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The Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Lecture 2022

October 11, 2022 @ 4:00 PM CT - October 11, 2022 @ 5:30 PM CT


Rev. Stephen Bevans, SVD

Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture, Emeritus


Stephen Bevans is an ordained member of the missionary congregation the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and from 1998 until 2015 held the Louis J. Luzbetak Chair of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union. He has lectured and taught all over the world and has written or edited some twenty books, including Models of Contextual Theology (2002), An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective (2009), Mission and Culture: The Louis J. Luzbetak Lectures (2014), and Essays in Contextual Theology (2018). From 2014 until 2022 he served as a member of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on World Mission and Evangelism.


Pachamama Christianity: The Pan-Amazonian Synod and Indigenous Religious Identity


In the early hours of the morning of October 21, 2019, two right wing Catholic men broke into the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina in Rome. They stole four carved wooden statues of a naked pregnant woman that had been on display and used in a papal ceremony during the Pan-Amazonian Synod that was nearing its conclusion that week and threw them into the Tiber River. What was the meaning of these statues and the ceremony in the presence of the pope in which they appeared? Was this an example of syncretism, of dual religious belonging, or an exercise in what Pope Francis called “daring prudence” in terms of inculturation of the gospel? These are the questions on which the 2022 Luzbetak Lecture on Mission and Culture will reflect and attempt to answer.


Catholic Theological Union, Room 210

5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60615


About the Louis J. Luzbetak Lecture

The Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Chair of Mission and Culture was endowed by the Chicago Province of the Society of the Divine Word in order to highlight the important link between mission, Christianity, and culture, which has been a key element of its charism since the late nineteenth century. The chair and annual lectureship appropriately bears the name of Fr. Louis Luzbetak, SVD (1918-2005), cultural anthropologist and ecumenically-recognized pioneer in the field of missionary anthropology.


Co-sponsored by the CTU Committee of World Mission


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