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Religious studies department hosts fall Yamauchi series lecture

November 18, 2011

The Department of Religious Studies at Loyola University New Orleans presents Michael Anthony Novak, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of religious studies, in a lecture, “We The People: A Vision of the Church Still Unachieved,” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium. A reception preceding the lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In 1962, the Second Vatican Council convened and addressed relations between the church and the world. Among its goals was restoring to the laity a sense of mission and of responsibility for being “the” church in the world, a mission and responsibility shared with the hierarchy. Although great advances in this direction have been made since then, Novak will explore one aspect of the council's intention that has, however, fallen out of the church's awareness: a theology and spirituality intended to inspire the laity, but which remains neglected.

This lecture is part of the H. James Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series, which was created in 1985 in memory of professor H. James Yamauchi, S.J., a celebrated former chair of the Department of Religious Studies who taught at Loyola from 1956 to 1966. This series seeks to perpetuate his work by bringing the results of religious scholarship to a wider audience.

Free parking for this event is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

For more information, contact Sara Clark at 504-865-3943 or srclark@loyno.edu.

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