Sister  Martha Ann Kirk, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,  Texas, is a Professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio,  Texas who has taught in both the  Religious  Studies and Art Departments. She feels blessed to hold a Th.D. in Theology  and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, and degrees  from Fordham University, the University of New Mexico, and Incarnate Word  College. She has had opportunities for conferences, research, and travel in  32 countries encountering God’s large family. She passionately believes that  we need to protect all the children and thus speaks of embracing creative  nonviolence. She has led study and service tours to the Holy Land, Turkey, Peru,  Mexico, and Ireland.

Sister  Martha Ann is particularly interested in teaching compassion and  creativity.  Gospel stories are full of  these. She has ministered through drama, dance, and visual arts which can  open our eyes and our hearts. She has written and performed dramas based on  biblical women and she joyfully prays in a parish, Mission   Concepción, valuing the arts https://therivardreport.com/praising-god-with-drums-dancing-and-the-woman-clothed-with-the-sun/  She is writing a biography of Carla De  Sola, who ministers through dance sensitive to justice, peace, and care of  creation  https://sdgjournal.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/documenting-a-living-legacy-on-line-carla-de-sola-by-sister-martha-ann-kirk-th-d/

In  recognition of Sister Martha Ann’s work, particularly that building bridges  between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, she has been recognized with various  peacemaker awards from civic, Muslim, and Catholic groups. She and the  Incarnate Word Sisters were recognized as the 2013 San Antonio Peace Laureate.  

She has  written Iraqi Women of Three  Generations: Challenges, Education, and Hopes for Peace  http://peacecenterbooks.com/iraqi-women/; Women of Bible Lands: A Pilgrimage to Compassion  and Wisdom  https://litpress.org/Products/5156/Women-of-Bible-Landsand other books and articles. For  information:  http://uiw.edu/holylandtour/kirk.html




March 4, 2018

Third Sunday of Lent

For Christians nonviolence is the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with weapons of love and truth.

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