The 2017 Cardinal Newman Lecture: Chris Haw
Rust Belt Apocalypse and the Eucharist
Thursday, March 23, 2017
4th Floor, Information Commons
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660
After a week in jail following an Iraq War protest in 2003, Chris Haw, as a disaffected evangelical, moved into "America's most dangerous city" to start a small community in an abandoned house and work with a Catholic church. He worked there for a decade as a teacher, reclaimed woodworker, community organizer, potter, and carpenter. Joining with the church's liturgy, theology, and service with the poor, Haw came to see Catholic faith and practice more starkly against the backdrop of societal decay, war, despair, and abandonment. In his lecture, "Rust Belt Apocalypse and the Eucharist," Haw shared how a poetic mixture of myth and logic, an active patience amidst godlessness, and the drama of scapegoating as symbolized in the Mass all permeated his conversion and research.