Lectures and Special Events

Fall 2018
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Bible, Theology, & Religion Lectures 

Date: Tuesday, October 9
Speaker: Professor Michael Barram
Title: "Missional Economics: Biblical Justice and Christian Formation" (panel discussion and book party)

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

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion and a festive book party celebrating Professor Michael Barram’s new book, Missional Economics: Biblical Justice and Christian Formation (Eerdmanns, 2018). Panelists are Professors Anne Carpenter, Zach Flanagin, Thomas Poundstone, and Norrie Palmer, as well as Ryan Lamberton from the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action.  Father Dave Gentry-Akin will moderate.


Date: Tuesday, October 23
Speaker: Ms. Tiffany Hoover
Title: "Seekers & Saints, Women of Transformation: Ruth, Teresa of Avila, and Dorothy Day" (one-woman play)

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

Accomplished actress Tiffany Hoover created the script “Seekers and Saints: Women of Transformation” as a one-woman show for her Masters of Theological Studies. The 80-minute performance includes monologues depicting the lives and epiphanies of three stunning, strong, and spiritual women of faith and action, Ruth, St. Teresa of Avila, and Dorothy Day.


Date: Monday, November 5
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
Title: "Is God's Charity Broad Enough for the Bears?"
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Starting with naturalist John Muir's provocative question, Johnson explores our relationship to the natural world within the context of today's dangerous ecological crisis. Drawing from evolutionary science and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Sí, she argues that loving earth's species as our “neighbor” is an intrinsic part of loving God, with deep ethical and spiritual results. 


Date: Tuesday, November 13
Speaker: Father Bryan Massingale

Title: "Racial Justice and The Catholic Church"
Time: 7:00-9:00pm (note: this lecture starts earlier than the others)
Location: Moraga Room, Soda Center

Confronting racism is difficult but essential work if we are to heal the brokenness in our society and our church. Father Massingale examines the presence of racism in America, from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. He also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used--and not used--to promote reconciliation and justice.

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

Please note earlier start time than usual.


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



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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