Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series

This is an ongoing lecture workshop and conference series within the Buffalo/Niagara Region. It is designed to foster conversations about important issues involving the relationship between Christianity and culture. It promotes cooperation and understanding across religious, gender and ethnic lines.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Canisius College Institute for the Global Study of Religion and the Ecumenical Community of Western New York. 

Upcoming Events


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Can Christian Theology Make Sense of Evolution?

Thursday, October 24, 2013; 7:30 PM
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center;
Grupp Fireside Lounge

John F. Haught is senior fellow of science and religion at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center. He specializes in systematic theology but has a particular interest in issues that pertain to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology and religion. He is the author of hundreds of articles and 18 books, including Is Nature Enough? Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science and God After Darwin: The Theology of Evolution. His latest book is Science and Faith: A New Introduction.

He lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion and is the recipient of several recognitions including the 2002 Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion, 2004 Sophia Award for Theological Excellence, and 2008 Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education. In 2009, in recognition of his work on theology and science, Haught was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Louvain. He testifi ed for the plaintiffs in the Harrisburg, PA “intelligent design trial” (Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Board of Education).


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Vatican II and the Asian Catholic Churches: Reception, Renewal, Revival

Thursday, February 6, 2014; 7:30 PM
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center;
Grupp Fireside Lounge

Peter C. Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University and is the founding Director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies. He has earned three doctorates: Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Universitas Pontifi cia Salesiana, Rome, and Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Divinity from the University of London. He is the fi rst non-white person to be elected President of Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010 he was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic Theological Society of America for outstanding achievements in theology.

His publications in theology are wide-ranging. They deal with the theology of icon in Orthodox theology (Culture and Eschatology: The Iconographical Vision of Paul Evdokimov); patristic theology (Social Thought; Grace and the Human Condition); eschatology (Eternity in Time: A Study of Rahner’s Eschatology; Death and Eternal Life); the history of mission in Asia (Mission and Catechesis: Alexandre de Rhodes and Inculturation in Seventeenth-Century Vietnam) and liberation, inculturation and interreligious dialogue (Christianity with an Asian Face; In Our Own Tongues; Being Religious Interreligiously).


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Jesuits and Music: The Case of the Latin American Jesuit Missions

Monday, February 24, 2014; 7:30 PM
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center;
Regis South

T. Frank Kennedy, SJ is the Canisius Professor at Boston College where he is rector of the Jesuit Community and director of the Jesuit Institute, a research institute at Boston College, As a musicologist with his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Kennedy has edited, produced and professionally recorded four baroque operas associated with the early Society of Jesus. He has lectured and published widely about Jesuits and music, with particular attention to the music of the Latin American Jesuit missions during the Colonial Period. Though he is used to writing about music, his previous training as a harpsichordist (he completed a master of fi ne arts degree in harpsichord and baroque performance practice at Tulane University) has left him with an enduring desire to bring early music to life again. This desire has been the impetus to revive these early Jesuit chamber operas. Along with John O’Malley, he has hosted two international conferences on Jesuits and culture resulting in two books: The Jesuits: Cultures, Sciences and the Arts, 1540-1773. (Vol. 1 -1999 & II- 2006, University of Toronto). Father Kennedy was the Martin C. D’Arcy Professor at Oxford University in winter 2004.


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A Vatican II for Protestants?

Tuesday, April 29, 2014; 7:30 PM
Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center;
Regis North

rian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha,and Mohammed Cross the Road? He has contributed articles, columns and interviews to many periodicals, including Leadership, Sojourners, Worship Leader, and Conversations. He has been profi led in Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and many other print media. Time listed him among twenty-fi ve infl uential Christian leaders in America. 

In 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, transdenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. In 1986, he became the church’s first full-time pastor, and served until 2006, when he left the pastorate to devote full-time to writing and speaking. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid-1980s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular speaker for campus groups, seminaries, and clergy and leadership conferences, nationally and internationally. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including the gospel and global crises; theology and postmodernity; liturgy, preaching and spiritual formation; evangelism and interreligious dialogue; and faith and social justice.