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Power, Control and Pluralism: Being Church in a Secular Age

William J. Cahoy, Ph.D.

What is the church's place in an increasingly secular, pluralistic society? Is it our mission to be in control as a way to advance the kingdom of God? If not, how do we bring about just, humane structures and policies in society? To address such questions we will engage in a theological reflection on power and its relation to love and control. Our reflection will be informed by the character of God's power as revealed in Scripture and the person of Christ. It will also consider Vatican II's Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Decree on Religious Liberty, the example of Pope Francis, and the exercise of power in the church.

Dr. Cahoy, Dean Emeritus and Associate Professor of Theology, served as Dean of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary from 1995-2015. He completed his masters and doctoral work at Yale University, and served as chair of the Department of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. He currently directs a Lilly-funded project to equip pastoral leaders for community formation in parishes and congregations.

Dates & Locations

Friday, February 3rd, 8:30 am-1:00 pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville, MN 56321

Friday, February 10th, 8:30 am-1:00 pm - The Community of the Blessed Sacrament, 11300 North 64th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Friday, February 24th, 8:30 am-1:00 pm - Emmaus Hall, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville, MN 56321

Thursday, March 30th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm - Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Thursday, May 11th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm - Saint Joseph the Worker, Church 7180 Hemlock Lane North, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Theology Day is a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

A typical Theology Day consists of registration and refreshments, followed by a period of conversation/presentation/lecture. The conversation then continues as participants are given a chance to continue their discussions with one another. Morning presentations at Emmaus Hall are followed by a complimentary lunch for all participants, and most evening sessions include refreshments.

There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required. Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of Theology and Seminary are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact our Development Office at 320-363-3570 or [email protected].

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