Beyond Borders: Diversity as Moral and Spiritual Resource

We live in a world of uncertainty which we often encounter as unprecedented diversity. Every day, we experience difference in and among ourselves, religions, cultures, nations, and ecology. Marilyn Legge asserts that we must learn a more effective spirituality and ethics of diversity. Does diversity promote or inhibit our ability to imagine a compassionate transformation of our world? Can diversity be a moral and spiritual resource, teaching us to respect otherness, difference and uncertainty? Legge argues that the experience of diversity confronts Christian groups (and others) with a paradox. That experience can destroy moral community but it can also transform our virtues, values, and obligations, as well as visions of justice and love in the face of a difficult future for our complex world.

Marilyn Legge, Ph.D.

Marilyn J. Legge is associate professor of Christian Ethics at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto and the Toronto School of Theology. She has written or co-edited a number of books, including The Grace of Difference: A Canadian Feminist Theological Ethic (1992); Liberation Theology: An Introductory Reader (1992); and Doing Ethics in A Pluralist World: Essays in Honour of Roger Hutchinson (2002). She is a past President of the Canadian Theological Society and a former member of the World Council of Churches Womens Advisory Group.

Friday, April 8, 2005 - 7:30pm
Siegfried Hall, St. Jerome's University