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Scholar discusses ecclesiastical sex scandals, April 28

Sarah Coakley, a professor at Harvard Divinity School, will deliver a lecture on "Ecclesiastical Sex Scandals: The Lack of a Contemporary Theology of Desire" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in McCosh 50.

The lecture is the fourth event in a three-year series offered by the Center for the Study of Religion, featuring speakers who combine strong interests in public affairs with rich understanding of theology, theological ethics, philosophy of religion and religious history. The series is sponsored by the Reynolds Trust.

Coakley is the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge, as well as a master's degree in theology from Harvard Divinity School. A systematic theologian and philosopher of religion, her teaching also includes topics in feminist theory and theology, patristic thought and applied theology. She is the author of "Powers and Submissions: Spirituality, Philosophy and Gender" (2002) and editor of "Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa" (2003).

She is currently completing a co-edited volume, "Pain and Its Transformations" and is at work on a four-volume work, the first volume of which will appear as "God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity.'" Coakley is an ordained priest of the Church of England and assists in parishes in Waban, Mass., and in Littlemore, Oxford, in England.

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