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Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, returns to campus in September

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, returns to deliver her second Myser Lecture in September.
Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, returns to deliver her second Myser Lecture in September.
Photo supplied by Fordham University.

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, will deliver the Myser Lecture Friday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. in The O’Shaughnessy, co-sponsored by the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity at St. Catherine University and Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality. 

Her lecture, “Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?”, draws from her most recent book, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love.

The award-winning scholar and author explores God’s relationship with the natural world in a book that has won critical acclaim. 

Reviewing the book for The Christian Century magazine, John Haught, professor emeritus of theology at Georgetown University wrote, “Ask the Beasts is an original, learned, and compellingly readable enlargement of Christian theology after Darwin.”

This is Johnson's second visit to St. Kate's as featured lecturer for the Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity. In 2008, she delivered the address “Seeking the Living God: Nourishing Faith with the Living Tradition.”

More about Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

Johnson is a Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, where she teaches in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She is former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the oldest and largest society of theologians in the world, and the American Theological Society, an ecumenical association.

She joined the religious order of the Sisters of Saint Joseph as a young adult and received a Ph.D. in theology from Catholic University of America, where she taught for ten years before moving to Fordham. Her honors include the Fordham University’s Teaching Award (1998) and Professor of the Year Award (2011) as well as the Catholic Theological Society’s John Courtney Murray Award for distinguished achievement in theology (2004).

Deeply involved in the life of the church, Johnson served on the national Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue, was a consultant to the US Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Women in Church and Society, and served on the Vatican-sponsored dialogue between science and religion and the ecumenical conference on Christ and world religions. She was also a core committee member of the Common Ground Initiative to reconcile polarized groups in the Catholic Church.

Ticket details

The Myser Lecture is free but tickets are required and will be available starting August 3 at The O'Shaughnessy Ticket Office

Aug. 3, 2015 by Julie Michener

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