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Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: James Martin, S.J.


Apr 12 2023


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Virtual Only

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Contemporary Conversations in Christianity: Christianity and the LGBTQ COMMUNITY

with James Martin, S.J. and Elizabeth Schrader Polczer


Join us on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. when Elizabeth Schrader Polczer will be in conversation with James Martin, S.J. about “Christianity and the LGBTQ Community.”

They will be discussing Fr. Martin’s book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity. They will also discuss various approaches to LGBTQ inclusion taken by different Christian denominations, including the Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist traditions.

Members of the Duke and global community are warmly invited to gather with us on Zoom for this rare opportunity to converse with a direct advisor to Pope Francis on one of Christianity’s most pressing issues.

This is the final event in the four-part series, "Contemporary Conversations in Christianity," developed and led by Elizabeth Schrader Polczer, doctoral candidate in Religious Studies at Duke and the 2022-23 Anne Firor Scott Public Scholarship Fellow.

Support for this event comes from the Forum for Scholars and Publics, with additional assistance from Duke Chapel, the Office of Student Affairs, the Graduate Program in Religion, the Graduate School, and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University.

Registration required.


Contemporary Conversations in Christianity


#1: Christianity and its Future
Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D.

Wed, Oct 12, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#2: Christianity and Women
Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D.

Wed, Nov 16, 4 pm Goodson Chapel

#3: Christianity and Whiteness
Khyati Joshi, ED.D.

Wed, Feb 15, 4 pm Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room

#4: Christianity and the LGBTQ Community
James Martin, S.J.

NEW DATE: Wed, Apr 12, 4 pm on Zoom



Elizabeth Schrader Polczer

Duke University

Elizabeth Schrader Polczer is a doctoral candidate in Early Christianity in the Graduate Program in Religion. Her research interests include textual criticism, the New Testament Gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, and Mary Magdalene. She holds an M.A. and an S.T.M. from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church. Her work…...

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James Martin, S.J.

James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America Media, consultor to the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication and author of many books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Jesus: A Pilgrimage and Learning to Pray.    Bio created March 2023...

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