Thursday, March 20, 2008

SXU hosts final Theology South lecture

Theological scholar to discuss origins of the Serenity Prayer

Chicago (March 20, 2008) Therese De Lisio, Ph.D., will discuss the “surprising” origins of the Serenity Prayer as the final speaker of Saint Xavier University’s Theology South lecture series at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 3 in SXU’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago, IL.

De Lisio will deliver a lecture titled “The Serenity Prayer: No Peace without Justice” about the popular prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr. She plans to discuss the history of the prayer, and its theological and ethical significance in the modern era.

“Most people usually associate it with the Alcoholic’s Anonymous prayer,” she said. “But the origins are surprising and have a very strong theological basis.

De Lisio holds a doctorate in philosophy from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She is an adjunct professor of theology and liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union. She previous taught at Saint Xavier University, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary.

The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. It is open to the public; admission is $6. Coffee will be available beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact Donatta Yates at (708) 422-1635.


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