Engaging Particularities VIII

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

Boston College
March 26-28, 2010

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.


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 Lunch on Saturday, are provided for registrants

Schedule 2010:

March 26 (Friday), Barat House, Newton Campus

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

  1. "Ratzinger and the Mission of Somatic Relationality"
    Aaron Pidel, SJ (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
    Respondent: Carolyn Chau (Regis College)
  2. Dinner and Opening Remarks (6pm)
  3. Keynote Address (7:30pm):
    Dan Joslyn Siemiatkoski (Graduate Theological Union - CDSP)
    "Comparative Theology and Monotheism: The Example of Judaism"
March 27 (Saturday), 9 Lake Street, Brighton Campus, Room 110

Session I: Islam and Religious Pluralism (10 am)

  1. "The Islamic Theology of Divine Names - A Case for Religious Pluralism"
    Zeyneb Salim, (Georgetown University)

  2. Respondent: Bagus Laksana, (Boston College)
  3. "Da'wa and Testimony - A Muslim Vision for Europe"
    Rahel Fischbach, (Georgetown University)
    Respondent: Jose Bellver, (University of Barcelona)


Panel Presentation: "New Directions in Buddhist-Christian Studies" (1pm)

  1. Leah Weiss Eckstrom, (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
  2. Glenn Willis, (Boston College)
  3. Kevin Johnson, (Boston College)
    Respondent: Annewieke Vroom, (KU University of Amsterdam)

Session II: Practical Theology and Interreligious Dialogue (2:30pm)

  1. "Engaging Particularities of Religious Beliefs in Ethics"
    Robert Mundle, (University of St. Michael's, Toronto)
    Respondent: Nicole Reibe, (Boston College)
  2. "The Church as Sacrament of Interreligious Solidarity - Lessons from an Inner-City Catholic High School"
    John Falcone, (Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)
    Respondent: Jack Davidson, (Harvard Divinity School)
March 28 (Sunday), 9 Lake Street, Brighton Campus, Room 110

Session III: Social and Ecological Peace and Interreligious Dialogue (10am)

  1. "From Brokenness to Planetary Wholeness: Emerging Themes in Eco-Feminist Interreligious Dialogue"
    Monica Schaap Pierce, (Fordham University)
    Respondent: Jen Wade, (Boston College)
  2. "Global Social Action as an Effective Means for Interreligious Dialogue and Understanding"
    Kevin Ahern, (Boston College)
    Respondent: Kieran Conroy (Harvard Divinity School)
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