Theology Day

Ben Durheim Lydia Mattern

Growing Hope Where Anger Flourishes

  In-person Event | Presenter: Benjamin Durheim, Ph.D.; Student Collaborator: Lydia Mattern

The current political and social ethos of rural America is widely characterized by anger, outrage, and resentment. Sociologists have also noted that these communally-manifested motions seem to respond more readily to rituals (such as political rallies) than to policy change, argument, or data presentation. Join us as we engage these currents of rural American life and explore the liturgical and acramental cultivation of one antidote to a toxic political and social climate conditioed by anger: the Christian virtue of hope.

Dr. Benjamin Durheim is a visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at the College of St. Benedict and Saint John's University, teaching courses in liturgical and sacramental theology, ethics, and systematics. He received his B.A. from CSB/SJU, his M.A. from Saint John's School of Theology and SEminary, and his Ph.D. from boston College. His published works include a book titled Christ's Gift, Our Response, and articles on ecumenism, liturgical and sacramental practice, and social ethics. 

Lydia Matternis a sophomore at the College of Saint Benedict. She is working toward a major in Theology as well as two minors in Communciations and Sociology. She is from Fargo, North Dakota, and is very passionate about social justice and her faith life.

Dates & Times

  • Thursday, September 29, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    Church of Saint Mary, Alexandria

  • Friday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Emmaus Hall, Saint John's University

  • Friday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • Thursday, November 3, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

    Saint Joseph the Worker, Maple Grove

  • Friday, November 11,  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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