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  • 11/19/2020 12:33 PM | Anonymous


    In October, Bloomsburgy Digital Resources launched its Library of Catholic Thought, a new module and part of our Theology & Religion Online research hub.   Library of Catholic Thought covers nearly two millennia of global Catholic thought, tradition, and culture, and explores scholarship from the Church Fathers to the present day.  It also includes The New Jerome Biblical Commentary: Second Revised Edition, which is digitally exclusive to Library of Catholic Thought. 

    LibraryOfCatholicThought.pdf

  • 11/14/2020 4:00 PM | Maria-Pilar Aquino (Administrator)

    The Edmundite Graduate Fellows Program for African American Scholars

    Named in honor of the College’s founding Catholic order, the Edmundites, who began ministering with African Americans in Selma, Alabama, in the 1930s.  Edmundites have continued to work in solidarity with African Americans in the South to this day, committing resources to providing direct assistance to the poor of Alabama but more importantly working with the African American community in the Selma environs in the development of skills and the creation of jobs in some of the poorest counties of the United States.  The commitment of Edmundites to the work of racial justice finds its expression at Saint Michael’s College through Edmundites working at the college to end racism on campus and to promote a student body and faculty that is diverse and values and diversity.

    This teaching fellows program seeks to attract African American scholars to complete their doctoral studies at Saint Michael’s College, thereby advancing the rich tradition and history of the Edmundites and the College serving underrepresented communities and scholars. It will also serve to enrich the Saint Michael’s community and student learning by bringing important research, perspectives, and voices to our campus and our classrooms.

    A community committed to inclusion

    As a small liberal arts institution in one of the least diverse states in the country, Saint Michael’s College is (continuously) challenged by a lack of diversity among its student body, staff and its faculty. A diverse faculty benefits the entire community and enriches the learning that takes place in and out of the classroom by introducing important underrepresented voices and different perspectives. Indeed, it is the obligation of a quality liberal arts institution to include those perspectives and voices as part of the educational experience.

    In order to encourage scholars to consider Saint Michael’s College as a place to live and work to complete their important doctoral work, the College is offering the Edmundite Graduate Fellows Program for African American Scholars. This program will offer scholars in the final stages of their doctoral work, and who need only to finish the dissertation to complete requirements for the Ph.D. a welcoming community to begin their careers, a stipend of $20,000, housing, health benefits, and up to $3,000 toward relocation expenses. The academic areas where the fellows program is being awarded are: all disciplines considered.

    Requirements

    Fellows accepted to the program will be expected to teach one class and host one lecture each semester, usually in the fellow's general research area. Saint Michael’s College assumes that the fellow will participate in the intellectual life of his/her home department, as well as in the broader cultural life of the College. Our primary expectation, however, and the main focus of this fellowship, is the completion of the dissertation.

    For more information contact:

    Margaret Bass, PhD

    Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion
    mbass@smcvt.edu

    smcvt.edu/edmundite-graduate-fellows-program
  • 11/14/2020 6:34 AM | Judith Gruber

    Every two years, the Research Unit Systematic Theology of KU LEUVEN hosts the international conference "Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology". The next LEST conference will take place at KU Leuven, 20-23 October, 2021. The topic is "DISSENTING CHURCH - Exploring the Theological Power of Conflict and Disagreement".

    The Call for Papers is now live - Deadline 1 March, 2021:

    https://theo.kuleuven.be/en/lest/lest-xiii/call-for-papers


  • 11/12/2020 11:32 AM | Rev Leo J O'Donovan SJ

    Join the Jesuit Refugee Service's Virtual Event

    Walking with Refugees for Forty Years
    Thursday, November 12, at 6 p.m. (EST)

    Tonight Jesuit Refugee Service is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a Virtual National event that I hope you can all watch. The attached link to a 2-page flyer describes the event  The second page has sponsorship levels.  You should all feel comfortable signing up simply as friends (which we all are).  And if you're short of cash in this crazy time we're living in, just write me (ljodsj@yahoo.com) and I'll send you the link for the event.  I believe you will find it truly compelling.

    Serving as the Director of Mission for JRS has been one of the most blessed experiences of my life.  If you spend an hour with "our refugees" tomorrow night, you'll share that blessing.

    God bless.

    Leo

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    For the last 40 years, Jesuit Refugee Service has walked with those who are forcibly displaced — working for a world where refugees and forcibly displaced people attain protection, opportunity, and participation. Join us as we recognize the work JRS has done over the last four decades, express our commitment to continuing to provide service to refugees, and honor those who’ve helped us along the way.

    FEATURING

    Madeline Albright

    President-Elect Joe Biden

    Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan and Writer, Director, and Producer, Jeannie Gaffigan

    Rev. James Martin, S.J., Esteemed Author and Editor

    Katie Ledecky, Swimmer and Olympian

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, Immunologist and Director of the NIAID

    Testimonies and performances from refugees

    Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus

    Performance by Grammy Award Winner Isabel Leonard

    Special message from Pope Francis read by JRS International Director,

    Rev. Tom Smolich, S.J.

    We will honor in a special way the leaders of the Global Education Initiative – an ambitious international campaign to enable us to open the doors of our education programs to 250,000 refugees each year by 2020 – Rita Bennett, Molly Cashin, Margaret Green-Rauenhorst, and Madeline Lacovara.

    See https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/#inbox/WhctKJWJDWqvZhrdxqRJlNVLlcRKHNPBjhPWZsHJlHnWHnpfScKQsClsXtHCKFWFTxHpNkq?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1

  • 11/10/2020 9:23 AM | Anonymous

    Click on this link to view the Event Recording

    The CTSA hosted the event "Teaching and Doing Theology in Real Time: Summer, 2020, and Black Lives Matter" for its membership.  Recognizing time restraints that apply to the event and to encourage further dialogue, this Newsfeed post is a platform that may be used by the membership to continue the discussion.   While only members may post on the Newsfeed, the Newsfeed itself is available to the public for viewing.

    Mary Jane Ponyik
    Executive Director

  • 11/10/2020 8:51 AM | Anonymous

    Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, a peer-reviewed journal, invites submissions for its current and future volumes. SCJR publishes scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field, providing a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations. 

    Interested authors are encouraged to contact the editors in advance. Papers should be submitted through the journal’s website.

    All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.

    SCJR is included in the following indexes: ATLA’s Full-text Journal Index and Religion Database; EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (ASC), Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, and Humanities International Index; Index to Jewish Periodicals; ProQuest Religion Database; and RAMBI (Index of Articles on Jewish Studies).

    Special CFP for Vol. 16 (2021)

    SCJR invites the submission of articles that engage with the roles of guilt, sin, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in Christian-Jewish relations applying—but not limited to—theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and contemporary perspectives. Articles that seek to strengthen Jewish-Christian relations by examining or proposing Jewish and Christian responses are especially welcome.
    Articles may be submitted through September 1, 2021.

    www.bc.edu/scjr


  • 10/30/2020 12:55 PM | Rev David Hollenbach SJ

    Here is a link to my recent reflection on the contribution of Pope Francis's encyclical Fratelli Tutti to the relations between Christians and Muslims.

    https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/pope-francis-encyclical-and-solidarity-with-muslims

    David Hollenbach, S.J.

  • 10/24/2020 6:17 AM | Francis X Clooney, SJ (Administrator)

    Here is a link to an interview I gave to the Harvard Gazette on October 23, regarding Pope Francis' comments on civil unions. It was completed, however, before more recent information has come forward regarding the editing of the original documentary, etc.

    Francis X. Clooney, SJ

    Harvard University

    CTSA Vice-President

  • 10/01/2020 11:54 AM | Bruce T. Morrill, S.J.

    My recently published article, “Pursuing the Intrinsic Relationship Between Liturgy and Ethics: Practical-Theological Promise in Poverty of Spirit,” is freely available in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal AUC Theologica (Charles University, Prague). 

    That new issue of AUC Theologica features a special section of five articles on sacramental-liturgical theology (guest-edited by Petr Stica), along with eight more articles across a range of theological sub-disciplines.

  • 09/28/2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    CTSA member Gerard Magill, The Gallagher Chair, Duquesne University, announces the annual Integrity of Creation Conference, Sep.29-30, 2020.   The theme for this year is Building a Sustainable World. Due to Covid-19, the conference is virtual via zoom. Please visit the conference website for the schedule of events and for the zoom links, www.duq.edu/ioc.


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