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Spring 2019
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Bible, Theology, & Religion Lectures 

Date: Tuesday, February 26
Speaker: Professor Christopher Pramuk
Title: "The Arts, Empathy & Racial Justice Between What Is &  What Is Possible

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Based on his 2013 book, "Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line," Dr. Pramuk will speak on racism and racial injustices, which he describes as symptoms of a profound poverty and captivity of imagination. Drawing examples from musician Stevie Wonder, Catholic philopher Charles Taylor, and others, Dr. Pramuk will invite us to imagine artistic and prophetic practices toward cross-racial encounter and racial justice.

(Co-sponsored by the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture & Action)


Date: Monday, March 25
Speaker: Professor Thomas Poundstone
Title: "Changing Lenses & Changing Questions: The Parable of the Good Samaritan from St. Augustine and Gothic Cathedrals to Martin Luther King, Jr."

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Today the Parable of the Good Samaritan is usually read as a mirror parable with the moral challenge to go and do likewise, but for centuries it was primarily read allegorically and typologically. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave a close reading of the parable the night before he died, and precisely one year before he died, he proposed that we read the parable through the lens of social justice.


Date: Monday, April 8
Speaker: Professor Peter Ajer
Title: "The Woman at the Well: Building Bridges Across Divides"
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Saint Mary's College Chapel, SMC

The Samaritans and the anceint Jews were enemies. In John 4:1-42, when Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well, we expect there might be hatred between them. However, Jesus and the woman engage in a deep, meaningful conversation, and she becomes a great apostle to the Samaritans. This presentation will move the conversation forward by showing that it is possible to build bridges across troubled relgious and social situations.


Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Speaker: Professor Donna Orsuto

Title: "Were Not Our Hearts Burning Within Us?": Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment
Time: 7:30-9:00pm 
Location: Claeys Lounge, Soda Center

In the context of the recent Synod of Bishops on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment" held in Rome, Donna Orsuto will use the Emmaus account of the disciples with Jesus (Luke 24) as a point of departure to reflect with young people on their faith questions, challenges, and concerns.

(Co-sponsored by the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture & Action)




Questions about the Bible, Theology, & Religion Lectures?
Please contact Father David Gentry-Akin (dgentry@stmarys-ca.edu), Program Coordinator. 



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