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Theology Events

Each semester, the Theology Department will host two Theology Thursday presentations. These events are open to the public and are intended to highlight the work of our department faculty members. Below you can find the topics and schedules for the Fall 2019 semester.

Spring 2020 Theology Thursday Presentations

Good News About Jesus and teh Resurrection? Good News for Whom?

UP theology professor Nina Henrichs-Tarasenkova will explore how the early Christian message about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension was interpreted by marginalized people of that time, hoping to enable today’s marginalized populations to stand up for justice.

February 6, 2020, Franz Hall 120, 7:15 p.m.

Interfacing Lakas Tawa (The Power of Laughter) and Lament as Two Paths of Resistance

Christina Astorga, UP theology department chair, will explore Lakas Tawa as related to the 1986 Filipino revolution, interfaced with lament based on the Book of Lamentation, with parallel examples from W.E. Burghardt Du Bois’ A Litany at Atlanta.

April 2, 2020, Franz Hall 120, 7:15 p.m.


Videos of Past Theology Thursday Presentations

Sacramental Justice and the Mission of Holy Cross

UP Assistant Professor David Turnbloom examines the relationship between sacraments and justice. Using the constitutions of the Congregation of the Holy Cross as a guide, we will explore the ways in which a community that seeks justice becomes a sacrament of God for the world.


What Does It Mean to be a Liturgical Parish?

Michael R. Prendergast, UP Theology Adjunct Instructor, explores what it means to be a liturgical parish that strives to live according to the theological principle of communion. Michael has over 40 years of experience as a musician and liturgist at the parish, cathedral, and diocesan levels.