Engaging Particularities VII

New Directions in Comparative Theology,
Interreligious Dialogue,
Theology of Religions and Missiology

Boston College
March 27-29, 2009

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 announce their sixth annual student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions and missiology. This conference is cosponsored by Jesuit Interreligious Dialogue and Relations.

Selected papers are available, after the conference, on BC's escholarship site.


Call for Papers

The 2009 Call for Papers is available. To submit a proposal, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Chris Conway before December 1, 2008. Click here for more details.

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee $10
  • For information and registration contact Chris Conway
  • When registering, please provide name and email address.
  • Make checks payable to BOSTON COLLEGE and mail them to:

    Matt Sherman
    Treasurer of EP Conference
    BC Theology Department
    21 Campanella Way, 3rd Floor
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Dinners on Friday and Saturday, and Lunches on Saturday and Sunday, are provided for registrants

Schedule 2009:

March 27 (Friday), Barat House, Newton Campus

Opening Dinner and Keynote Address (5:00-9:00pm)

  1. "Words to the Rookies" Bede Bidlack (Boston College)
    Respondent: Meg Gatza (Boston University)
  2. Dinner and Opening Remarks (6pm)
  3. Keynote Address (7:30pm):
    "Living Witness: Making a Confession of Faith in a Pluralistic World."
    Prof. Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer (Salve Regina University)
March 28 (Saturday), 024 Peterson, School of Theology and Ministry

Comparative Theology I: Sexuality and the Family in Christianity and Hinduism: (9:30am - 11:30am)

  1. "A Solemn and Sacred Commitment: An Examination of the Nature of Marriage and the Family in the Roman Catholic and Hindu Traditions"
    Marita A. Hunchuk (Duquesne University)
    Respondent: Andrew Salzmann (Boston College)
  2. "Christ as Grand Marshal of the Queer America"
    Anne Marie Russo (Loyola Marymount University)
    Respondent: Kieran Conroy (Harvard Divinity School)

(11:30-12:30) Lunch

"Contested Spaces for Lived Religion" : Panel Presentation (12:30 - 2:30pm)

  1. "Comparative Views of Divine Union in Kabbalah and Tantra "
    Jake Jacobs (Loyola Marymount University)
  2. "A Methodological Approach to Religious Pluralism: Interreligious Dialogue Rooted in Shared Experience of the Religious Practices of the 'Other'"
    Leah Weiss Eckstrom (Boston College)
  3. "Nice Little Things: Oom the Omnipotent and the Marketing of Yoga to the American Public"
    Joe Laycock (Boston University)
  4. "Pleading 'No Contest:' Catholic Moral Education in Bangladesh."
    Ray Ward (Boston College)
    Respondent: Jen Wade (Boston College)

Muslim-Christian Dialogue: (3:30-5:30pm)

  1. "Women in Dialogue: A Case Study."
    Rhonda Miska(Boston College)
    Respondent: Ashley Loetscher (Santa Clara)
  2. "A Common Word: How Common Have Christians Found It?"
    Jason Welle, OFM (Catholic Theological Union)
    Respondent: Chris Hadley, SJ (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
March 29 (Sunday), 024 Peterson, School of Theology and Ministry

Comparative Theology II: (9:30 - 12:00 noon)

  1. "Koans and the Eucharist: A Comparative Analysis of the Power of Language."
    Andrew Prevot (University of Notre Dame)
    Respondent: Carolyn Chau (Regis College)
  2. "The Notions of Mediation in African Ancestral Religions."
    Bienvenu Mayemba, SJ (Boston College)
    Respondent: Mara Brecht (Fordham University)
  3. "Sankara and St. John of the Cross: Non-Confessional Learning across Religious Boundaries."
    Ben Williams (Harvard Divinity School)
    Respondent: Deepti Shenoy (Santa Clara)

(12 noon) Lunch

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