Theology Day

Hope: The Architecture of Peace

  In-person Event | Presenter: Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D.

This presentation aims to prepare audience members for the season of Advent by way of reflecting on the "signs of the times" and recalling the past to re-member our Christian commitment to peace and neighborly love. We will do this by placing two documents in conversation with each other: Pope John XXIIsI's 1963 encyclical "Pacem in terris" (Peace on earth) and Pope Francis' 2020 encyclical "Fratelli tutti" (All Brothers). Both documents outline a vision of peace grounded in the human person's innate human dignity, as well as a commitment to solidarity and the common good. Together we'll explore current "hard truths" we must confront if we are to "encounter" and see one another face-to-face (as modeled by the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke) as Pope Francis implores us to do.

Kari-Shane is an Associate Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at the College of the Holy Cross, her Masters at Duke University and then went on to receive her Ph.D. at Marquette University. Kari-Shane's areas of research and teaching include Catholic Moral Theology and Christian Ethics, Sexual Ethics and Feminist Theology an addition to Catholic Social Teaching.

Dates & Times

  • Thursday, September 15, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    Saint Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove  

  • Friday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, September 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


  • Friday, October 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 28, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

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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.

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