Pat ReifThe annual Pat Reif Memorial Lectureship was created in 2002 in honor of Patricia A. Reif, IHM, PhD. A scholar, educator, and activist, Reif taught philosophy and chaired the graduate department in religious studies at Immaculate Heart College. In 1984 she founded the MA program in feminist spirituality at Immaculate Heart College Center. Active in many social justice issues, including domestic abuse, poverty, immigration, welfare rights, and the anti-nuclear movement, Reif co-founded the Interfaith Hunger Coalition and the Southern California Interfaith Task Force on Central America (SCITCA).

The funding of the Patricia A. Reif Memorial Lecture Fund is a joint effort of CGU, the Immaculate Heart Community, the Immaculate Heart College Alumnae Board, the Immaculate Heart College Center, the MSMC Religious Studies Department, and the MSMC Office of the Graduate Dean. The lecture fund is dedicated to advancing the ideals she represented.


17th Annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture

“Welcome Table: Liturgical Justice Through Sacred Song”
Kim R. Harris

Dr. Kim Harris

Dr. Kim R. Harris is Assistant Professor of African American Thought and Practice in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles She earned a PhD in Worship and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York Professor Harris is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, North American Academy of Liturgy, and a clinician for GIA Publications Inc While pursuing her PhD she composed Welcome Table A Mass of Spirituals. Welcome Table is a featured Mass setting in the second edition of the Black Catholic hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me (GIA Publications Inc Professor Harris’ current research concerns the transnational history of Black Catholic liturgy Her next musical composition will address the need to expand the available liturgical resources for Black Catholic inspired worship.

This event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 | 7:00 pm
Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

Contact: Janice Poss at for more information.

16th Annual Pat Reif Memorial Lecture

Metaphor, Moral Reasoning, and Women’s Protest Movements
Kwok Pui Lan, ThD

Kwok Pui Lan







Kwok Pui Lan is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and the 2011 President of the American Academy of Religion. She has published extensively in Asian feminist theology, biblical interpretation, and postcolonial criticism. An internationally known theologian, Kwok’s publications include Occupy Religion; Globalization, Gender, and Peacebuilding; Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology; and Introducing Asian Feminist Theology. She is the editor of Women and Christianity (4 vols) and coeditor of Postcolonial Practice of Ministry: Leadership, Liturgy, and Interfaith Engagement.

Thursday, October 25, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact: Janice Poss at for more information.

Past Speakers

(2017) María Pilar Aquino, University of San Diego

(2016) Ivy Nallammah Josiah

(2015) Margaret Farley, Yale University Divinity School

(2014) Lisa Isherwood, University of Winchester

(2012) Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock

(2011) Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Trinity Theological Seminary, Ghana

(2010) Riffat Hassan, University of Louisville & Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, Pitzer College
A Praxis of Social Transformation: The Feminist Scholar as Activist

(2009) Ivone Gebara, the Brazilian Sister of Notre Dame
Happiness and the Construction of Right Relationship – A Feminist Perspective
Feminism & Religious Identities

(2008) Venerable Dhammananda (aka Ven. Dr. Chatsumarn Kabilsingh)
Path to Ordination of Women in Buddhism: Challenges and Opportunities

(2007) Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School
Scripture and Power: A Feminist Exploration

(2005) Musa Dube, University of Botswana
HIV + Feminism in the Global Aids Epidemic

(2004) Beverly Harrison, Union Theological Seminary, New York, retired

(2003) Chun Hyun Kyung, Union Theological Seminary, New York

(2002) Mary E. Hunt, WATER

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