Dr Kochurani Abraham
Dr Sr Kochurani Abraham joined the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She studied at Comillas University of Madrid in Spain (LicTheol), at Kerala University in India (MSc in Child Development) and at the University of Madras (PhD in Feminist Theology). She has combined continuing academic lecturing and research with grassroots commitments to women. She has been a researcher at the Department of Christian Studies of the University of Madras in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. She served with Streevani in Pune as the national coordinator for the empowerment of women religious in India (2001-2005). Currently she is a lecturer at the XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, India.
Dr Abraham has published many articles on liberation theology and feminism, especially in the Indian context. Typical examples of her work are: "The Emergence of Local Churches" in Seeking new Horisons: Festschrift in Honour of Dr M. Amaladoss SJ, ed. Leonard Fernando (New Delhi 2002); "The Place and Role of Women in the Catholic Church" in Jnanadeepa 7 (2004) 69-92; "Mission and the Indian Woman" in Emerging Indian Missiology and Concept, ed. Joseph Mattam and Joseph Valiamangalam (Delhi 2006); "The Theology of Womanhood: Towards a Critical Theology of Liberation" in Word and Worship 30 (2007) 143-153; "Walking Beyond Boundaries: the Future of Liberating Theologies in Asia", lecture at the World Forum on Theology and Liberation (Dakar, Senegal, 2011); and "Women in Cyberspace: A New Key to Emancipatroy Politics of Location", lecture at the EWA Conference (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2011). She edited Concerns of Women, an Indian Theological Response, the Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Indian Theological Association (with Evelyn Monteiro, Bangalore 2005).
Dr Abraham is a member of Ecclesia of Women in Asia (EWA), the Indian Theological Association and the Spanish Association of Theologians and Theologians Juan XXIII. When Pope John Paul II 'definitively' ruled out the admission of women to holy orders, she was one of the 14 Indian theologically qualified religious Sisters who wrote an Open Letter to the Pope. [In it they offered reasons for him to revoke his decision. The Pope did not respond but the Vatican reprimanded their religious superiors for having allowed the Sisters to speak out.]
Prof Mario I. Aguilar
Professor Mario Ignacio Aguilar holds the Chair of Religion and Politics at the School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He studied in Chile (BA), at the Catholic University of Louvain (STB, MA), in Maynooth, Ireland (Dipl.Comm.) and completed his PhD in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. Since joining the University of St Andrews in 1994 he has held various positions including Dean of Divinity (2002-2005). Aguilar is also the current director and a founding member of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (known as the CSRP) based within St Andrews.
His main publication has been A Social History of the Catholic Church in Chile in - so far - eight volumes (Lewinston, New York, and Lampeter, Wales, 2004 - 2012). It was awarded the Adele Mellen Prize in 2004. He also published Women’s Organizing Abilities (with Laurel Birch de Aguilar; Washington 1993); Ministry to Social and Religious Outcasts in Africa (Eldoret 1995); Dios en Africa: Elementos para una Antropología de la Religión (Estella 1997); Being Oromo in Kenya (Trenton 1998); The Rwanda Genocide and the Call to Deepen Christianity in Africa (Eldoret 1998); The Politics of Age and Gerontocracy in Africa (Trenton 1998); Recent Advances and Issues in Anthropology (Westport 2000); Current Issues on Theology and Religion in Latin America and Africa (Lewiston 2002); Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez: presencia en la vida de Chile (Santiago 2004); Rethinking Age in Africa: Colonial, Postcolonial and Contemporary Interpretations of Cultural Representations (Trenton 2007); The History and Politics of Latin American Theology in three volumes (London 2007 & 2008); Contemplating God, Changing the World (London 2008); A las puertas de la Villa Grimaldi: Poemas (Santiago 2008); Theology, Liberation, Genocide: A Theology of the Periphery (London 2009); The Politics of God in East Africa: Oromo Ritual and Religion (Trenton 2009); Retorno a la Villa Grimaldi (Santiago 2009); Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Political Action (London 2011); A History of the Lamas in Tibet 1391-2006 (Lewinston 2012); Church, Liberation and World Religions (London 2012).
Professor Aguilar is also Chair of Ritual Studies of the American Academy of Religion, Associate Member of the Anthropos Institut (Germany), Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and Member of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Britain and the Commonwealth (ASA), Member of the International African Institute, Member of the American Anthropological Association and elected Member of the Steering Committee for the Ritual Studies Interest Group.
Professor Xavier Alegre
Dr Xavier Alegre SJ is Professor Emeritus of the New Testament at the Theological Faculty of Cataluña, Spain, where he continues to give courses from time to time. He also taught theology in the University of Central America, San Salvador. This was around the time when, on 16 november 1989, right-wing militia entered the university campus and killed Professor Ignacio Ellacuria SJ, with five of his Jesuit companions and two lay people.
Dr Alegre is a member of the editorial team of Cristianisme i Justicia. He himself wrote the following volumes: Resistencia y esperanza cristianas en un mundo injusto [English: "Christian resistance and hope in an unjust world"] (vol 165, February 2010); ¿Qué pasa en la Iglesia? [English: "What is happening in the Church?"] (vol 153, April 2008); and Jesús, Judas, Da Vinci (vol 142, August 2006)
Professor Michael Amaladoss
Professor Michael Amaladoss SJ, theologian and writer, is director of the Institute for Dialogue with Cultures and Religions in Chennai, India. The Institute is affiliated to the University of Madras. He holds a PhD in sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris, and has particular interests in inculturation, interreligious dialogue, spirituality and Christology. He has taught theology in Delhi and Manila, also in Paris, Brussels and Washington DC - and in many other places.
Prof Amaladoss is the author of 29 books, editor of 7 books and writer of about 410 articles. Samples of his books include: The Asian Jesus (2006, in 7 languages); The Dancing Cosmos. A Way to Harmony (in 4 languages); Living in a Pluralist World; Beyond Interculturalism. Can the Many be the One? (1998, in 5 languages); Beyond dialogue : pilgrims to the absolute (2008); Teologia in Asia (with R. Gibellini, 2006); Making Harmony. Living in a Pluralist World (2003); A call to Jubilee (2000); Life in Freedom. Liberation Theologies from Asia (1998, also in French); Walking together : the practice of inter-religious dialogue (1992); Becoming Indian: The process of inculturation (1992); Mission today: Reflections from an Ignatian perspective (1989); Faith, culture and inter-religious dialogue (1985); Indigenous theology and spirituality (1977).
Prof Amaladoss has been an Assistant to the Superior General of the Jesuits in Rome, a consultant to both the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Culture (both in Rome) as well as consultant for the Council for World Mission and Evangelism, World Council of Churches (Geneva) and has served as the president of the International Association for Mission Studies. He also has a diploma in South Indian Music and has composed over 150 devotional songs in Tamil.
Prof Francis Ambrosio
Dr Francis J. Ambrosio is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University. He was born in New York City in 1949 and graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan. He received a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy, summa cum laude in cursu honoris, from Fordham, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After studies in Italian language and literature in Florence, Italy, he completed his doctoral degree at Fordham University in 1981, with a specialization in contemporary European Philosophy. In 1976, he was appointed Assistant to the President at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and in 1979 became Director of Planning. In 1981, Dr. Ambrosio joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy of Georgetown University. Dr. Ambrosio's main research interests are in the areas of hermeneutics and Decontruction, especially the work of Hans-George Gadamer and Jacques Derrida.
Among his books we find: Dante and Derrida: Face to Face (Albany 2007; The Question of Christian Philosophy Today (New York 2000;
with Michael J. Collins, Text and Teaching (Washington 1991). Samples of his articles and chapters in books are:
'On Seeing Fra Angelico's San Marco Annunciation: The Place of Art ', in Italian History and Culture 3 (1997): 87-131;
'Gadamer and Aristotle: Hermaneutics as Participation in Tradition', in Proceedings American Catholic Philosophical Association 62 (1988): 174-182;
'Gadamer, Plato and the Discipline of Dialogue', in International Philosophical Quarterly 27 (1987): 17-32;
'Gadamer: On Making Oneself at Home with Hegel', in The Owl of Minerva 19 (1987): 23-40;
'Gadamer's Wahrheit und Methode: What Remains Unsaid', in Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 17 (1986): 124-142;
'Dawn and Dusk: Gadamer and Heidegger on Truth', in Man and World 19 (1986): 21-53;
'The Figure of Socrates in Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics', in The Philosophy of H.-G. Gadamer, Ed. Lewis E. Hahn (Chicago 1997);
'The Discipline of Dialogue', in Values in Conflic, Ed. Phyllis O'Callagen (Lanham 1997;
'Caputo's Critique of Gadamer: Hermeneutics and the Metaphorics of the Person', in The Specter of Relativism, Ed. Lawrence K. Schmidt (Evanston 1995).
From 1987 until 2007, Dr Ambrosio regularly conducted study programs for Georgetown at Villa Le Balze, the University's campus in Fiesole, Italy, focusing on the development of the Florentine Renaissance. He continues to lead study tours to Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche as Director of The Renaissance Company.
Prof Subhash Anand
Dr Subhash Anand is Professor emeritus of Indian Philosophy and Religion of the Pontifical Athenaeum Jnanadeep Vidyapeeth in Pune India. He obtained LicPh and LicTh at Jnanadeep Vidyapeeth; MA in Sanskrit from Karnatak Univesity, Dharwar; and PhD from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
His publications include The Local Church and Inculturation (1985); The Way of Love: The Bhāgavata Doctrine of Bhakti (1996); Story as Theology: An Intrepretative Study of Five Episodes from the Mahābhārata (1996); Śiva’s Thousand Names: An Interpretative Study of Śivasahasranāma (1998); Hindutva: A Christian Response (2001); Hindu Inspiration for Christian Reflection: Towards a Hindu-Christian Theology (2004); Major Hindu Celebrations: A Christian Appreciation (2008); The Eternal Stranger: An Interpretative Study of Five Śiva Episodes in the Mahābhārata (2009); A Preface for an Indian Christology (2010) and May They All Be One: Towards an Ecumenical Theology of the Church (2012).
His articles and book-reviews have appeared in the following journals:
Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Asian Christian Review, Asian Horizons, Brahmavidyā: Adyar Library Bulletin, Concilium: International Journal of Theology, Indian Journal of Spirituality, Indian Missiological Review, Indian Theological Studies, Ishvani Kendra Documentation and Mission Digest, Jeevadhara: A Journal of Christian Interpretation, Jnanadeep: Pune Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of Dharma, Journal of Gandhian Studies, Journal of Religious Studies, Journal of Indian Theology, Mission Today, Selecciones de Theologia, Third Millennium, Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection and Word and Worship.
Prof María Pillar Aquino
Dr María Pillar Aquino is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at San Diego University. She studied at the Instituto Teológico de Estudios Superiores (ITES, Theological Institute of Superior Studies) of México City, accredited by the Pontifical Catholic University do Río Grande do Sul, Brazil (TheolBA and TheolLic). She obstained the doctorate in theology at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, Spain. She joined the University of San Diego in 1993. Her primary areas of teaching and research are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. Aquino’s research and scholarly works are infused by concerns about the function of religions and theologies in societal systems and human relationships, and about their implications for social justice and constructive change.
In addition to her more than fifty major book and journal articles, she has authored Our Cry for Life. Feminist Theology from Latin America (1993); La Teología, La Iglesia y La Mujer en América Latina (1994); Teología Feminista Latinoamericana (1998); has edited Aportes para una Teología desde la Mujer (1988); and co-edited of Theology: Expanding the Borders, with Roberto S. Goizueta (1998); Entre la Indignación y la Esperanza. Teología Feminista Latinoamericana, with Ana María Tepedino (1998); In the Power of Wisdom. Feminist Spiritualities of Struggle, with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (2000); The Return of the Just War, with Dietmar Mieth (2001); The Rights of Women, with Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza (2002); A Reader in Latina Feminist Theology. Religion and Justice, with Daisy Machado and Jeanette Rodríguez (2002); Reconciliation in a World of Conflicts, with Luis Carlos Susin (2003); and Feminist Intercultural Theology: Latina Explorations for a Just World, with Maria José Rosado-Nunes (2007). She has received various awards from prominent theological societies for her sustained commitment to women’s theological education, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Currently, Professor Pillar Aquino serves both on national and international editorial boards of prominent theological journals. Aquino has served as the first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States, of which she is also a co-founder. She is internationally renowned for her pioneering work in Latin American and U.S. Latina feminist theologies of liberation.
Prof Edmund Arens
Edmund Arens holds the chair of Fundamental Theology at the University of Lucerne (Switzerland). He studied theology and philosophy at the Universities of Münster and Frankfurt and did his doctoral dissertation and his habilitation with Johann Baptist Metz. For several years he studied with Jürgen Habermas. From 1991-1996 he was Heisenberg-fellow of the German Research Foundation. In 1996 he became Professor at the University of Lucerne. Arens lectured in more than 20 countries. From 1981 till 1985 he was a member of the international study group „theology and communication“ installed by the World Association for Christian Communication (London); from 1984 till 1990 he served as coordinator of the annual course „Future of Religion“ at the Inter-University Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Dubrovnik. In 1992 he spent a term as visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. From 2006 till 2010 he was president of the Association of German Speaking Professors of Dogmatic and Fundamental Theology. Since 2006 he is president of the Swiss section of the European Society for Catholic Theology.
His publications include: Kommunikative Handlungen. Die paradigmatische Bedeutung der Gleichnisse Jesu für eine Handlungstheorie (Düsseldorf 1982); Bezeugen und Bekennen. Elementare Handlungen des Glaubens (Düsseldorf 1989); (ed.) Habermas und die Theologie. Beiträge zur theologischen Rezeption, Diskussion und Kritik der Theorie kommunikativen Handelns, (Düsseldorf 1989; 21989); together with O. John / P. Rottländer, Erinnerung, Befreiung, Solidarität. Benjamin, Marcuse, Habermas und die politische Theologie (Düsseldorf 1991); Christopraxis. Grundzüge theologischer Handlungstheorie (Freiburg 1992); (ed.), Habermas e la teologia. Contributi per la ricezione, discussione e critica teologica della teoria dell'agire comunicativo (Brescia 1992); (éd.), Habermas et la théologie (Paris 1993); The Logic of Pragmatic Thinking. From Peirce to Habermas (Atlantic Highlands, NJ 1994); (ed.), Gottesrede - Glaubenspraxis. Perspektiven theologischer Handlungstheorie (Darmstadt 1994); (ed.), Anerkennung der Anderen. Eine theologische Grunddimension interkultureller Kommunikation (Freiburg 1995); Christopraxis. A Theology of Action (Minneapolis, MN1995); (ed.), Kommunikatives Handeln und christlicher Glaube. Ein theologischer Diskurs mit Jürgen Habermas (Paderborn 1997); together with H. Hoping (eds.), Wieviel Theologie verträgt die Öffentlichkeit? (Freiburg 2000); Widerworte. Gedanken gegen den Zeitgeist (Luzern 2001); together with J. Mittelstraß / H. Peukert / M. Ries, Geistesgegenwärtig. Zur Zukunft universitärer Bildung, Luzern 2003; Gottesverständigung. Eine kommunikative Religionstheologie (Freiburg 2007); (ed.), Zeit denken. Eschatologie im interdisziplinären Diskurs (Freiburg 2010); (ed.), Gegenwart. Ästhetik trifft Theologie (Freiburg 2012).
Prof Simón Pedro Arnold
Dr Simón Peter Arnold joined the Benedictine monastery Saint Remacle at Wavreumont Belgium (1967) and the monastery of the Resurrection at Ñaña, Lima, Peru (1974 - 1979). He was ordained a priest in 1981. He founded the monastery of the Resurrection at Chucuito, Puno, Peru, in 1992.
He studied music: piano, sight reading, singing and harmony, at the Academy of Music of Dinant, Belgium (1964-1970). He obtained a License in Communication Sciences at Tournai, Belgium (1974-1977) and the Licentiate and Doctorate in Communication Sciences at the Catholic University of Louvain la Neuve in Belgium (PhD in 1983). He also obtained a BA in Pastoral Theology at Lumen Vitae, Brussels (1979-1981) and another Licentiate in Theology at the Catholic university Santa Maria, Arequipa in Peru (2001).
Prof Arnold was Prior in the monastery of Ñaña Lima (1977-1979) and Master of Novices at Wavreumont in Belgium (1981-1990). He became ordinary Professor of Communication Sciences at the university of Lima, Lima, Peru, and guest lecturer in the postgraduate course in educational technology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
His French works include: Cantilène (poetry) (Brussels 1966); Le Pélerin Perdu (Brussels 1967); Psaumes pour un Arbre d’automne (poetry) (Paris 1969); La France est un Désert Semé de Cathédrales (teatro) (Brussels 1970); Une Eglise à tout Vent (Brussels 1981); Dieu sur Parole (Louvain la Neuve 1983); Au Risque de Jésus Christ (Brussels 2007
La Foi Sauvage (Paris 2010); and Où Allons-nous ? (Montréal 2012 In Spanish he wrote: La Otra Orilla (Lima 1996); Conversaciones Bajo la Higuera (Lima 1997); Nínive (Lima 1998); Refundación (Bogotá 2000); Los Huéspedes de Mambré (Lima 2001); Tantas Américas (Lima 2002); El Riesgo de Jesucristo (Bogotá 2003); Ritualidad y Cambio (Lima 2004); Ensayos Andinos (Cochabamba 2009); Tú, Sígueme (Cochabamba 2010); ¿Adónde Vamos? (Lima 2012).
Prof Arnold was coordinator of the team of theological advisers of the Latin American Confederation of Religious Men and Women (1999-2003); Director of the Institute of Aymara Studies in Peru; founding editor of the magazine Inculturación (2003-2008); is founder and co-director of the Emmaus Center for Spirituality (since 2000); is founder and president of the Institute for Studies of the Andean Cultures, IDECA (since 2009). In this framework, he is also founder and editorial director of the magazine Pan-Andean Dialogue, and Professor of Andean Religions and Cultures at the Catholic University Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru.
Prof Ann Marie Bahr
Dr Ann Marie Bahr studied at Lawrence University (BA 1972), Stanford (MA 1976) and Temple University (PhD 1986). She currently is
Professor of Religious Studies at South Dakota State University, USA.
Among her books we find: Christianity (Chelsea House Publishers, 2004); Indigenous Religions (Chelsea House Publishers 2005). She was academic editor and chief consultant for Christianity: The Illustrated Guide to the Story of Christianity (Millennium House, Sydney 2009). She oversaw a team of 35 scholars from around the world. The book is the first reference work of its kind (as of October 2011, published in five different languages).
Professor Bahr is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the International Association for the History of Religions and the American Association of University Professors.
Professor Juan Barreto Betancort
Dr Juan Barreto Betancort is Professor of New Testament and Classical Languages at the University of La Laguna in Santa Cruz on Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. He directs the Department of Classical Studies and Arabic. He obtained a BA in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome) and the PhD in Trilingual Biblical Studies at the University Complutense of Madrid. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the prologue to the Gospel of John, making him a world-renowned expert on the subject. He has lectured on Biblical Literature at the Higher School of Theology in Las Palmas, Canary Diocese, and at the Central American University "José Simeon Cañas" of San Salvador.
He was involved since its inception in the Semantic Analysis Group of Córdoba (GASCO), with Juan Mateos and Jesús Peláez, for the development of the Diccionario Griego-Español del Nuevo Testamento.
In collaboration with Prof. J. Mateos he published El Evangelio de Juan. Análisis lingüístico y comentario exegético (Madrid 1971; 1992) of which there are translations in Italian and Portuguese; Vocabulario Teológico del Evangelio de Juan (Madrid 1980); Juan. Texto y Comentario (Córdoba 2002). He collaborated in translating the second edition of J. Mateos y L. Alonso Schökel's Nuevo Testamento (Madrid 1987). He is also author of La Tradición del Discípulo Amado (Madrid 1989), as well as of numerous articles on the theology and philology of the NT.
He currently directs the magazine Fortunatae: Magazine on Canary philology, culture and classical humanities, published by the University of La Laguna. He is a member of the editorial board of Filología Neotestamentaria, Faculty of Arts, University of Córdoba.
Dom Marcelo Barros de Souza
Marcelo Barros de Souza OSB is Latinamerican Coordinator of the Ecumenical Association of Men and Women Theologians of the Third World (ASETT). Marcelo Barros entered the Benedictine monastery of Olinda in Brasil (1962) and was ordained a priest by the famous bishop Dom Hélder Câmara in 1969. For ten years (1967-1976) he was the bishop's secretary for ecumenical affairs. He specialised in Sacred Scripture at the Centro Ecumênico de Estudos Bíblicos (CEBI) at São Leopoldo, Brasil. As a speaker and author, Dom Barros's theology focuses on the Church's mission of solidarity with the workers and marginalised. He promotes a theology of the Church that is open to other cultures and religions. He has a particular interest in the ancient Indian religions of North and South America.
Dom Barros writes many articles. Many of his books have been translated from the original Portuguese. A selections of his publications follows here: Conversando com Mateus; Luta pela terra: Caminho de fe (1990); Celebrar o Deus da vida: Tradicao liturgica e inculturacao (1992); A festa dos pequenos: Romarias da terra no Brasil (1996); A secreta magia do caminho (1997); A noite do maraca: Romance (1998); Il sapore della libertà (with Francesco Comina, 2005); O Sonho da Paz (2005); Teologia latino-americana pluralista da libertação; Teologia pluralista libertadora intercontinental (2008); Dom Helder Camara - profeta para os nossos dias (2008); O espírito vem pelas águas (latest edition 2008); Cammini dell'amor divino. Sul dialogo interreligioso e interculturale (2009); Il baule dello scriba. In dialogo verso la comunità del Vangelo di Matteo (2011); Per i molti cammini di Dio. Teologia latinoamericana pluralista della liberazione (with Luiza E. Tomita, 2011); La Condicion Femenina (2011) and Il Vangelo che libera (2012).
Professor Tadeusz Bartoś
Dr Tadeusz Bartoś is currently a professor of philosophy at the Pultusk Academy of Humanities. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in Cracow (MA 1993) and at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology at the University of Warsaw (PhD 1998). In 1998–2001 he worked, at the University of Warsaw Institute of Philosophy, on a translation of Thomas Aquinas’s Commentary on the Gospel According to John (published by Antyk 2002). In 1996–2006 he was a lecturer on philosophical anthropology at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in Warsaw. Meanwhile he lectured, and took part in conferences, in Vilnius and Birštonas, Lithuania; Fribourg, Switzerland; Huissen and Leusden, Netherlands; Porto, Portugal; Paris; Rome; Erfurt, Germany; and Kiev.
In 2002 he founded the Dominican Academy of Philosophy and Theology in Warsaw, offering a program of supplementary studies in philosophy and theology, where he conducted lectures and seminars on the thought of Thomas Aquinas. In 2007 he founded the Warsaw Academy of Philosophy and Theology, with a similar profile, where he serves as the program director.
Among his publications we find: Thomas Aquinas’s Theory of Love: A Study of the Commentary on the Divine Names of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite (Tomasza z Akwinu teoria miłości. Studium nad Komentarzem do «Księgi O imionach Bożych» Pseudo Dionizego Areopagity) (2005); and Metafizyczny pejzaż. Świat według Tomasza z Akwinu (Metaphysical Landscape: The World According to Thomas Aquinas) (2006); Paths of Freedom (Ścieżki wolności) (2007); and The End of Absolute Truth: Thomas Aquinas in the Era of Late Modernity (Koniec prawdy absolutnej. Tomasz z Akwinu w epoce późnej nowoczesności) (2011).
Prof Bartoś has participated in the annual interdisciplinary conferences “The Peculiarity of Man,” organized at the inspiration of Prof. Andrzej Wierciński by the University of Warsaw Department of Archeology and Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce (since 1998). He is a member a member of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (since 2002). In 2007–2009 he was a member of the jury for the Nike, one of Poland’s leading literary awards.
Dr Ardyth Bass
Dr Ardyth Bass is lecturer on the New Testament in Gonzaga University, Spokane, USA. She completed a BA in Theology at Seattle University and obtained an MA in Religious Studies from Gonzaga University. She gained her PhD at Marquette University with a dissertation on “Composition and Redaction in the Coptic Gospel of Mary”.
Before coming to Gonzaga University she taught at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), Willamette University (Salem, OR) and Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA).
Other areas of interest include archaeology and classics. She was awarded an Archaeology Research Grant from the Catholic Biblical Association and participated in two dig seasons (1995-96) at Ashkelon, Israel, sponsored by Harvard University's Semitic Museum. She occasionally teaches courses in Classical Civilizations, such as Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Women in the Classical World. In 2008, she participated in a NEH Summer Seminar at the American Academy in Rome on Identity and Self-Representation in the Subcultures of Ancient Rome. Her current research focuses on images of men and women dressed as Isis on funerary reliefs in the Roman period.
Dr Bass is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the American Schools of Oriental Research. has co-chaired the Women and Religion section of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion.
Prof Gregory Baum
Professor Gregory Baum is currently associated with the Jesuit Centre Justice et Foi in Montreal, Canada. He received a BA in mathematics and physics in 1946 from McMaster University, an MA in mathematics in 1947 from Ohio State University, and a ThD in 1956 from the University of Fribourg. He was the Professor of theology and sociology at University of Saint Michael's College in the University of Toronto and subsequently professor of theological ethics at McGill University's Faculty of Religious Studies.
His books include: That They May Be One (Newman Press 1958); The Future of Belief Debate (ed.) (Herder & Herder 1967); The Credibility of the Church Today (Herder & Herder 1968); Man Becoming (Herder & Herder, 1970); Religion and Alienation (Paulist Press 1975); Truth Beyond Relativity: Karl Mannheim's Sociology of Knowledge The Marquette Lecture, (Marquette University Press 1977); The Priority of Labour: Commentary on John Paul II’s `Laborem exercens,’ (Paulist Press 1982); Theology and Society (Paulist Press 1986); Compassion and Solidarity: The Church for Others (The 1987 CBC Massey Lectures, Anansi Press 1988); The Church in Quebec (Novalis 1992); Karl Polanyi on Ethics and Economics, (McGill-Queen's University Press 1996); Nationalism, Religion and Ethics (McGill-Queen's University Press 2001); Signs of the Times: Religious Pluralism and Economic Injustice (Novalis 2008); The Theology of Tariq Ramadan: A Catholic Perspective (University of Notre Dame Press 2009).
Professor Baum holds honorary doctorates from Huron University College London, Ontario; St. Francis Xavier University Antigonish, N.S; Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, Ohio; Lafayette College Easton, Pa.; Waterloo Lutheran University Waterloo, Ontario; McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario; Concordia University Montreal. In 1990, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of being "a guide and inspiration to generations of students of many different faiths and backgrounds".
During Vatican II he was a peritus or theological advisor, at the Ecumenical Secretariat, the commission responsible for three conciliar documents: On Religious Liberty, On Ecumenism and On the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions.
From 1962 to 2004, he was the editor of The Ecumenist a review of theology, culture and society, as well as a member and frequent editor of the international Catholic review Concilium.
Professor Tina Beattie
Dr Tina Beattie is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of
Roehampton, London, UK and Director of the Digby Stuart Research Centre for
Religion, Society and Human Flourishing. She received a B.A. (first class
honours in theology and religious studies) and then a Ph.D. in theology (1998)
from University of Bristol.
Her research interests include gender, art and symbolism in the Catholic
tradition, with a particular emphasis on the Virgin Mary; Thomas Aquinas;
Jacques Lacan; feminist theology and theory; religion and human rights. She is
in demand as a public speaker on issues relating to the role of religion in
contemporary society and is a frequent contributor to radio and television. She
writes regularly for the Catholic weekly journal The Tablet of which she
is a director and contributes to The Guardian online. She engages in a
wide range of educational and awareness raising activities and projects among
religious groups, including inter-religious dialogue and issues concerning
social justice and non-violence and is a member of the Theological Advisory
Group of the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod)
She is a former President of the Catholic Theological Association of
Great Britain and a Trustee of the Centre for Marian Studies, and holds
membership of the Society for the Study of Theology, the European Theology
Society , the American Academy of Religion, the Bioethics Subcommittee National
Board of Catholic Women and is a FRSA.
Professor Beattie is a prolific writer and has published many books
including Theology after Postmodernity: Divining the Void ( 2013); The New Atheists: The Twilight of Reason and the War on Religion (2008); New Catholic Feminism: Theology and Theory (2006); co-editor with Ursula
King of Gender, Religion & Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives''
(2004); Woman, New Century Theology Series (2003); Gods Mother,
Eves Advocate: A Marian Narrative of Womens Salvation (2002); Eves Pilgrimage: A Womans Quest for the City of God (2002) ; The Last Supper According to Martha and Mary (2001); Rediscovering
Mary: Insights from the Gospels (1995).
Professor Michel Beaudin
Professor Michel Beaudin is Professor Emeritus of political and socioeconomic ethics in the Faculty of Theology of the Université de Montréal, Canada (since 1985) and a specialist in the moral implications of market globalization. He has written extensively on the neo-liberal economy and the role of the Church, both in Quebec and elsewhere. He was also responsible for research on the Canadian education program for Development and Peace (1974 to 1985).
His publications include: "Le vivre ensemble : entre sacrificialité et solidarité" in R. Heyer, F. Raphaël et G. Vincent (eds.), Hospitalité et solidarité : éthique et politique de la reconnaissance (Strasbourg 2006);
"Le Dieu de Bush, le Dieu de la modernité et le Dieu des théologies contextuelles agissent-ils ? De quels « Dieux » et de quelles « actions » s’agit-il ?" in R. Mager (ed.), Un Dieu qui agit ? (Montréal 2005);
"Préface" in N. Tardif, Au nom du marché. Regards sur une dimension méconnue du libéralisme économique : sa violence sacrificielle (Beauport 2003).
with G. Paiement et M. Rioux (eds.), À nous le politique : parcours pour la société civile (Montréal 2001);
with M.-J. Zahar (eds.), Sacralisation du territoire et territorialisation du sacré, numéro de la revue Théologiques (2005.);
with G. Côté, "Le projet de zone de libre-échange des Amériques (ZLEA) mis en question par la tradition judéo-chrétienne", Horizons philosophiques, vol. 13, 2002, pp. 105-122.
Prof Peter Beisheim
Professor Peter H. Bleisheim studied at State College Boston (MEd), the University of Notre Dame (MA) and Fordham University (PhD). He is now Full Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College Easton, close to Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a faculty member of the College since 1968. He was the Director of the College’s Institute for Justice and Peace from 1978 to 2005, and is at present Director of the Catholic Studies Program. His primary focus of teaching is Roman Catholic Ecclesiology, with a specific focus in recent years on Catholic Social Teaching and its application to various national and global issues.
Among his recent publications we find these presentations at annual meetings of the College Theology Society:
“Farmingville: Catholic Social Thought Case Study” (Salve Regina University, Newport 2008);
“Teaching Catholic Social Thought & the Case Study Method: Iraq and Jus Post Bellum” (University of Dayton, Dayton 2007);
“Teaching Catholic Social Thought: Case Study Method Experiment” (Regis University, Denver 2006);
“Gaudium et Spes and Globalization: A Transformative Encounter” (Spring Hill College, Mobile 2005).
Together with Professor Maura Tyrrell, Professor Peter Beisheim received the John Templeton Foundation Science and Religion Course Award(2000). He joined the China Study Abroad Trip as a Fulbright Scholar in the Summer of 2006. He frequently facilitates workshops on topics such as: “Using Audio/Visual Resources to Integrate Justice Education in the Classroom.” (Washington DC 2008); “Foundations for Dialogue: CST Resources for Campus & Classroom” (Washington, DC 2005).
Prof Leonardo Boff
Leonardo Boff joined the Order of the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1959 and received his doctorate in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Munich, Germany, in 1970. For 22 years he was Professor of Systematic and Ecumenical Theology at the Franciscan Theological Institute in Petrópolis, Brazil. He has been visiting professor in universities in Brazil and the rest of the world, such as Lisbon, Barcelona, Lund, Oslo and Torino. In 1993 he was appointed Professor of Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Ecology at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
Professor Boff articulated Christian concern with poverty and marginalization, which later crystalised into Liberation Theology. He championed human rights, helping to formulate a new Latin-American perspective on human rights as "Right to life and to the means of maintaining life with dignity."
In 1984, he came into conflict with the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican. This was due to his criticism of the Catholic Church in his book Church: Charism and Power. In 1985 he was condemned to 'obedient silence' and suspended from religious duties. Due to international pressure on the Vatican, the decision was repealed in 1986. When he planned to attend the Eco-92 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Rome threatened with a renewed silencing order. This led him to leave the Franciscan Order and the exercise of his priestly ministry stating that "the future of humanity and planet earth are more important than the future of the institutionalised church".
From among the many books he wrote, the following English translations are noteworthy: Ecology and Liberation: A New Paradigm (1995); Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor (1997); The Prayer of Saint Francis: A Message of Peace for the World Today (2001); Praying with Jesus and Mary: Our Father, Hail Mary (2005); The Lord Is My Shepherd: Divine Consolation in Times of Abandonment (2006); Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation (2006); Passion of Christ, Passion of the World: The Facts, Their Interpretation, and Their Meaning Yesterday and Today (2011).
Professor Boff continues as a liberation theologian, writer, professor and widely heard conference speaker. He also is an adviser of social liberation movements, such as the Landless Movement and the Base Ecclesial Communities (CEBs). He is a member of the international initiative of the Earthcharter. He has been honoured with various awards in Brazil and the rest of the world. In 2001 he was honored with the alternative Nobel prize: "Right Livelihood Award" in Stockholm, Sweden.
Dr Sharon Bong
Dr Sharon A. Bong is Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Monash University in Malaysia. Her qualifications are: PhD in Religious Studies and MA in Women in Religion (with distinction) from Lancaster University in the UK, and MA in English Literature from the University of Malaya, Malaysia.
Her on-going research interests include epistemologies from a feminist point of view; women’s human rights and approaches to sexuality in religions.
Dr Bong wrote The Tension Between Women’s Rights and Religions: The Case of Malaysia (Edwin Mellen Press, New York 2006). With Pushpa Joseph she edited Re-imagining Marriage and Family in Asia: Asian Christian Women’s Perspectives (Strategic information and Research Development Centre, Petaling Jaya 2008). Examples of chapters in books are: 'The Narratives of GLBTQ Persons: Towards an Epistemology of the Body' in Feminist Theology of Liberation. Asian perspectives: Practicing Peace (eds. Judette Gallares and Astrid Lobo, Quezon City 2011, pp. 81-100); ‘The Suffering Christ and the Asian Body’ in Hope Abundant: Third World and Indigenous Women’s Theology (ed. Kwok Pui-Lan, New York 2010, pp. 186-193); ‘Sexualising Faith and Spiritualising Sexuality in Postcolonial Narratives of Same-Sex Intimacy’ in Persons and Sexuality (ed. Allison Moore and Carlo Zuccarini, Oxford 2009, pp. 33-44); ‘The Sexuality-Spirituality Project’ in Handling Qualitative Data (ed. Lyn Richards, online 2009); 'Going Beyond the Universal-versus-Relativist Rights Discourse and Practice: The Case of Malaysia' in Violence and Gender in the Globalised World: The Intimate and the Extimate (ed. Sanja Bahun-Radunović and V. G. Julie Rajan, Aldershot 2008, pp. 25-40); and 'Queer Revisions of Christianity’ in Body and Sexuality: Theological-Pastoral Perspectives of Women in Asia (eds. Agnes Brazal and Andrea Lizares , Manila 2007, pp. 234-249).
Dr Bong received the Monash Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Community Service Award 2007 in recognition of her long-standing participation in the women’s movement globally, regionally and nationally through involvement with, among others, the 7th Women’s Global Leadership Institute (Rutgers University), Amnesty-International Malaysia, All Women’s Action Society, Young Women’s Christian Association of Malaysia, National Council of Women’s Organisations and presently, the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, an academic forum of Catholic Asian women theologising in Asia.
Professor Kari Elisabeth Børresen
Dr Dr Kari Elisabeth Børresen is Senior Professor (emerita) at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. International pioneer of Gender Studies in Religion, she started her research already in 1961. She is a specialist in historical Western theology from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance and has analysed the interaction of androcentric anthropology and Godlanguage in the formation of Christian doctrine.
Professor Børresen studied at Oslo University (MA 1960; PhD 1968). She was Research Fellow of the Norwegian Research Council (1961-65; 1977-1980), of Århus University, Denmark (1966-68) and of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Culture (1982-2000). She was Professor at the University of Oslo (1993-2000, Medieval Studies/Gender Studies; 2000-2003, Historical Theology/Gender Studies). She was visiting professor in Rome (Gregorian), Geneva and Harvard; resident scholar in Washington DC and Bellagio, Italy; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey. In 1992 she received the Doctorate of Theology h.c. from Uppsala University, and in 2011 from the University of Iceland. From 1995 she has been a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Professor Børresen published numerous scientific articles. Among her books we find: Subordination et Equivalence. Nature et rôle de la femme d'après Augustin et Thomas d'Aquin, Oslo-Paris 1968; Italian, Assisi 1979; English, Washington DC 1981, updated edition Kampen 1995; Anthropologie médiévale et théologie mariale (Oslo 1971); Nicolaus Cusanus' dialog De pace fidei. Om trosfreden (Oslo 1983); Women's Studies of the Christian and Islamic Traditions. Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Foremothers (with Kari Vogt, Dordrecht 1993); Le Madri della Chiesa. Il medioevo (Naples 1993); The Image of God. Gender Models in Judaeo-Christian Tradition (ed.) (Minneapolis MN 1995); Gender and Religion / Genre et religion. European studies / Études européennes (ed. with Sara Cabibbo, Edith Specht) (Rome 2001); From Patristics to Matristics: Selected Articles on Christian Gender Models (Rome 2002); Christian and Islamic Gender Models in Formative Traditions (Rome 2004); Gender, Religion, Human Rights in Europe (ed. with Sara Cabibbo) (Rome 2006).
Professor Børresen has held many international positions: Consultant, Study on the community of women and men in the church, World Council of Churches, Genève (1978-1981); member of Conseil de l'association internationale d'études patristiques (1979-now); Co-Director, Research project: Female, Male, Human in Early Christianity, Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University (1981-1985); Member of Advisory Board of theInstitut für ökumenische Forschung, Universität Tübingen (1982-1987); member of Advisory Committee of Feminist Theology of Concilium, Nijmegen (1984-1993); Chairperson of the first European Research Conference in the Humanities, European Science Foundation, Strasbourg: Women in the Christian Tradition, from Late Antiquity to Age of Reform (1992); Convener of the second and third European Research Conferences in the series: Women in the Christian Tradition (1995, 1998); Coordinator of Research network/doctoral course, Gender and Religion in Europe, Universities of Oslo, Roma III and Vienna; Collaborator in the interdisciplinary research project: Democracy, Religion and Women's Human Rights, Research Council of Norway (2004-2007); Co-editor of two volumes in the international series The Bible and Women. An Encyclopaedia of Exegesis and Cultural History (published in four languages) (2009-).
Prof Raymond Breton
Professor Breton obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba, his master’s degree from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of Toronto. Over the years, he has been a professor at other universities: Montréal, McGill, Johns Hopkins and Harvard (as Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies in 1996-97). Professor Breton received four honorary doctorates: Guelph (1994), Waterloo (2000), Manitoba (2002) and Ottawa (2006).
His recent publications include Multiculturalism and Social Cohesion: Potentials and Challenges of Diversity (with Jeffrey G. Reitz, Raymond Breton, Karen K. Dion, and Kenneth L. Dion, 2009); Ethnic Relations in Canada: Institutional Dynamics (2005); The Governance of Ethnic Communities: Political Structures and Processes in Canada (1991). He is co-author of A Fragile Social Fabric? Fairness, Trust and Commitment in Canada 2004; The Illusion of Difference: Realities of Ethnicity in Canada and the United States(1994); Ethnic Identity and Equality: Varieties of Experience in a Canadian City (1990); Cultural Boundaries and the Cohesion of Canada (1980) and of Why disunity? An Analysis of Linguistic and Regional Cleavages in Canada (1980).
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 1990, he received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association. In 2005, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association. In 2008 he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Professor Johannes Brosseder
Professor Johannes Brosseder is Professor Emeritus of Systematic and Ecumenical Theology at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Cologne, Germany. He obtained the doctorate in Ecumenical Theology at the University of Munich, Germany (1971). He held posts as lecturer and later professor in Munich University (1972-1981), the University of Saarbrücken (1982-1988), the University of Bonn (1980-1988) and the University of Cologne
(1988-2007). His specialization has always been ecumenical theology. He was a visiting professor at the Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles, California (summer of 1998) and gave guest lectures at 32 universities in more than ten countries between 1971 and 2012.
Apart from editing multi-volume editions of works such as Internationale Oekumenische Bibliographie, Ökumene konkret and Forum Systematik. Beiträge zur Dogmatik, Ethik und ökumenischen Theologie (44 volumes!), Prof Brosseder wrote 147 academic articles and 41 book reviews. Among his books we find: Ökumenische Theologie. Geschichte – Probleme (München 1967); Luthers Stellung zu den Juden im Spiegel seiner Interpreten. Interpretation und Rezeption von Luthers Schriften und Äußerungen zum Judentum im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert vor allem im deutschsprachigen Raum (München 1972); Johann Finsterhölzl, Die Kirche in der Theologie Ignaz von Döllingers (Göttingen 1975); Rechtfertigung und Kirche. Profil einer zeitgenössischen Theologie (Hamburg 1992); (with Thomas Ruster) Ökumene wächst von unten. Einheit – und zwar jetzt (Aachen 1993); Reformatorischer Rechtfertigungsglaube und seine Kraft im ökumenischen Gespräch der Gegenwart. Ausgewählte Beiträge zur ökumenischen Theologie aus drei Jahrzehnten (Frankfurt am Main 1999); (with Ulrich Kühn u. Hans-Georg Link) Überwindung der Kirchenspaltung. Konsequenzen aus der Gemeinsamen Erklärung zur Rechtfertigungslehre (Neukirchen-Vluyn 3 editions 1999-2000);
(with Joachim Track) Kirchengemeinschaft jetzt. Die Kirche Jesu Christi, die Kirchen und ihre Gemeinschaft (Neukirchen-Vluyn 2010).
Prof Brosseder has been a member of Christlich-Jüdische-Gesellschaft, Bonn (since 1974); Luther-Gesellschaft (since 1975); Internationale Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gesellschaft (since 1975); Societas Oecumenica - Europäische Gesellschaft für Ökumenische Forschung (since its foundation in 1978; president 1996-2000); Arbeitsgemeinschaft katholischer Dogmatiker und Fundamentaltheologen (since 1979); Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie (since 1986); and Europäische Gesellschaft für Katholische Theologie (since its foundation in 1989).
Prof Eugene C. Bianchi
Professor Eugene C. Bianchi is Emeritus Professor of Religion at Emory University, Georgia, USA. He was the first director of Emory’s Emeritus College from 2001-2008. His well-known books on Church reform include: The Religious Experience of Revolutionaries (1972), From Machismo to Mutuality: Essays on Sexism and Woman-Man Liberation (co-authored with Rosemary Radford Ruether in 1976) and A Democratic Catholic Church: the Reconstruction of Roman Catholicism (co-edited with Rosemary R. Ruether in 1992). With Peter McDonough he authored Passionate Uncertainty: Inside the American Jesuits (University of California Press, 2002).
Bianchi was in the Jesuit order for twenty years. He has published two novels: The Bishop of San Francisco: Romance, Intrigue and Religion (2005) and The Children’s Crusade: Scandal at the Vatican (2008). His writings on the spirituality of aging include: Aging As a Spiritual Journey (1982), On Growing Older (1985), and Elder Wisdom: Crafting Your Own Elderhood (1994). His many other books and articles are in the areas of spirituality, creative aging, church reform and issues of culture and religion. He recently published a memoir, Taking a Long Road Home (Wipf and Stock, 2011). For the last decade he has been writing poetry and is in the process of organizing his poems for publication. Professor Bianchi makes his home in Athens, Georgia, with his wife, Margaret (Peggy) Herrman.