Scherer Lecture 2023

“Bethany Land Institute in Uganda: Reconciling Martha and Mary”

Join us for the 2023 Scherer Lecture, September 26, 2023 from 4- 5:30 p.m. via Zoom or at Catholic Theological Union in Room 210. The lecture, presented by Dr. Emmanuel Katongole, will recount how Bethany Land Institute (BLI), an educational institute in Uganda, committed to the notion of “integral ecology” came into existence in 2016, and how it is engaged in reconciliation in multiple areas in rural Uganda. Such reconciliation is symbolized by the biblical figures of Martha and Mary–learning to constantly negotiate between attending to the urgent and immediate material needs of the poor (Martha’s service), and the long term spiritual and political needs necessary to help the poor claim their agency (Mary’s anointing).  A reception will follow the lecture.

About the Speaker

Emmanuel Katongole smiling in a hallway

Emmanuel Katongole is Professor of Theology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He previously served as Associate Professor of Theology and World Christianity at Duke University, and as founding co-director of the Duke Center for Reconciliation.  He is the author of several books, including Born from Lament: The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa (Eerdmans, 2017). Katongole is a Catholic priest of Kampala Archdiocese, Uganda where he was ordained in 1987.


Catholic Theological Union, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago & McCormick Theological Seminary.

For more information, contact: Peter Vethanayagamony (pvethana@lstc.edu), Ken Sawyer (ksawyer@mccormick.edu), or Roger Schroeder  rschroeder@ctu.edu.


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