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  • 06/15/2024 2:56 PM | Stephanie Wong (Administrator)

    The CUERG Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award honors a member of the CTSA whose work as a scholar-leader has contributed to or supported the theologizing of underrepresented and underrecognized communities in the academy, Church, and/or wider society.

    This year's honoree, Dr. C. Vanessa White has been instrumental in calling for and modelling a more truly inclusive Church and academy in numerous settings.

    During the academic school year, Dr. White serves as an Associate Professor in at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, teaching in the area of Spirituality and Ministry and serving as Director of the Certificate in Black Theology and Ministry. As her nominator wrote, "Vanessa has dedicated her life to leading important conversations in the fields of spirituality and pastoral theology, lifting up theological subfields that do not always receive the affirmation they should in contexts like the CTSA and other similar academic guilds." During her Summers, she serves as the Associate Director for Degree Programs for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana – a program that has run for more than 40 years carrying forward its mission to form disciples for more effective ministry in the Black Catholic community, the Church and the community at large. During the institute and year-round, her work with college professors, Catholic clergy, and Black Catholic parishioners actively advances the CTSA’s mission of developing a mature understanding of faith among Christian communities.

    In addition to this teaching and administrative service, Dr. White has been a leading voice in challenging both Church and academy to a fuller witness to God. A colleague writes of her role in conversations with the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops, she "speaks with prophetic voice and ecclesial love, embodying the type of theologian that Pope Francis has encouraged during his pontificate: close to the people of God, attentive to those who live in the peripheries, and writing scholarship for the entire church, not just the learned minds." In addition, Dr. Vanessa White has been a formative guiding presence in the CTSA and CUERG itself, serving in key leadership roles Society and mentoring members who self-identify with underrepresented communities. She can be seen year after year accompanying junior scholars in different settings: sessions, plenaries, conversations, mentorship initiatives, and so on.

    Leading in all these ways through her teaching and scholarship, formal administration and personal example, Dr. White has been a strong advocate for underrepresented communities and their theological reflection. Dr. White is constantly working as a theological educator with phenomenal commitment, and she deserves our esteem and gratitude.


  • 06/13/2024 8:43 AM | Fiona Li

    John Dadosky recently published his book, "The Wisdom of Order: An Exploration of Lonergan's Method in Theology."

    Taken from the University of Toronto Press: 

    "In 1972, renowned Canadian philosopher and theologian Bernard Lonergan published Method in Theology. Now, following the fiftieth anniversary of his landmark work, The Wisdom of Order presents the next step in advancing the thought of this significant religious theorist. 

    In addition to the previously compiled Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan, this book aims to provide an appreciation and exploration of Method in Theology. It analyses the first five chapters of the work with commentaries to help readers traverse Lonergan's thought more effectively and deeply. John D. Dadosky presents compelling exposition and observations to assist readers."

    Book can be ordered through various bookstores, including University of Toronto Press and Amazon.

  • 06/10/2024 8:15 PM | B. Kevin Brown

    Last year the CTSA Board recommended that, following the publication of this year's volume of the CTSA Proceedings, I begin to share with the CTSA membership some of the Proceedings readership data that I share with the Board in my semi-annual editor's reports. Please find readership data for for the first five months of 2024 below. As a reminder, every volume of the CTSA Proceedings is available online at https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ctsa/issue/archive.

    Readership Data For January 2024

    Readership Data for February 2024

    Readership Data for March 2024

    Readership Data for April 2024

    Readership Data for May 2024

  • 05/30/2024 9:55 AM | Anonymous

    Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations is the journal of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations and is published by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realities of Jewish-Christian relations and reviews new materials in the field. The Journal also provides a vehicle for exchange of information, cooperation, and mutual enrichment in the field of Christian-Jewish studies and relations. SCJR is included in the following indexes:  ATLA’s Full-Text Journal Index and Religion Database; the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ); EBSCO's Academic Search Complete (ASC), Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, and Humanities International Index; Index to Jewish Periodicals; ProQuest Religion Database; RAMBI (Index of Articles on Jewish Studies); and RelBib (Bibliography of the Study of Religion).

    The Journal may be accessed freely on the internet. Please visit the Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations website at www.bc.edu/scjr.

    CALL FOR PAPERS

    The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations invites submissions for its current and future volumes. Interested authors are encouraged to contact the editors in advance. All papers will be subject to peer-review before acceptance for publication.

    Co-Editors:

    Ruth Langer, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Professor of Jewish Studies
    Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
    ruth.langer@bc.edu                                                  

    Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, Stonehill College, Easton, MA
    Professor of History
    kspicer@stonehill.edu

    Managing Editor:
    Camille Fitzpatrick Markey, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
    Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
    scjr@bc.edu

    Review Editor:
    Adam Gregerman, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA
    Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
    Associate Director, Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations
    agregerm@sju.edu


  • 05/28/2024 11:26 AM | Stephanie Wong (Administrator)

    At the upcoming convention's CUERG luncheon, Dr. C. Vanessa White  (Assoc. Prof. of Spirituality and Practice at Catholic Theological Union, and Director of the Certificate In Black Theology and Ministry) will be the recipient of the inaugural CUERG Distinguished Scholar-Leader award!

    We will highlight her significant contributions to the Church, academy and wider society; and Dr. White will offer an address to the gathering at the 2024 CUERG Luncheon.

    The CUERG leadership committee found it fitting to create the award at this time for two reasons:

    First, CUERG has now existed for several decades as a consultatory advisory committee to the CTSA Board and as a network of intellectual and professional support for CTSA members from underrepresented or under-recognized ethnic and racial backgrounds. In the early years, the committee strove mainly to create possibilities of presence and thriving for minoritized scholars in the Catholic theological community. While this remains a key priority, CUERG is no longer new nor simply trying to find a place at the discursive table. Over time and through the concerted efforts of past leaders, CUERG has developed into both an institution within the convention (for instance, the annual CUERG Luncheon) and a professional community with a deepening sense of its particular history, struggles, and contributions to the Society as a whole. As CUERG continues to mature, it is valuable for CUERG to take stock and recognize all that has and is still unfolding in the Society’s efforts to theologize en conjunto (together), in a truly inclusive way.

    Second, the CUERG committee desired to joyfully highlight the contributions of under-recognized teacher-scholars, noting their work as a gift to the wider academy and Church. Theologians working at the ethnic and racial margins of theological discourse have often tackled sobering and lamentable topics (for instance, the horrors of slavery, colonial campaigns, forced migration, systemic racism, etc.) and wrestled with the legacies of such structural inequities in the history of our own Church and academic discipline. Nonetheless, these and other myriad scholarly reflections should not be perceived as an encumbrance on the theological enterprise, but rather an aide and gift to Catholic theological thinking. Insofar as Church and academy can holistically address the realities that facing racially and ethnically minoritized Catholics, we are able to theologize better. This unfolding honesty and proficiency is a gift to treasure and celebrate!

  • 05/28/2024 11:03 AM | David Hollenbach

    David Hollenbach has published a new book: Human Rights in a Divided World: Catholicism as a Living Tradition.  It offers a comprehensive analysis of the challenges to human rights, suggesting that today’s global realities call for important developments rooted in Catholic ethics. This work of theological social ethics draws on a range of disciplines to address the question of whether human rights remain valid as universal standards for action in a multicultural, religiously pluralistic, and economically unequal world. It applies the proposed understanding of human rights to debated issues of today, including religious freedom, the rights of refugees, economic rights in the face of significant inequality, and the rights of women. Human Rights in a Divided World offers a clear path forward for the church and for all who are working to advance human rights.

    Available through Amazon.


  • 05/13/2024 9:08 PM | Elizabeth Groppe

    The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is pleased to announce the upcoming "Seeking for a City" Symposium on Fr. Clarence Rivers and “What We Have Seen and HeardNovember 22-24 at the University of Dayton's Curran place. 

    In-person presenters are sought for the Symposium at University of Dayton who will:

    • Thoughtfully synthesize our two guiding themes of the event—the impact of “What We Have Seen and Heard” and the life and legacy of Fr. Rivers—from their areas of expertise such as theology, liturgy, music, history, art, literature, catechetics, etc.; 
    • Engage Symposium participants in active learning and reflection on these themes (workshops or presentations are sought, rather than papers); 
    • Craft and deliver an in-person presentation offering innovative perspectives and scholarship on these themes, demonstrating their continued relevance; 
    • Be a present and active participant in all Symposium events (Friday-Sunday morning) as possible. (Funds will be provided for travel; see below.)
    Please submit a 300-500 word proposal for an interactive Workshop or Breakout session of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in length, along with a 100-word biographical statement, via email to Emily Strand emilykcstrand@gmail.com and Dr. Cecilia Moore cmoore1@udayton.edu.

    Resources: Access to Fr. Rivers’ written works can be made available upon request.

    Funding: Those selected for Workshops or Breakout presentations will receive funds for travel, paid accommodations, airport transportation and travel to the Mass in Cincinnati, as well as a modest honorarium.

    Key dates: 

    Deadline for submissions: Monday, July 1, 2024

    Notification of selected presenters: by Monday, July 29, 2024

    For more information visit: https://catholicaoc.org/offices/african-american-pastoral-ministries

  • 05/13/2024 10:25 AM | Linh Hoang, O.F.M.

    Several representatives from INSeCT met with Pope Francis in early May. The following letter from Francis dated May 10 expounds his support for and encouragement of theology in our global society. His recognition of the important work of theologians is strong but that more work still needs to be done. He restated three points that theologians need to consider: a creative fidelity to tradition, a cross-disciplinary approach and collegiality.  You can read more of his letter here: https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2024/may/documents/20240510-insect.html

    The attention given to INSeCT by Pope Francis is a start of a fresh relationship between INSeCT and the Holy See. There will be another meeting with the Education Dicastery in December 2024. This will build on the current energy of INSeCT to engage and to strengthen its relationship with the Holy See.

  • 05/13/2024 10:04 AM | Elizabeth Groppe

    Teresa of Avila and Peacemaking in a Nuclear Age

    How can a 16th century mystic help people in the 21st century in making peace? Inspired by the work of Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. who believed that Teresa’s spirituality could be a resource for creating peace today, this four-day seminar explores this question through presentations on Teresa of Avila’s life, communal conversation on Teresa’s writing, time for contemplative prayer and ritual. Teresa walked a way of peacemaking amid the patriarchal oppression of her time and offers a way to embody peace for human transformation in the urgency our times.

    Conference Registration Costs

    Event Registration: $200 per person (covers meals and events July 15-18)  [Click Here For Registration]

    Campus Housing: $198 per person (covers room in campus residence hall for three nights, July 15-18)

    Registration closes: July 1, 2024

    In addition to campus housing, there are two hotels on the campus of Saint Mary's College — The Inn at Saint Mary's and the Hilton Garden Inn — conference attendees traveling from out of town can elect to stay at one of those hotels if they so choose. Reservations can be made directly through the hotel website and staff.

    Conference Format

    To take up Teresa’s wisdom we will engage in communal lectio divina.  The presentations, time for prayer and group reflection are to enable contemporary appropriation of Teresa’s classic texts for being peace in our time. During these four days, we will meet in small groups to discuss these materials in greater depth, in a contemplative rhythm of personal and communal reflection. 

    We recommend participants engage with Teresa’s writings as well as the work of Sr. Vilma Seelaus, O.C.D. in advance of the gathering. Upon confirmation of registration, each participant will receive access to these materials in preparation for the seminar.


  • 05/11/2024 2:34 PM | Margaret Mary Moore

    Dear friends,  this is an invitation to a "book launch" via zoom on May 17th at 15:00 Rome time and 16:00 Nairobi time.  Stan Chu Ilo is one of  the editors .  Partners in the launch are DePaul University, Universitat Wien and Orbis Books.   

    Meeting Link: www.shorturl.at/dtHVS

    Meeting ID: 876 4141 8506;   Passcode: 963127

    For the official flyer, you can contact Fr. Joe Healey,MM:  joehealey@jghealey.com or Fr. Ikenna Okafor:  ugo_divine@yahoo.com.

       

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