North Central College in the News
North Central College religious studies professor quoted in the Catholic Register & Diocese of Tucson
Mar 29, 2023
Perry Hamalis shared Ukraine's healing needs justice, repentance and decades of effort
One year later, the war in Ukraine has risen and fallen in the news cycle but remains an ever-pressing issue in Europe and abroad. Scholars, pundits, and public figures have done much to diagnose the ideological engines that drive the conflict, yet even the most careful public reflection fails to grasp the interrelationship between the religious and cultural forces in play.
The Lumen Christi Institute at University of Chicago held a panel discussion in late February, where it turned to Church leaders, international relations experts, scientists, and scholars fluent in the traditions of Christian East common to Russia and Ukraine—to explore principles that can aid the healing of trauma inflicted by the war.
Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College, was quoted in both the Catholic Register and Diocese of Tucson for his comments made as a panelist at the event.
“One of the most important components of the possibility for peace in the future has to be acknowledgement of responsibility and acts of genuine repentance, a willingness to see…and say, ‘We were wrong. We violated our identity, we apologize for what has happened, and we are eager to start fresh and move forward,’” said Hamalis.