A series of lectures on issues in the Catholic Church -- including topics such as sexual diversity, the role of women and money in the church -- are planned this fall by Fairfield University's Center for Catholic


All except one program are scheduled on campus, and are free.

The fall series begins Sept. 10 and concludes Nov. 12. The schedule is:

Living Theology Workshop: "The Book of Isaiah," to be conducted by Angela Harkins, associate professor of religious studies. Sept. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the multimedia room of the university's DiMenna-Nyselius Library.

"Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church," a lecture by Jason Berry, investigative reporter and playwright, at 8 p.m. Sept. 15, in Dolan School of Business dining room.

"Exploring Catholic Culture: An Imaginative Word," a two-day program at the Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, in Litchfield. The program is from 6 p.m. Sept. 23 through 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24, has a fee and registration is required. For more information, visit www.wisdomhouse.org/program/calendar.html.

Women in the Church: "Can Catholic Women Revitalize the Church?" a lecture by Michele Dillon, a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, in the Quick Center.

Theology, Religion, & Society: "Imagining Ourselves in Heaven," a lecture by John Thiel, professor of religious studies and president of the Catholic Theological Society of America., at 8 p.m. Oct. 11, in the Dolan School of Business dining room.

More Than a Monologue: "Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church," a day-long series presented with Fordham University, Union Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School and featuring several speakers; Oct. 29, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dolan School of Business dining room. For more information, visit the conference website: http://blog.fairfield.edu/morethanamonologue/?page_id=16

"Making Things Up: A Catholic Writer's Beginnings," a lecture by Ron Hansen, professor of English at Santa Clara University, at 8 p.m. Nov. 9, in the Dolan School of Business dining room.

Living Theology Workshop -- "Marriage Today: Sacred Covenant, or Do-It-Yourself Project?" Nancy Dallavalle, associate professor and chairwoman of religious studies, Nov. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library multimedia room.