The annual Catholic Heritage Lectures, launched in 2010, engage the intellectual and religious communities of the Seattle area and the Seattle University community to explore aspects of the Catholic Intellectual Traditions and the intersection of Catholicism and culture.
This year, the Catholic Heritage Lectures explore the importance of spiritual practice in the advancement of the intellectual life, the building of resilience in the work of activism and advocacy, and the cultivation of joy when working on the margins.
Modern philosophers have assumed that prayer is an irrational, irresponsible, and immature activity. The history of Christian thought tells a different story. For many of the greatest minds, prayer was absolutely essential to the intellectual life. Prayer assisted the work of reason and revealed its inescapable limits. Prayer helped its practitioners reckon with their ethical responsibilities, personal failures, and highest moral callings. Prayer was a powerful means of individual and communal maturation. Today prayer remains the source of much creative and critical thinking. It continues to give insights relevant to our deepest social crises. Although Christians do not know how to pray as they ought (Romans 8:26), Prevot argues that prayer contributes something vital to the intellectual and moral life which ought not be abandoned.
Andrew Prevot is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College. He is the author of Thinking Prayer: Theology and Spirituality Amid the Crises of Modernity (Notre Dame, 2015) and co-editor of Anti-Blackness and Christian Ethics (Orbis, 2017). He has published articles in journals such as Horizons, Pro Ecclesia, Spiritus, Heythrop, Tijdschrift voor Theologie, Transversalités, Political Theology, and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.
Winter: Spiritual Practice and Activism and Advocacy
Margie Pfeil, Notre Dame
Thursday, March 7 at 7pm in Le Roux Room (STCN 160)
Spring: Spiritual Practices and Working on the Margins
Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries
Thursday, May 9 at 7pm in Pigott Auditorium
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Notre Dame Theology Department and the Center for Social Concerns
Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Founder of Homeboy Industries, Author of 2017 bestseller:
Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship