You are cordially invited to a public lecture with Dr. Emily A. Holmes, professor of religion and philosophy at Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fayetteville, AR
Tuesday, November 29th
Alton Center Lecture, 6-7 p.m.; reception to follow
What is the Significance of My Neighbor’s Religion for My Own?
Deepening Faith and Learning from Others in a Context of Religious Diversity
Theology Table Small group discussion, 8-9:30 p.m.
“You who will never be me nor mine”: Toward a Feminist Apophatic Theology of Religious Difference
Dr. Holmes specializes in the study of comparative theology, an innovative discipline that has been responding creatively to the increasing religious diversity of the 21st century world. She was a fellow in the American Academy of Religion/Luce Foundation summer seminars in theologies of religious pluralism and comparative theology and is co-editing a forthcoming volume on comparative theology.
Dr. Holmes joined the Religion and Philosophy faculty at CBU in 2008. She holds degrees from Emory University (Ph.D. 2008), Harvard University (M.T.S. 1999), University of Cambridge (M.Phil. 1998), and Tulane University (B.A. 1996). Prior to teaching at CBU, she taught part-time at Rhodes College.
Dr. Holmes’ research interests include the theology of the incarnation, medieval women's mysticism, comparative theology, and feminist and womanist theologies. She is the co-editor, with Wendy Farley, of Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion (Baylor University Press, November 2011), and she has published essays in Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, and in the collection Luce Irigaray: Teaching, edited by Luce Irigaray and Mary Green (Continuum, 2009). She is the recipient of grants from the Louisville Institute, the CBU Faculty-Staff Development fund, and the Lindsay Young Fellowship at the University of Tennessee, and was a fellow in the AAR/Luce Summer Seminars in Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology (2009-2010). Dr. Holmes served as co-chair of the Women and Religion section of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) from 2007-2010. She is currently working on a revision of her dissertation, tentatively titled Writing the Body of Christ: A Theology of the Incarnation through Women's Mystical Writings, along with a collection (co-edited with Lenart Skof), Breathing with Luce Irigaray.
At Christian Brothers, Dr. Holmes is pleased to teach courses in World Religions, Christian Spirituality, Classical Christian Thought, Catholicism and Other Faith Traditions, and Understanding Religion. She has developed new courses in Women and Christianity and in the Spirituality and Ethics of Eating. Her religion courses are interdisciplinary in approach, drawing on Dr. Holmes’ strengths in theology, philosophy, literature, and aesthetics, as well as her personal and professional interests in religious diversity, mysticism, and spiritual practices.