On October 2, the Ecumenical Institute will launch CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine, a new program for health care professionals, ministry professionals, and interested lay persons. CONNECT will focus on the integration of faith traditions and medical practices into a holistic understanding of healthy persons, congregations, communities, and institutions. This 8-month program leads to 9 graduate credits or various professional credits, depending on student need. The program will kick off on October 2 at 7 pm with a public lecture by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas. See the program overview for details. For more information or to register, contact program director Dr. Pat Fosarelli (410/864-4204).
On Thursday, April 3, Bishop Rowan Williams (the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury) delivered the 2014 Dunning Lecture, titled “Theology as a Way of Life,” to a record audience. Approximately 600 people gathered in Laubacher Hall and two simulcast areas to hear Williams’ winsome invitation to “theological behavior” that is unafraid of self-scrutiny, patient with life’s deepest mysteries, and hospitable to conversation. Inviting hearers to reflect on moments of new possibility and on practices of prayer and contemplation, Williams concluded that “what it all adds up to is joy.”
St. Mary’s Laubacher Hall was close to full on November 20, when Dr. James D. G. Dunn delivered the Ecumenical Institute’s annual Dunning Lecture to over 250 eager listeners. The lecture, “Jesus as Remembered by John,” was followed by a lively period of Q&A and discussion. Hearts and Minds Books of Dallastown, PA sold copies of his many books, and Dunn graciously signed for all who cued up.
On Thursday, November 8, Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, delivered a stimulating Dunning Lecture at St. Mary’s entitled “The Death of the Messiah: Theology, Spirituality, Politics”.