Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?

February 17, 2015

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – February 17, 2015 – The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce the lecture, “Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?,” an all-day event on Friday, February 27 in the McGann Conference Center on the Long Island Campus.

“Is God’s Charity Broad Enough for Bears?” will be presented by S. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., Ph.D., distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University in New York. The event will begin with a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and the presentation from Johnson at 10 a.m. Following at 11 a.m., there will be a Q&A session by respondents S. Suzanne Franck, C.S.J., J.D., associate professor of religious studies at SJC, and Kirk Lawrence, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at SJC. Johnson will conclude with a secondary presentation and Q&A session after lunch.

Johnson was named Fordham’s Teacher of the Year in 1998 and Graduate Professor of the Year in 2011. She has published six books, with her most recent Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love (2014) focusing on the study of evolution and creation. Johnson has also penned more than 100 essays in scholarly journals, chapters in edited books, book reviews and articles in popular journals. She is a former president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the interfaith American Theological Society.

This event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $20 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. For more information or to register, call 631.687.2681 or 631.687.1496. SJC is located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, and is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Avenue).

Founded in 2001, The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life investigates and articulates the various roles religious institutions and individual people of faith can take to enhance community life. The Institute sponsors research projects and educational seminars, develops cooperative programs with various religious organizations in the community and searches for service opportunities in the community for faculty and students.

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.