Brian Flanagan will be in conversation with Krista Tuomi, professor at American University School of International Service.
In Stumbling in Holiness, professor and theologian Brian P. Flanagan addresses the ways in which both holiness and sinfulness condition the life of the pilgrim church. The book is rooted in a liturgical-theological explanation of how the church prays through its continuing need for repentance and purification, as well as its belief in its present and future participation in the life of the Holy One. After reviewing some of the ways in which past theologians have tried to explain the coexistence of ecclesial holiness and sinfulness, Flanagan suggests that, even if we can have confidence that God will fully sanctify the church in the reign of God, our ecclesiology must always attend to both the sanctity we already experience in the church and the sinfulness that is part of our continuing journey toward that reign.
Brian Flanagan is an Associate Professor of Theology at Marymout University in Arlington, Virginia. He received his PhD from Boston College and writes and teaches about the theology of the church, ecumenical dialogue between divided Christian denominations, and the embodiment of religious faith in liturgical practices. He is on Twitter at @BrianPFlanagan
Krista Tuomi is a professor at the School of International Service, American University and a Catholic laywoman. She is also a lector and volunteer at St Matthews Cathedral, and a lifelong student of challenging literature.