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Saint John's Theology Days: Marriage and Divorce

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

We are delighted to welcome back Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary for their Theology Day discussions.  

This session's topic will focus on the sacrament of marriage.  For some in the church, living out this sacrament is a challenge. The reasons for this vary, but oftentimes when such an occurrence takes place, many couples resort only to filing for a legal civil divorce to receive the necessary legal protection. The church understand this need, yet at the same time, she too has her own way of handling the dissolution of the marriage sacrament - the annulment process. Either way, this kind of journey almost always involves feelings of hurt, regret, betrayal, and perhaps even a deep sense of disconnect with the Church and her teachings on marriage, divorce, and remarriage. 

Join us for a grace-filled conversation as we first explore the dimensions of the marriage sacrament and the purpose of the annulment process. This session also has a second aim, and that is to name the real-life struggles that can exist within a marriage and why we need to rethink the way we think and speak about this acrament. In addition, we will discern ways we as a church communicy can and should (better) walk alongside those experienceing marital stress and the impending reality of divorce.

Shari-Shane Davis Zimmerman will lead our discussion.  She is Associate Professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. Her areas of research and teaching include Catholic moral theology and Christian ethics, sexual ethics, and feminist theology in addition to Catholic social teaching. 

Registration is required through Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary.  There is no fee to attend, but gifts to support the school’s mission and the continuation of Theology Days are gratefully accepted.


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