“Power, Control, & Pluralism: Being Church in a Secular Age” by William J. Cahoy, Ph.D.

What is the church’s place in an increasingly secular, pluralistic
society? Is it our mission to be in control as a way to advance the kingdom of God? If not, how do we bring about just, humane
structures and policies in society? To address such questions we will engage in a theological reflection on power and its relation to love and control. Our reflection will be informed by the character of God’s power as revealed in Scripture and the person of Christ as well as the history of the church’s relation to secular power(s). It will also consider Vatican II’s Constitution on the Church in the Modern World and Decree on Religious Liberty.

Dr. Cahoy, Dean Emeritus and Associate Professor of Theology, served as Dean of Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary from 1995 – 2015. He completed his masters and doctoral work at Yale University, and served as
chair of the Department of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He currently directs a Lilly-funded project to equip pastoral leaders for community formation in parishes and congregations.

Friday, March 8th
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Parish
11300 N 64th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Registration is required:
www.csbsju.edu/sot/theology-day or call 320-363-3560.
There is no fee; gifts are gratefully accepted to support the mission of the School of Theology and Seminary and to ensure the continuation of Theology Day. Start time indicates when check-in begins; presentations begin about 30 minutes later.