Theology Day

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.

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.

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We will be adapting a new hybrid model for Theology Day events. Events held at Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University, will be synchronous. Webinar events will be live.

Registration will close five business days prior. Please register for one of the remaining open dates.

All times listed are Central Time Zone.

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Noreen Herzfeld

Panentheism: A Way of Seeing God's Presence in the World

  In-person Event | Presenter: Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D.

Colossians 3:11 tells us "There is only Christ. He is everything and he is in everything." Panentheism views God as present in the universe yet more than the universe...

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Dates & Times

  • Friday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Friday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, October 22, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Thursday, November 11, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    Saint Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove

Larry Fraher

Exploring the Journey of Becoming: A Look at the Relationship of Faith and Imagination

  Online Event | Presenter: Larry Fraher, Ph.D.

Often relegated to the realm of childhood and fantasy, the imagination gets a bad rap. The last thought most may consider is the impact of the imagination upon the experience of faith. But there are great connections to be discovered...

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Dates & Times

  • Friday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Thursday, February 10, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Online

Fr. Dale Launderville

Truth-telling, Testimony, and Prophecy: Hearing and Bearing witness to God's Active Presence in Our Lives in a Secular Age

  In-person Event | Presenter: Fr. Dale Launderville, Ph.D.

The psalms of thanksgiving tell us that when God intervenes in our lives we are obliged to proclaim this energizing event to the believing community (Pss 22:23-32; 40:2-11). Our experience of God’s presence is to encourage others to trust more deeply in God’s care for all of us...

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Dates & Times

  • Thursday, September 23, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Church of Saint Mary, Alexandria

  • Friday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Friday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, December 10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

Audrey Seah

Theologies of Disability and Aging: Becoming a Vulnerable Communion

  Online Event | Presenter: Audrey Seah, Ph.D.

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, yet they are consistently overlooked and excluded by church and society. This lecture provides an introduction to the growing field of disability theology which aims to right this wrong...

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Dates & Times

  • Saturday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Online

  • Saturday, April 30, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Online

Fr. Michael Patella

The Garden of Eden and the Human Condition: Nostalgia or Anticipation?

  In-person Event | Presenter: Fr. Michael Patella, OSB

The story of Adam and Eve, originating over two-and-a-half millennia ago, arose at a time when the anthropological worldview was vastly different from our own. While we now stand under the light of the Big Bang Theory and evolutionary biology, this Genesis account of the human condition is still the basis for Christian salvation history...

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Dates & Times

  • Friday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Thursday, February 24, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Church of Saint Mary, Alexandria

  • Friday, March 4, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, March 4, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Online

Chris Conway

Apples and Oranges? An Interreligious Approach to Loving God and Neighbor

  In-person Event | Presenter: Chris Conway, Ph. D.

The reality of religious pluralism—that there are many religions, that many good and sincere people practice these many religions, and that these many religions will remain many—invites us to grow in our love for God and neighbor by encountering what is true, good, and holy in these traditions...

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Dates & Times

  • Thursday, January 20, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis

  • Friday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Online

  • Thursday, March 10, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Saint Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove

  • Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Online