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Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue

2010 event


Third Boston College Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue, 
October 7-9, 2010


Proponents of interreligious dialogue often focus on social action and economic advancement as a privileged occasion for collaboration and productive exchange between religions.  Even though economic realities are governed by their own logic and systems, religious beliefs and practices may have a profound effect on socio-economic structures and developments.  At this conference, we will focus on how religious beliefs may and do affect economic praxis and on how dialogue between religions may enrich particular conceptions of market economics, and improve socio-economic relationships between individuals from different religious groups and cultures.

Papers may deal with economic theories and principles linked to a particular religious tradition, with the extent to which these theories may contribute to economic development in a particular context or in a global perspective, and/or with the ways in which one religion has or may learn from the social theories and economic principles of other religious traditions.  Some may focus on historical examples of the way in which interreligious dialogue has led to socio-economic development, while others may advance more theoretical and hypothetical proposals of how religions may work together to improve economic relationships in different parts of the world, or to offer alternatives to prevailing conceptions of economic development.



Thursday, October 7
"Profits and Prophets: Economic Development and Interreligious Dialogue"
Paul Knitter (Union Theological Seminary)
5 p.m.
Heights Room, Boston College

Jenny Aker (Tufts University)
Joe Kaboski (Ohio State University)

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(By invitation only)

Connors Conference Center, Dover, Mass.

Friday, October 88:30-9:30 a.m.:  Eliott Dorff (Baylor University)
9:30-10:30 a.m.:  Walid El-Ansary (University of South Carolina)
11:00-12:00 a.m.:  Caner Dagli (College of the Holy Cross)
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Katherine Marshall (Georgetown University)
3:00-4:00 p.m.: Laurenti Magesa (Hekima University, Kenya)
4:30-5:30 p.m.: James Buchanan (Bruggeman Center for Interreligious Dialogue, Cincinnati)

Saturday, October 9
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Donald Swearer (Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions)
9:30-10:30 a.m.: Christopher Ives (Stonehill College)
11:00-12:00 a.m.: David Loy (Xavier University)
1:00-2:00 p.m.: Ishanaa Rambachan (Oxford University)
2:00-3:00 p.m.: Siddhartha (Fireflies Ashram, Bangalore)



Catherine Cornille, John Makransky, James Morris, Ruth Langer, Peter Ireland.For more information, please contact Glenn Willis at



Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue
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Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue
Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue
Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue
Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue