Common Grounds Conversations
There are two main components of the Pedro Arrupe Volunteers - direct service and engagement with our neighbors and community partners and educating for a faith that does justice through our Common Grounds Conversations speaker series.
Common Grounds is a student-led program focused on conversations that engage the Fordham community on topics that explore faith, hope, love, passion, meaning and social justice. It seeks to provide interesting conversation and dialogue for students who are seeking to learn more about how faith applies to real life questions. To advance a faith that does justice, PAV will promote encounters and conversations that challenge the reduction of persons to abstractions where “there are no citizens, only votes; no poor, only thresholds of poverty; no migrants, only quotas; no workers, only economic markers” (Pope Francis) through our Common Grounds Conversation series.
We will meet and discuss timely topics including faithful citizenship and the election, exploring the impact of Covid-19 on marginalized populations, racism, humane migration, mass incarceration, access inequality and environmental justice issues.