Dorothy Day Guild

We are an institutional supporter and member of the Dorothy Day Guild, dedicated to the canonization of Catholic Worker Dorothy Day.

From the Guild website:

Dorothy Day has been called many things:  an activist, a journalist, a radical, a bohemian, a mother, a convert, a mystic, a prophet, a faithful daughter of the Church.  After her death in 1980, historian David O’Brien famously called her “the most important, interesting, and influential figure in the history of American Catholicism.”

And then there are the many who call her, quite simply, a saint. Years ago, Archdiocese of New York’s Cardinal John O’Connor wrote in Catholic New York,the archdiocesan newspaper, “Shortly after I announced the study of Cardinal Cooke’s life [as a candidate for sainthood], several people wrote to ask me:  ‘Why not Dorothy Day?’… It’s a good question.  Indeed, it’s an excellent question.” The Cardinal pondered the question aloud in a homily given at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on November 9, 1997, a day after the hundredth anniversary of Dorothy Day’s birth.  He recognized that some might object to his taking up the cause of canonization for Dorothy Day because “she was a protester against some things that people confuse with Americanism itself.”  Others, he said, might argue that she was already widely recognized as a saint and therefore formal canonization was not needed.  “Perhaps,” Cardinal O’Connor acknowledged, but went on to ask “Why does the Church canonize saints?  In part,”  he said, “so that their person, their works and their lives will become that much better known, and that they will encourage others to follow in their footsteps — and so the Church may say, ‘This is sanctity, this is the road to eternal life.’ ”

Dustbowl Diatribes 1: For the Courage of Hopelessness

In this first episode of Dustbowl Diatribes, Spencer Hess and Laurie Johnson explain why they chose “Dustbowl Diatribes” as the title of this podcast, why Spencer made the trailer the way he did, and introduce themselves. Along the way, they bring up some issues this podcast will get into — climate change and how we’re all unable to act effectively to cope with it, what Christian responsibility and response might look like, why we have such a hard time doing anything to fix our social and environmental problems despite such tremendous activity that we can dream of colonizing Mars or building space colonies.

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Our second summer seminar will be on Christian anarchism. For more information and to sign up visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intro-to-christian-anarchism-2022-summer-seminar-with-dr-laurie-m-johnson-tickets-293478922357

Registration Open for Introduction to Christian Anarchism Summer 2022 Seminar

Summer 2022: Laurie Johnson will offer a Seminar on Christian Anarchism. All proceeds from this course after fees are paid will go to support the mission of MORTC/Blue Valley Greens organic farm in Kansas City, MO.

To enroll in this course on MORTC’s in Kansas City’s store, go to their Square site. Friends of MORTC, use the coupon code CAEARLYBIRD to receive $25 off.

To enroll in this course using Eventbrite, go to the Intro Christian Anarchism page on Eventbrite. Friends of the Maurin Academy (everyone reading this), use coupon code PPHQ on Eventbrite to receive $25 off the ticket price.

This course will also be on sale soon at UFM (University for Man) in Manhattan, KS!

Not sure yet? To receive updates and invitations for this event in Summer 2022, please fill out this brief form!

Here is a brief description of the plan for the course:

Introduction to Christian Anarchism

This course will be taught live on Zoom on Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m. Central Time from May 28 to June 25. The five sessions will center on these themes: 1. basics of Christian anarchism, 2. Christian anarchism confronts the state, 3. the strategy of non-violence, 4. praxis 1: selected history of utopian Christian communities 5. praxis 2: Catholic Worker vs. the church. Students will receive a link to readings they can do ahead of class if they want to, but reading is not required. Some of the authors featured will be Peter Chelčický, Leo Tolstoy, Jacques Ellul, Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day,  William T. Cavanaugh, Eugene McCarraher, Nicolas Berdyaev, and selections from the Bible. Dr. Johnson will lecture for 45 minutes to an hour and leave at least a half hour for questions and discussion from participants. Participants can chat throughout and will also have the option to join a Slack group for further discussion with each other. Students who cannot make the live sessions will be provided access to recordings to watch at their leisure. 

Dr. Laurie M Johnson is a Professor of Political Science at K-State and runs the Political Philosophy YouTube channel. This is her second independent summer seminar (the first was on Distributism). For more information, visit pmaurin.org and political-philosophy.com.

Introducing Dustbowl Diatribes

Spencer Hess and I (Laurie Johnson) are getting ready to launch our new podcast, Dustbowl Diatribes, with a discussion of the US Dustbowl in the 1930’s in all its ramifications. But this isn’t a history podcast. The dustbowl symbolizes a slow moving disaster–environmental, economic, spiritual, political–which is materializing even now. We will be getting at this topic at first through an examination of Hannah Holleman’s Dustbowls of Empire, 2018.

The Dustbowl isn’t just a strange episode in environmental history in the US in the 20th Century–it is an ongoing phenomenon and a sign of things to come. We are here to help you get ready.

If all goes well, our first episode will come out at the end of March or in early April!

Our Purpose

The Maurin Academy is a 501c3 non profit organization for public education. We are engaged in regenerative studies, including critiques of existing practices in agriculture and in how we treat the environment, examining the benefits of more local and organic agriculture, and discussing from heterodox perspectives the economic, political, social and religious ideas that can be brought to bear on environmental and social problems. We are a work in progress but we are inspired by the Catholic Worker movement’s ideas of fostering diverse roundtable discussions and fostering the idea of agronomic universities that originated with that movement’s founding. We are hoping to provide more seminars, short series and other opportunities for public education, and we are the host of the podcast Dustbowl Diatribes.

Next Summer’s Seminar with Dr. Laurie Johnson: On Christian Anarchism

More info as this course gets developed. To receive updates and invitations for this event in Summer 2022, please fill out this brief form!

Here is a brief description of the plan for the course:

Introduction to Christian Anarchism

This course will be taught live on Zoom on Saturdays 1-2:30 p.m. Central Time from May 28 to June 25. The five sessions will center on these themes: 1. basics of Christian anarchism, 2. Christian anarchism confronts the state, 3. the strategy of non-violence, 4. praxis 1: selected history of utopian Christian communities 5. praxis 2: Catholic Worker vs. the church. Students will receive a link to readings they can do ahead of class if they want to, but reading is not required. Some of the authors featured will be Peter Chelčický, Leo Tolstoy, Jacques Ellul, Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day,  William T. Cavanaugh, Eugene McCarraher, Nicolas Berdyaev, and selections from the Bible. Dr. Johnson will lecture for 45 minutes to an hour and leave at least a half hour for questions and discussion from participants. Participants can chat throughout and will also have the option to join a Slack group for further discussion with each other. Students who cannot make the live sessions will be provided access to recordings to watch at their leisure. 

Dr. Laurie M Johnson is a Professor of Political Science at K-State and runs a popular YouTube channel on political thought. This is her second independent summer seminar (the first was on Distributism). For more information, visit pmaurin.org and political-philosophy.com.