Welcome to the DePaul Busy Person's Retreat for 2011

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Our Contributors


Katie Brick
Chaplain for Commerce, Kellstadt and School for New Learning
DePaul Loop Ministry
Center for Spirituality and Values in Practice
Loop Campus - DePaul Center, 11009
312.362.5896 • cbrick@depaul.edu

Katie Brick serves as Chaplain to the School for New Learning and to the College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the Loop Campus. Katie is particularly interested in workplace spirituality, interfaith topics, and accompanying people on their spiritual journeys. She leads a regular Centering Prayer group on Tuesdays at 5:00 in Lewis Chapel.

Prior to joining DePaul, Katie had a diverse work experience that included marketing, organizational development consulting, non-profit social services, hospital chaplaincy and the Bernardin Center Peacebuilders Initiative program. If you want to hear about how all this came about, just stop by DPC 11009 and ask her. Katie received a B.A. in history and an MBA from Northwestern University, and an M.Div. degree from Catholic Theological Union. She lives on the North side near a park that is great for walking.

Rev. Ghana Cooper, D.Min, LSW
Former DePaul Protestant Chaplain

Ghana is ordained in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Her Christian ministry experience has included working with the Catholic Church, Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Methodist, and Baptist denominations. Ghana has also engaged in interfaith dialogue and worship experiences with the Jewish and Muslim faiths. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.S. Human Resources), the University of Illinois at Chicago (Masters of Social Work) and McCormick Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and (Doctorate of Ministry). Ghana is known for her ability to translate her education and training into the daily realties of administration and ministry. What Ghana loved most about her call to the DePaul community was the opportunity to connect with students.

Maureen Dolan 
Adjunct Interfaith Chaplain in the Loop
mdolan1@depaul.edu

Maureen Dolan is an ordained priest in the Kriya Yoga tradition and a certified Hatha Yoga teacher.  For over 40 years, she has been engaged in social justice work in the peace movement, union organizing, community coalitions, and women’s organizations. She has served as Executive Director of the Chicago Electric Options Campaign, and Executive Director of Women United for a Better Chicago; Assistant Director of the Public Interest Law Initiative; Coordinator of Artemisia Gallery; Recording Secretary for UWA-UE union; Co-Chair of Eighth Congressional District Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign; member of Spiritual Life Circle of the Parliament of World Religions; founder of Logan Square Housing Cooperative; served on numerous boards of peace and justice organizations; published several articles on peace and justice issues, and is currently working on a book. She graduated from Temple of Kriya Yoga Seminary Program in 1995, concentration on Eastern Philosophy and Comparative Religion and is presently working on PhD in Transformative Studies. Maureen also has two grown sons who work in the social justice arena.


Tom Judge
Chaplain for CDM and Law School
Center for Spirituality and Values in Practice
Loop Campus - DePaul Center, 11009
312-362-6699 • tjudge@depaul.edu

Tom Judge serves as Chaplain to the College of Law and the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications, and Information Systems (CTI) via DePaul University Ministry’s Center for Spirituality and Values in Practice. He came to DePaul University in 2004 from Loyola University Chicago where he worked within University Ministry. Tom is completing his master of divinity degree at the University of Chicago. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Creighton University. Prior to entering Divinity School, he practiced law in the state of Iowa. Since returning to graduate school he has worked in ministry at St. Clement Catholic Church and at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Ron Kidd
Adjunct Chaplain
rkidd@depaul.edu

Ron Kidd is a Senior Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um School of Zen and resident teacher of Lincoln Park Zen. In 1986 he founded the Bultasa Zen Group, the predecessor of the Ten Directions Zen Community and today serves also as a senior teacher in the Ten Directions community. Retired from the Religious Studies Department at DePaul, he continues teaching as adjunct professor of Asian Studies at Shimer College. In the late 1980s he served as the first organizer of the centennial of the Parliament of the World's Religions (Chicago, 1993).


Nick Liebman
Program Director, DePaul Hillel
Lincoln Park Campus – Student Center, 340
773-325-8650 • nliebman@depaul.edu

Nick Liebman holds a B.A. in Music from Grinnell College, and a Masters in Music Composition from Butler University's Jordan College of Fine Arts School of Music. In addition to his academic pursuits, he has been an active member of the Jewish educational and youth programing community in Chicago since 2005. From teaching music to Sunday school children, to teaching high school students about the Jewish imperative to pursue justice, he has always worked to incorporate artistic expression, spiritual connectedness, and Jewish cultural and ethical ideals in his work. Nick joined Hillels Around Chicago, and the DePaul University Ministry department in February of 2009. Hillel at DePaul offers a wide variety of programs; religious, educational, cultural, social, political, student leadership development, and community service trips. With these programs, in partnership with the diverse communities on our campus, we strive to provide a vibrant Jewish experience here on campus.

Abdul-Malik Ryan
Muslim Chaplain
Lincoln Park Campus – Student Center, 329
773-325-3264 • mryan42@depaul.edu

Abdul-Malik grew up in Oak Park. The son of two teachers, Abdul-Malik developed a deep affection for books and learning of all kinds. As a result of his study of African-American history in high school and at DePaul and especially his encounter with the life and legacy of Malcolm X, he accepted Islam in 1994. Abdul-Malik was part of the founding of the UMMA organization at DePaul as well as the Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). He graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1998 and since that time has worked as an attorney and guardian ad litem for children in the Cook County child protection system. He has also worked with IMAN in a variety of capacities from volunteer to President of the Board of Directors and served as the Imam of the Inner City Islamic Center in the southside New City neighborhood. Abdul-Malik has studied Islam with a variety of teachers and currently continues his studies primarily through the AlMaghrib Institute. He is also particularly interested in Irish history and culture and comparative religion, especially Islam and Judaism.Currently, Abdul-Malik lives in the south suburbs with his wife Moona Malik, also a DePaul graduate, and their four children.