October 22, 2012 • Los Angeles, California
October 23, 2012 • Claremont, California
Saving Paradise: Moral Conscience, Beauty, and the Glory of Humanity
2012 Speaker: Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD
Monday, October 22, 2012 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Donohue Conference Center
Mount St. Mary's Campus, Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
For a thousand years or more, Christians, following Jewish understandings, interpreted Genesis 2 as describing the human home on earth and baptism as the portal to paradise. What does such a life-affirming, optimistic view of salvation mean for our relationships with the environment, human community, death, evil, and human nature and sin?
Brock will discuss this ancient Christian understanding of collective salvation, especially as it was drawn from the Hebrew Bible and reiterated in the Gospels. Brock will focus, especially, on the love of beauty and on moral responsibility as crucial dimensions of life in paradise. She will link her work in "Saving Paradise" to her new book with Gabriella Lettini, Soul Repair, and to her involvement with the Occupy Movement.
The annual Pat Reif Memorial Lectureship was created in 2002 in honor of Dr. Patricia A. Reif, IHM. A scholar, educator, and activist, Pat Reif taught philosophy and chaired the graduate department in religious studies at Immaculate Heart College. In 1984 she founded the M.A. Program in Feminist Spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center. Active in many social justice issues, including domestic abuse, poverty, immigration, welfare rights, and the anti-nuclear movement, Pat co-founded the Interfaith Hunger Coalition and the Southern California Interfaith Task Force on Central America (SCITCA).
The funding of the Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Fund is a joint effort of the CGU School of Religion, The Immaculate Heart Community, The Immaculate Heart College Alumnae Board, and The Immaculate Heart College Center, the MSMC Religious Studies Department, and the MSMC Office of the Graduate Dean. We have established this fund out of mutual respect and love for Pat, and we look forward to many years of cooperative effort advancing the ideals for which Pat stood.