Lectures and Special Events

Spring 2018
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Bible, Theology, & Religion Lectures 

Date: Tuesday, March 13
Speaker: Professor Michael Barram
Title: "Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself: Covenantal Reasoning and the Common Good"

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

This lecture will help us to explore how biblical covenantal texts calling for economic justice in Israelite society seek to foster among their readers, ancient and contemorary, a deep and enduring communal well-being--and how we today might begin to reflect on and benefit from the reasoning advocated by these literary traditions of convenantal justice. This presentation will build upon some of the material discussed in Professor Barram's forthcoming book, Missional Ecoomics: Biblical Justice and Christian Formation (Eerdmans, May, 2018).


Date: Monday, April 9
Speaker: Professor Peter Claver Ajer
Title: "Transformative Spaces in John's Passion Narrative"

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

Jesus' final journey travels through the earthly spaces of the garden where he is arrested, the house of the high priest where he is interrogated, the praetorium where he is tried, and Golgotha where he is crucified. John's account ends in Jesus' death, yet the story is told in such a way that the reader is dissuaded from pitying Jesus or attempting to avoid a similar fate. By telling the story of Jesus' death as a triumph, John passively resists the Roman Empire and forms the basis for an alternative community that adheres to its values even at the cost of life itself.


Date: Monday, April 30
Speaker: Professor Andrew Prevot 
Title: "The Grace of Divine Union"
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

In this lecture, Andrew Prevot (Boston College) shares some new research about the reception of Christian mysticism in contemporary theology and philosophy. He argues that certain postmodern discourses about the ethical significance of "immanence" and "alterity"--that is, the inner experience of the flesh and the self's porosity to the other--can be traced back to mystical sources in the Christian tradition, and in this way reconnected with Christian theology. Nevertheless, he suggests that a problem arises insofar as these discourses weaken their traditional moorings in the Christian doctrine of grace, which teaches that the "mystical" is not merely a characteristic of subjectivity and relationality but an immeasurably wondrous gift of union with God. If this gift is real, then the conditions of postmodern ethics are fulfilled, but also life itself receives new meaning. The quotidian becomes a dwelling place for the eternal.
(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. 


Also, special public lecture:

Date: Wednesday, March 21
Speaker: Bishop Robert Barron
Title: "Looking At the World Through the Catholic Lens: Principal Themes in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition"

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: SMC Chapel

In this talk, widely acclaimed theologian and author Bishop Barron will explore the beauty, wisdom, and vitality of our extraordinary Catholic intellectual tradition and how it can be a rich resource for the renewal of culture today. The event is free and open to the public; guests are advised to arrive early to secure admission. For more information, contact Father Dave Gentry, dgentry@stmarys-ca.edu925-631-4790.

Campus Organizations

Saint Mary's College sponsors programs and events related to religious interests through a variety of academic departments and campus organizations, including the Mission & Ministry Center and the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA).

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