From public figures, to family, to friends, and even when looking deeply within ourselves, people often arrive at decisions and conclusions based on their personal understandings or interpretations of the concepts of right and wrong conduct. The study of ethics seeks to resolve questions about human morality by defining the concepts of good versus evil.
Sister Margaret A. Farley, ethicist and professor emerita at Yale Divinity School, will explore key questions within Christian ethics on Sunday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m. as part of the spring Maryknoll Speakers Series. A member of the Sisters of Mercy, Sister Farley’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.
Sister Farley’s presentation, “Forgiveness in the Service of Justice and Love,” is based on an essay from her recent collection, Changing The Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, published by Orbis Books, the publishing division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.
Sister Farley is Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School. She is the author or co-editor of seven books, including “Personal Commitments: Beginning, Keeping, Changing” and “Compassionate Respect.” Sister Farley’s “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics” received criticism from the Vatican for its moral views that contradicted teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Sister Farley also has published more than 100 articles and chapters of books about topics of ethical methodology, medical ethics, sexual ethics, social ethics, historical theological ethics, ethics and spirituality, justice and HIV/AIDS.
Love and forgiveness are intertwined, according to Sister Farley, and she will discuss the ways divine and human forgiveness are forms of love. Forgiveness, for Sister Farley, offers a way to a form of human “de-centering” known in Christian circles as other-centered love that is necessary in a conflict-driven world.
On the same day that Maryknoll welcomes Ms. Farley, the Maryknoll Museum of Living Mission and the Maryknoll Gift Shop will be open to the public 1-5 p.m. A temporary exhibit in the museum features the path to canonization for four Maryknoll priests.
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