Divine Cluster

For academic year 2022-2023. 

In, Not of, the World

Being “in the world, but not of the world” is an ancient Christian expression meant to encourage believers not to conform to the ideas and practices of the culture around them, but rather to take responsibility for living according to a higher standard of truth and goodness. This ancient phrase can have currency today—not just for Christians—as people challenge themselves not to be satisfied with current “ways of the world” or business-as-usual, and, instead, to build a new world in the shell of the old. 

This year’s Divine Cluster seminars all focus in some way on what it means to live “in the world,” to find a location and orientation within a larger whole, to have a sense of one’s surroundings in their variety; but also to transcend one’s locale and the ambient “common sense,” and thus to be “not of the world.” Several of the seminars root themselves in Holy Cross’s Jesuit and Catholic tradition, and all range more widely to capture some of the complexities of twenty-first century globalized life. Students will engage in shared inquiry, in their seminars and in common cluster events, and (for most) in community-based learning, into how to think truly and live truthfully.