Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’,” the center hopes to use the blog to bring experts, leaders, and readers together to discuss a huge range of environmental, political, social, and economic concerns.
“Integral Voices will introduce our readers to the sophisticated and nuanced observations of leaders with the range of experience and wisdom to inspire us to think differently and to act differently, to imagine a globalization of hope,” said Dr. Lester Meyers, the president of Center of Concern.
Writers Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio and John Friedman, who is on the center’s board of directors, published the two inaugural blog posts about the pope’s encyclical and the unseen consequences of well-meaning environmental activism.
Sister Ilia has written 17th books and lectures concerning Christianity and evolution, and currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University.
Friedman is an expert of communications and sustainability, has managed both of these offices for several businesses, and hosts Sound Living on MusicPlanetRadio.com, an online radio station featuring a charming combination of rock music and tips for living a more environmentally friendly life.
Other writers for Integral Voices include Jesuit Father John P. Langan and Mercy Sister Mary Alice Synkewecz.
Father Langan is the chair of the board of directors of the Center of Concern and a professor of Catholic social thought at Jesuit-run Georgetown University.
Sister Mary Alice is the director of the Collaborative Center for Justice. These writers were chosen by the Center of Concern for their knowledge and expertise on the wide variety of subjects that Integral Voices hopes to discuss.
Integral Voices, which was launched June 20, will be updated on a semi-monthly basis.