Winter Living Theology


Co-ordinated by the Jesuit Institute

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Al Gini

A three-day course for priests, religious and interested lay people to explore the philosophy and theology of leadership.

Today, 20 years after liberation, in the aftermath of the death of Nelson Mandela, and in the wake of the 2014 elections, South Africans are still asking about the nature of leadership in our country. We have therefore invited one of the world’s most renowned (and entertaining) speakers on this subject to explore the philosophy and theology of leadership in our societies today.

Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics who has lectured extensively around the world and been an adviser to multinational corporations and to NGOs. For 45 years he has been teaching at Loyola, the Jesuit University in Chicago, where he is currently Chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business Administration. He is the co-founder and long-time Associate Editor of Business Ethics Quarterly, the journal of the Society for Business Ethics. For over twenty-five years he has been the Resident Philosopher on National Public Radio in Chicago and has met many of that city’s famous products – Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan! He regularly lectures to community and professional organizations on issues of business and ethics.

He has been visiting South Africa for 16 years and is an honorary citizen. When he was last in South Africa he gave lectures at a variety of business schools and also met with senior individuals in business, Church and government to explore ethical issues in South Africa today.

DatesWinter Living Theology will take place at Schoenstatt, Constantia from 3-5 June 2014.

Further details regarding times, evening lectures, bookings, cost, accommodation, etc will follow at a later date. We will update this page when further information becomes available.


1. “Pope Francis: Moral Leadership and Business Ethics”

2. “10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders”

3. “Leadership: Why We Love It, Why We Hate It”

4. “Misleaders/Bad Leaders”

5. “Character and Leadership”

6. “Moral Leadership and Public Ethics

7. “Why It’s Hard To Be Good”

Al Gini’s books include:

10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders (Wiley+Blackwell, 2013)

My Job My Self: Work and the Creation of the Modern Individual (Routledge, 2000)

The Importance of Being Lazy: In Praise of Play, Leisure and Vacations (Routledge, 2003)

Why It’s Hard to Be Good (Routledge, 2006)

God Can Quote Me on That: Quotations on the Meaning of Life (ACTA, 2011)

Seeking the Truth of Things (ACTA, 2010)

The Ethics of Business with Alexei Marcoux (Rowan & Littlefield, 2012)

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