Holy Spirit Lectures Collection, Duquesne University

The Duquesne University annual Holy Spirit Lecture is an expression of its mission and charism as a University founded by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. The lecture encourages the exploration of ideas pertaining to the theology of the Holy Spirit within an ecumenical context and in dialogue with contemporary issues. 
For more information please see duq.edu/holyspirit.  

2019 Lecture: Discerning the Holy Spirit in the World of Religious Pluralism(s), Secularism(s), and Science(s): A Multilayered Constructive Christian Vision of Pneumatology for the Third Millennium

Rev. Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Dr. Theol. HabilRev. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Dr. Theol. Habil., University of Helsinki) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California and Docent of Ecumenics at the University of Helsinki.  He did his post-doctoral work on ecumenical pneumatology at St. John's University and Abbey in Collegeville, MN, under the mentorship of Fr. Kilian McDonell, OSB.    

2018 Lecture: The Holy Spirit and the Challenge of Difference

Picture of Dr. M. Shawn CopelandDr. M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology at Boston College, is recognized as one of the most important influences in North America in drawing attention to the issues surrounding African-American Catholics. A former convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, she is the recipient of six honorary degrees, the Seton Medal and the Congar Award for excellence in theology.

Copeland maintains that reckless, aggressive or hostile encounters can disrupt society's ability to realize community on a global scale. She reflects on the subtle capacity of the spirit to lead individuals to new discoveries and unexpected experiences of grace, justice and wisdom.

2017 Lecture: The Jewish Origin of Christian Pneumatology 

Picture of Dr. Jack LevisonDr. Jack Levison, the W.J.A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at the Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University Internationally recognized scholar shares his insight into the essence of Christian pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit) as it relates to the history of Israel.

Levison discusses the acceptance of pneumatology as a Christian belief from a theological perspective, rather than a biblical one. Levison sites that the Holy Spirit arose 500 years before Christian doctrine, when two Israelite prophets introduced the Spirit into the traditions of the exodus.
It is surprising how often the New Testament mentions the Holy Spirit and how little explanation it offers to the identity of the Spirit. That means that the Jewish writers and readers of these sacred writings shared among themselves an understanding of the Spirit that escapes us today. It is thus important to hear Jack Levison reveal the Jewish roots of Christianity's theology of the Spirit.

Levison is the author and editor of more than a dozen books and a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. He is an authority on the Holy Spirit in Jewish and Christian scripture, and teaches courses on Pneumatology, Jewish interpretations of the Hebrew Bible; and prophecy, among others.

2016 Lecture: Beyond the Filioque Disputes? Re-assessing the Radical Equality of the Spirit through the Ascetic and Mystical Tradition

Picture of Sarah CoakleySarah Coakley, is the Norris-Hulse Professional of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. Presents a lecture entitled, "Beyond the Filioque Disputes? Re-assessing the Radical Equality of the Spirit through the Ascetic and Mystical Tradition." Sarah Coakley is an Anglican priest of the diocese of Ely and an honorary canon of Ely Cathedral.

Coakley previously taught at Lancaster, Oxford and Harvard Universities (where she was Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity, 1995-2007), and she has been a visiting Professor at Princeton University (2003-4). She is a philosopher of religion and systematic theologian with strong interests in interdisciplinary engagement and in the reassessment of historical theology for contemporary life.

No Lecture in 2015

2014 Lecture: An Evangelizing Communion: The Church, the Holy Spirit, and Vatican II

Picture of Monsignor Paul McPartlanMonsignor Paul McPartlan, is a member of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as well as in international dialogues with the Orthodox, Methodist and Anglican churches. He also has authored several books and articles on ecclesiology and ecumenism.

In this lecture McPartlan explores the significance of the Second Vatican Council and its idea of the church as an evangelizing communion. There is a great need to realize the ideal of the Church as communion.
McPartlan illustrates how the Church's attention to the communion among its own members and its mission to proclaim the good news of the reconciliation and peace that Christ gives to the world both originate in the Holy Spirit. These inward and outward tendencies complement each other, originating from the same Spirit.

2013 Lecture: How Does the Holy Spirit Assist the Church in Its Teaching?

Picture of Dr. Richard GaillardetzDr. Richard Gaillardetz, the Joseph Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, reflects on the Holy Spirit's role in the Church and on how bishops teach "in the light of the Holy Spirit" as defined by Vatican II in the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation. His paper is entitled, How Does the Holy Spirit Assist the Church in Its Teachings?

Gaillardetz reflects on how members of all churches are looking for ways to empower their members-ordained and non-ordained alike-to participate in the teaching ministry. He believes a common misunderstanding in Catholicism regarding the Spirit's assistance given to the bishops is the result of an underdeveloped understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the church.

No Lecture in 2012

2011 Lecture: The Unexpected God: How Christian Faith Discovers the Holy Spirit

Picture of Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J.The Rev. Brian E. Daley, S.J., the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, is a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which, in 2003, made a statement of historical importance: the Filioque need no longer divide the Eastern and Western traditions. These two Christian traditions had divergent understandings and Creeds concerning the origin of the Spirit.

"If the Orthodox affirmed in their Creed that the Holy Spirit proceeds ‘from the Father,' the Catholic tradition confessed that the Holy Spirit proceeds ‘from the Father and the Son' (Filioque, in Latin). As a member of the Theological Commission, Fr. Daley thus had a significant contribution to this thorny issue. Daley also speaks about the identity of the Holy Spirit in general, paying special attention to the tradition of the early Church.

Daley studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and taught historical theology at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology before joining the faculty at Notre Dame. He is the author of The Hope of the Early Church, On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies and Gregory of Nazianzus.

2010 Lecture: Dust and DNA: The Intertwining of Word and Spirit in History and the Trinitarian Life

Picture of Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes, IIIThe Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes III, author of, Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in Christian Life, which, as described by publisher Continuum, "takes a realistic and contemporary view of human being as entirely physical (dust) and then shows it immersed in three great tides of the Holy Spirit, the traditional threefold rhythm of conversion, transfiguration and glory." His presentation is entitled, Dust and DNA: The Intertwining of Word and Spirit in History and the Trinitarian Life.

2009 Lecture: Whose Sins You Shall Forgive ... The Holy Spirit and the Forgiveness of Sin(s)

Picture of Dr. Sandra M. SchneidersDr. Sandra M. Schneiders, a professor emerita at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., presents a lecture entitled, Whose Sins You Shall Forgive: The Holy Spirit and the Forgiveness of Sin(s) in the Fourth Gospel.

Schneiders is a professor of New Testament studies and Christian spirituality, and she teaches courses on the New Testament, the Gospel of John, hermeneutics, biblical spirituality and religious life. She is the author of numerous books, including Selling All: Commitment, Consecrated Celibacy, and Community in Catholic Religious Life and The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture.

2008 Lecture: Creative Giver of Life: An Ecological Theology of the Holy Spirit

Picture of Elizabeth A. JohnsonElizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J. is former Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University. Johnson is an accomplished teacher, author, editor and public lecturer in theology. Her main areas of research focus on the mystery of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit; the communion of saints, including Mary; the dialogue with science and ecological ethics; the problem of suffering; and issues related to justice for women.

A former president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America, the oldest and largest association of theologians in the world, and the ecumenical American Theological Society, Johnson has served on the editorial boards of the journals Theological Studies, Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society and Theoforum.

2007 Lecture: The Holy Spirit in the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom

Picture of Right Rev. Bishop Kallistos WareThe Right Rev. Bishop Kallistos Ware, Auxiliary Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, addresses The Holy Spirit in the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.

Ware is best known for his classic study, The Orthodox Church, and has published widely on Eastern Orthodox theology, spirituality and history. He served for 35 years as a lecturer in Eastern Orthodox studies at Oxford University, and is one of the translators of the five-volume anthology of spiritual writings known as the Philokalia.

2006 Lecture: The Holy Spirit and Ecumenical Dialogue: Theological and Practical Dimensions

Picture of Cardinal Walter KasperCardinal Walter Kasper, former President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome, lectures on the theme "The Holy Spirit and Ecumenical Dialogue: Theological and Practical Dimensions".

The Council for Promoting Christian Unity guides and serves the ecumenical activities of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Kasper also served as president for the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews

2005 Lecture: The Holy Spirit, Witness and Martyrdom

Picture of Dr. Geoffrey WainwrightDr. Geoffrey Wainwright, the Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology at the Divinity School of Duke University, explores the theme "The Holy Spirit, Witness and Martyrdom."

Wainwright, former Robert Earl Cushman Professor of Christian Theology at the Divinity School of Duke University, is widely published in this subject matter and is involved in ecumenical relations.