Dorothy Day Center for Faith & Justice

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Abby King-Kaiser

Lifting Up Ferguson

This prayer was used at last night's Common Ground service as they reflected on the events of Ferguson, Missouri. O God of Justice, throughout the generations, you have called our attention to what is wrong among us. You have sent... Continue Reading →

A little more color on our walls…

White walls used to freak me out.  Something always felt like it was missing.  As I have (ahem) matured, I have grown to appreciate certain shades of white, their warmth, the glow and light they an offer to a room. ... Continue Reading →

Go ahead, be Jewish the way you want.

Go ahead, be Jewish the way you want. This was the subtitle of the haggadah that lead us through storytelling, remembering, praying and reflecting Tuesday night.  Of course, I particularly got a kick out of the subtitle because, well, I... Continue Reading →

encounter: my first ignatian retreat

Our Ecumenical and Multifaith Director, Abby King-Kaiser, spent this past weekend at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford on the Encounter Retreat. One her own blog, she wrote a splendid reflection about her experience, and we hope too that you’ll enjoy it.



“Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit!” Hebrews 12:1,The Message

My new cloud of witnesses, my new communion of saints is the students, the alumni, the staff of Xavier University.  This weekend was my deepest induction into the community thus far, in the form of a weekend retreat, Ignatian style, with mostly upperclass students.

Friday night, I packed the toddler into the backseat and trekked out to Milford, a part of the Cincinnati area that I barely knew existed (turns out it is a charming river town). She clung to me as we entered the swarm of thirty-five students, but settled in with markers and some coloring buddies as they filled out name tags.  Not sure what to do during the giant, circled up introductions…

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