The Siena Forum for Faith and Culture
The Siena Forum for Faith and Culture is inspired by the charism of the Dominican Friars, and the teaching of the Magisterium on the relationship between faith and reason.
Begun in 2010 as a forum within the Church of St. Catherine of Siena, the Siena Forum is an expression of the “New Evangelization” which offers an interdisciplinary approach of pastoral practice, leadership development, talks, debates, courses, seminars, publications, cultural events, and exhibitions to help people integrate their faith in Jesus Christ as a dynamic lived experience.
As a community of priests and brothers, the Dominican Friars are deeply committed to the proclamation of the Gospel by word and by work. Our encounter with Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament, assiduous study, liturgical prayer and life in common graces us to incarnate the Word into every aspect of human life.
The Magisterium of the Church, especially Servant of God Pope Paul VI, Blessed Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI, has emphasized the need to return to a proper understanding of the unity of faith and reason in the life of Man. Founded on Jesus Christ, the Truth through whom all things were made, The Church speaks to the heart of man in every generation. “Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and decisive direction (Deus Caritas Est, 1).
In our modern time, when the tendency to separate faith from reason is strong, the Siena Forum proclaims the truth that both are essential to human flourishing, and seeks to bridge the gap between them through interdisciplinary exploration and conversation with Catholicism’s rich traditions and cultural heritage. Our belief is that this interdisciplinary exploration demonstrates the unity of what is true and beautiful in life by showing the relationships between theology, art, culture, science, and education.