Season 3 of the podcast continues with Stephen Okey’s interview with Kevin Ahern. Since first meeting at Boston College in 2007, they have become close friends, collaborators, and occasional housemates. They sat down during the 2017 Annual Convention of the College Theology Society to talk about how Kevin’s experience of childhood illness shaped his vocation to be a theologian, what it means to do public theology in today’s world, and the importance of lay responsibility in the church.
Dr. Kevin Glauber Ahern is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. After earning his BA from Fordham University, he served for four years as President of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS-Pax Romana) in Paris. He then returned to the study of theology, earning an MA and PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College. He is the author of Structures of Grace: Catholic Organizations Serving the Global Common Good (Orbis, 2015) and editor of Visions of Hope: Emerging Theologians and the Future of the Church (Orbis, 2012) and The Radical Bible (Orbis, 2009). Most recently he and Meghan J. Clark co-edited a festschrift in honor of David Hollenbach, SJ, titled Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach (Orbis, 2016).
Special thanks to the College Theology Society for enabling this episode to be recorded at the 2017 annual convention.