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Evening Lecture: Kenosis: Choosing the Way Down is the Way Up

Kerry Kronberg


Date: March 28, 2018, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Location: Guigues Hall, Room 201

A recording of this lecture is available here.


So, you thought "the sky was the limit"! Many of us have been encouraged to keep striving, to keep reaching for those dreams, even at the expense of others. However, when we take a hard look at Jesus of Nazareth, crucified and risen, we see an upside-down way to be fully alive. His message – embodied in his way of life and death, and validated by his resurrection – is paradoxical. Emptiness corresponds to fullness, service to greatness, losing one’s life to saving it. How can kenosis – self-emptying – become a spirituality and ethic in our lives? What impact might this have within secular culture? In this presentation, research will be interspersed with pop culture references and anecdotes related to experiences in the church, student life and the area of mental health.



Kerry Kronberg is a Wesleyan pastor, a graduate student at Saint Paul University, and a Registered Nurse currently working with youth experiencing mental health crises. Her M.A. dissertation is entitled Kenosis as a Spirituality and Ethic: The Church and Secularity. Convinced of the public value of theology, Kerry is driven to consider the significance of Jesus Christ for multiple contexts. Kerry's happy places include spending time with others, cycling in the rain, almost any kind of travel adventure, and reading in the sunshine. She and her husband, Paul, have the privilege of being parents to two young adult children.

This lecture will be presented at Saint Paul University and by webcast simultaneously.



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