Fr. John Whitney, SJ
Fr. John Whitney, SJ
The Society of Jesuits, Oregon Province will host its Crossroad Lecture Series Feb. 3, 10 and 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Loyola Jesuit Center, 3220 SE 43rd Ave. in Portland. Attendance is free, but donations will be accepted.

On Feb. 3, Jesuit Father John Whitney, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Seattle and former Oregon provincial, will share in a discussion titled “Thinking as the Church: Communion, Conversation and Community in the Age of Francis.” The lecture will focus on how Pope Francis has encouraged the church to enter a new era of dialogue. Whitney will explore ways to engage the community in the doctrine of the Catholic Church, and what this might mean as the church faces controversial questions in the current age.

On Feb. 10, Father Tom Lucas, rector of the Jesuit community and professor of art at Seattle University, will share in a session titled “The Suppression and Restoration of the Jesuits.” The talk will detail the cultural, political and religious context of some of the least understood and most controversial moments in Jesuit history, when the Society of Jesus was officially closed down by the papacy and reconstituted almost three decades later.

The series will conclude on Feb. 24 with Father John Cunningham, an associate professor of physics and departmental chair at Loyola University Chicago. Cunningham will lead a session titled “God in All Things, Even Science?” The lecture will discuss the impact Jesuit scientists have had over the nearly five centuries of the order’s existence.