October 4, 2013
Presenters: John Baumann, S.J., Catherine Cornille, Larry Gordon, and Nancy Pineda-Madrid
Using two major networks (PICO National Network and the Industrial Areas Foundation) as a springboard for reflection, this symposium examines how faith-based community organizing around issues of justice can provide common ground both for engaging in ministry in communities of diverse faith and ethnicity and for theological discourse among religions.
Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College Theology Department, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics
John Baumann, S.J., is founding director and director of special projects, PICO National Network. At this syposium he speaks about how his own theology has influenced his leadership of PICO as it transitioned to a faith-based model and how the faith-based work of PICO has influenced his theology.
Catherine Cornille is Newton College Alumnae Chair in Western Culture and chair, Boston College Theology Department. At this symposium she addresses in broader terms how issues of justice form a basis for building solidarity across religious boundaries.
Larry Gordon is senior organizer, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Industrial Areas Foundation. At this symposium he speaks about the concrete realities of engaging faith communities of diverse ethnicity and religion in order to address issues of justice on a local level.
Nancy Pineda-Madrid is STM associate professor of theology and Latino/Latina ministry. Drawing upon her past experience in community organizing, at this symposium she addresses the way in which reflection on concrete experiences of bringing together people of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds to address justice issues affects her work as a theologian.