Holy Spirit’s Influence in Contemporary Dialogue, Issues to Be Explored at Upcoming Duquesne Lecture

Reckless, aggressive or hostile encounters can disrupt society's ability to realize community on a global scale. Duquesne University's 12th annual Holy Spirit Lecture will consider the subtle capacity of the spirit to lead individuals to new discoveries and unexpected experiences of grace, justice and wisdom.

Dr. M. Shawn Copeland, professor of systematic theology at Boston College, will present The Holy Spirit and the Challenge of Difference on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom. Dr. Hannah Bacon, associate professor in feminist and contextual theology at the University of Chester, will respond to Copeland's lecture. A reception will follow.

Copeland 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.

The annual Holy Spirit Lecture is an expression of Duquesne's 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.

The Holy Spirit Lecture is free and open to the public. Register online or by emailing holyspirit@duq.edu. The lecture also will be broadcast online.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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