Seeing with The Eyes of the Heart (Eph. 1:18)

Vander Vennet Theatre, Student Center, Saint Mary's College

Seeing with The Eyes of the Heart (Eph 1:18)
Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in an Age of Pornography

Academic Conference: March 26-27
Workshop for Families: March 28

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Church Life

Pornography is today available and accessible to a degree unprecedented in human history, largely because of the internet.  According to one estimate, 25% of search engine requests are for pornographic material, and a Kaiser Foundation study found that teens are exposed to internet pornography without even seeking it out. Contemporary pornography often includes not only sexually explicit images but also verbal and physical aggression against women, and some forms of pornography perpetuate unjust ethnic stereotypes.

What is the effect of a pornographic visual culture on the human imagination? On men? On women? On children and youth? On relationships, marriages, and human society? In the midst of this culture, how can we cultivate a sacramental imagination that beholds in male and female humankind the divine image in which we are created (Gen 1:27) and redeemed (2 Cor 3:18)?

Join psychologists, theologians, iconographers, campus ministers and others for an interdisciplinary exploration of these questions.  Identify and develop resources from the Catholic and Christian traditions to enable us to behold in female and male humankind the divine image in which we are created and redeemed. Click here for schedule.