Student Spotlight: Kara Logan, 1st Year PhD Student, Returns to Her Alma Mater to Present at a Symposium
First year PhD student, Kara Logan, is scheduled to present at the upcoming Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization at her alma mater Benedictine College. Her paper, “Let my son go that he may serve me” (Exodus 4:23): Restoring the Lord’s Day as a Means for the New Evangelization” will draw on the Book of Exodus and the theme of “The Lord’s Day” as it is presented there, and argues that the New Evangelization can be advanced through the retrieval of an authentic understanding and culture of “The Lord’s Day.”
Below is a brief interview with Ms. Logan about her presentation and what it is like to be headed back to her alma mater.
First of all, can you say a bit about your educational background?
I studied theology and classical languages at Benedictine College and graduated with my BA in 2015. I then went to the Augustine Institute in Denver, where I received my MA in Theology. And I am now at Ave Maria University for a PhD where my major focus is systematics with a minor focus in Scripture.
What brought you to the AMU Graduate Theology Program?
I applied to the PhD program at Ave Maria because I wanted to study at a school where I could be taught theology in a way that is faithful to Catholic orthodoxy, yet is still a rigorous program of study that would prepare me to be a professor. I have not been disappointed!
What is the paper you are delivering for the conference at your alma mater, Benedictine College?
My paper is “Let my son go that he may serve me” (Exodus 4:23): Restoring the Lord’s Day as a Means for the New Evangelization.” In this paper, principally using Exodus, I argue that in order to evangelize our society today, we must restore what it means to truly live the Lord’s Day. If we remember and live the Lord’s Day, we can create a culture where modern man can enter into the rest and the joy of the Lord.
What does Scripture teach us about the centrality of the Lord’s Day for God’s People?
In Exodus we learn that the Lord’s Day has the effect of sanctifying time and space, and therefore also the people who participate in this day. The Lord’s people are released from their burdens in order to do the work of the Lord. Through the Sabbath the Lord formed the people to be his own and this shows their ordination to God, and was the organizing principle of their entire way of life.
How would living the Lord’s Day look for us today?
In general terms, I will argue that we must emphasize the community dimension of the Lord’s Day. By inviting people into our homes and into our community through the celebration and the “festivity” of the Lord’s Day, we can show them the joy that can be found in Catholicism and in following Jesus Christ. Further, the Lord’s Day should not be seen as just taking a break from “work” but doing the work of the Lord: worship, caring for one’s neighbor, and exercising true leisure.
What is it like to be going back to your alma mater to deliver a paper at a conference as a PhD student?
I am excited to see my former professors and engage with them in a more collegial and more profound theological way. The Symposium began my freshman year at Benedictine, and I attended it every year and even delivered a paper my senior year. It was a great experience, and I look forward to delivering a paper once again.