Beyond the Close: Stories of Origin and the Question before the Church Today

All members of the GTS community are invited to attend a lecture given by Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, PhD “Tell us, Mary, what you saw on the way:" Stories of Origin and the Question before the Church Today. Dr. Johnson is an internationally known scholar, teacher, and lecturer, and her books on God, Mary, and the communion of saints have been published in multiple languages and editions. After centuries of being erroneously depicted as a repentant prostitute, Mary Magdalene is acknowledged today as a leading disciple of Jesus, faithful to the bitter end at the cross, the first person to encounter the risen Christ and to be commissioned by him to preach the good news (John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:9-10). This lecture places the recovery of her true gospel story in the wider context of women’s key actions during Jesus’ ministry and the years of the founding of the church. Far from ancient history, these memories offer glimpses of new ways of being church in the 21st century.  

The lecture, which will be given twice, is free and open to the public. The lecture will be delivered first on Tuesday, April 14, from 12 – 2 p.m. at the 12th-floor Lounge in the E. Gerald Corrigan Conference Center 113 W. 60th St., Lincoln Center Campus, and repeated on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Tognino Hall Duane Library, Rose Hill Campus. Receptions will follow both lectures.


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