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Events

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Interreligious Institute for Those in Jesuit Ministries
June 22 - July 1 , 2009. An intensive summer institute tailored for Jesuits and those involved in Jesuit ministries, facilitated by Jesuits and others with training and experience in interreligious study and dialogue; introductions to Native American Traditional Religion, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religious traditions; review of the teachings of the Catholic Church and Jesuit approaches to interreligious dialogue; responses to pastoral and educational interests and needs of participants. For information contact Dr. John Borelli (borellij@georgetown.edu). The conference will take place at Santa Clara University. Please view our electronic program descritpion.

Engaging Particularities: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology
March 27 - 29, 2009. Sponsored by the U.S. Jesuit Assistancy for Mission and Interreligious Dialogue - Boston College - For more information on this event please visit the conference web site or contact Christopher Conway at conwayce@bc.edu.  

Muslims and Christians: Where Do We Stand? Three Jesuits Speaking from Experience
November 19, 2008 Three Jeusuits who have worked extensively in Christian Muslim relations reflect on the future of interaction and dialouge between these two groups. This event was sponsored by the Woodstock Thological Center's International Visiting Fellows Program.

University of Detroit Mercy Interfaith Event
November 18, 2008 The First Annual Interfaith Event was held at the University of Detroit Mercy. Organized by the Muslim Students’ Association and sponsored by Campus Ministry and other university organizations, the event consisted of a dialogue session between Muslims and Christians on the topic “The Compassion of God.” Imam Mustapha El-Turk, who is an active participant in interreligious dialogue in the Detroit area, and Rev. Gary Wright, director of campus ministry, gave presentations respectively on Muslim and Christian perspectives and answered questions from the audience. Over a hundred people, mainly students, attended the session. The presentations were followed by questions and, finally, dinner.

Violence and the Need for Dialogue
October 28, 2008. Fr. Tony Uvary, SJ visited Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness regarding the on-going persecution of Christians in the state of Orissa in India. On August 23, 2008, Maoists assassinated a Hindu swami. Hindu fundamentalists seized the opportunity to blame the killing on the Christian minority (2.3% of the population). For the past two months, Christians have had their homes burned, churches destroyed, have been forced to convert to Hinduism, and have also lost their lives. Fr. Uvary stressed that most Hindus are tolerant and peaceful people, but that a small minority have taken a turn towards fundamentalism for political reasons.

Challenges to Islam, Christianity and Judaism in Today’s Global Crisis
November 20, 2008. This lecture by Father Hans Küng will be held at Georgetown University. Please visit their website for further details.

National Jesuit Advisory Board on Mission and Interreligious Dialogue
October 3-5, 2008 . The advisory board headed by Dr. John Borelli and consists of representatives from each of the 10 United States Provinces as well as some special advisors held its annual meeting at Fordham University.

Institute on Muslim-Christian Relations
June 22-28, 2008. Georgetown University is offering an Institute on Muslim-Christian Relations. For information you may contact Michael Peterson: phone 202-687-4005; fax 202-687-5803; e-mail MLP34@georgetown.edu.

Exploring the Abrahamic Heritage - Undergraduate Conference
April 2, 2008
Marquette University - This undergraduate student conference will focus on the rich medieval heritages of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic philosophical and theological traditions. The emphasis will be on influences, conceptual connections, and paralle intellectual developments between and/or among key thinkers of that period. For more information please consult the event web page.

Engaging Particularities: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology
March 28 - 30, 2008 Boston College - For more information on this event please contact Christopher Conway at conwayce@bc.edu.  

 

2007

October 26 - 28, 2007 Marquette University. The advisory board headed by Dr. John Borelli and consists of representatives from each of the 10 United States Provinces as well as some special advisors will hold its annual meeting.

Kids4Peace
August 5 - 15, 2007. The Kids4Peace camp is a collaborative effort of the Jesuit parish in Toronto and graduates of the Jesuit Ministry program, which has a close working relationship  to St. George's College, Jerusalem. This camp brings together a dozen 11 year old Jewish, Christian, Muslim children from Galilee with an equal number from these  faith traditions in Toronto to share and work together. The K4P camp, as it is known, takes place at Burk’s Falls, three hours out of Toronto. Similar camps are held in Houston and Atlanta. The Kids4Peace program is beginning its eighth year.

Jewish Christian Relations
July 25-30, 2007
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, New York City. For more information on this event please contact Fr. Tom Michel, S.J. (dialogue@sjcuria.org) at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Interreligious Institute for Those in Jesuit Ministries
July 22-30, 2007. An intensive summer institute tailored for Jesuits and those involved in Jesuit ministries, facilitated by Jesuits and others with training and experience in interreligious study and dialogue; introductions to Native American Traditional Religion, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and other religious traditions; review of the teachings of the Catholic Church and Jesuit approaches to interreligious dialogue; responses to pastoral and educational interests and needs of participants. For information view our web page or contact John Borelli (borellij@georgetown.edu).

Jesuit Ecumenism and Dialogue
July 15-20, 2007
Tanail, Lebanon. For more information on this event please contact Fr. Tom Michel, S.J. (dialogue@sjcuria.org) at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Engaging Particularities: New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions, and Missiology
March 30 - April 1, 2007 This conference is open to graduate students at Jesuit institutions and other schools of higher education. Advanced undergraduate students are invited to submit proposals along with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.To submit a proposal, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Karen Enriquez at enriquek@bc.edu before December 1, 2006.  You can find more information on their website and view their call for papers.

Saint Joseph's University Learns
Spring, 2007 The theme for this series will be “Life Cycle Events.” Each session in the series will compare and explain religious observances related to birth, coming of age, marriage, and death.

Saint Joseph's University Prays
January 25, 2007 Annually this University gathers for an Interfaith Blessing for the Spring Semester.

2006

Islam and the Spiritual Encounter between Chirstians and Muslims
November 3-5, 2006. The Jesuit Center, Wernserville, PA will host this three day event which takes up the challenge of Vatican II to seek for mutual understanding between Muslims and Christians. The seminar will be led by Dr. John Borelli, Rev. Patrick Ryan, S.J. and Imam Yahya M. Hendi. For information contact jescntbus@jesuitcenter.org or phone 610 670-3642

National Jesuit Advisory Board on Mission and Interreligious Dialogue
October 13 - 15, 2006. Omaha, Nebraska. The advisory board headed by Mr. John Borelli and consists of representatives from each of the 10 United States Provinces as well as some special advisors met for three days. You can read a summary of their activities.

Nostra Ætate And Beyond
October 4 - November 2, 2006. October 4 - November 2, 2006. Georgetown University will sponsor a Series of Lectures by Thomas F. Stransky, C.S.P. building on the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's document on interreligious dialogue, Nostra Ætate. Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, retired rector of Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, was one of the original staff members of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity, beginning his service in 1960 soon after the Secretariat was formed as one of the preparatory commission for the Second Vatican Council. He served with Cardinal Augustin Bea and Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, the first two Presidents of the Secretariat. In October 1960, they handed him the file on a proposal for the Council to address the Church's relationship with the Jewish people. He staffed that proposal as it developed through the Council to become the Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, promulgated on October 28, 1965. Concluding his service in Rome in 1970, he returned to the United States and served as President of the Paulist Fathers. In 1986, he began serving as Rector of Tantur Ecumenical Institute, a post he held until his retirement, continuing to serve during those years as a consultor to the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. The Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions revolutionized the Catholic Church's approach to the Jewish people and members of other religions. The dates for each lecture are October 4, 12, 18, and November 2. For further information about the lectures, contact: Michael Peterson, 202 687-4005, mlp34@georgetown.edu. Fall 2006. Please view the official web page for more information and a list of lecture topics.

Kolvenbach Address
October 3, 2006. Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., superior general of the Society of Jesus, gave a major address at Xavier University on the service of faith in a religiously pluralistic world. The occasion for the lecture is the celebration of Xavier's 175th anniversary.

Interfaith Dialogue in the Shadow of 9/11
September 10, 2006. On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, this conference addressed this question and discuss what Jews, Christians, and Muslims can learn from each other. The participants in the conference will also have the opportunity to dialogue with participants of other faith traditions. Speakers for the conference were: Rabbi Gary Bretton-Granatoor, Anti-Defamation League (Jewish); Dr. Philip Cunningham, Boston College (Christian): Dr. Sulayman Nyang, Howard University (Muslim); Rev. Dirk Ficca, Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Skutt Student Center Ballroom, Creighton University.

Meeting of Jesuits among Muslims
September 3 - 9, 2006.
The meeting of Jesuits in Islamic apostolate was held in Mar Musa monastery in Nebek, Syria. This is the location of Paolo Dall’Oglio’s monastic community in the desert. For more information on this event please contact Fr. Tom Michel, S.J. (dialogue@sjcuria.org) at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Kids4Peace
August 6 - 16, 2006. The Kids4Peace camp is a collaborative effort of the Jesuit parish in Toronto and graduates of the Jesuit Ministry program, which has a close working relationship  to St. George's College, Jerusalem. A similar one in 2007 will run from Aug 5-15.  This camp brings together a dozen 11 year old Jewish, Christian, Muslim children from Galilee with an equal number from these  faith traditions in Toronto to share and work together. The K4P camp, as it is known, takes place at Burk’s Falls, three hours out of Toronto. Similar camps are held in Houston and Atlanta. The Kids4Peace program is beginning its seventh year.

Healing Deadly Memories Workshop
August 1-2, 2006. Xavier University's Ethics, Religion & Society Program and Brueggeman Center for Dialogue co-sponsored a "Healing Deadly Memories" workshop for local clergy and religious educators . Christian and Jewish participants critically examined several texts from the New Testament that have fostered reproach, hostility, and violence against Jews. Participants explored strategies and resources to address the anti-Judaism in the Christian Scriptures and to foster relations of fellowship between Cincinnati churches and synagogues.

Study Course on Islam in Iran
June 30 - July 29, 2006.
Similar to the course that was held this past July on Islam in Algeria our Secretariat would like to announce a course next summer on Islam in Iran. It will begin with a week of lectures in Tehran, travel in pairs to various important sites in Iran, closing with a period of reflection. It is primarily intended as an introduction for young Jesuits, but is also open to older Jesuits and to non-Jesuit students at our institutions. For more information on this event please contact Fr. Tom Michel, S.J. (dialogue@sjcuria.org) at the Jesuit Curia in Rome.

Exhibit: A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People
May 19-July 15 2005. In her tenure as Visiting Brueggeman Chair at Xavier, Yaffa Eliach conceived the idea of an exhibit that would document and celebrate the contributions of Pope John Paul II to the transformation of Catholic-Jewish relations. The idea came to life through the dedicated work of James Buchanan, director of Xavier's Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, William Madges, chair of the Department of Theology, and Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of Cincinnati Hillel. The exhibit was held at the Xavier University Art Gallery and included photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the extraordinary contributions of Pope John Paul II to reconciliation between Catholics and Jews. "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People" is now on tour. After a showing at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., the exhibit moved to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Plans for openings in New York and Chicago are underway.

The Town Hall Meeting: Islam and Globalization
April 23, 2006
Xavier University's annual Brueggeman Town Hall Meeting focused this year on the topic of Islam and globalization. Panelists included Karen Armstrong of London's Leo Baeck College;
Dr. Baher Foad, director of adult religious education at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati;
Farooq Kathwari, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.; and  Jerry Leach, president of the World Affairs Council.

Engaging Particularities IV New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions and Missiology
March 17 - 19, 2006 Boston MA. Boston College. In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus's initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the Boston College Jesuit community and Theology Department announced their fourth annual student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions and missiology. They are currently accepting proposals on themes from various disciplinary perspectives (ethics, systematics, history, scripture, philosophy, etc.) in the four areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religious and missiology. Proposals should be no more than 250 words. Please include your contact information, institution and program, and the category into which you are submitting your proposal (panel, comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions, or missiology). Deadline for proposals is November 21, 2005. For more information please contact conference organizer Karen Enriquez (enriquek@bc.edu).

Artistic Expressions of Faith
February 15, 23, March 2, 2006
Xavier University's Brueggeman Center for Dialogue co-sponsored an exploration of religious art at the Cincinnati Art Museum, enhancing exhibitions with lectures. B. Salem Foad of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati spoke on "The Influence of Ethnicity and Culture in Muslim Worship." Rabbi Richard S. Sarason of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion spoke on "Wearable Articles of Faith:  Ornaments and Garments from Antiquity to the Present." J. Leo Klein, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry and professor of theology at Xavier University addressed the topic "In Praise and in Prayer: Christian Devotional Objects."

Saint Joseph's University Learns
Spring, 2006 The theme for this series will be “Life Cycle Events.” Each session in the series will compare and explain religious observances related to birth, coming of age, marriage, and death.

Saint Joseph's University Prays
January 26, 2006 Annually this University gathers for an Interfaith Blessing for the Spring Semester.

The Papacy in the New Era of Jewish-Catholic Relations
January 25, 2006 Rabbi Michael Signer, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, lectured at Xavier University on the legacy of Pope John Paul II for Jewish-Catholic relations and prospects for the future under Pope Benedict XVI. Signer is one of the four authors of Dabru Emet:  A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity, director of the Notre Dame Holocaust Project and co-chair of the joint commission on inter-religious affairs of the Reform Movement.

2005

Nostra Aetate Congress
September 25 - 28, 2005.
The congress was held at the Gregorian University’s new Matteo Ricci Conference Center to mark the 40 th anniversary of the Council document. It was a big congress, with over 90 speakers; 18 Jesuits from various Assistancies came to Rome to take part in the congress. This international conference, jointly sponsored by the Gregorian and Georgetown Universities, examined the way Christians understand their tradition in light of the encounter with Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus, and examined how other believers see their tradition in the light of the encounter with Christianity. It also examined at the questions that have arisen since the time of Nostra Aetate in the field of the theology of religions.The Gregorian will publish the Acts.

The Third Congress of Jesuits in Dialogue with Jews
July 18 - 23, 2005.
Bad Schönbrunn, Zug (Zürich), Switzerland. After earlier congresses in Krakow and Jerusalem, this congress, held in Bad Schönbrunn, Zug, Switzerland, on 18-23 July, focused on modern Jewish thought in the diaspora. About 20 Jesuits took part and the Acts are to be published. For the next congress, the participants settled on the theme of “secularization and diaspora”; the meeting will take place in New York City on 25-30 July 2007. Jesuits interested in Jewish-Christian relations, even those who have not taken part in the previous seminars, are invited to the next one. It was suggested that this meeting be followed by bringing Jesuits in dialogue with Jews together with those in dialogue with Muslims.

The 18th International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists
July 12 - 18, 2005.
The Jesuit Ecumenists have been meeting now for over 30 years. The Congress was held at Clongowes Wood, a Jesuit boarding school near Dublin, Ireland, with 34 participants. Coming 40 years after the publication of the Second Vatican Council document on Ecumenism, the congress papers focused on recent developments in the search for Christian unity. The Acts will be published and we will be happy to send a copy to any interested Jesuit. The participants decided to hold the next Congress in Tanaïl, Lebanon on 14-20 July 2007.

Course on Islam in the Maghreb
July 4- 23, 2005
12 students took part in a three-week introductory course on Islam in Algeria. Together with our Secretariat, the course was organized by the “Groupe de Deux Rives,” a group of young Jesuits who are interested in promoting dialogue among people of the “two shores” of the Mediterranean. After a week of lectures and discussion in Algiers, the participants (mostly, but not all, Jesuits), split into pairs and dispersed for exposure/immersion programs in various locations in Algeria. The final week, they came together again to reflect on their experiences and share insights. The Centre Sèvres in Paris and the Gregorian University in Rome gave academic credit to registered students.

Hear the Cries of the World: Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue Toward Global Healing
June 3-8, 2005
Los Angeles, California. The Society for Buddhist Christian Studies, held its Seventh International Buddhist Christian Conference at Loyola Marymount University.

Ecological Spirituality: A Hindu Catholic Dialogue
April 23, 2005 Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles hosted this event. Five noted speakers discussed Hinduism, Christianity and their relationship to ecology and spirituality.

Engaging Particularities III New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions and Missiology
April 1 - 3, 2005 Boston MA. Boston College In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus's initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the Boston College Jesuit community and Theology Department announced their third annual student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions and missiology. Please consult their web page for further particularites.

Religious Diversity in the US from a South Asian Perspective
March 11, 2005 The Kripke Center at Creighton University hosted an interfaith dialogue with nine academics from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal), representing Muslim, Hindu, and Baha'i faiths, who visited Omaha on a State Department Visitor's Program. The visitors reflected on their recent experiences of religious diversity in the United States in light of their own religious tradition.

Sermonization: What is it?
March 1, 2005
Creighton Univeristy, Omaha, Nebraksa hosted Imam Ahmad Alzaree (from Egypt) Father Dennis Hamm (back from Sabbatical in Israel!) Rabbi Hoffman (from Detroit and just recently back from a 10 year study in Israel) DJ Cesso (latest music from excavatum records not yet released to public!) representing Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam all came together in the same room to answer the same question: Violence, What's religion got to do with it?

Seminar on Jewish - Christian Relations
January 24, 2005
Omaha, Nebraska The Kripke Center at Creighton University sponsored an academic seminar on Jewish-Christian Relations, facilitated by Fr. John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, and Rabbi Leon Klenicki.

Successes and Challenges of Jewish-Christian Relations: Forty Years after Nostra Aetate
January 23, 2005 Omaha, Nebraska Fr. John T. Pawlikowski and Rabbi Leon Klenicki spoke on the occasion of the dedication of the Kripke Center and address the significance of Nostra Aetate for Jewish-Christian relations. Fr. John T. Pawlikowski, a priest of the Servite Order has participated in worldwide interfaith activities at the highest level. Rabbi Leon Klenicki, is widely known as the former interfaith affairs director of ADL. A pioneer in Catholic Jewish relations, Rabbi Klenicki was one of several major leaders asked to implement the vision of Vatican II as it related to improved relations between Catholics and Jews.

The Dwan Family Chair of Interfaith and Ecumenical Dialogue
August 15, 2004 Jim Redington, S.J. has been named to a new chair established at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley to be occupied in August of 2004.

Catholic Higher Education and Interreligious Dialogue
March 21 - 24, 2004. Raymond Bucko, S.J. attended a meeting in Rome as a representative of the United States Jesuit Assistancy sponsored by the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The topic of this meeting was Catholic Universities and Interreligious Dialogue.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue
Sunday, March 21, 2004 John Esposito gave a talk on "Christian and Muslim Dialogue" at the University of Detroit Mercy and then answered questions. John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Founding Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Esposito is the author of more than a dozen books on Islam and is the editor-in-chief of the four-volume 'Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World' and the 'Oxford History of Islam.' His books, translated into Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, and European languages, include 'The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?,' 'Islam and Politics,' and many others.

Engaging Particularities
March 26 - 28, 2004 New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions and Missiology. This graduate student conference was held at Boston College. The event web page contains a summary of the proceedings, paper abstracts and the conference schedule. Please also see the report on the conference which was also published in the Naitonal Jesuit News.

Special Assistant for Interreligious Initiatives Appointed at Georgetown
February 2, 2004 Georgetown University announed the appointment of John Borelli as special assistant for interreligious initiatives (full story).

His Holiness the 14th Dahli Lama Visits University of San Francisco
September 5, 2003 The University of San Francisco hosted an interfaith prayer service drawing on religious leaders throughout the Bay area with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University at this prayer event. Fr. Jim Bretzke, S.J. took photographs and wrote a commentary on this historic visit the day before (September 4, 2003) of the Dahli Lama with the Jesuits of the University of San Francisco.

Interreligious Dialogue on Education
January 2002 - December 2004 Nine educators and representatives of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism are engaging in Woodstock's Interreligious Dialogue on Education. Speaking first from their own experience, the partners presented what each one's religion teaches its children, with extensive questions and discussion following. You can find more information on the initiative webpage.

Interfaith Prayer Service
Tuesday, May 20, 2003 At 6:30 PM St. Peter's Church, Jersey City, hosted an Interfaith prayer service. Members of the St. Peter's Prep and local community--Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu and other believers--will gather and turn to God, the source of all hope and peace. Prep students shared reflections and the choirs of Monumental Baptist Church and the Hoboken Synagogue sang selections.

Engaging Particularities
April 4 - 6, 2003 New Directions in Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue, Theology of Religions and Missiology. This is a graduate student conference held at Boston College. The event web page contains a summary of the proceedings, paper abstracts and the conference schedule.

Why Celibacy? A Comparative Perspective
March 25, 2003 This dialogue was sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Initiative and by the Comparative Theology Area at Boston College. We have posted a summary of the proceedings.

Conference on Intercultural Dialogue
September 15th-26th 2003 The University Centre, St-Ignatius Antwerp along with several other European institutions sponsored a Summer Seminar entitled: "Christianity, Islam and Judaism: How to Conquer the Barriers to Intercultural Dialogue?" For further information read their brochure.

Interfaith Celebration Features Readings, Music
February 4, 2003 Saint Louis University's Annual Interfaith Celebration has marked the official beginning of the spring semester for more than a decade. The theme for 2003 was "Wholly People of Faith" and offered an opportunity to share values and beliefs and to unite in prayer for the University community and the world.

Providing Equitable Healthcare: A Theological Imperative, A Social Responsibility
November 19, 2002: This panel took place in New York City, and was sponsored by The Bertram M. Beck Institute at Fordham University. This institute is a multi-faith organization committed interfaith collaboarion and to issues of social justice.

Institute for the Study of Religions and Culture
June 6, 2002: This institute was charted by the Holy See's Congregation for Catholic Education at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. It provides for its students a Diploma of Studies as well as a Masters of Arts Degree. The program is headed by Fr. Danial Madigan. (Program Description).

Interfaith Celebration Marks Beginning of Spring Semester
February 5, 2002: The Annual Interfaith Celebration has marked the official beginning of the spring semester for over a decade. The 12th annual gathering was held at 12:15 p.m. in Saint Francis Xavier College Church.

Muslim Leader Speaks on Le Moyne College Campus
January 27, 2002: Stating that "ignorance can't drive out ignorance, only knowledge can do that," Dr. Imam Kobeisy, spiritual leader of the Islamic Society of Central New York, spoke about Islam to more than 300 Le Moyne College students, faculty and others in Syracuse, New York. The lecture, titled "Islam in the Contemporary World," marked the first of a four-part, semester-long series called "Sunday Series for 'Just' Action." The goal of each program is to explore and understand the world in crisis and to promote dialogue.

Tri Faith Vigil for Peace
January 24, 2002 A Tri Faith Vigil for Peace (Christian, Muslim, Jewish) was held at Creighton University in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. The vigil was sponsored by the Catholic Archdiocesan Social Ministry Commission, Creighton's Center for the Study of Catholicism with the support of Temple Israel, the Islamic Center of Omaha, Catholic Charities, Creighton's Muslim and Jewish student associations, Youth Group of Countryside Community Church, Creighton Prep, the Klutznick Chair and Creighton Campus Ministry. Please view our program.

Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue for Peace
January 24, 2002 The University of San Francisco hosted a Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue for Peace at its campus. The symposium consisted of of 7 speakers plus Archbishop Levada.

Symposium on the Trinity in Christian Muslim Dialogue
April 1-8, 2002:The meeting of Jesuits among Muslims that took place at La Baume in Aix-en-Provence, France, concentrated on the theme of the Trinity in light of the encounters between Christianity and Islam. We have made available an electronic version of the papers for the consideration of Jesuits, and their Christian and Muslim colleagues and friends, as a contribution to the ongoing dialogue of faith among monotheists in today's world.

Prayers of Solidarity for Justice and Peace
December 14, 2001: In the Pope's Angelus address on November 18, 2001, he asked us to fast and pray on December 14th, with our Muslim brothers and sisters at the end of Ramadan, for justice and peace throughout the world. We have posted a report on the day of prayer and fasting observed at Boston College on December 11th.

Jesuit Ecumenists Meet in Alexandria, Egypt
July 5 - 10, 2001: The 16th International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists took place in Alexandria, Egypt. Fr. Daniel Madigan, S.J. has provided a report on the proceedings.

Jesuit Advisory Committee Meets in Montreal
May 18 - 20, 2001 The Advisory Committee met in Montreal, Canada. Fr. Clooney, S.J. has written a report of 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

Jesuit Consultation on Christian Muslim Relations
March 23 - 26, 2001 Statement from the consultation held at Heinrich-Pesch-Haus, Ludwigshafen, Germany: At the request of the Conference of European Provincials, twenty-eight Jesuits from nineteen provinces gathered to discuss Christian Muslim relations The meeting was a further step in the implementation of the decree of the 34th General Congregation on interreligious dialogue.

United States Catholic Bishops Form Interreligious Dialogue Subcommittee
December 19, 2000 - United States Catholic Bishops announced the formation of a Subcommittee on Interreligious Dialogue within the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (BCEIA).

Jesuits Studying Islam Meet in Istanbul
September, 1998 15 young Jesuits in various stages of Islamic studies came together at the Dominican Convent in Istanbul.  They exchanged information concerning their work, their past and present involvement with Muslims, and their spiritual and academic goals (addresses given at the meeting).

Jesuits in Jewish-Christian Dialogue Meet in Jerusalem
June 27 - July 2, 2000: The Second Colloquium of Jesuits in Jewish-Christian Dialogue
33 Jesuits participated in the Jerusalem colloquium. The days of the colloquium were spent listening to Jews reflect on the colloquium theme of the Signifigance of the State of Israel for Contemporary Judaism and Jewish-Christian Dialogue and discussing among ourselves the implications of the presentation for our own involvement in the dialogue (addresses given at the colloquium).

Reports

At times, we will make reports concerning the progress we have made, or the steps we are taking, in expanding the dialogues between religions. These reports will be posted here.

Jacques Dupuis, S.J. and Interreligious Dialogue
The theology of religions is the discipline in which Christians reflect on the resources in the Christian tradition that guide their encounters with people of other religious traditions. Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1997) by Jacques Dupuis, S.J. is an important contribution to the discipline. As well known, it is also a book that has received much attention and provoked some debate. The three items included here - the Notification by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Article of Comment on the Notification of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith pertaining to the book of J. Dupuis: Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralis published in L'Osservattore Romano, and the Statement by the General of the Society of Jesus, Peter Hans Kolvenbach - give just some of the context in which this important book is now read.

Work with Interfaith Couples
As America becomes more culturally and religiously diverse, opportunities to meet and marry across religious boundaries increase. Yet there are few resources for interfaith couples, especially Christians and Muslims.

Dialogue Initiatives among Jesuit Institutions in the U S Assistancy
Responses to Fr. Clooney's Inquiry on Current Efforts at Interreligious Dialogue in Jesuit Apostolates.

The Second Colloquium of Jesuits in Jewish-Christian Dialogue
The Secretariat has placed on-line the addresses given at the colloquium of Jesuits in Jewish-Christian Dialogue.

Jesuits Studying Islam Meet in Istambul
The Secretariat has placed on-line the addresses given at the meeting.

The 16th International Congress of Jesuit Ecumenists
Daniel Madigan, S.J. has provided a report on the proceedings of this meeting which took place in Alexadria, Egypt.


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