Ancilla on mapDespite religious separatism becoming more pronounced in the current tumultuous culture, there remains an underlying theme of love within faiths.  This Wednesday, February 22nd at 2:10 p.m. EST in Room 117, Richard Davies will present his lecture, The Spiritual Love Tradition in the Three Religions of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

“There is a deep, ancient but still living form of visualizing the union between the human and the divine as a form of coming together that resembles that between the Lover and the Beloved,” said Davies.

“This convention begins in the Hebrew Torah with the ‘The Song of Songs,’ a poetic dialogue between the Beloved Bride and Bridegroom. The tradition of seeking union with the Divine has its roots in St. Paul’s description of being taken to the third heaven in (2 Cor. 12:2-4.) Love poetry using sensual imagery blossoms in both Islam and Christianity at different times with the great Sufi poets like Rabia, the female, and Rumi, the male Muslim mystics, as well as Christian writers like Saints Theresa of Avila and John of the Cross. It continues today in virtually every other spiritual tradition.”

The lecture is the second in the current series. On January 25 the Most Reverend Bishop Kevin Rhoades participated in the Lampen Lecture series. His message on the role of young adults in churches in the United States fell on the ears of students, staff members, and residents at the Center at Donaldson, as well as individuals from the community.

The Lampen Lecture series was designed to combine the universality of the Catholic Church, the international character of the PHJC, and the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. Named for Sr. Joel Lampen, Ancilla’s first president, the Lampen Lecture series was initiated by Sr. Carleen Wrasman in 2005.

This series is open to the general public, Ancilla students, staff, others in the PHJC ministries, at no charge.

Please note the immigration-related topics coming up.

The Spring Lampen Schedule for 2017 is as follows:

March 16, 2017
Part I.  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and   United States Immigration  Martha Villigas Miranda, MSSW
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m. EST

April 19, 2017
Part II:  The Plight of Central American Women and Unaccompanied Children, and Access to the United States Educational System  Br. Alan Parham, FSC
Cana Hall at 12:45 p.m. EST

Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ are proud to offer these lectures to anyone who might have interest in attending. If you have any questions about the details, please contact Sr. Jolise May, Vice President of Mission Integration, at or (574) 936-8898 ext. 361. We look forward to seeing you at the Lampen Lectures.

Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a small, private, liberal arts school offering associate degrees in over two dozen academic programs and intercollegiate athletics at their campus near Plymouth, Indiana. Ancilla is a sponsored ministry of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, part of the Center at Donaldson.