Kennedy Lecture

The Kennedy Lecture is an annual event that is the gift of Thomas and Richard Kennedy, in memory of their parents, Keith and Joan Kennedy. This series aims to challenge us and to stimulate thinking by engaging prominent persons in the field of religion and ethics.

2018 Kennedy Lecture will be presented Saturday morning, January 27, 2018.
Speaker:  Bishop George Murry, SJ of Youngstown, Ohio

The Times Demand It. The Gospel Demands It.
         Confronting the Sins of Racism
in Biss Hall, below the church
Coffee at 8:30 AM,  Lecture begins at 9:00 AM

Bishop Murry is Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.  See the article in America magazine  Catholic-Church-must-do-more-combat-racism-says-bishop

Sign Up Now!  No charge, but pre-registration is appreciated.  Parking in The Green Garage is free for this event with validated ticket.

RESOURCES:
Bishop Murry at MLK Memorial http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/press-conference-bishop-murry-mlk-memorial-october-2-2017.cfm 

Racism: Confronting the Poison in Our Common Home   http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/racism/upload/racism-backgrounder.pdf

Ground Rules for Civil Dialogue  http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/parishes-and-schools/upload/Civil-Dialogue-bulletin-insert.pdf

African American Affairs Ministry Diocese of Charlotte, NC
Awareness/ Evangelization/Spiritual Enlightenment/ Outreach   Rosheene Adams, Director rladams@charlottediocese.org

THE NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC CONGRESS Represents African American Roman Catholics, working in collaboration with National Roman Catholic organizations. https://www.nbccongress.org/

MECK MIN Founded in 1987, Mecklenburg Ministries is an interfaith, interracial, and multi-ethnic organization that seeks to build bridges across differences by engaging clergy, encouraging congregations and energizing the community through the inspiration of our shared faith traditions.  Resources for Racial Equity http://www.meckmin.org/racial-equity/

THE HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE AT LEVINE CENTER FOR THE ARTS 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (704) 547-3700  http://www.ganttcenter.org/

Kennedy Lecture Committee
Peter Judge, Chair
Cynthia Aziz
Christine Pearson
Cyndi Rios
Suzie Shermer
Joan Guthrie
Fr. James Shea SJ

Past Lecturers
2017,  Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ  “Save the World or Savor It? Being Reached by the Widow, Orphan and Stranger.” See the video at this link: Greg Boyle St Peter Kennedy Lecture 2017 
2016    Gerard Mannion, DPhil., Amaturo Professor in Catholic Studies at Georgetown University “Remembering the Future and Re-engaging the People of God: Pope Francis and Vatican II”
2015     Edwina Gateley  “Discipleship: Giving Birth to God in a Contemporary World”
2014     Rev. Daniel Groody, CSC  “Dying to Live: Migration,Human Trafficking and Theology”
2013     Rev. Bryan Massingale, S.T.D.   “The Dark Nights of Malcolm X:
Catholic Spirituality and the Challenge of Social Justice”
2012     Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ  “The Heavens Proclaim: Astronomy and
the Search for God”
2011     Fr. William O’Neill, SJ “Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and
Its Theological Origins”
2010     Margaret O’Brien Steinfels  “Reinventing Catholic”
2009     Edward Kessler  “Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations”
2007     Shawn Copeland  “Who is My Neighbor?”
2006     Thomas J. Reese, SJ  “Survival Guide for Thinking Catholics”
2005     Luke Timothy Johnson  “Faith and Possessions”
2004     Susan A. Ross  “Women’s Work as Unopened Gift”
2003     James F. Keenan, SJ  “Living With an Adult Conscience”
2002     Stanley Hauerwas “Why the American Way of Death is not the
Christian Way”
2001     Megan McKenna “Parables: Visiting the Kingdom”
2000     Sidney Callahan “Tomorrow’s Church: New Roles for Men and Women”

 

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