By revealing the ultimate meaning of reality, Christianity gives new impulse to the human desire for knowledge. Crossroads Cultural Center hosts lectures, performances, and conferences that bring together experts in all areas of human knowledge to share in the beauty of the created world and give glory to God.
Our history and identity
Test everything; retain what is good.
—1st Thessalonians 5:21
Crossroads Cultural Center was established in 2004 by members of Communion and Liberation who shared an interest in the relationship between religion and culture. Crossroads seeks to explore the ways in which Christianity, by revealing the ultimate meaning of reality, gives new impulse to the human desire for knowledge.
Our goal is to offer opportunities for education, making it possible to look with openness, curiosity, and critical judgment at every aspect of reality. Our ideals are summed up by the suggestion of Saint Paul: “Test everything; retain what is good.” In our experience, the mark of a Christian culture is that it fosters interest in the full spectrum of reality, rather than focusing on a predetermined set of “religious” issues. A sign of its authenticity is the ability, or at least the desire, to encounter people from all walks of life, and to look for and appreciate everything that is true, good, and worthwhile in the various expressions of human life. These expressions include science, the arts, politics, journalism and the media, theology, history, economy, sociology, and education. Such openness and desire are the fruit of the education received in the Roman Catholic Church.
Crossroads holds regular events in five cities:
What we mean by “culture”
Culture is a systematic and critical awareness of reality; it is the free development of our human need and capacity for knowing and interpreting everything in reality. Knowledge is a primary need of every person and not something that belongs to the experts. Culture is an activity proper to every person, because nobody can live without constantly developing and communicating to others a certain awareness of reality. Human curiosity is stirred by wonder – you walk out your door and things are there; life is given, a new and unexpected event that awakens the desire to know its meaning. This focus on reality as event (and not on ideas) determines the style, method, and priority of our cultural work.
- Attend our upcoming events in New York, Washington, Boston, Houston and Chicago
- Explore our archives of transcripts and videos from past lectures
- Read the important books on our reading list
- Invite one of our traveling lectures and performances to your local event
- Check our blog, Paper Clippings, for short comments on news items and contemporary culture
- Subscribe to our newsletter for updates on Crossroads events and related news.
- Crossroads’ activities are supported by the work of over 30 dedicated volunteers
- Crossroads has sponsored over 130 public events with more than 200 renowned speakers from the US and abroad.
- Crossroads’ advisory board is comprised of 15 members.
- Crossroads is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit corporation and can receive tax deductible donations
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The activities of Crossroads are organized into four main areas: