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Society for Comparative Theology

Tuesday, February 1st, 7- 9 p.m.
Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions
42 Francis Avenue
Cambridge
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The Society for Comparative Theology, which brings together faculty and grad students from the BTI schools, will have its first meeting of the year, here at BC, for a general discussion on Comparative Theology and the Study of Theology today. Details on place and presenters to follow.

This meeting takes up a key theme arising in the exploratory discussion of comparative theology that occurred at our November meeting. Its purpose is to look more deeply into the claim that comparative theology is 'normally' tradition-specific: the comparativist who is a theologian 'normally' begins in a specific tradition, writes from there, and returns to that place, community, after encountering, reading, conversing with the religious Other. While it is possible to be a detached observer, such is neither an ordinary or ideal condition for the comparativist. As was already noted in November, however, the project of identifying and privileging a 'home tradition' is problematic today - particularly for scholars who would be comparativists.

To provide a starting point for the discussion, we will consider two essays by Francis Clooney, SJ, Boston College: 1. "God for Us: Multiple Religious Belonging as Spiritual Practice and Divine Response," in Many Mansions? Multiple Religious Belonging and Christian Identity , edited by Catherine Cornille (Orbis Books, 2002), 44-60, and 2. "Neither Here Nor There: Crossing Boundaries, Becoming Insiders, Remaining Catholic," in Identity and Politics of Identity in Scholarship in the Study of Religion , edited by Jose Cabezon and Sheila Davaney (New York: Routledge, 2004), pp. 99-111. If you need copies of these essays, contact Tracy Deveau (Administrative Assistant, BU School of Theology) at <tdeveau@bu.edu>

Prof. Clooney will only very briefly situate the essays, so please read them carefully in advance! Then, more ample time will be given to three responses, by Donald Swearer (CSWR), Catherine Cornille (BC), and a graduate student (yet to be named). Open discussion will follow.

Directions to CSWR are available at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/cswr/about/directions.html Parking for this event is available in the small lot on the left side, just before reaching the Divinity School at 45 Francis Avenue; since parking is limited, however, car pooling and public transportation are still encouraged.

All area faculty and graduate students are welcome. For more information, contact John Berthrong <jhb@bu.edu>, Francis Clooney <clooney@bc.edu>, or Donald Swearer <dswearer@hds.harvard.edu>.

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Society for Comparative Theology

November 16, 7- 9 p.m.
Boston College
21 Campanella Way
Third floor seminar room of the Theology Department
Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

The Society for Comparative Theology, which brings together faculty and grad students from the BTI schools, will have its first meeting of the year, here at BC, for a general discussion on Comparative Theology and the Study of Theology today. Details on place and presenters to follow.

The Society for Comparative Theology will meet on Tuesday, November 16, 7-9 PM, in the Theology Department at Boston College. (Directions below.) These meetings are open to all interested graduate students and faculty, from any of the BTI schools or other neighboring schools. Later meetings this year, to be announced, are expected to take place at the Harvard Divinity School and the Boston University School of Theology. The Society is a colloquium for faculty and graduate students of the Boston Theological Institute, as well as scholars in the greater Boston area. It meets on a regular basis ­ usually three times a year [fall, winter, spring] - for discussion and the presentation of current work by the Society's members.

The November 16th meeting offers an opportunity for us to review the work and purpose of the Society, after more than a decade of activity. It will begin with presentations by Profs. John Berthrong (BUST), Francis Clooney (BC), and Anne Monius (HDS) centered on the following issues:

  1. views of comparative theology in relation to theology and Christian theology, the study of religion, area studies etc.; then in particular,
  2. resources at our respective institutions (and throughout the BTI) for CT and related fields;
  3. theoretical and practical problems we see in the field, regarding expertise, methods, theological implications, etc.;
  4. suggestions for the coming year.

These brief presentations will be followed by open discussion; suggestions regarding the winter and spring meetings will also be welcomed. Light refreshments will be served.

Since the Theology Department, on the 3rd floor of 21 Campanella Way on the BC campus, is ordinarily locked at 5pm, please do not come before 6:45pm, when the door will be opened. The building itself, and the library, will be open throughout.

For further information, contact John Berthrong (617 353 3050; jhb@bu.edu ) or Francis Clooney (617 553 3800; clooney@bc.edu ).

Directions: the BC Theology Department is on the 3rd floor of 21 Campanella Way, the new office building just below O¹Neill Library. By car, it is easiest to enter the campus by the Comm Ave side, and proceed in to the garage next to 21 Campanella Way. (See map at /about/maps/s-chestnuthill/ ) The campus is also accessible by the "B" Green line and, with a bit of a walk, by the "D" Green line.top of page

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