From the Director

Shem Center For Interfaith Spirituality

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality
Joseph Kilikevice, Founding Director
Steven G. Miller, Assistant Director

Dear friends,

Dominican Shield

As many of you know, I belong to an international religious order of men and women, vowed religious and laypeople whose mission is to provide for the spiritual needs of people in virtually all parts of the world. We call ourselves The Dominican Family working to bring the good news of God’s love for us to all peoples everywhere no matter their religious beliefs.

News of my Dominican family in Ukraine come to me by way of a Dominican friar who serves in a leadership position there. His letters reach us through our network of communication. I post them there here on Shem Center’s website by way of sharing with you news of our international spirit and purpose, one that inspires Shem Center’s purpose of respectfully engaging all people everywhere.

This letter contains more than an incomplete sentence of a hastily sent text message. It asks for more than a cursory glance at a cell phone. Here are some moving stories of people who don’t make it on the network news. I invite you to find a quiet place to read and take in these stories knowing that they come from people much like the rest of us, with the same concerns about family, the world and its survival.

Adolfo Nicholas, SJ speaks of “the globalization of superficiality.” I invite you, no I urge you to take some time to read this letter reflect more deeply.

With respect and gratitude,

Joseph Kilikevice.,OP
Director, Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality

From the Director Archive

From The Director, Advent 2023

Another Christmas Message, 2023

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | December 15, 2023

“Offer your dry, hypocritical, agnostic prayer to God, for God in his mercy accepts bad coin.”— Jalal al-Din Rumi In the midst of grief over thousands of deaths among both Jews and Palestinians, the children of Gaza are still capable of smiles after weeks of waiting while bargaining to exchange hostages for prisoners bring hope to…

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From The Director, Advent 2023

Advent/Christmas, 2023

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | December 1, 2023

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By Steven G. Miller | November 1, 2023

Chicago, Illinois; August 14-18 Not a Time for Sissies!“Ours is not a time for sissies or lightweight platitudes,” declared Maryanne Williamson, American author, speaker, humanitarian, and presidential candidate. Followed by our standing ovation, her speech at the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago’s McCormick Place was as unforgettable as it remains challenging. Our mission,…

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The Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality website is awarded a 2022 American Digital Design Award for excellence in design and user experience.

2022 American Digital Design Awards