Santa Clara Lecture

In 1994, through the generosity of Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Department of Religious Studies of Santa Clara University inaugurated the Santa Clara Lectures.

This series brings to campus leading scholars in theology, offering the University community and the general public an ongoing exposure to debate on the most significant issues of our times. Santa Clara University publishes these lectures and distributes them throughout the United States and internationally.

  • Looking at Vatican II with Pope Francis' Eyes

    Looking at Vatican II with Pope Francis' Eyes

    Leadership and Spirituality

    From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter's after his election, he caught the attention of the world and soon became acknowledged as one of the great leaders of our times. However, unlike his immediate predecessors he rarely speaks about Vatican II. Why? How, if at all, do his sometimes dramatic gestures relate to the council?

  • Grace in Shakespeare

    Grace in Shakespeare

    Marilynne Robinson, author Gilead, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, shares on the depth of experience present in Shakespeare's work that sheds light on Grace.

  • To Recognize and Develop the Spiritual Bonds that Unite Us

    To Recognize and Develop the Spiritual Bonds that Unite Us

    A Reflection on Christian-Muslim Relations Since Vatican II

    This Santa Clara Lecture wishes to assess the progress of this dialogue since Vatican II in four areas: harmonious living, cooperation in the service of others, theoretical foundations, and sharing of religious experience.

  • Multiple Religious Belonging and Christian Identity

    Multiple Religious Belonging and Christian Identity

    In this lecture, we discuss the different types of multiple religious belonging, while also attempting to understand the logic of single and exclusive religious belonging which remains the ideal for most religious traditions.

  • Cross-Racial Solidarity

    Cross-Racial Solidarity

    Insights from and Challenges to Catholic Social Thought

    In the 2010-2011 Santa Clara Lecture, Professor Bryan Massingale will seek to address these questions and reflect on the the kind of virtues and spirituality needed for cross-racial solidarity today.

  • Evangelization and Inter-religious Dialogue

    Evangelization and Inter-religious Dialogue

    Compatible Parts of Christian Mission?

    The lecture addressed the theme of Christian mission (evangelization as part of Christian calling) in the context of religious pluralism.

  • Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square

    Prophetic Discourse in the Public Square

    This lecture will examine the ethics of using prophetic discourse with respect to morally and politically controversial issues in a pluralistic society.

  • Diversity as Tradition: Why the Future of Christianity is Looking more Like its Past

    Diversity as Tradition: Why the Future of Christianity is Looking more Like its Past

    Macy argues it is time to recover diversity as the real tradition of Christianity, a diversity open once again to accepting the best of each Christian community as well as the best of the traditions with which Christians interact.

  • Newman and the Restoration of the Interpersonal in Higher Education”

    Newman and the Restoration of the Interpersonal in Higher Education”

    Buckley delves into the meaning of the difference between Newman's vision for the modern university and the reality of today's institutions.

  • Church Leadership, Ethics and the Future

    Church Leadership, Ethics and the Future

    Most Roman Catholic clergy and bishops receive little if any professional ethical training. While they are taught how to govern and make ethically accountable the members of their congregations, they are not taught by what reasoning, insights, or norms, they should govern themselves ethically.

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