The Jesuit Commitment To Interreligious Dialogue: a history
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The Society of Jesus' initiative in interreligious dialogue in the United States began in 1997, and will continue to develop through national planning in coordination with efforts initiated in Rome and in other regions of the Society. At this site we will keep a brief record of past and current initiatives.

October 13 - 15, 2006
The advisory board consisting of representatives from each of the 10 Unites States provinces with John Borelli and his own advisors met in Omaha at Creighton University (please read full press release).

October 28 - 30, 2005
The reconstituted advisory board consisting of representatives from each of the 10 Unites States provinces with John Borelli and his own advisors met in St. Louis at St. Louis University (please read full press release).

March 1, 2005
John Borelli, Special Assistant to the President for Interreligious Initiatives, Georgetown, assumes the position of National Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue and Mission for the Jesuit Conference succeeding Francis X. Clooney. As the group reorganizes, the "Pluralism at Six Jesuit Universities" is put on hold. Plans begin immediately for an expanded Advisory Board on Mission and Dialogue with representatives from each of the provinces and additional consultants. The board's first meeting is called for October 28-30, 2005, St. Louis University.

November 5 - 7, 2004
Thirteen administrators and faculty from six Jesuit universities — Creighton, Georgetown, Loyola Chicago, Loyola Marymount, University of San Francisco, and host Boston College — met at Boston College to explore the feasibility of a six-university conversation on religious diversity. The discussion focused on how Jesuit university communities — Jesuits, faculty, administrators and staff, students, alumnae and alumni — respond to religious diversity, the strengths and weaknesses of the conversation on campus, what we learn from one another religiously, and whether intensive on-site visits to the several campuses might be productive instruments of enhancing conversations about our engagement with religious diversity in the context of institutions of higher learning (read the full press release and original proposal) . This project is currently on hold while under reevaluation.

July 7 - 8, 2003
A sub-group of the advisory comittee met for two days at Loyola University Chicago to disucss initiatives in interreligious dialogue. We have provided a report on this meeting. As part of our research into programs geared towards cross-religions understanding and interreligious dialogue the committee has compiled a list of courses in World Religion Courses taught as part of the core curriculum and a list of World Religion courses taught as part of an undergraduate major in theology and/or religious studies. The goal of the meeting was to evaluate past initiatives in interreligious dialogue and to suggest future plans. Visitors to this website are invited to send suggestions to any of the Board members, or to Francis X. Clooney, S.J. clooney@bc.edu

May 18 - 20, 2001
The Advisory Committee met in Montreal, Canada. Fr. Clooney, S.J. has written a report on this meeting. A number of guests were present, and supplement the expertise of the members of the board. The primary goal of the meeting was to identify key initiatives which will aid those who work in institutions and ministries related to the Society of Jesus in attending to and fostering the interreligious dimensions of their work and lives. Visitors to this website are invited to send suggestions to any of the Board members, or to Francis X. Clooney, S.J. clooney@bc.edu

February 25 - 27, 2000
The national Advisory Committee had its first national meeting in St. Louis in February, 2000. We have provided a description of that meeting. The Advisory Committee will meet in May 2001, and thereafter other national and regional meetings will be scheduled, and announced here.

1998 - 1999
Fr. Clooney began to develop first of all a network of Jesuits around the United States involved in some way in interreligious encounter, either formally or simply in the course of other ministries. During this time Fr. Clooney formed the national Advisory Committee on Interreligious Dialogue.

Spring 1998
The provincials of the 10 United States provinces (The United States Asistency) asked Fr. Clooney to become the coordinator for mission and interreligious dialogue in the ministries connected with the Society of Jesus in the United States.

October, 1997
In the first phase Frs. Thomas Michel, S.J., Coordinator for Interreligious Dialogue for the Society of Jesus (globally) and Francis X. Clooney, S.J., were invited by the United States Provincials to meet with them during their fall meeting in Sedalia, Colorado, to discuss the follow-up to the 34th General Congregation's initiatives on interreligious dialogue.

 

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is intended to give the Coordinator for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue, currently Francis X. Clooney, S.J., advice and feedback on the development of our work in this area. It is comprised of Jesuits and colleagues of Jesuits from the various ministries related to the Society of Jesus in the United States. The Board is a flexible body, on which members will serve for several years at a time. Much of the communication occurs by e-mail, but it is expected that at least once a year members of the Board will meet for extended discussion. Readers of this Page are welcome to contact either the Coordinator or any of the members of the Board with ideas regarding our work in the area of Dialogue.

 



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