Embracing the Third Millennium

Empowering the People of God

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies Presents: Jamie L. Manson

Jamie L. Manson

  • Grace on the Margins: Envisioning an Inclusive Church
    Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
    Forum, Otto A. Shults Community Center
  • Holy in Body, Holy in Spirit: LGBT Catholics in the Church
    Oct. 17, 1:30 p.m.
    Linehan Chapel, Golisano Academic Center


Jamie L. Manson is a nationally sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and media commentator on issues related to women and LGBT Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.


She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her weekly column, Grace on the Margins, appears in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Her writing has won numerous awards, including Commentary of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013 from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). She is also the book review editor at NCR.


In addition to NCR, Manson’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and Religion Dispatches, and her media appearances include NPR, MSNBC, CBS News This Morning, and Huffington Post Live.


Manson is the former editor-in-chief of the Yale magazine Reflections. As a lay minister, she has worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations.

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William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies

The William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies presents...

In his last book, How to Become a Christian Even If You Already Are One, Fr. William Shannon affirmed his belief in a key teaching of the Second Vatican Council: that the Church is the people of God. Then, as we came to expect, Fr. Shannon posed a critical question: “How can we get the voice of God’s people heard in the Church?” Inspired by his inclusive theological vision and faithful witness, we have invited our lecturers to consider this question and to help us think about how the people of God might more fully exercise a responsibility that is theirs by virtue of baptism.

Our lecturers bring to this task a variety of perspectives and skills that reflect the study of and work in theology, law, political science, ministry, social action, and journalism. Their interests and concerns span the breadth of issues that face us today in our culture and Church: politics and economics, ethics and justice, sexuality and gender, authority and conscience, faith and citizenship. They share a readiness to ask hard questions, a commitment to analyze with integrity, and a determination to confront complex issues. Like Fr. Shannon, they do not hesitate, in theologian Richard Gaillardetz’s words, to “wrestle with the tradition,” to engage in constructive critique, and to envision a Church in which all God’s people have a voice.


Please join us in welcoming to the Shannon Chair podium our distinguished speakers: Thomas Reese, S.J.; Jamie L. Manson; M. Cathleen Kaveny; and Richard Gaillardetz.