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Grace Forum Online with Margaret Miles: The History of Theology
Wednesday, April 29 @ 6:00 pm
How do we make meaning in the midst of this global pandemic? How do our experiences shape our beliefs, and vice versa? What will future generations of historians and theologians make of this moment? Join us to hear from Margaret Miles, a historical theologian, the first tenured woman at Harvard University Divinity School, and the former Dean of of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, in conversation with Dean Malcolm Young. In her most recent work, Recollections and Reconsiderations, she follows the example of the 4th century theologian Augustine of Hippo in looking back over her more than 50 years of scholarly and theological work, an exercise in reflection and humility that identifies both problems facing Christianity today and the tradition’s essence and beauty.
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About the guest
Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She was Bussey Professor of Theology and the first tenured woman at Harvard University Divinity School from 1978 to 1996, and Dean of GTU from 1996 until her retirement in 2002. Her recent books include Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter (2011); A Complex Delight: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (2008); The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought (2005) and The Long Goodbye: Dementia Diaries (2017).
About the host
The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.
About The Forum
The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.