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  • 05/13/2022 8:12 AM | Caesar A. Montevecchio

    "Catholic Peacebuilding in Times of Crisis: Hope for a Wounded World," an international virtual conference

    Lead Sponsor: The Catholic Peacebuilding Network

    June 20-23

    Program, collaborators, and registration:

    The world is emerging from an historic health crisis that has exacerbated existing conflicts, poverty, inequalities, polarization, and threats to the environment. While the pandemic led to unprecedented cooperation and heroic responses by many, it also exposed deficits in leadership and emboldened authoritarians, demagogues, and chauvinistic nationalists. Just as the world hopes to move beyond the pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens global peace in ways thought unimaginable when the pandemic began. The challenge to Catholic peacebuilders is clear: we must ensure that the post-pandemic return to “normal” does not look like the pre-pandemic status quo, or worse. That will require an integral and integrated approach to peace, development and ecology because the cry of war’s victims, the cry of the poor, and the cry of the earth rise as one (Laudato Si’, no. 49).

    This conference will convene a wide range of Catholic peacebuilders – Church leaders, scholars, peacebuilding specialists and other practitioners – from around the world. It will allow participants to learn from their rich and diverse experiences in confronting challenges to peace around the world and help them discern new and creative ways to respond to the historic challenges to peace that we now face.

  • 05/12/2022 10:03 AM | David Rohrer Budiash

    Through a grant from the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement matched by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Review for Religious is pleased to offer four $500 scholarships to support research for our upcoming themed issue on “religious life at the peripheries.”

    Submissions will be evaluated on originality, fit for the theme of “religious life at the peripheries,” and relevance to contemporary religious life. Prospective recipients should be graduate students and/or hold a non-tenure track position.

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with preference given to those received by May 27, 2022. The application form, which also links to the Call for Papers, can be found here.

  • 05/06/2022 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    CTSA Contributors: Lizette Larson-Miller and Anne McGowan, Lively Oracles of God: Perspectives on the Bible and Liturgy, edited by Bridget Nichols and Gordon Jeanes (Liturgical Press: February 2022).

    Alison M. BendersRecollecting America’s Original Sin: A Pilgrimage of Race and Grace (Liturgical Press: April 2022).

    Bradford E. Hinze, Confronting a Church in Controversy (Paulist Press: June 2022).

    Richard LennanTilling the Church: Theology for an Unfinished Project (Liturgical Press: April 2022).


  • 05/06/2022 9:41 AM | Anonymous member

    On May 24-25, 2021, Nazareth College’s Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Sacred Texts and Human Contexts Program (Muhammad Shafiq, Director), hosted a conference entitled Mystical Traditions: Approaches to Peaceful Co-Existence. Drs. Diane Oliver and Thomas Donlan Smith co-chaired the event, and the following institutions were amongst those listed as sponsors: the Chair of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome (Jason Welle, OFM); the International Institution of Islamic Thought (IIIT); the Department of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, New York; and the Departments of Religious Studies and Spirituality at Nazareth College. 

    While this conference was originally planned for Rome, Italy, the CoVid epidemic prompted a virtual meeting instead.  On March 25 CTSA member Elizabeth Adams-Eilers read a paper entitled “Bonaventure’s Mind’s Road into God and Letter 22 of The Rasā’il of the Ikhwān al Ṣafā’: Tracing Mystical Pathways toward Union with God and Healing the Earth.”  The conference schedule is accessed through the following link:  Individual sessions, Opening through Session 8, can be viewed on YouTube.

  • 04/28/2022 9:00 AM | Anonymous

    Pope Francis and Inter-Religious Dialogue:
    Reflections on Fratelli Tutti

    At the close of last night's engaging panel and group discussion, Christian Krokus promised to make available to everyone the panelists' questions and also the group breakout questions/comments to everyone. We invite all of last night's attendees and the membership to continue the conversation in this post's comment section.  (Login with member # and email address to comment.)

    The Board of Director's extends a huge thank you to Christian Krokus for moderating the event and to panelists Stephanie Wong, James Frederick and Rita George Tvrtković for their insightful contributions and engagement.  In addition, thank you to the CTSA the Ad hoc Board Committee on Virtual Events Meghan Clark (chair), Craig Ford, and Elyse Raby for developing this amazing event.  

    Questions / Comments from last night's fruitful virtual event:

    Stephanie Wong's Question to Attendees:

    •  What are the wounds, or problems, that generate the conflicts described in Fratelli Tutti, and how is fraternity a salve for those wounds?

    James Frederick's Question to Attendees:

    • How are we professional theologians to receive the challenge of Francis' shift away from the dialogues of theological exchange and religious experience and toward a dialogue of social concern? 

    Rita George Tvrtković's Question to Attendees:

    • Fraternity vs friendship: what are the benefits and/or problems of using these two concepts to shape Catholic approaches to IR relationships?

    Group Breakout Questions / Comments:

    • We have been talking about kinship, friendship, fraternity which suggests closeness is good. But at the same time we also think that it is good to preserve otherness. So how to combine these two ideas?

    • What help do you think Francis needs to get us to take Fratelli Tutti forward & move past its limitations on engaging non-monotheistic religions?

    • How might one define the common good in the light of impossible conflicts such as that between the different Orthodox churches regarding the war in Ukraine?

    • With the growing need for robust Catholic inter-religiosity, what ways do the speakers see the incorporation of these skills for interreligious dialogue in our Catholic education system?

    • Has Francis moved away from the fulfillment framework and is moving towards pluralism or is he presenting a new Christian theology of religion beyond exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism?

    • How can we reconcile the lust for power with our shared humanity, our shared goals with the pressing need to build bridges across faith traditions?

    • How is the relation between Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and interreligious dialogue (IRD) to be understood? Is it more formal, that is, does IRD provide a model for how to do CST in a pluralist society? Or is it substantive, that IRD has to be an integral part of CST, how we approach human dignity, the common good, etc.?

    • An important note about difference and inter-religious relationships from Nostra Aetate: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all…”

    • Would you go so far as to say the teaching of Fratelli Tuttti is “development of doctrine,” or more a shift in emphasis from the approach of his predecessors?

    • Does this praxis of Pope Francis call for a new articulation of a theology of religions, rather than an abandonment of theology of religions as such?

  • 04/26/2022 10:42 AM | Anonymous

    If you know of any graduating majors/minors who want to continue their theological studies, John Carroll University's MA program offers GA positions with a full-tuition scholarship and stipend. Concentrations in religious education, ecclesial ministry, and interreligious engagement. Accepting applications for Fall '22 until May 15. Contact

  • 04/26/2022 8:38 AM | Anonymous

    Fordham Taking Responsibility Conference (April 21, 2022)

    This is the recording of the public plenary for a conference gathering the Taking Responsibility researchers at Fordham University. It was filmed on April 21, 2022. Speakers (in order) are Karen Terry, Gerard McGlone, SJ, Paul Elie, Donna Freitas, and Make Black Elk; the panel was moderated by Christine Firer Hinze.

    Recording available at:

  • 04/21/2022 4:01 PM | Jaisy Joseph
    World Forum on Theology and Liberation 2022
    Action and promise
    Fighting Against Violence, Building Justice and Rethinking the Relationship in the Age of Climate Change

    The next Theology and Liberation World Forum will take place from May 1 to 4, within the World Social Forum, then from June 6 to 9. You are cordially invited to participate online. You can find information on the forum and register (for it free of charge) at the following address:

    We invite you to join us! From a perspective of justice, eco-justice, peace and liberation, theologians from the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and participants from the grassroot movements, will meet and exchange, in Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. Translation available online for most of activities. Join us and be part of the conversation!

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  • 04/12/2022 1:46 PM | Meghan J. Clark

    The AAR has a 4-pt Webinar on Inclusive Pedagogy that may be of interest to CTSA Members. If you are also an AAR member, you will get a certificate at the end of completing the 4 webinars (which are recorded and can be completed at one's convenience!). I do not know if non-AAR-members can get the certificate but they do seem to be able to register and view the webinar.

  • 04/08/2022 2:21 PM | Anonymous

    The CTSA remembers long standing member Rev. Msgr. John F. Porter who died this morning, April 8, 2022.   John and his sister, Sr. Ann Porter, O.P., faithfully attended the CTSA annual convention.  Please keep them in your prayers.

    Eternal rest grant unto John, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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