SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI: "A Humble Gesture" Seminar @ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION


SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
"A Humble Gesture" Seminar
@ SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION




 

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
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SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI
"A HUMBLE GESTURE" LECTURE
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 08, 2013 - 6:45 PM ~ 8:45 PM

SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES - S. DILLON RIPLEY CENTER
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW | Washington, DC 20036
METRORAIL: SMITHSONIAN MALL Exit (Blue/Orange Lines)

WEB SITE: http://smithsonianassociates.org/

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                                      PRESENTER


Prof. Joshua BENSON, associate professor of historical and systematic theology in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University.


This gentle and unassuming 13th-century Umbrian has inspired countless followers throughout the centuries, drawn to his simplicity, charity, and devotion to living in harmony with all aspects of nature. The life of Francis and its enduring significance are captured with breathtaking beauty and complexity in Giotto’s frescoes in the Church of San Francesco in his native Assisi. Using these works as a starting point, Joshua Benson explores the life and legacy of this saint whose story continues to inspire.


A brilliant and bold reformer who challenged societal and ecclesiastical norms while remaining faithful to the church he loved, the Franciscan Order that he founded still plays an important role within the Catholic Church. Benson discusses how Francis’s life and Christian vision extends beyond the familiar tales into a bold ethic of radical Christian love in service to the very least and even to those perceived as dangerous. He’ll also reflect on the possible significance of Pope Francis’s adoption of the saint’s name at this point in church history.

 

 

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