Candler’s World Christianity and Catholic Studies programs will welcome Peter C. Phan, Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J. Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, to present a Dean’s Lecture on Wednesday, March 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. The event will be held in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building and will also be livestreamed as a Zoom Webinar. The lecture is free and open to the public, with registration required for both options.
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“The Christian God as the Migrant”
If migration has played a pivotal role in turning Christianity into a global religion, as Professor Jehu Hanciles has shown, how should Christians—migrants and otherwise—think about their God? This lecture explores the image of God the Father/Mother as the Primordial Migrant in the act of creation and co-migrating with the people of Israel; God the Son as the Paradigmatic Migrant in the incarnation in Jesus of Nazareth and his ministry; and the Holy Spirit as the Consummating Migrant leading the migrating humanity to their eternal home.
Phan has authored numerous books and articles, including Christianity with an Asian Face: Asian American Theology in the Making (Orbis Books, 2003) and Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue (Orbis, 2004). He serves as general editor of two multi-volume series, Theology in Global Perspective (Orbis) and Ethnic American Pastoral Spirituality (Paulist Press). His many writings have been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.
Phan is the first non-Anglo to be elected president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010, he was given the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor of the Catholic Theological Society of America, in recognition for outstanding and distinguished achievement in theology.