Dialogue activities

1985 to present: regular courses on Religions of the World, Religions of India, Religions of the Near East, Buddhism, Religions of the East Asia, Comparative Religious Ethics, Comparative Mysticism, Asian Religions in America, and so forth.

These courses, both graduate and undergraduate, identify for our students key themes in the world's religious traditions. In some instances, specific parallels and contrasts are drawn with the Christian tradition. In other instances, the learning achieved by the student may be regarded as a deepening of the student's foundation for understanding the human spiritual condition as conceived across history and across cultures.

As you know, my colleague Jim Fredericks and I have been involved with dialogue activities of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Though we both have participated in each other's gatherings, Jim has been central to the Buddhist-Roman Catholic dialogue, and I have been deeply involved with the Hindu-Roman Catholic dialogue. Please contact Jim for details on the Buddhist-Roman Catholic dialogue.

In terms of the Hindu-Roman Catholic dialogue, last year we offered a day-long public session title "Women and Spirituality: A Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue." This year we are offering a day-long public event titled "Social Service and Spirituality: A Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue."

Additionally, both Jim and I have published on the topic of the interreligious encounter. My two primary essays on this are "Nonviolent Approaches to Multiplicity" which is a chapter in Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asia Traditions (SUNY, 1993) and "Monist (Ekatva) and Pluralist (Anekanta) Discourse in Indian Traditions," in East-West Encounters in Philosophy and Religion, edited by Ninian Smart and B. Srinivasa Murthy (Long Beach: Long Beach Publications, 1996). And, by extension, my other writings engage religious concepts across cultures and could be regarded as participating in and contributing to the process of dialogue. Jim Fredericks' book "Faith Among Faiths" and many of the works of our colleagues (especially Daniel Smith-Christopher and Jeffrey Siker) also engage in interreligious discussions.

I have pasted in the program from the upcoming Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue and can send you a complete publications list if it would be helpful.

Best wishes,

Social Service and Spirituality: A Hindu and Roman-Catholic Dialogue
Saturday, November 11, 2000
Ahmanson Auditorium, University Hall 1000, Loyola Marymount University

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Thomas P. Rausch, S.J., Chair, Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Dr. Christopher Key Chapple, Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Sr. Anne Field, S.S.S., Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialogue of the Catholic Archdiocese, Los Angeles
Pravrajika Saradeshaprana, Vedanta Society of Southern California
8:45 Establishing Schools in India
Dr. Ashok Malhotra, State University of New York at Oneonta
Director, Ninash Foundation; Founder, The Indo-International School
9:25 Social Justice Strategies for Southern California
Maribeth Larkin, S.S.S., Los Angeles Metro Strategy of the Industrial Areas Foundation
10:05 Service for the Poor and Spiritual Realisation
Swami Asaktananda, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Narendrapur
10:45 to 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 On the Ground in East Los Angeles
Fr. Michael Kennedy, S.J., Rector, Dolores Mission
11:40 Panel Dialogue followed with Audience Discussion
12:15 1:00 p.m. Self-Host Lunch, University Hall Dining Center
1:00 The Word on the Street: Direct Service and
Political Witness to the Kingdom of God
Eric De Bode, Los Angeles Catholic Worker Community
1:40 The Struggle for Social Justice: Liberating Bonded Laborers in India
Swami Agnivesh, Religions for Social Justice
2:20 Jesus and Gandhi: The Common Ground of Nonviolence
John Dear, S.J.
Executive Director, Fellowship of Reconciliation
3:00 Coffee Break
3:15 Film Segment: Doing Vipassana, Doing Time
3:30 Inner Development for Social Development
Kiran Bedi, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police (Training), India
4:10 Panel Dialogue followed with Audience Discussion

Co-Sponsored by the Hindu-Roman Catholic Dialouge of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Catholic Archdiocese, Los Angeles; the Program in Asian and Pacific Studies, Loyola Marymount University; The Doshi Chair, Early Indian History , UCLA; Southern California Seminar on South Asia CONTACT: cchapple@lmu.edu

Christopher Key Chapple
Professor of Theological Studies
Director, Asian and Pacific Studies
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California 90045
Phone: 310-338-2846
Fax: 310-338-1947
Web Page: clawww.lmu.edu/~cchapple

Created: October 11, 2000 Updated: October 11, 2000