal readers about articles we read in Commonweal but do not usually have a chance to share ideas and exchange opinions about what we have read.
We used the packet of reading regarding Issues in the Contemporary Church which Commonweal had prepared. We spent most of the time talking about "A Modus Vivendi? Sex, Marriage, and the Church" and "Further Adrift: The American Church's Crisis of Attrition." And since it was only a few days after Pope Francis's lengthy interview for America magazine and other Jesuit publications, we spent some time discussing that news as well. It was a bit ironic that we spent part of our first Commonweal meeting discussing an article from America magazine. Maybe someday when we get a laywoman elected Pope, she will grant an important interview to Commonweal!!