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, 7:00 pm
Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center
(map and parking instructions)
Lecture, followed by dialogue and Q&A

Free tickets available Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:00 am at

This year’s Heyns Lecture features Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the Archbishop of Munich and Freising and member of the Papal Council on Justice and Peace. 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. 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).

Born in West Germany in 1953, Cardinal Marx became a priest in 1979 and a bishop in 1996. He was named Bishop of Trier in 2001, and in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the post of Archbishop of Munich and Friesing, a position Benedict himself once held. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI named him to the Congregation for Catholic Education for a five year renewable term. In April 2013, he was made a member of the group of cardinals established to advise Pope Francis in the government of the universal Church and to study a plan for revising the Apostolic Constitution on the Roman Curia,‘Pastor Bonus’. In March 2014, he was named by Pope Francis as the Cardinal-Coordinator of the Council for Economic Affairs, which oversees the Secretariat for the Economy, a new financial regulatory department of the Roman Curia.


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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

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

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

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

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

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