Theology Matters is a biannual newsletter reporting on the work of the theology department at the University of St. Thomas. Published in the fall and spring, the newsletter includes columns from the chair and/or assistant chair, as well as feature articles about significant developments, projects, or courses in the department. The speakers’ bureau and recent publications by members of the department are regular features. Schedules for department events, including the “New Frontiers” series of lectures, and “Theology Night Live,” among other colloquia and departmental events, will be announced. The newsletter is designed by Kimberly Vrudny and is edited collaboratively by members of the department.

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Dr. Kimberly Vrudny
University of St. Thomas
Mail # JRC 153, 2115 Summit Avenue
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Vol. 5, No. 1

In this issue of Theology Matters, the Department announces its fall events which include a panel discussion about the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, Gerald Schlabach's New Frontiers in Theological Research lecture on the importance of Christians rediscovering their calling as a transnational people of peace, and a special opportunity to meet the Syrian Archbishop, Samir Nassar, to learn about his country's civil war. The issue also spotlights two Theology faculty members: Ted Ulrich who received a Fulbright to India, and David Penchansky who was granted Emeritus status this year. The issue also includes an updated list of topics upon which our faculty speak. 

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vol. 4, no. 2

In this issue of Theology Matters, Department Chair Bernard Brady writes about Catholic Social Teaching and its methodology for advancing the common good. Barbara Sain contributes the New Frontiers lecture, "What is Hope?" The Department puts a focus on moral theology with an article by Paul Wojda about the work of the Veritas Institute, as well as an article by Gerald Schlabach on loving the enemy. The Department also announces the fourth edition of its jointly authored textbook, The Christian Theological Tradition. Amy Levad and Paul Wojda reflect on taking students abroad. Finally, events for the semester are announced, including a line-up of Theology Night Live!, and a departmental colloquium to discuss Philip Rolnick's book, ORIGINS: God, Evolution, and the Question of the Cosmos.

Newsletter cover - vol. 4, no. 2

vol. 4, no. 1

In this issue of Theology Matters, Department Chair Bernard Brady writes about Catholic moral theology in the context of race relations and issues a challenge to the campus for the academic year. Kimberly Vrudny contributes the New Frontiers lecture, "Crucifying Beauty: God, Torture, and the Cross." The Department also announces new minors in biblical studies, faithful citizenship and the common good, interreligious studies and comparative theology. A number of theology faculty have recently won grants, including Ted Ulrich, who is in India for the year on a Fulbright Fellowship. Phil Rolnick interviews Anne King, who has retired after 32 years of service in the Department. Mark McInroy conducts an interview about the conference the Department hosted over the summer. Events for the semester are announced, including a line-up of Theology Night Live!, and a departmental colloquium to discuss Michael Rota's book on Taking Pascal's Wager. David Penchansky reviews the series, The Young Pope.

- vol. 4, no. 1

vol. 3, no. 2

In this issue of Theology Matters, Department Chair Bernard Brady hands his column over to Dr. Amy Levad and Dr. Mark McInroy who explain why a Catholic University with a mission to educate morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good needs a core curriculum with a robust theology requirement. Steven McMichael contributes the New Frontiers lecture, "The Glory of Paradise." David Penchansky reviews the film Silence.

- vol. 3, no. 2

vol. 3, no. 1

In the fifth issue of the Theology Department newsletter, Department Chair Bernard Brady reflects on the elements that create conditions for the common good, as well as the nature of the common good as a moral principle. Mark McInroy contributes his piece for the New Frontiers lecture series, "Perceiving Splendor: The Role of Spiritual Perception in the Theological Aesthetics of Hans Urs von Balthasar." The Department announces the ICC Annual Lecture by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, "Welcoming the Stranger While Challenging the Fear: The Response of the Catholic Church to the Polemic Around Refugee Resettlement in the United States." The Department also announces its 2016 conference with Engineering: "A Culture of Ethics." Theologians publish five new titles. And David Penchansky reviews a surprises theological classic, Pulp Fiction.

- vol. 3, no. 1

vol. 2, no. 2

In the fourth issue of Theology Matters, Department Chair Bernard Brady reflects on teaching Theo. 101 in Rome with his colleague, Gerald Schlabach. Paul Wojda contributes his work on "Gerald Kelly, S.J., and the Future of Catholic Bioethics," for the New Frontiers series. Angela Senander writes about Pope Francis's visit to the United States. Mark McInroy wins a prestigious award for theological promise. The Department welcomes Jennifer Awes-Freeman, a doctoral candidate and Theology and Practice Fellow from Vanderbilt University. Six professors write about their experiences in teaching off campus: Gerald Schlabach and Bernard Brady in Italy; Ted Ulrich and Elaine MacMillan in Hawai'i; and Paul Wojda and Kenneth Kemp in Poland. The issue also announces programs of the ICC and MCDC.

- vol. 2, no. 2

vol. 2, no. 1

In the third issue of Theology Matters, Department Chair Bernard Brady reflects on the value of a Catholic education. The Department welcomes Dominic Longo to teach comparative theology and to co-direct the Muslim Christian Dialogue Center. Angela Senander surveys how the Department will teach Pope Francis' Encyclical, Laudato Si'. Mark DelCogliano writes about the proclamation of a new doctor of the church. Three alumni reflect on Theology major. Massimo Faggioli announces the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship's events for the academic year. Philip Rolnicks work is featured in the New Frontiers Series, "Naturalism and Transcendence: A Debate About Science." Mark McInroy's book on Balthasar on the Spiritual Senses: Perceiving Splendour is the focus of the Department's colloquium. And David Penchansky reviews the television series, Game of Thrones.

- vol. 2, no. 1

vol. 1, no. 2

In the second issue of Theology Matters, Bernard Brady comments on Pope Francis' promotion of a "culture of encounter," and reflects on how the Theology Department is fostering such a culture at the University of St. Thomas. Massimo Faggioli announces the creation of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship, and outlines the program for the Department's conference on Gaudium et Spes. David Penchansky contributes his piece from the New Frontiers series, "A Biblical Scholar Looks at the Qur'an." Cara Anthony and Elise Amel (Psychology) describe their course in sustainability. Corrine Carvalho's and Massimo Faggioli's scholarship is discussed at the Department's Colloquia series, and is summarized in the issue. And student Sarah Van Stralen reflects on "What If . . . I had never studied theology?"

- vol. 1, no. 2

vol. 1, no. 1

In the debut issue of the University of St. Thomas's Theology Department newsletter, Theology Matters, department chair Bernard Brady and assistant chair Sherry Jordon reflect on the meaning of theology for the twenty-first century. Michael Hollerich pays tribute to Dr. Terry Nichols. Amy Levad contributes her piece on Care for Prisoners, Justice for All from the New Frontiers lecture series. Four study abroad courses are featured: Theo. 101 in Rome; The Church in Latin America in Guatemala; AIDS, Apartheid, and the Arts of Resistance in South Africa; and Islam in Turkey. The Department also celebrates its senior students who are completing majors in Theology, and announces the publication of ten new titles. David Penchansky reviews the film, Boyhood.

- vol. 1, no. 1

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