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Where Hope Rises: Wisdom-Sophia in the Writings of Thomas Merton

April 13, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Pramuk, ChristopherPresented By: Christopher Pramuk, PhD (Associate Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH)

In a world riven by polarization, war, and planetary crisis, the Wisdom-Sophia tradition interjects a quiet word of unity and hope, of revelatory wonder and beauty, beckoning us to the work of healing, cross-cultural encounter and reconciliation. In a world replete with unspeakable violence against women and children, remembering and celebrating the feminine face of God, the divine presence alive in the world, becomes ever more urgent for Christianity and the world’s great religious traditions. In this day of reflection Dr. Pramuk explores with us the remembrance of Wisdom-Sophia in the life and writings of Thomas Merton and others. Based on Dr. Pramuk’s book: Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Merton.

“This [Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton] is an extraordinary book. I found it to be as intellectually exciting as it was spiritually nourishing. . . . Pramuk not only offers new insights into Merton; he also calls us to reaffirm the vital links between spirituality and theology, between imagination and intellect, between clarity and poetry.”        ~ Paul Knitter, Theological Studies

Cost will be $25 for the day (lunch is included).

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About Our Presenter:

Christopher resides with his wife Lauri, a pediatrician, and their four children in Cincinnati, where he teaches theology and spirituality at Xavier University. His award-winning essays have appeared in America magazine, Theological Studies, Cross Currents, and the prayer journal Give Us This Day. He is the author of four books, including Sophia: The Hidden Christ of Thomas Merton (Liturgical, 2009), which was awarded the International Thomas Merton Society’s 2011 “Thomas Merton Award,” its highest honor. A lifelong musician and student of African American history and spirituality, his most recent book,Hope Sings, So Beautiful: Graced Encounters Across the Color Line (Liturgical, 2013), focuses on racial justice and interracial solidarity in society and church.


This lecture can be found online on the Institute for Religion and Science’s Youtube: Part 1Part 2


April 13, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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