Voices of Hope


Student-Led Social Justice Symposium

Voices of Hope is a highlight of the academic year and a showcase of outstanding student research. Guided by the central pillars of Catholic social teaching and featuring the work and research of CCC students, Voices of Hope is an opportunity to explore the social, political, cultural, religious and environmental challenges that we face in the 21st century.

Conferences


  • Voices of Hope, March 2, 2017


    Theme


    The theme of this year's symposium is Duties of Care. “Everything is related, and we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage, woven together by the love God has for each of His creatures and which also unites us in fond affection with brother sun, sister moon, brother river, and mother earth” (LS, 92).


    Do you believe in the value and dignity of every person and all of creation, but find yourself troubled by prevailing issues of: the decline of the quality of human life; pollution; climate change; and politics, the economy, and technology?

    Do you believe in the urgent need for dialogue and cultural, global, and spiritual solidarity in responding to these social and physical threats to our homes, schools, communities, and future generations?

    Duties of Care: Everything is Related student social justice symposium is an opportunity for emerging social, political, cultural, religious, and environmental leaders (grade 11, 12, college/university) to come together to learn, to inspire, and to be inspired about the truth that we are all responsible to care for our common home.

    Learn More: http://corpuschristi.ca/news-events/events/voices-hope-2017-duties-care/

  • Voices of Hope, February 24, 2016


    Theme

    The theme of this year's symposium is Faces of Dignity, Faces of Justice. “If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without a meaning and goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: ‘Give them something to eat’.” (Pope Francis, EG, 49; Cf. Mk. 6.37)

    Do you believe in the value and dignity of every person, but find yourself troubled by the many ideologies and structures that burden so many people from discovering and becoming all that they were made to be?

    Voices of Hope: Faces of Dignity, Faces of Justice Student Symposium is an opportunity for emerging leaders (grade 11, and older) to come together to learn, to inspire, and to be inspired about the truth that all people matter, that we can all help each other become who and what were created to be. 

    Learn More: http://corpuschristi.ca/news-events/events/voices-of-hope-2016-faces-of-dignity-faces-of-justice/


  • Voices of Hope, February 25, 2015


    Theme

    The theme of this year’s symposium is finding meaning. As a liberal arts institution, Corpus Christi College aims to cultivate an understanding of the world that is interrelated and multi-dimensional. At this year’s conference, we will be exploring different ways we find and express meaning in our lives and the ways meaning is communicated in the world. We will feature student researchers speaking on a variety of topics which include advocacy, fair trade food, access to education, and people who inspire others.

    Our theme came from our College’s common reader for the 2014-15 academic year, Eboo Patel’s Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. Acts of Faith is the fascinating spiritual biography of Eboo Patel, an introspective young adult who struggle with finding meaning in religion. Raised in North America, but in a traditional religious household as an Ismaili Muslim of Indian heritage, Eboo never fully understands or connects with his own faith tradition. Leaving home to attend a large secular university in a major city, Eboo renounces his faith for being irrelevant and incompatible with other areas of study. Inspired by Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement in inner city Chicago, he undergoes a conversion experience that leads him on a spiritual journey to combine social justice and interfaith dialogue. Encountering committed Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians and Muslims, Eboo comes to realize that religious diversity does not threaten his own Muslim identity but actually enhances it.

    Keynote Speaker

    Stephanie Gray is a seasoned and international presenter who began speaking in 1999 at the age of 18. She has given over 700 pro-life presentations across North America as well as in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, and Costa Rica. She has spoken at many post-secondary institutions such as Yale University, George Washington University, and the University of Sussex in England. Stephanie will talk about her faith/life journey and how others can find meaning (stephaniegray.info). 
     

    Guest Participation

    Voices of Hope is open to all CCC and SMC students, their families, St. Mark’s College and Parish Community members, CCC and SMC alumni, UBC students, invited grade 11 or 12 high school students and other invited guests. The guest registration cost is $15 (which covers registration, conference materials, a light breakfast and a full lunch).

  • Voices of Hope, February 27, 2014


    Theme

    The theme of this year’s symposium is Conducere. Conducere is the Latin word that means “to lead with”. It’s the root-word from which we get our English words “conductor” and “conducive”. At this year's conference, we will be looking at how certain kinds of leadership unite people and lead them forth, inspiring them to hope and to action – to go beyond perceived limits towards a common goal. We will feature student researchers speaking on a variety of topics in this light, and an invited guest keynote speaker.
    Our theme of “conducere” was inspired by the example of Fr. Emil Kapaun, who gave inspiring leadership to his fellow prisoners in their POW camp, being a voice of hope for them in their darkness, even to the point of the giving of his life.
     

    Symposium Schedule

    • 9:00am
      Opening
    • 9:30am
      Morning Sessions
    • 12:10pm
      Mass
    • 12:50pm
      Lunch
    • 1:30pm
      Afternoon Sessions & Keynote
    • 3:00pm
      Conclusion and departure
     

    Keynote Panel

    Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside: past, present and future
    • Roy MacIntyre, Director of The Door is Open (1974-84)
    • Judy Graves, Advocate for the homeless
    • Scott Small, Director of Shelter Services, Archdiocese of Vancouver (The Door is Open, present day)

    Guest Participation

    Voices of Hope is open to all CCC and SMC students, their families, St. Mark’s College and Parish Community members, CCC and SMC alumni, UBC students, invited grade 11 or 12 high school students and other invited guests. The guest registration cost is $15 (which covers registration, conference materials, a light breakfast and a full lunch).
    Guest Deadlines
 
  • Voices of Hope, March 13, 2013

     

    Theme 

    The theme of this year’s symposium is Supervivere. Don't know what that means? No problem! Supervivere is the Latin origin of the word survive and literally translates to live beyond. At this year's conference, we will be looking at how to survive, persist, live beyond. We will feature student researchers speaking on topics that include social inequality, cultural survival, reproductive health, human trafficking, food security, and environmental protection.

    Symposium Schedule

    • 9:00am
      Symposium Opening
    • 9:30am
      Morning Sessions
    • 12:10pm
      Mass
    • 12:50pm
      Lunch
    • 1:45pm
      Afternoon Sessions
    • 2:30pm
      Conclusion

    Participation

    If you would like to be involved in the symposium, you can apply to participate as a presenter or a delegate. Presenters must submit a proposal outlining original research that falls under the theme of Supervivere. Proposals are due by December 4th. Voices of Hope is open to all CCC and SMC students, St. Mark’s College and Parish Community members, CCC and SMC alumni, and high school students. The cost to attend is $20 (which covers registration and lunch). CCC and SMC students attend for free.
 

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