Upcoming Public Events

Below is a listing of upcoming public events sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center at Saint John's University. For Jay Phillips Center events at the University of St. Thomas and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area click here

Jesus, Jews, and Christians: Redeeming Our Sacred Story
Lecture by Mary C. Boys

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Quad 264, Saint John's University

The story of Jesus, particularly of his death and resurrection, lies at the core of Christian faith and identity. From generation to generation, different "tellings" of this story have functioned in sacred and saving ways for Christians. Yet there have also been and remain troubling tellings, including those that misrepresent Jesus as standing apart from rather than within the world of Jewish faith, that present a caricature of Jews and the Judaism of Jesus' time, and that falsely blame Jews - even "the Jews" - for the crucifixion of Jesus. These sacrilegious tellings of the story, which have fostered untold hostility and violence against Jews, cry out for redemption. Drawing from her recently published Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians, Mary C. Boys will explore what is entailed in such redemption and will offer a "transformed telling" of Christianity's central story.

MaryBoysMary C. Boys is dean of academic affairs and Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where she has taught for twenty years, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, also in New York City. She previously served for seventeen years on the faculty of Boston College. Having received her master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in a joint program with Union Theological Seminary, Dr. Boys did advanced study at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Jerusalem, Israel, and received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Catholic Theological Union, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Gratz College. She is the author of six books, including Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions (1989), Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding (2000), and Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians (2013). She also has edited four books and published nearly 100 articles in scholarly and popular journals. A Seattle native, she has been a member since 1965 of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in collaboration with the CSB/SJU Department of Theology


God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India
Lecture by Bradley Malkovsky

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 4:15 p.m.
Quad 264, Saint John's University

Drawing from his recently published God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India, theologian Bradley Malkovsky will explain how years of first-hand encounters with Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims in India caused him to develop a more expansive understanding of God's gracious presence and activity outside his own Catholic tradition. With a great many images accompanying his presentation, he will give special attention to questions raised through interfaith experience about the universal significance of Christ.

Brad MalkovskyBradley Malkovsky is associate professor of comparative religion at the University of Notre Dame. In his teaching there he focuses on doctrinal and spiritual issues in the relationship of Christianity with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Tübingen in Germany and he has studied Sanskrit and Hindu thought at the University of Poona in Pune, India. Specializing in the field of Hindu-Christian dialogue, he has been the editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies for thirteen years. Among his own writings are The Role of Divine Grace in the Soteriology of Samkaracarya (2001) and God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India (2013), for which he won the Huston Smith Publishing Prize. Huston Smith, one of the world's preeminent scholars of comparative religion, called God's Other Children "the most interesting and inspiring book that I have read in a very long time." Commenting on the same book, the renowned Hindu scholar Anantanand Rambachan said that "Malkovsky takes us on a journey that illumines both heart and mind as he invites our own reflection on the significance of our encounters with people of other faiths." Prominent Jesuit scholar of Hinduism Francis X. Clooney said that "Malkovsky has written a classic for our time, a testimony matching our best efforts to keep the faith and celebrate the diversity around us."

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning in collaboration with the CSB/SJU Department of Theology