Roger W. Heyns Lecture

Roger W. Heyns Lecture

Roger W. Heyns

Roger W. Heyns

Established at Memorial Church in 1994, the Roger W. Heyns Lecture in Religion and Society, is an annual event that features a major speaker focusing on problems and challenges of religion and community. Heyns, who was a resident of Atherton, was a member of the Memorial Church congregation from 1977 until his death in 1995.

Heyns served as chancellor at the University of California at Berkeley from 1965 to 1971. The lectureship honors Heyns on his retirement after 16 years as a board member of the James Irvine Foundation.


2014-2015 Heyns Lecture

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising

Cardinal Marx

Cardinal Reinhard Marx

January 15, 2015, 6:00 pm
Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center
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Lecture, followed by dialogue and Q&A

Open to the public.

This event is sold out. Limited tickets may be available at the door.
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This year’s lecture features Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising who has emerged as one of the Roman Catholic Church’s most influential figures. He currently serves as the head of the German Bishops’ Conference and as President of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences in the European Union. He is a member of the Council of Cardinals, which advises Pope Francis on church governance, and was appointed head of the new Council for the Economy, designed to oversee the Vatican’s economic management. Cardinal Marx has written and spoken widely on economic questions and the contemporary relevance of Catholic Social Teaching; he is the author of Das Kapital: A Plea for Man (2008).

  • Reinhard Marx (born 21 September 1953) is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church and chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference. He serves as the Cardinal archbishop of Munich and Freising. Pope Benedict XVI elevated Cardinal Marx to the cardinalate in a consistory on 20 November 2010. At the time of his elevation, Cardinal Marx became the youngest member of the College of Cardinals.
  • Born in Geseke, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cardinal Marx was ordained to the priesthood, for the Archdiocese of Paderborn, by Archbishop Johannes Joachim Degenhardt on 2 June 1979. He obtained a doctorate in theology, from the University of Bochum in 1989.
  • On 23 July 1996, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn and Titular Bishop of Petina by Pope John Paul II. Marx was ordained as bishop on the following 21 September by Archbishop Degenhardt.
  • On 20 December 2001 he was named Bishop of Trier (the oldest diocese in Germany), succeeding Hermann Josef Spital.
  • On 30 November 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Reinhard Marx as Metropolitan Archbishop of Munich and Freising, a position that Benedict himself held from 1977 to 1981.
  • In addition to his duties as archbishop of Munich on 11 December 2010, Cardinal Marx was named by Pope Benedict as a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education for a five-year renewable term. On 29 December 2010 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
  • On 7 March 2012, he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
  • On 22 March 2012, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community elected him its president.
  • On 13 April 2013 he was appointed to a group of cardinals established by Pope Francis.
  • On 19 February 2014 he was confirmed as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches until the end of his current five year term.
  • On 8 March 2014, he was named by Pope Francis as the Cardinal-Coordinator of the Council for Economic Affairs, which will oversee the Secretariat for the Economy, a new financial regulatory department of the Roman Curia.
  • On 12 March 2014 Cardinal Marx was also elected chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference as successor of Robert Zollitsch.


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Past Heyns Lectures

May 23, 1996
Satan and All His Angels (How Early Christians Came to Demonize Jews, ‘Pagans’ and Heretics)
Prof. Elaine Pagels
Princeton University

October 15, 1997
Christian Conviction in a Pluralist Society
Prof. Maurice Wiles
Christ Church, Oxford

May 13, 1998
America’s New Religious Landscape: Negotiating Identities, Negotiating
Prof. Diana Eck
Harvard University

April 22, 1999
Revisiting Religious Pluralism
Prof. Bruce Lawrence
Duke University

October 13, 2004
Islam: A Short History — and Contemporary Issues
Karen Armstrong
Leo Baeck College for the Training of Rabbis
View Stanford Report article

November 4, 2005
The Heart of Nonviolence
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

April 25, 2007
Misquoting Jesus: Scribes Who Altered Scripture and Readers Who May Never Know
Prof. Bart D. Ehrman
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
View Stanford Report article

April 18, 2008
Jesus and Judaism: The Connection Matters
Prof. Amy-Jill Levine
Vanderbilt Divinity School

January 27, 2009
Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Religious Crisis
Dr. Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core
View Lecture Video

February 22, 2010
Religion and Politics in the Obama Era
Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners Magazine
View Lecture Video

June 1, 2011
Beauty & Power, Truth & Good: 21st Century Quest
The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
View Lecture Video

May 1, 2012
Anna Deavere-Smith, Actress and playwright
View Stanford Report Article

October 17, 2013
The Adventure of Civility
Krista Tippett, Broadcaster and author
View Lecture Video