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Gonzaga’s First Sister Mary Garvin Lecture Jan. 15 Explores ‘Solidarity in the (Cyber-)Body of Christ’

Posted on January 7, 2014 in: Events, Faculty & Staff, Faith, Lectures, Spotlight, Students

Agnes Brazal, Ph.D.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Agnes Brazal, Ph.D., will discuss “Solidarity in the (Cyber-) Body of Christ” at Gonzaga University’s first annual Sister Mary Garvin, SNJM, Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The free public lecture honors Sister Garvin, a religious studies professor at Gonzaga who died Jan. 5, 2013.

Christianity is deeply concerned with how we treat our neighbors. Like the printing press, the digital revolution is transforming society and religion. Among the questions Brazal will explore in the lecture are:

  • How should Christians understand themselves in the digital age?
  • How does membership in the (Cyber-)Body of Christ call for Christians to practice solidarity with others?
  • How are Christians in the digital age to address the segregation of the digital divide, the politics of exclusion or violence fostered through the Internet?

Brazal is director of the Office of Research and Publications and Coordinator of the Graduate program at the St. Vincent School of Theology, Philippines. Her publications include: “Transformative Theological Ethics: East Asian Contexts” (2010), “Faith on the Move: Toward a Theology of Migration in Asia” (2008), and “Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Reflections of Women in Asia” (2007).

The lecture is sponsored by Gonzaga’s religious studies department, the Center for Global Engagement, University Ministry, and the Chief Diversity Officer.  A defining theme of the Garvin Lecture in theology is to advance the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

A voluntary collection will be taken up at the lecture to provide aid to the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines.

For more information, please contact Gonzaga’s religious studies Professor Pat McCormick at (509) 313-6715 or via e-mail.

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