Conversations in Christ

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. The events are sponsored by the Canisius College Institute for the Global Study of Religion and the Ecumenical Community of Western New York. 

Upcoming Events

Alexander Mikkulich, Ph.D.

Racial Liberation: An Ignatian Way

Tuesday, October 11, 2017
Grupp Fireside Lounge at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius College

Alex Mikkulich is a Roman Catholic theologian and social ethicist. He devotes his scholarship and activism to racial equity in the Roman Catholic Church and society. He is a spiritual director in the tradition of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and currently serves as Assistant Director of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans. His “Breathing Space” essay (published in America magazine) won the 2016 Best Essay in a national weekly from the Catholic Press Association.

Alex draws upon Jesuit values and the Spiritual Exercise of St. Ignatius of Loyola to suggest a way of racial liberation for pre-dominantly white Jesuit colleges and universities. His essay “Breathing Spaces”: Jesuits Must Do More to Undo Racism,” provides background to this presentation.

This presentation is free and open to the public.


Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

Thursday, March 30
Montante Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.
Canisius College

Ilia Delio is a Franciscan sister of Washington, D.C. and an American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology.

Sister Ilia currently holds the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair in Theology at Villanova University, and is the author of seventeen books including Care for Creation (co-authored with Keith Warner and Pamela Woods) which won two Catholic Press Book Award in 2009, first place for social concerns and second place in Spirituality. Her recent books include The Unbearable Wholeness of Being: God, Evolution and the Power of Love (Orbis, 2013), which received the 2014 Silver Nautilus Book Award and a third place Catholic Press Association Award for Faith and Science.

Please join us and help welcome Sister Ilia. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Conversations in Christ & Culture: Past Speakers
  • John F. Haught, PhD, Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center
  • Peter C. Phan, PhD, Georgetown University
  • T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, Canisius Professor at Boston College
  • Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist and networker among innovative Christian leaders.
  • Fr. Dean Brackley, S.J., University of Central America in El Salvador
  • Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College
  • Rev. Francis Clooney, S.J, Harvard University
  • Dr. James Cone, Union Theological Seminary, NYC
  • Dr. Martin Cook, Air Force Academy, Boulder, CO
  • Dr. John Dominic Crossan, Depal University
  • Dr. Lawrence Cunningham, Notre Dame University
  • Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University
  • Rabbi Elyse Goldstein, Kolel Center in Toronto
  • Joseph Grieboski, Institute on Religion and Public Policy
  • Dolores C. Huerta, Co-founder and Vice President Emeritus
  • Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University
  • Gustav Niebuhr, Syracuse University
  • Rabbi David Novak, University of Toronto
  • Rev. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Ignatius Productions
  • Rev. John Pawlikowski, University of Chicago
  • David Robinson, National Director Pax Christi
  • Dr. Ronald Sider, Palmer Theological Seminary
  • Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology
  • George Weigel, Ethics and Policy Center Washington D.C.
  • Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University