Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Invitations required & covid protocols will be followed).
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We are honored to have as our commencement speaker:
The Reverend Canon Sarah Coakley, Ph.D.,
Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity Emerita, University of Cambridge;
Honorary Professor, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne and Rome.
About our Commencement speaker:
|Sarah Coakley is an English systematic theologian and philosopher of religion whose academic career has spanned roles in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She has taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Oxford, Harvard (Mallinkcrodt Professor of Divinity, 1995-2007), Princeton (as the Eli Lilly Visiting Professor, 2003-4), and Cambridge (Norris-Hulse Professor, 2007-18), and in ‘retirement’ has recently enjoyed a research role at the Australian Catholic University. She now lives in Alexandria, VA. She has been an ordained Anglican/Episcopal priest since 2001, and has served in several parishes in both England the US: it is her particular vocation and delight to marry theological reflection with preaching and teaching in a pastoral setting. Her main academic task at present is the completion of her systematic theology, the first volume of which was published as God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (Cambridge, C.U.P.,2013); the forthcoming second volume (Sin, Racism and Divine Darkness: An Essay ‘On Human Nature’) tackles the complex relation of sin and contemporary American racism. Amongst her other publications are Powers and Submissions: Philosophy, Spirituality and Gender (Oxford, Blackwell, 2002), The New Ascsticism: Sexuality, Gender and the Quest for God (London, Bloomsbury, 2015), and her online Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2012), Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation and God.
Sarah Coakley has a special concern for the future and mission of parish life in the United States across all denominations, and for the challenges of Christian reconciliation at a time of division, uncertainty and threats to democratic processes.