Sundays at CTU with Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ
March 14, 2021 @ 3:00 PM CST - March 14, 2021 @ 4:30 PM CST
Sr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ
Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Distinguished Professor Emerita at Fordham University in New York City, is an author of numerous works in theology, most recently Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, she loves to teach and is most fond of being awarded Fordham’s professor of the year award. The recipient of honorary degrees including one from CTU, she has been deeply involved in the life of the church, serving on the national U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue, the Vatican-sponsored dialogue between science and religion, and the original committee of the Common Ground Initiative started by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin to reconcile divided factions in the church.
Enfolded with Affection: Imagining “Us” in Creation Theology
We humans already find it difficult to expand the boundary of “us” to include people who differ by race, class, sexual orientation, political opinion, and myriad other markers. The problem intensifies when kinship with other species is called for as a remedy in this time of ecological devastation. Placing the whole earth in the framework of creation, this talk explores how God “enfolds with affection” even the least of creatures (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ 77). On this basis prayer, preaching, and policy can green up. The psalmist’s prayer “may God bless us” widens to include all of us creatures from the Arctic to the Antarctic ends of the earth.
Lecture will follow immediately
In 2019, the Dr. Barry Rankin Sundays at CTU Lecture Series on God’s Creation was established to explore themes of eco-theology, celebrating a “cosmos saturated with divinity.” The series memorializes the scholarship and contributions of the late Dr. Barry Rankin, a key organizer of Catholic Theological Union.
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