Widely regarded among the most influential and creative Catholic theologians in the world, Elizabeth A. Johnson is noted particularly for her contributions that provide a feminist perspective to the central themes of Christianity. From the question of belief to the mysteries of God, Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit, Sister Elizabeth’s insights and concern for people on the margins of life and an imperiled planet add urgency and passion to her reflections.
A member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sister Elizabeth will address “Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?” on Sunday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the fall season of the Maryknoll Speakers Series. Sister Elizabeth’s presentation will be held at the Maryknoll Mission Center at 55 Ryder Road in Ossining.
Presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made by email at MaryknollSpeakersSeries@maryknoll.org or by calling 914-941-7636 extension 2445. Additional information and directions can be found at www.maryknollsociety.org.
The topic question is from American naturalist John Muir. He came upon a dead bear in the woods and scorned those whose religious beliefs would reserve heaven for only people. With growing concern for the environment and the issues addressed by Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si', Sister Elizabeth probes the meaning of creation and links the care for plants and animals with faith’s passion for the living God. Once people see that the evolving community of life on Earth is the continuing dwelling place of the Holy Spirit, then action on behalf of eco-justice becomes an indivisible part of a person’s spirituality.
Sister Elizabeth is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Her most recent book is Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God (Orbis Books 2015).
On the same day that Maryknoll welcomes Sister Elizabeth, the Maryknoll Museum of Living Mission and the Maryknoll Gift Shop will be open to the public 1-5 p.m. A new temporary exhibit in the museum features the photos of nature by Maryknoll Brother John Argauer.