Sponsors of the Declaration
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Prof Leonard Swidler is Founder/Director of the Institute for Interreligious, Intercultural Dialogue (Philadelphia 1985), and Co-Founder/Director of the Global Dialogue Institute (1995), holds degrees in History, Philosophy, and Theology, was visiting Professor at Graz (Austria), Hamburg and Tübingen (Germany), Nankai University (Tianjin, China), Fudan University (Shanghai), and Temple University Japan (Tokyo), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).  He has published more than 60 books, including: Dialogue for Reunion (1962), Jewish-Christian Dialogues (1966), Bloodwitness for Peace and Unity (1977), Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue(1978) From Holocaust to Dialogue (1981), Buddhism Made Plain (1984), Religious Liberty and Human Rights (1986), Breaking down the Wall Between Americans & East Germans, Christians and Jews (1987), Catholic-Communist Collaboration in Italy (1988), After the Absolute: The Dialogical Future of Religious Reflection (1990), Death or Dialogue. From the Age of Monologue to the Age of Dialogue (1990), A Bridge to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1990), Human Rights: Christians, Marxists, and Others in Dialogue (1991), Muslims in Dialogue. The Evolution of a Dialogue over a Generation(1992), For All Life: Toward a Universal Declaration of a Global Ethic. An Interreligious Dialogue (1998), Theoria & Praxis. How Jews, Christians, Muslims Can Together Move from Theory To Practice(1999), The Study of Religion in the Age of Global Dialogue(2000).

Prof Frederico Pastor Ramos

Dr Frederico Pastor Ramos is Professor Emeritus of Pauline Theology at the Pontifical University of Comillas in Spain. He obtained a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. At the moment he is the President of the Asociación de Teólogos y Teólogas Juan XXIII. Photograph and more credentials to follow.


Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

Dr Geoffrey James Robinson is retired Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney in Australia. He studied at the Urban Pontifical University in Rome (LicPhil 1956; LicTheol 1961; DCL 1965). He gained pastoral experience in the parishes of Croydon (1965-68), Lindfield (1969-1971) and Northbridge (1972-1984), all in Australia. Meanwhile he lectured in Canon Law at the Catholic Theological Institute of Sydney (1967-1983). He was Secretary of the Canon Law Society of Australia and New Zealand (1969-1976), and later its President (1976-1983). He also became President of the Catholic Institute of Sydney Faculty of Theology (1988-1989).
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney 1984, he held various portfolios in the diocese: university chaplaincies (1983-2004), accommodation for the elderly (1983-2004), youth work (1984-2000), catholic schools (Chairman of the Board, 1986-2004). He was Chairman of the Catholic Education Commission of New South Wales (1995-2004). For the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference he held the portfolios of Canon Law (1984-2004), Social Welfare (1984-1994) and Professional Standards (1994-2003)
He published the following books: Divorce and Nullity in the Catholic Church (1982); Travels in Sacred Places (1994); A Change of Mind and Heart, the Gospel of Mark (1996); Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church (2007); Love’s Urgent Longings (2010); and The Gospel of Luke for Meditation and Homilies (2012). He also wrote articles for The Australasian Catholic Record, Studia Canonica and other publications.
He retired as Bishop in 2004. Since then he has given many talks and interviews on the reform of Catholic teaching on sexual morality.


Professor Joseph Gil i Ribas

Dr Josep Gil i Ribas is an Emeritus Professor of the Facultat de Teologia de Catalunya, of which he was vice dean between 1991 and 1996. He has also carried out academic activities at the Higher Institute of Religious Sciences in Tarragona as well as those in Barcelona and Vic, and in centres in Toulouse, Lyon and Tübingen. Between 1974 and 1977 he taught theology at the University of Deusto (Bilbao) and in 1985 and 1986 at the University of San Buenaventura in Cali, Colombia.
He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and was awarded his doctorate in 1982, specializing in Eschatology. In 1977, he promoted the creation of the Institut de Teologia in Tarragona, which he directed. In 1996 he joined the Reial Academia de Doctors as a full member. In 1999 he received the "Joan Maragall" prize for the play L'Esperança que no mor.
Priest of the archdiocese of Tarragona since 1951, counsellor responsible for Action Catholic, promoter of Justice and Peace in Tarragona, he has developed his ministry in several parishes of this diocese and is currently attached to the Sant Joan Baptista of El Catllar.
Among his publications are: Signes de pertinença a l’Església (Tarragona 1973); La benaurança del cel i l’ordre establert. Aproximació a l’escatologia de la Benedictus Deus (Barcelona 1984); Els nostres morts no envelleixen. Escatologia cristiana, (Barcelona 1984); Dios, hombre, mundo (Cali 1987); Pentateuco y Narrativos (Cali 1987); Fe y Revelación (Cali 1987); De la “nosa” a la “nostàlgia” de Déu. Estudi teològic sobre la religió (Barcelona 1992); Evangeli i home d’avui (Barcelona 1994); Escatología cristiana (Barcelona 1994); Cartes a Laura. Quan la mort toca de prop (Barcelona 1995); Mariologia (Barcelona 1995);  Antropologia teològica (Barcelona 1998); Jesús, Fill de Déu i germà dels homes (Barcelona 1998); Historia de la Santísima Virgen María, volum IV (Datafilm 1998); L’esperança que no mor (Barcelona 2001); Al principi hi hagué la dona. Un assaig de recepció teològica del feminisme (Barcelona 2002); i Història del pensament cristià (10 volums, Valls 2009-2013).


Dr José Amando Robles

Dr José Amando Robles OP runs the Master Eckhard Program of Spirituality at the Dominican Research Centre in Los Angeles de San Rafael, Heredia, Costa Rica. Having obtained degrees in philosopy and theology, he obtained his doctorate at Louvain University, Belgium, on the transformative interaction of religion, culture and spirituality. He has been involved in the annual international meetings at the Center for the study of Religious Traditions and Wisdom, Barcelona, since it was started in 2004.
Among his publications are the following: Transformación cultural, economía y evangelio (with Jesús Espeja & Jorge Arturo Chaves, Salamanca 1999); ¿Verdad o símbolo?: naturaleza del lenguaje religioso (SEBILA 2007); El Popol vuh: La historia del pueblo maya-quiché concebida y narrada en mitos (Ak' Kutan 1998); Religión y Paradigmas: Ensayos Sociológicos (Fondación UNA 1995); La religión: De la conquista a la modernidad: un estudio de la religión y la racionalidad como visiones del mundo (Lascasiana 1992); Repensar la religión: de la creencia conocimiento (UNA 2001).


Professor Susan Roll

Dr Susan Roll is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology at Saint-Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, working in the fields of liturgy, sacraments, and pastoral and feminist theology. She has a BA in Classical Languages, Niagara University, NY (1974); an MA in Theology/Pastoral Studies, St. Bernard's Seminary, New York (1980), an MA, STB, and PhD in Religious Studies, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.
Her publications include : Women, Ritual and Liturgy (ed. with Annette Esser and Brigitte Enzner-Probst, Leuven 2001); Re-Visioning Our Sources. Women's Spirituality in European Perspectives (ed. with Annette Esser and Anne Hunt Overzee, Leuven 1997); Toward the Origins of Christmas (Leuven 1995). Recent articles and chapters in books are : "EP RI. Theology of the Latin Text and Rite, "EP RII. Theology of the Latin Text and Rite", and "Concluding Rites: Theology of the Latin Text and Rite" in Edward Foley, John F. Baldovin, Mary Collins and Joanne Pierce (eds), A Commentary on the Order of Mass of the Roman Missal (Collegeville, 2011); "Taetige Teilnahme von Laien am liturgischen Leben morgen," in Benedikt Kranemann and Myriam Wijlens (eds), Gesendet in der Weinberg des Herrn. Laien in der katholischen Kirche heute und morgen (Wuerzburg 2010); "God, Godde, Goddess", Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 18 (2010) 103-109; "Notes on the Ritual Dynamics of the Syro-Malankara Holy Qurbana", The Harp 25 (2010): 229-238; "What Women Theologians Are Saying: a Sampling", Eastern Journal of Dialogue and Culture, 2/2 (July-Dec 2009) 50-68.


Dr Raúl Rosales

Theologian Dr Raúl Rosales is Executive Secretary of the Diego de Medellín Ecumenical Centre in Medellín, Colombia. Credentials to follow.


Dr Patricia Rumsey

Dr Patricia Rumsey, who belongs to the Poor Clares, lectures in Christian Prayer and Liturgy at Sarum College, Salisbury, UK, and is a Visiting Scholar at the same College. She has an MA and PhD in Historical Theology and a Post Doctoral Licence in Theology from the University of Wales. Her areas of academic interest are liturgy, especially the early history of the Liturgy of the Hours; monasticism in all eras of the Church, especially the early history of the monastic movement and women's monasticism in particular; religious life and especially the Franciscan family; feminist studies. She has lectured in all these topics in England and abroad.
Dr Rumsey's doctoral thesis was published as Sacred Time in Early Christian Ireland: The Monks of the Nauigatio and the Celi De in Dialogue (T&T Clark, London 2007). Her most recent book is: Women of the Church: The Religious Experience of Monastic Women (Columba Press, Dublin 2011). She has published articles in Worship, New Blackfriars, the American Benedictine Review, the Cord and Anaphora: The Journal for the Society for Liturgical Study. She is a member of the Society for Liturgical Study and of the Catholic Theological Association.


Prof Rosemary Radford Ruether

Dr Ruether holds a BA in Philosophy from Scripps College (1958), an MA in Ancient History (1960) and a PhD in Classics and Patristics (1965) from Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. She currently is Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. She formerly was Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at the Pacific School of Religion and Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California), and also taught at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois).
She has been a pioneer in the area of feminist theology in North America, with a particular focus on modern feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. The World Catalogue lists 343 works by her in 701 publications in 13 languages.
Her best known books are: The Church Against Itself (New York 1967); Gregory of Nazianzus (Oxford 1969); Faith and fratricide: the theological roots of anti-Semitism (New York 1974); Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology (Beacon Press 1993); Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing (Harper-Collins 1994); In Our Own Voices: Four Centuries of American Women&rsquo);s Religious Writing (ed. with Rosemary Skinner Keller, Harper-Collins 1996); Introducing Redemption in Christian Feminism (editor, Continuum 1998); The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Fortress 2002); Integrating Ecofeminism Globalization and World Religions&quot) (Littlefield Publishers 2005); Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (University of California Press 2005); America, Amerikkka: Elect Nation & Imperial Violence (Equinox 2007).
Other recent books include Contemporary Roman Catholicism: Crises and Challenges (1987); Disputed Questions: On Being a Christian (1989); Beyond Occupation: American Jewish, Christian and Palestinian Voices for Peace (edited by Marc H. Ellis, 1990); A Democratic Catholic Church: The Reconstruction of Roman Catholicism (edited with Eugene C. Bianchi (1992); 'The Woman Will Overcome the Warrior': A Dialogue With the Christian/Feminist Theology of Rosemary Radford Ruether (1994); God and the Nations (with Douglas John Hall, 1995); and At Home in the World: The Letters of Thomas Merton and Rosemary Radford Ruether (written with Merton and edited by Mary Tardiff, 1995).
Ruether is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Society for Religion in Higher Education, the American Theological Association, and the Society for Arts, Religion and Culture. She served with Ross Kraemer and Lorine Getz as national co-chair of the Women's Caucus: Religious Studies and was a board member of the Program of Women and Religion at Harvard Divinity School and of Chicago Catholic Women.


Prof Todd Salzman

Dr. Salzman has a PhD in Theology from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He completed his dissertation in 1994, taught at the University of San Diego from 1995-1997, and came to Creighton in 1997 where he is Professor of Ethics.
He published the following books: Salzman, Todd A. and Michael G. Lawler, The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press 2008). This book received the 2009 Catholic Press Award: 'First Place in Theology'; and was nominated for the 2010 and 2012 Grawmeyer Award in Religion; Marriage in the Catholic Tradition: Scripture, Tradition, and Experience (Todd A. Salzman, Thomas M. Kelly, and John J. O’Keefe eds., New York: Crossroad 2004); Salzman, Todd A. What are They Saying about Roman Catholic Ethical Method? (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press 2003); Method and Catholic Moral Theology: The Ongoing Reconstruction. Todd A. Salzman (ed.)(Creighton 1999); Salzman, Todd A. Deontology and Teleology: An Investigation of the Normative Debate in Roman Catholic Moral Theology (Leuven: Peeters Press 1995).
Professor Salzman also published over 50 scholarly articles, and presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Salzman’s essay, “‘Rape Camps,’ Forced Impregnation, and Ethnic Cleansing: Religious, Cultural, and Ethical Responses to Rape Victims in the Former Yugoslavia,” was honored by the United Nations and various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in New York in 2001. He is married to Katy Salzman, and they have identical twin boys (Ian and Aaron) and a daughter (Emily).


Prof Joseph Selling

Joseph Selling Professor Joseph A. Selling studied philosophy and theology at Louvain University (TheolDr/PhD 1977-1978, summa cum laude). He was Associate Professor of Moral Theology at Louvain University (1978-1989), and then Full Professor (1989-2011). He lectured as visiting professor in various places, such as the American College Theological Institute in Rome, Fordham University, Bronx NY, Marymatha Seminary in Trichur, Kerala, India and Holy Trinity Seminary in Jalandhar, Punjab, India. In Louvain he also took part in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine (member of the Advisory Council, 1986–1997;  2005–2011); the Center for Conciliar Studies for Vatican II; the Center for Ecumenical Research; Overlegcentrum Kristelijke Ethiek / European Center for Ethics (member of the executive committee, 1989 – 2011). He was co-founder of the Center for Women's Studies in Theology (1994 – 1997).
Among his publications we find: The Reaction to Humanae Vitae: A Study in Special and Fundamental Theology (Leuven 1977); (With Jan Grootaers) The 1980 Synod of Bishops "On the Role of the Family": An Exposition of the Event and an Evaluation of the Texts. (Leuven 1983); (Editor) Personalist Morals: Essays in honor of Prof. Louis Janssens (Leuven 1988); (Editor, with J. De Tavernier and others) Christenen en samenleving: Bijdragen tot een Christelijke ethiek (Kampen 1991); (Editor, with A. Liégeois and others) Aspecten van een christelijke sociale ethiek: Colloquium over Christelijke ethiek naar aanleiding van 100 jaar 'Rerum novarum (Leuven 1991); (Editor, with J. Jans) The Splendor of Accuracy: An Examination of the Assertions made by Veritatis Splendor (Kampen 1994; Grand Rapids 1995); (Editor) The Ministry of the Word: Essays in Honor of Prof. Dr. Raymond F. Collins. (Leuven 1995); (Editor) Embracing Sexuality: Authority and Experience in the Catholic Church. (Aldershot 2001); With  Leen Trommelmans and Kris Dierickx, Ethical Issues in Tissue Engineering, (Leuven, 2007); (Editor, with J. DeTavernier, J. Verstraeten and P. Schotsmans) Responsibility, God and Society. Theological Ethics in Dialogue. Festschrift Roger Burggraeve (Leuven 2008); "Magisterial Teaching on Marriage 1880-1968: Historical Constancy or Radical Development?" in R. Tremblay & D. Billy (eds.), Historia: memoria futuri (Rome 1991, 351-402); "The Authority of Church Teaching in Matters of Morality / Het Gezag van de kerkelijke leer inzake de moraal", in F. Vosman & K. Merks (eds), Aiming at Happiness: The Moral Teaching of the Catechism (Kampen 1996, 194-221); Uit op geluk. De Katechismus van de katholieke kerk over goed en dwaad. Uitleg en commentaar (Baarn 1996, 205-232.); "Authority and Moral Teaching in a Catholic Christian Context", in Bernard Hoose (ed.), Christian Ethics: An Introduction (London 1998, 57-71); "Marriage and Sexuality in the Catholic Church" (with Mary Grey), in J. Selling (ed.), Embracing Sexuality: Authority and Experience in the Catholic Church (Aldershot 2001) 179-196).
Professor Selling is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (since 1980); The "Conciliar Process" : Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation; upon appointment by the Council of European Bishops Conferences (CCEE) member of the joint (CCEE-KEK) preparatory commission for the "European Ecumenical Assembly: Peace with Justice" (Basel 1989); Co-author of the Final Document for the European Ecumenical Assembly (Geneva 1989); Moderator (for Roman Catholic participation in) the joint CEC-CCEE follow-up committee for the Basel Assembly (CCEE appointment, 1990-1995); Theological Advisor for the World Convocation of Churches on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (Seoul, S. Korea, 1990, sponsored by the World Council of Churches); member of the Nomination Committee for the position of Professor of Moral Theology, Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, 1994-1995, University of Tilburg, 2004-2005); Member of Advisory Board, EcoTheology (UK) (from vol. 1, 1996-2000); and Member of the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology (since 1998).


Sr Christine Schenk

Sr Christine Schenk SCJ is Director of FutureChurch, a coalition of parish-based Catholics working for reforms in Catholic Church practice (1994-present). She studied at Georgetown University (BSN, 1968 - magna cum laude), Boston College MA (MSNursing 1971), at the School of Midwifery and Family Nursing in Hyden Kentucky (Certificate 1976) and at St Mary Seminary, Wickliffe Ohio (MA Theol 1993).
Next to her early practical work in midwifery and family nursing: as staff nurse (1968-1971), instructor (1972-1978), certified midwife (1978-1991) and director of midwifery (1991-1994), she held advisory posts and directorships at educational facilities: Mt Sinai Department of OB-GYN, Cleveland; Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University; Community Based Nurse-Midwifery Education Program (CNEP). She helped set up a Masters level Nurse-Midwifery program at Case Western Reserve’s Bolton School of Nursing.
Sr Schenk also has much experience in the social and religious apostolate of the Church, some examples of which will follow here: a two weeks' stay in Nicaragua to accompany poor campesinos in their struggle with US backed contras (1986); board member, Commission on Catholic Community Action, Diocese of Cleveland (1983-1988); organized a statewide coalition for the Prenatal Investment Program (PNIP) (1984-1989); chairperson of the Sanctuary/Central America committee to help immigrants (1987-1990); Board of Directors, Cleveland Interreligious Task Force on Central America (1990-1992). As Executive Director of FutureChurch (1994-now) she guides important programs such as The Future of Priestly Ministry (5000 participants), Women in Church Leadership (6000 participants) and Celebrating Women Witnesses (4000 participants).


Professor Sandra Schneiders

Dr Sr Sandra M Schneiders IHM is Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Spirituality at Santa Clara University, California, USA. She obtained a BA at Marygrove College,  an MA at the University of Detroit,  a TheolLic at the  Institut Catholique of Paris, and a Doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. 
She has written several books, including  Prophets in their Own Country: Women Religious Bearing Witness to the Gospel in a Troubled Church (2012), Selling All: Commitment, Consecrated Celibacy, and Community in Catholic Religious Life (2001);  Finding the Treasure: Locating Catholic Religious Life in a New Ecclesial and Cultural Context (2000);  With Oil in Their Lamps: Faith, Feminism, and the Future (2000);  Written That You May Believe: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel (2003); and The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture (1999).  She has written numerous articles, some of which have appeared in the National Catholic Reporter
In 2006, she won the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Catholic Theological Society of America.  At the 2012 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) assembly, the conference presented her with its highest honour, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Outstanding Leadership Award


Prof Helen Schüngel-Straumann

Helen Schüngel-Straumann Professor Helen Schüngel-Straumann is a pioneer of feminist theology in the German language area. She studied at the University of Tübingen, at the Institut Catholique de Paris and the University of Bonn (DrTheol 1969). In fact she was the first lay woman to receive the doctorate in Catholic Theology (Old Testament). Since the 70s she increasingly tackled the situation of women in the church and theology. In 1987, she was appointed Professor in Biblical Theology at the University of Kassel. Since the 80s she has participated in numerous conferences and lectured on feminist exegesis in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The following is a selection of her publications: Der Dekalog – Gottes Gebote (Stuttgart 1980,); Die Frau am Anfang – Eva und die Folgen (Münster 1999,); Rûah bewegt die Welt. Gottes schöpferische Lebenskraft in der Krisenzeit des Exils (Stuttgart 1992); Theologie zwischen Zeiten und Kontinenten: für Elisabeth Gössmann (co-edited with Theodor Schneider, Freiburg 1993); Denn Gott bin ich, und kein Mann. Gottesbilder im Ersten Testament - feministisch betrachtet (Mainz, 1996); Das Buch Tobit (Freiburg, 2000;); Wörterbuch der Feministischen Theologie (co-editor, Gütersloh 1991, 2002); Anfänge feministischer Exegese : gesammelte Beiträge, mit einem orientierenden Nachwort und einer Auswahlbibliographie (Münster 2002); "Die Frage der Gottebenbildlichkeit der Frau" (in: Theologie des Alten Testaments aus der Perspektive von Frauen (ed. Manfred Oeming), Münster 2003, 63-76); "Eva, die Frau am Anfang" (in: Geschlechterstreit am Beginn der europäischen Moderne (Gisela Engel ed. u.a. Königstein Taunus 2004, 28-37); "Zwei weibliche Gegensatzpaare: Ester und Waschti – Lilit und Eva" (in: Das Manna fällt auch heute noch. Beiträge zur Geschichte und Theologie des Alten, Ersten Testaments (Frank-Lothar Hossfeld/Ludger Schwienhorst-Schönberger eds., Freiburg 2004, 511-531); "Heiliger Geist/Pneumatologie" (in: Neues Handbuch theologischer Grundbegriffe (ed. Peter Eicher, München 2005, 103-108); "Antike Weichenstellungen für eine genderungleiche Rezeption des sog. Sündenfalls" (in: Hat das Böse ein Geschlecht? (eds. Helga Kuhlmann/Stefanie Schäfer Bossert, Stuttgart 2006, 162-169); „Gott bin ich, kein Mann“ (in: Beiträge zur Hermeneutik der biblischen Gottesrede (Schöningh 2006); Der Teufel blieb männlich. Kritische Diskussion zur „Bibel in gerechter Sprache“ (co-editor, Neukirchen 2007); "Zu Entstehung und zur Geschichte der ESWTR" (in: Theologie von Frauen für Frauen? Chancen und Probleme der Rückbindung feministischer Theologie an die Praxis ( Irmtraud Fischer ed., Münster 2007, 86-10); "Was hat Feministische Theologie für Kirche und Gesellschaft erbracht?" (in: Theologie von Frauen für Frauen? (see above, 227-260);
Professor Schüngel-Straumann is a member of several exegetical associations: the Society of Biblical Literature, the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament ( (IOSOT), and especially the European Society of Women in Theological Research (of which she was president from 1995 to 1997).


Prof Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza

Schussler Fiorenza Professor Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza studied at the University of Würzburg (MADiv & LicTheol) and the University of Münster (DrTheol). After a long and distinguished career, she is now Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is internationally celebrated for her pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. Her teaching and research focus on questions of biblical and theological epistemology, hermeneutics, rhetoric, and the politics of interpretation, as well as on issues of theological education, radical equality, and democracy.
Her published work includes: Der vergessene Partner: Grundlagen, Tatsachen und Möglichkeiten der beruflichen Mitarbeit der Frau in der Heilssorge der Kirche (1964); Priester für Gott: Studien zum Herrschafts- und Priestermotiv in der Apokalypse (1972); The Apocalypse (1976); Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, Jude, Revelation. Proclamation Commentaries together with Fuller, Sloyan, Krodel, Danker (1977 /1981); Invitation to the Book of Revelation: A Commentary on the Apocalypse with Complete Text from the Jerusalem Bible (1981); Lent. Proclamation II: Aids for Interpreting the Lessons of the Church Year. Series B, [together with Urban T. Holmes] (1981); In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (1983); Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation (1985); Revelation: Vision of a Just World (1991); But She Said: Feminist Practices of Biblical Interpretation (1992); Discipleship of Equals: A Critical Feminist Ekklesialogy Of Liberation (1993); Jesus: Miriam's Child, Sophia's Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology (1994); The Power of Naming (1996); Sharing Her Word: Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Context (1998); Rhetoric and Ethic: The Politics of Biblical Studies (1999); Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation (2000); Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation (2001); The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire (2007).
Professor Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is world renowned as a pioneer feminist scholar. She was co-founder and editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and a co-editor of Concilium, the International Journal for Theology. She was the first woman elected as President of the Society of Biblical Literature and has served on the editorial boards of major biblical journals and societies. In 2001, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Professor Eduardo de la Serna

Dr. Eduardo de la Serna from Argentina is at present Visiting Professor of Theology at the Xaveriana University in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied in Buenos Aires (BA 1989; MA 1986) and the University Teresianum, Rome (ThD 1998). He taught as Professor of New Testament in the Theological Institutes of the Franciscans, Salesians and in his Diocese (Quilmes).
He is the author of books such as: Pablo sigue predicando (Córdoba 2000, 22006); Padre Obispo Jorge Novak sdv, amigo de los pobres, profeta de la esperanza (Buenos Aires 2002); Hechos de los Apóstoles. El relato, el ambiente, las enseñanzas (Buenos Aires 2004); ¿Dios es imparcial? Una lectura clave de la carta a los Romanos (Buenos Aires 2010); Diálogo entre la Biblia y Teresa de Lisieux. Preguntas desde América Latina (Buenos Aires 2011); De Jesús a la «Gran Iglesia». El nacimiento del cristianismo (Buenos Aires 2012). He contributed to collective works as: La Segunda Carta de Pablo a los Corintios”, en Comentario Bíblico Latinoamericano, A. Levoratti (ed.) (Verbo Divino, 2003)  págs. 859-894; “El lugar de la mujer en los escritos de Pablo”, en ‘Donde está el Espíritu, está la libertad’. Homenaje a Luis H. Rivas con motivo de sus 70 años” (E. de la Serna - J. L. D’Amico, eds.) (Buenos Aires 2003) págs. 379-407; “El evangelio del Pseudo-Mateo” (introducción, traducción y notas) en Evangelios Apócrifos, Luis H. Rivas y equipo, (Claretiana 2004) págs. 29-58; “La misión de la Iglesia”, en J. M. Vigil (coord.) El Actual debate del pluralismo. Después de la Dominus Iesus; “Buscando una teología bíblica, espiritual y encarnada” en M. González - C. Schickendantz (eds.) A Mitad del Camino. Una generación de teólogas y teólogos argentinos, (Editorial de la Universidad Católica de Córdoba 2006) 83-97; “Análisis de la ‘Notificatio’ desde una mirada bíblica”, en J. M. Vigil (coord.) Bajar de la cruz a los pobres: cristología de la liberación (organizado por la Comisión Teológica Internacional de la Asociación de Teólogos/as del Tercer Mundo) 77-86 (also published in Portuguese, Italiano and English); and much more.
Ordained a Catholic priest since 1981, Prof de la Serna is the national coordinator of the Group of Priests Option for the Poor in Argentina, and a member of the Executive Commission for Human Rights, CELS (Center of Legal and Social Studies) in Argentina.


Prof Ingrid H.Shafer

Prof Ingrid Shafer is Editor-in-Chief of Crosstimbers, Emerita Professor of Philosophy and Religion, and Emerita Mary Jo Ragan Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She studied in Innsbruck: PhD Candidate (American Literature 1960); and at Oklahoma: PhD (Philosophy 1984), MA (Human Relations 1975), MA (German Literature 1967).
She has served and serves as Vice President, ARCC. National Board of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (1998-2001; 2004-2009 [Member 1995-]); editor and desktop publisher of ARCC Light, ARCC's newsletter, published 4-8 times a year (2001--2003; 2005-present); member, Executive Committee. Global Dialogue Institute, Philadelphia, PA (1998-2007); Associate Director. Global Dialogue Institute; Philadelphia, PA (2002--2007); editor/(desktop publisher) of Dialogue & Community, GDI's newsletter (1998-2002).
Translation from the German of the newly revised text of the Oberammergau Passion Play for the Year 2010 ( Oberammergau 2010); Alan Race and Ingrid Shafer, eds. Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy ( Ashgate Publishing 2002); Andrew Greeley's World: an Anthology of Critical Essays (Warner Books 1989); editor of The Incarnate Imagination: Essays in Theology, the Arts and Social Sciences in Honor of Andrew Greeley (Bowling Green 1988); Eros and the Womanliness of God: Andrew Greeley's Romances of Renewal (Loyola University Press, 1986.


Professor Thomas A Shannon

Dr Thomas A Shannon is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, USA, and also holds the Paul McKeever Chair of Moral Theology at St. John's University in Queens, New York. He obtained two Bachelor’s degrees, a BA from St. Joseph Seminary, Teutopolis, IL, and a BA from Quincy University followed by an MA and a PhD in Sacred Theology from Boston University (1973). Shannon specializes in the areas of social justice and bioethics. His interest in social justice surrounds the topic of conscientious objection and the social encyclical tradition within Roman Catholicism.
He is the author, co-author or editor of more than 35 books and 40 articles in bioethics and Roman Catholic social justice. They include: Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage (ed. with David J. O'Brien, 2010); An Introduction to Bioethics: Fourth Edition - Revised and Updated (with Nicholas J. Kockler, 2009); American Catholic Social Teaching (ed. with Thomas Massaro, 2002); A Call to Fidelity: On the Moral Theology of Charles E. Curran (ed. with James J. Walter and Timothy E. O'Connell, 2002); Made in Whose Image? Genetic Engineering and Christian Ethics (Humanity Books 1999); Genetic Engineering: A Documentary History (1999); The Context of Casuistry (ed. with James F. Keenan, 1995); Basic Writings on the Key Ethical Questions That Surround the Major, Modern Biological Possibilities (Paulist Press 1993); An Introduction to Bioethics, (Paulist Press 1987).


Professor Thomas Sheehan

Thomas Sheehan is Professor of Religious Studies and, by courtesy, of Philosophy and German at Stanford University and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He holds the doctorate in philosophical theology from Fordham University (1971) with a thesis on Karl Rahner’s philosophy. He taught philosophy at Loyola University Chicago from 1972 to 1999 and since 1999 has taught religious studies and philosophy at Stanford University, where his specialities are Karl Rahner, Martin Heidegger, and questions in fundamental theology. He is the author of The First Coming: How the Kingdom of God Became Christianity (1986), Karl Rahner: The Philosophical Foundations (1987), and editor and translator of Heidegger, the Man and the Thinker (1981), Becoming Heidegger:  On the Trail of his Early Occasional Writings, 1910-1927 (1992, with Theodore Kisiel), Edmund Husserl, Psychological and Transcendental Phenomenology, and the Confrontation with Heidegger (1997, with Richard Palmer), and of Martin Heidegger, Logic: The Question of Truth (2010). .


Professor John Sheveland

Dr John Sheveland is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, USA. He received his MA in Christian theology from Yale Divinity School and PhD in systematic and comparative theology from Boston College. His research interests include theological anthropology, comparative theology dealing with Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and comparative theological responses to religious violence. He is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Academy of Religion. He is also a member of the College Theology Society, for which he convened the world's religions section for several years.
His book Piety and Responsibility: Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika was published in 2011 and he is a regular contributor to Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, The Expository Times, Louvain Studies, The Way, Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection, Christian Century, and Religious Studies Review (for which he is the comparative theology network editor).


Professor Fernando Silva

Dr Fernando Silva is Professor Emeritus of Political Philosophy in Spain. Photograph and Credentials to follow.


Professor Geraldine Smyth

Dr Sr Geraldine Smyth OP is Associate Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and Head of Discipline for the Irish School of Ecumenics.
She gained a first in English at the University of Ulster (1973) and a PhD in theology from Trinity College (1992). In 2003, Queen's University Belfast conferred on her an honorary doctorate for services to reconciliation. She received Princeton University's James McCord Award for 'advanced scholarship promoting ecumenical understanding in a global era' (2005). She is also a qualified psychotherapist, interested in the intersections of religious experience, theology and psychology. Formerly Director of ISE ( 1995-1999), she has taught courses on 'Theological Foundations for Ecumenism'; 'Theology, Ethics and Social Theory'; 'Conflict, Religion and the Politics of Peace in Northern Ireland'; and 'Ecumenics of Loss and Reconciliation'. She is an associate on ISE's research project, 'Visioning Ecumenism for the 21st Century'. Her involvement in the Post-Conflict Justice Centre in Trinity College highlights her commitment to inter-disciplinary research and collaboration.
She has acted as consultant to the World Conference on Religion and Peace, the World Council of Churches on Faith and Order and Creation and Peace concerns, and to the Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity on ecumenical education. She has been a member of the editorial boards of Studies, Religious Life Review, and is now on the editorial board of One in Christ. Since 2005 she has been Chair of the International Advisory Group of INCORE, (Institute of Conflict and Peace Research) at the University of Ulster; and is on the board of Healing Through Remembering, a public body engaging issues of dealing with the past through practical research and action. She is an invited member of the international Ara Pacis project, Rome, on forgiveness in politics and religion.
Her publications include a monograph: A Way of Transformation: A Theological Evaluation of the Conciliar Process of Mutual Commitment to Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, World Council of Churches, 1983-1991, Bern: Peter Lang, 1995. She contributed to the following books: Lesley Carroll and Geraldine Smyth, Glimpses of God: Reflections for Days and Seasons, Veritas Publications, 2010, 7 - 126pp; 'Jerusalem, Athens, and Zurich: Psychological Perspectives on Factors Inhibiting Receptive Ecumenism', in Catholic Learning: Explorations in Receptive Ecumenism, Paul Murray (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2008; with Lesley Carroll: 'Wisdom to know the Difference: Reconfiguring a Theological Paradigm in the Transition to Peace in Ireland' in John O'Grady and Peter Scherle (eds), Ecumenics from the Rim: Explorations in Honour of John D'Arcy May (Münster: LIT Verlag, 2007), 151-167. She edited (with Andrew Pierce), The Critical Spirit: Theology at the Crossroads of Faith and Culture, Dublin: Columba Press, 2004. She has also written articles for numerous journals.


Dr Piotr Sobotka

Dr Piotr Sobotka is Assistant Professor of Indo-European Languages at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. He works in the Philology Department. He obtained the MA in polish linguistics at Warsaw University (Poland) and the PhD in general linguistics at Warsaw University. He also studied philosophy, psychology, linguistics and mathematics at Warsaw University, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland) and Université de Strasbourg (France). He wrote his doctoral thesis on the relationship between epistemic concepts (especially belief, hope and faith) and reality. He has lectured on Etymology, Philosophy of Language, Indo-European Linguistics and Slavic Linguistics at Nicolaus Copernicus University and the University of Warsaw. His research interests concern on linguistic analysis of Ancient, especially Biblical texts. Among his publication (books and articles) we can find: From predication to nomination – Biblical and Talmudic names of God (2006), Was Pilate interested in that what is truth? (2010), Word and Statement (together with Zofia Zaron) (2010), Can the devil believe that God exists? Some troubles with the axiological value of belief presupposed in predicate wierzyć, że_ ‘to believe that’ (2010), On the Nature of the Conscience (2010), Knowledge and God’s foreknowledge. Does man have free will if God knows everything? (2011), History of Etymological Thought in Light of Contemporary Linguistic Methods and Concepts (2012), Functional Interpretation of Ancient Texts (2012).


Professor Denise Starkey

Dr Denise Starkey is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. After receiving her BS and MA from Edgewood College, she obtained her PhD in constructive theology at Loyola University Chicago. Her research and teaching interests encompass feminist theologies, violence and suffering, as well as spirituality and ethics. She is a member of the FaithTrust Institute's Board of directors. FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence.
Her book The Shame that Lingers : A Survivor-Centered Critique of Catholic Sin-Talk (American University studies, Vol.293, 2009) is a groundbreaking work in feminist theology.


Professor David Stronck

Dr David R. Stronck studied at Saint Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California (1951-1957) and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. In August 1968, he resigned from serving as a priest, explaining to the Archbishop of San Francisco that he refused to impose the Encyclical Humanae Vitae on the laity. He went on to study at Oregon State University where he obtained an MS Biology and Doctorate in Science Education (1973). He served as Associate Professor of Biology at Washington State University (1973-1978); and Associate Professor of Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria, Canada (1978-1984). He became Professor of Teacher Education at the Californian State University, East Bay (Associate Professor 1984-1989; Full Professor 1989-present). Meanwhile, in 1995, he was laicised (without withdrawing his rejection of Humanae Vitae) and married in the Catholic Church.
Professor Stronck has written many articles in academic journals. He also authored books for education, such as: Discussing Sex in the Classroom: Readings for Teachers(1982); Understanding the healthy body (sourcebook of The Council for Elementary Science International, 1983); Sexuality Education for American Youth: Abstracts from the Journal Literature 1979-1982 (1983); Alcohol--, Tobacco--, Marijuana--The Real Story (all three volumes with Robert Ransom, 1987); Human Reproduction and Development & Human Reproduction and Development. Teacher's Resource Book (both in 1987); Doing the 4Rs: An Activity Guide to Teach Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (2006); Health, Science and Safety in the Elementary School (with A. Nickles 2007).
Prof Stronck was board member and secretary of the Textbook League (2005-2009); board member of the Bay Area Biotechnology Education Consortium (1998-2007); board member of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (1984-1994); board member of the California Science Teachers Association (1984-1993) and of other similar associations. He won awards for Curriculum Innovation for in-Service Learning at the California State University (2005); Service to Environmental Education awarded at Project Learning Tree’s national conference (2001); Distinguished Service to Science Teaching at the state-wide convention of the California Science Teachers Association (1988) and Outstanding Professor by the Phi Delta Kappa Chapter at the California State University (1987).


Prof John Sullivan

Professor Dr John Sullivan is the professor of Christian Education at Liverpool Hope University in the UK. He teaches masters courses in Religion in Politics, Catholic Studies and Christian Educational Leadership. He supervises doctoral research in Catholic Studies and in Christian Education.
Among his recent publications we find: Learning the Language of Faith (Chelmsford: Matthew James Publishing, 2010); Communicating Faith (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011); The Idea of a Christian University (co-editor; Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2004); Dancing on the Edge: Church, Chaplaincy & Higher Education (Co-editor; Chelmsford: Matthew James Publishing, 2007); Catholic Schools in Contention (Dublin: Veritas, 2000); Catholic Education: Distinctive and Inclusive (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001).
Professor Sullivan is frequently invited as keynote speaker at local, national and international conferences on aspects of putting mission into practice when it comes to Christian educational leadership. He is a on the editorial board of International Studies in Catholic Education, a consultant for Liverpool Hope University's Centre for Christian Education and a member of the National Steering Group for the ecumenical project Transforming Lives, to promote teaching as a vocation for Christians.


Professor Jung Mo Sung

Dr Jung Mo Sung is Professor of Religious Studies, Graduate Program in Religious Studies, and Dean of School of Humanities and Law, at Methodist University of São Paulo, São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil. He studied for his BA in Philosophy (1984) and PhD in Religious Studies (1993) in São Paulo and did post-doctoral work in education at the Methodist University of Piracicaba (2000). He works within the paradigm of liberation theology and can be considered a "next generation" theologian-practitioner. He has served as an informal associate of the "DEI School", a research institute in Costa Rica where scholars such as Pablo Richard, Elsa Tamez, and Franz Hinkelammert are currently working. He is particularly concerned with the relation between theology and the economy as well as education theory in view of solidarity.
Prof Sung has collaborated in writing over 50 books mainly in Portuguese but in 2007 the publication of Desire, Market and Religion brought his work into English as the sole author of a book-length project for the first time. It was followed by Beyond the Spirit of Empire: Theology and Politics in a New Key 2009 (with Joerg Rieger Page & Nestor Miguez 2009) and The Subject, Capitalism and Religion: Horizons of Hope in Complex Society. New Approaches to Religion and Power (Macmillan 2011). Amongst articles in English are: "Theology, Spirituality, and the Market," in: Another Possible World (eds. with Marcella Althaus-Reid & Ivan Petrella 2007); "What Is Behind the Notification of Jon Sobrino?" in Getting the Poor Down from the Cross: Christology of Liberation (International Theological Commission of the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians 2007); "The Human Being as Subject: Defending the Victims", in: Latin American Liberation Theology: The Next Generation (ed. Ivan Petrella 2005); "Economics and Theology: Reflections on the Market, Globalization, and the Kingdom of God," in: Global Capitalism, Liberation Theology and the Social Sciences (eds. P. M. Zulehner, A. Tausch, A. Müller 2000); "Hunger For God, Hunger For Bread, Hunger For Humanity" in: Hope and Justice for All in the Americas: Discerning God's Mission, ( ed. Oscar Bolioli 1998).


Professor Luiz Carlos Susin

Dr Luiz Carlos Susin is Professor of Religion and Theological Anthropology at the Catholic Pontifical University of Rio Grande del Sol in Porto Allegre, Brasil. He studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and obtained a BA in Philosophy (1971), then a BA (1979) an MA (1981) and Ph.D. in Theology (1983) before his appointment to Brazil in 1984. His particular areas of interest have been Theological Anthropology, Trinitarian Theology, Theology of the Sacraments and current issues on the God of Revelation.His eleven published books are: Così Umano, così divino (Milão: Paoline 2001); Jesus, filho de Deus e filho de Maria (Paulinas, 1997); Assim na terra como no céu: brevilóquio sobre Escatologia e Criação (Petrópolis: Vozes 1995); Aqui se conta: história de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe (Paulinas 1994); Consciência moral emergente. Teologia moral na América Latina (Aparecida: Santuário 1989); Moral emergente (Aparecida: Santuário 198; O homem messiânico no pensamento de Emmanuel Levinas (Porto Alegre: Vozes 1984); Os Salmos na vida cristã (Porto Alegre: Escola Superior de Teologia 1979); Jesus (Porto Alegre: Escola Superior de Teologia 1977); Altíssimo, Onipotente e Bom Senhor (Porto Alegre: Escola Superior de Teologia 1976); Oração e Canto do caminho (Porto Alegre: Escola Superior de Teologia 1975). He has also been the prolific author of 48 articles, contributed 13 chapters to books and delivered many papers.


Prof Leonard Swidler