ANNOUNCING: The Re-Thinking Solidarity Series

ANNOUNCING: The Re-Thinking Solidarity Series

In the coming months the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture will organize a series of Internet debates with the St. Benet’s Institute (Oxford), the Irish Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (Belfast), the Institute of Polish Culture (London), and the periodical, Political Theology (Warsaw).

This series of webinars begins Friday, 23 October with a debate entitled “Solidarity, Religion and Interfaith Dialogue.”  FB Event:  Participants include: Lord Alderdice (chair), Dariusz Karłowicz (Political Theology), Nazila Ghanea (University of Oxford), Daniel Greenberg (Jewish Law and Ethics), fr. Jarosław Kupczak OP (St. John Paul II Institute of Culture/Angelicum, Pontifical University of John Paul II, Krakow), supported by the Polish Cultural Institute (London).  Subsequent webinars include, among other speakers, the Angelicum’s Vice-Rector and member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Sr. Helen Alford, O.P. and Dean of Social Sciences, fr. Alejandro Crosthwaite, O.P.

23 October 2020 – Solidarity, Religion and Interfaith Dialogue

20 November 2020 – Solidarity between the Generations: Environmental and Financial Sustainability

18 December 2020 – Solidarity, Politics and Political Psychology

19 February 2021 – Solidarity, Equality and Social Justice

More information on each debate, go to:

The “Re-thinking Solidarity” series is an attempt to reflect on this key concept from a social perspective 40 years after the creation of the Polish “Solidarity” – the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc, a movement that played a major role in the collapse of communism and the peaceful transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

By gathering eminent thinkers, we hope the cycle of debates will contribute to rethinking what solidarity is and should be today. In light of the changes taking place, growing inequalities, unemployment, waves of migration, geopolitical tensions and the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of solidarity becomes particularly relevant.

The cycle begins with a seminar on the relationship between solidarity and religion, which also marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the encyclical Dives in Misericordia. In a document whose social context was undoubtedly the emerging Solidarity movement, John Paul II made a number of extremely interesting remarks which created a theological and philosophical foundation for understanding the phenomenon and imperative of solidarity. We are convinced that they can constitute an extremely interesting starting point for contemporary reflection on the deepest sources and meaning of human solidarity.

The Angelicum is the Roman alma Mater of fr. Karol Józef Wojtyła, who later became Pope St. John Paul II.