Christus Theological Institute

Since 1989, the Christus Theological Institute has offered a unique opportunity for continuing education and grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.  The annual Christus program has presented more than 100 lectures by local and regional speakers, including Dr. Wayne Flint, Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb, Dr. Katharine Abernathy and Mr. Bob Grip; as well as an annual conference with nationally known scholars, such as Tilden Edwards, Martin Marty, Avery Dulles, Stanley Hauerwas, Luke Timothy Johnson, Basil Pennington, and E. Glenn Hinson.  Some comments from past participants:

  • "Outstanding speakers and energizing conversation"
  • "Refreshing and open discussion"
  • "A level of intellectual honesty, depth and probing not often found"

The mission of Christus is to encourage a reflective deepening and broadening of the search for God in our Christian tradition, promoting a truly ecumenical network among local faith communities.  We are supported by a partnership of individual members, as well as churches and religious institutions from a broad range of Christian traditions, including Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian, mainly in Mobile and Baldwin counties.  Please join us and help support our continuing endeavor.  For information on membership, please call (251) 380-4458 or email us at

Monthly lectures are generally hosted on the campus of Spring Hill College, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, unless otherwise noted.  Specific locations on campus as noted.  Use the Old Shell Road entrance for Byrne Memorial Hall; Dauphin Street for Gautrelet Room & Outlaw Recreation Center

2013-2014 Schedule

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - Byrne Memorial Hall

Shakespeare's Faith:  Religious Practice & Turmoil in Early Modern England

Presented by Dr. Andrew Tummina (Spring Hill College)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Outlaw Recreation
(Special lecture to benefit Visitation Monastery, separate registration required)

Immaculee's Story of Faith, Hope & Forgiveness

Presented by Immaculee Ilibagiza (Rwanda Genocide Survivor)

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - LeBlanc Ballroom
(Hosted by Mobile Christian - Jewish Dialogue)

Agreeing to Disagree:  How Jews & Christians Read Scripture Differently

Presented by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine (Jewish New Testament Scholar, Vanderbilt University)

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - Byrne Memorial Hall

Pope Francis:  the Man, the Priest, the Jesuit

Presented by Rev. Mark Lewis, S.J. (New Orleans Jesuit Provincial)

Thursday, December 2, 2013 Byrne Memorial Hall
(Hosted in conjunction with Central Presbyterian Church of Mobile)

Advent Reflection:  Christian Mission & the Fight to End Human Slavery

Presented by Rev. Larry Martin (International Justice Mission)

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - Byrne Memorial Hall

Dorothy Day:  A Radical Who Sought Concordances

Presented by Patrick Jordan (Commonweal Speakers Program)

Annual Conference
Thursday, March 20, & Friday, March 21, 2014 - Byrne Memorial Hall

Thursday - 7:00 p.m. - God Is Not One:  Religious Pluralism & Christian Faith

 Friday - 10:15 a.m.     - The Depths of the Riches:  A Trinitarian Theology for Inter-religious Learning

Annual Conference lectures presented by Dr. S. Mark Heim (Andover-Newton Seminary)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - Gautrelet Room
(Hosted in conjuction with Notre Dame Alumni Club Hesburgh Lecture)

Faith Taking Shape:  Early Christianity & the Arts

Presented by Dr. Thomas Noble (University of Notre Dame)


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