Sponsors of the Jubilee Declaration
on Authority in the Church


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 Susan Roll

Dr Susan Roll is Associate Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology at Saint-Paul University, Ottawa, Canada. 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).


Professor Sandra Schneiders

Dr Sandra M Schneiders IHM is Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Spirituality at Santa Clara University, California, USA. Credentials to follow.


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.


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, Massachusets, USA. Credentials to follow.


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 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.


Prof Leonard Swidler

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).


Professor Juan José Tamayo

Dr Juan José Tamayo studied at the Universities of Comillas (LicTh 1971) and Salamanca (DTh 1976) both in Spain. He also studied at the Instituto León XIII (DipSSc 1972) and the Autonomous University of Madrid (LicPh 1983; PhD 1990). He served as Professor of Theological Anthropology in the Faculty of Theology San Dámaso, Madrid (1973-1975), of Culture and Faith in the University San Pablo (1976-1982), of Political Theology in the University Institute of Theology (1982-1989) and visiting professor of Mount St. Mary' s College, Los Angeles(1991-1993). He directed the workshop "Toward a theology of Liberation in the First World" for the Institute Faith and Secularism (1996-2001). At present he is Professor of Theology and Religion at the University Carlos III of Madrid. At the same time he is Professor at the University of Valencia and visiting professor in other numerous Spanish universities: Cantabria, Valladolid, Cordoba, Castile, Alcalá, Salamanca, Alicante, Menéndez Pelayo, Andalusia, the Rioja, Seville, Pablo of Olavide, Complutense, University King Juan Carlos and the Autonomous University of Madrid. He also held visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Latin America.
Professor Tamayo published numerous books and articles on liberation theology, religious dialogue, human rights, history and church governance. To select a few works from the past 15 years: Invitación a la utopía. Ensayo histórico para tiempos de crisis (Trotta, Madrid, 2012); Otra teología es posible. Pluralismo religioso, interculturalidad y feminismo (Herder, Barcelona, 2011; 2ª ed.: 2012); Cristianismo y laicidad (Editorial Popular, Madrid, 2010); Religión, género y violencia (Universidad Internacional de Andalucía, Sevilla, 2010); Judaísmo, cristianismo e islam, tres religiones en diálogo (dir.) (Dykinson, Madrid, 2010); El diálogo interreligioso ante los desafíos de nuestro tiempo (ADG-N Libros, Valencia, 2010); Teología de la liberación en el nuevo escenario político y religioso (Tirant lo Blanc, Valencia, 2009; 2ª ed.: 2010); Islam. Cultura, religión y política (Trotta, Madrid, enero 2009; 2ª ed.: abril 2009; 3ª ed.: 2010); Aportación de la teología de la liberación a los derechos humanos (editor and author), (Dykinson, Madrid 2008). ; Bioética y religión (editor) (Dykinson, Madrid, 2007); Culturas y religiones en diálogo (with Mª José Fariñas, Síntesis, Madrid, 2007).; Teología para otro mundo posible (PPC, Madrid, 2006).; Desde la heterodoxia. Reflexiones sobre laicismo, ética y religión (Ediciones El Laberinto, Madrid, 2006).; Nuevo Diccionario de Teología (editor) (Trotta, Madrid, 2005). ; Diez palabras clave sobre derechos humanos (dir.) (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2005).; Interculturalidad, diálogo interreligioso y liberación (editor con Raúl Fornet-Betancourt) (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2005) ; Iglesia y religión en España (with J. Mª Castillo, Trotta, Madrid, 2005); Fundamentalismos y diálogo entre las Religiones (Trotta, Madrid, 2004; 2009, 2ª ed.).; El cristianismo ante los grandes desafíos de nuestro tiempo (Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, 2004) ; Diez palabras clave sobre paz y violencia en las religiones (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2004) ; Aportación de las religiones a una ética universal (Dykinson, Madrid, 2003); Adiós a la Cristiandad (Ediciones B, Barcelona, 2003); Nuevo paradigma teológico (Trotta, Madrid 2003; second edition: 2004); Diez palabras clave sobre globalización (Verbo Divino, Estella, 2002) ; Panorama de la teología latinoamericana (Verbo Divino, Estella 2001; 2002, 2ª ed.). ; Dios y Jesús. El horizonte religioso de Jesús de Nazaret (Trotta, Madrid 2000; 4ª ed.: 2003); Diez palabras clave sobre Jesús de Nazaret (Verbo Divino, Estella 2000; 3ª ed.: 2002; ed. italiana, Citadella, Asís 2002); Teología, pobreza y marginación. Una reflexión desde Europa (PPC, Madrid 1999); Leonardo Boff. Ecología, mística y liberación (Desclée de Brouwer, Bilbao 1999; traducción al portugués).; A las puertas del siglo XXI. Cambios históricos y propuestas éticas (Manantial, Málaga 1999).; Por eso lo mataron. El horizonte ético de Jesús de Nazaret  (Trotta, Madrid 1998; traducción al italiano, Citadella, Asís, 2000).; Para comprender la crisis de Dios hoy (Verbo Divino, Estella 1998; 1999, 2ª ed.).; Cristianismo y liberación. Homenaje a Casiano Floristán (Trotta, Madrid 1996).; Cristianismo y sociedad (with J. A. Estrada), Nueva Utopía, Madrid 1995; Los sacramentos, liturgia del prójimo (Trotta, Madrid, 1995; 2ª ed.. 2003); Presente y futuro de la teología de la liberación (San Pablo, Madrid 1994); Iglesia profética, Iglesia de los pobres (Trotta, Madrid 1994; 2ª ed.: 2003); La marginación, lugar social de los cristianos (Trotta 1993; 3ª ed.: 1998).
Professor Tamayo is a member of the editorial board of "Exodus" (Madrid), "Steps" (San José, Costa Rica) and "Franciscanum" (Bogotá) and collaborator of the newspapers EL PAÍS (Madrid), EL CORREO (Bilbao), LA VANGUARDIA and EL PERIODICO (Barcelona). He is cofounder and current Secretary General of the Spanish Association of Theologians and Theologians Juan XXIII; member of the Spanish Society of the Sciences of Religion (SECR); board member of the Spanish Association For Human Rights (APDH); member of the advisory council of the IVth Parliament of World Religions (Barcelona, 2004); Sponsor of the Foundation ATMAN. Dialogue among Civilizations (2004-2007); board member of the Association for Interreligious Dialogue in Madrid (ADIM); and member of the International Committee of the World Forum of Theology and Liberation. He edits the series "Religions" (Synthesis, Madrid) and of the series "Religions and Human Rights" (Dykinson, Madrid).
Professor Tamayo won an International Award of the Republic of Tunisia for his work Islam. Culture, Religion and Politics (Trotta, Madrid, 2009); an Award by the Future Century Foundation for his defence of ethical and civic values; and the Coexistence Award at the First Conference on "Coexistence and Islam".


Prof Samuel J. Thomas

Samuel J. Thomas PhD is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, where he was on the faculty for forty-five years between 1966 and 2011. He taught courses in Western European and American intellectual, cultural, political, and religious history. The recipient of several competitive research grants, he has presented numerous conference papers and authored many scholarly essays, chiefly in 19th and 20th century American Catholic history.  Here follows a sample of his scientific articles: Immanence and Transcendence: John Cardinal Dearden’s Church of Tomorrow", American Catholic Studies, Vol. 121 (Winter, 2010), 1-30; “Episcopal Authority and Clerical Dissent: Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. and Humanae Vitae", American Catholic Studies, Vol. 119 (Summer 2008), 35-69; "A 'final disposition one way or another': The Real End of the First Curran Affair," The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 91 (October 2005), 214-242; "Mugwump Cartoonists, the Papacy and Tammany Hall in the Gilded Age," for Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Vol. 14 (Summer 2004) 213-250; “In No Sense an Inquisition: Alexander Zaleski and the Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, 1966-1970,” Polish American Studies, LVII (Spring 2000), 55-72; “Dissent and Due Process after Vatican II: An Early Case Study of American Catholic Leadership,” U. S. Catholic Historian, (Fall 1999), 1-22; "After Vatican II: The American Catholic Bishops and the 'Syllabus' from Rome, 1966-1968." The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 83 (April 1997), 233-257; "Portraits of a Rebel Priest: Edward McGlynn in Caricature, l886-l893," Journal of American Culture, Vol. 7 (Winter l984), l9-33; "Catholic Journalists and the Ideal Woman in Late Victorian America," International Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 4 (January-February l981), 89-100; The American Press and the Encyclical Longinqua Oceani," Journal of Church and State Vol. 22 (Autumn l980), 475-485.


Professor Margaret Susan Thompson

Professor Dr Margaret Susan Thompson is Professor of History at Syracuse University, USA. Credentials to follow.


Prof J Milburn Thompson

J. Milburn Thompson, Ph.D., is professor of Theology at Bellarmine University. He returned to his hometown, Louisville, KY, and came to Bellarmine in 2001. From 1982-2001 he taught Religious Studies at Saint Joseph College (now University of Saint Joseph), in West Hartford, Connecticut, where he received the annual award for excellence in teaching and a Templeton Foundation Award for a new course in Religion and Science. He received his doctorate in Theology from Fordham University, New York City’s Jesuit University.
Dr. Thompson is the author of Introducing Catholic Social Thought (Orbis Books, 2010 ) and Justice and Peace: A Christian Primer (Orbis Books, 1997, revised 2003). Both books received a First Place Award for Educational Books from the Catholic Press Association in 2011 and 1998 respectively. Thompson has also written a booklet Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dream of a Just Community (Pax Christi USA, 1986) and has published articles in journals such as Concilium, New Theology Review, the Annual of the College Theology Society, and the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies. He has written dozens of refereed articles and popular essays in the areas of moral theology and Christian social ethics, including commentary for Today’s American Catholic. In 2011 he received the Wilson T. Wyatt Fellowship for Academic Excellence from Bellarmine University.
Dr. Thompson has served on the Peace and Justice Committee for the Archdiocese of Louisville and for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He has served on the ethics committees of hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home care agencies.
With his wife, Mary Ann (Associate Professor of Nursing at McKendree University), he has traveled throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.


Professor Teresa Toldy

Professor Teresa Toldy is married and mother of an 11 year old son. She has a PhD in Theology from the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt-Georgen (Frankfurt/Germany) on “God and Word of God in the Feminist Theology". She is Professor at Fernando Pessoa University, and researcher at the Center of Social Research (Coimbra University), where she coordinates POLICREDOS (The Observatory on Politics of Cultural and Religious Differences in Southern Europe). Teresa Toldy is also Vice-President of the Ethics Commission of the same University.
Professor Toldy publishes in Portuguese and other languages. A classic book is her Deus e a Palavra de Deus na Teologia Feminista (Lisboa: Edições Paulinas 1998). To highlight just a selection of her academic articles: 'Teologia e Ética', in Anselmo Borges (ed.), E Deus criou a Mulher. Mulheres e Teologia. (Funchal: Nova Delphi 2011, 71-89); 'Um olhar sobre os Estudos de Género em Universidades Privadas', in Pinto, Teresa; Alvarez, Teresa & Cruz, Isabel (ed.), Mulheres e Conhecimento / Women and Knowledge (Vila Franca de Xira 2011, 97-111); with Cláudia Ramos, 'As mulheres em Agustina: uma incursão no imaginário subjacente de A Jóia de Família', in Isabel Ponce de Leão (ed.), Estudos Agustinianos (Porto 2009, 339-346); 'Pós-secularismo', in Observatório de Relações Exteriores da Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa (ed.), JANUS - Anuário de relações exteriores, JANUS - Foreign Relations Yearbook (Lisboa 2009, 172-173); 'A Democracia e o Feminino na Igreja', in Anselmo Borges (ed.), Deus no século XXI e o futuro do cristianismo (Porto 2007, 107-123); 'Citizenship and the Bologna Process', in eresa Toldy, Cláudia Ramos, Paulo Vila Maior, Sérgio Lira (ed.), Cidadania(s): Discursos e Práticas / Citizenship(s): Discourses and Practices (Porto 2007, 487-504); ' Elie Wiesel e o silêncio de Deus em Auschwitz', in Patim, Isabel; Toldy, Teresa; Fernandes, Joaquim; Hilário, Fernand (ed.), Literatura e Religião (Porto 2007, 49-60); with Ana Sacau, 'Visibilidade e invisibilidade das mulheres: ditos e não-ditos', in Alcinda Cabral (ed.), Marroquinos na Venda Ambulante (Porto 2007, 109-128); 'A teologia da metáfora de Paul Ricoeur e as teologias feministas', in Silva, Manuela e Henrique, Fernanda (ed.), Teologia e género. Perspectivas, ruídos, novas construções (Coimbra 2006, 81-93); 'Deusa, in Macedo, Ana Gabriela e Amaral, Ana Luísa (ed.), Dicionário da Crítica Feminista. Porto 2005, 35-36. 'Das analoge Verständnis der Rede von Gott - Seine Bedeutung für eine feministische Theologie', in Gäde, Gerhard (ed.), Hören - Glauben – Denken (Muenster 2005, 83-100).
A selection from her recent works in English: “Sisterhood in different voices? Religion, secularism and women rights”, in: Journal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research 20 (2012) 59-86.; “Secularist Dreams” and “Women’s Rights”: Notes on an “Ambiguous Relationship”. In: RCCS Annual Review: an online journal for the social sciences and the humanities 3, October 2011, p. 1-19.
Professor Toldy is President of the Portuguese Association of Feminist Theologians and member of the ESWTR (European Society of Woman in Theological Research). She is also Vice-President of the Portuguese Association on Women's Studies.


Dr John Trumpbour

Dr John Trumpbour is Research Director of the Labor & Worklife Program of Harvard Law School in Cambridge Massachusets. Credentials to follow.


Prof Marie-Theres Wacker

Marie-Theres Wacker Dr Marie-Theres Wacker is Professor of Old Testament Studies und Theological Feminist Research at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the Wilhelms-University of Westfalen in Münster, Germany. She studied in Bonn, Jerusalem (Ecole Biblique) and Tübingen (DrTheol 1982). After various spells of lecturing in Paderborn, Münster, Cologne and Jerusalem, she obtained her present post (since 1998).
Professor Wacker has written numerous articles on scriptural feminism in lexicons, dictionaries and scientific periodicals. She edited and co-edited many publications of the series Theologische Frauenforschung in Europa.
Among her books we note especially the following: Weltordnung und Gericht. Studien zu 1 Henoch 22 (Würzburg 1982, 1985 ); (with Bernd Wacker)... verfolgt, verjagt, deportiert. Juden in Salzkotten 1933-1942 (Salzkotten 1988); (with Luise Schottroff und Silvia Schroer)Feministische Exegese. Forschungserträge zur Bibel aus der Perspektive von Frauen (Darmstadt 1995); English: Feminist Interpretation of the Bible. The Bible in Women's Perspective (Minneapolis 1998); Figurationen des Weiblichen im Hoseabuch (Freiburg 1996); Jüdische Gemeinde Salzkotten (Salzkotten 2002); Von Göttinnen, Göttern und dem einzigen Gott. Studien zum biblischen Monotheismus aus feministisch-theologischer Sicht (Münster 2004); Ester. Jüdin-Königin-Retterin (Stuttgart 2006).
Professor Wacker is leader of the work group Feministische Theologie und Genderforschung. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature; the European Society of Women Doing Research in Theology (ESWTR); the European Society for Theology (ET); the association of women theologians AGENDA; the network Frauenforschung NRW; the editorial board of the international theological periodical Concilium; and the advisory board of Gender.


Prof Andrew Weigert

Andrew Weigert Professor Andrew Weigert studied at St. Louis University (LicPhil l959; MAEcon 1960), at Woodstock College (BATheol l964) and at the University of Minnesota (PhDSoc 1968). He started teaching at Notre Dame University in 1968, becoming Full Professor of Sociology in 1976 (till now).
Professor Weigert authored over 50 major scholarly articles. Among his books we find: Family Socialization and Adolescents: Determinants of Self-Esteem, Religiosity, Conformity and Counterculture Lifestyles (with Darwin Thomas, Viktor Gecas, and Elizabeth Roone, Boston 1974); Toward an Interpretive Sociology (with A. Blasi and F. Dasilva, Washington 1978); Sociology of Everyday Life (New York 1981); Social Psychology: A Sociological Approach through Interpretive Understanding (Notre e Dame 1983); Life and Society: A Meditation on the Social Thought of Jose Ortega y Gasset (Irvington 1983); Society and identity (Cambridge University Press 1986); Mixed Emotions (Albany 1999); Self, Interaction, and Natural Environment (Albany 1997); Religious and Secular Views on Endtime (Lewiston 2005).
Professor Weigert frequently writes book reviews for Contemporary Sociology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Analysis and Symbolic Interaction. He takes an active part in the American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Association, the National Council on Family Relations, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the North Central Sociological Association. He received 3 Kaneb Awards for Undergraduate Teaching (1999, 2002, 2005) and was the sole recipient of the Sheedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Notre Dame, 2002.


Prof Michael Winter

Michael WinterProf Michael Winter studied at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies of the university of London; and the universities of Cambridge in England and Fribourg in Switzerland (DrTheol 1975).
For many years he was Dean of St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. His main publications are: St. Peter and the Popes ( 1960), Mission or Maintenance? (1972), Concordance to the Peshitta Version of Ben Sira (1975), Mission Resumed? (1978), Whatever Happened to Vatican II? (1985), The Atonement ( 1995), Misguided Morality (2002).
He is a member of Catholics for a Reformed Church, and founder member, and present chairman, of the Movement for Married Clergy.


Prof Werner Wolbert

Werner Wolbert Dr Werner Wolbert was from 1984 to 1989 Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at the Theological Faculty of Paderborn University in Germany. Since 1989 he has been Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Salzburg in Austria.
Professor Wolbert has written numerous articles for scientific magazines and published collections. Among his own books we find: Ethische Argumentation und Paränese in 1 Kor 7 (Düsseldorf 1981); Der Mensch als Mittel und Zweck. Die Idee der Menschenwürde in normativer Ethik und 'Metaethik' (Münster 1987) ; Vom Nutzen der Gerechtigkeit. Zur Diskussion um Utilitarismus und teleologische Theorie (Freiburg 1992); Du sollst nicht töten. Systematische Überlegungen zum Tötungsverbot (Freiburg 2000, 2008); Was sollen wir tun? Biblische Weisung und ethische Reflexion (Freiburg  2005); Gewissen und Verantwortung. Gesammelte Studien (Freiburg 2009); Moral in einer Kultur der Massenmedien (editor, Freiburg 1994) ; (also in Italian: Morale in una cultura di mass-media (Milan 1998).


Dr Aloys Wijngaards

Aloys Wijngaards Dr. Aloys E.H.M. Wijngaards Jr is Policy Advisor on Governance and Ethics at the Bank of The Netherlands. He studied Religious Studies, Theology, and Economics at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA. In his Doctoral thesis, he focused on establishing an interdisciplinary conversation between public theology and economics.
Among his main publications are Worldly Theology: On Connecting Public Theology and Economics (Nijmegen 2012); 'Meaning of Life: Exploring the Relation between Economics and Religion' (with E.-M. Sent), in Review of Social Economy 70 (2011) 109-130; 'About the Conversation between Theologians and Economists', in International Journal of Public Theology 5 (1011) 127-142; 'Wereldse Theologie: Publieke Theologie en de Economische Wetenschap', in Tijdschrift voor Theologie 3 (2012) 249-262. In February 2012, he gave a keynote address at the Blackfriars’ Las Casas Institute at Oxford University, entitled: Recovering Economics as a Moral Science.


Dr John Wijngaards

John WijngaardsJohn N M Wijngaards obtained the Licentiate of Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Doctorate of Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (1963). His studies focused on The Formulas of the Deuteronomic Creed (dissertation, Brill, Leiden 1963). Further research resulted in The Dramatisation of Salvific History in the Deuteronomic Schools (Brill, Leiden 1969) and a 360 page Commentary on the book of Deuteronomy in the well-known Dutch series of commentaries (Roermond 1971). After a spell at the major seminary of Hyderabad, India, and later as Vicar General of the Mill Hill Missionaries in London (1976–1982), he became Director of Housetop, an international centre of adult faith formation (1982–2012). He also lectured at the Missionary Institute London which was affiliated to Louvain Catholic University and Middlesex University (1983–1998).
He has written many books, including Did Christ Rule Out Women Priests? (McCrimmons 1977), Communicating the Word of God (McCrimmons 1978), Christ's Idea of Authority (Templegate 1984), Inheriting the Master's Cloak (Ave Maria Press 1985), The Gospel of John (Michael Glazier 1986), How to Make Sense of God (Sheed and Ward USA 1995), The Ordination of Women in the Catholic Church. Unmasking a Cuckoo’s Egg Tradition (Darton, Longman & Todd, London 2001), Women Deacons in the Early Church (Crossroad, New York 2002) and The Ordained Women Deacons of the Church's First Millennium (Canterbury Press, London 2012).
He wrote the 9 film scripts for the Walking on Water series on scripture, and the feature film length film script for Journey to the Centre of Love which won the Grand Prix at the International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw (1995) and the Chris Award for Excellence at the Columbus Film Festival (1997).
John Wijngaards is a member of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, the Catholic Theological Society of America and the European Society for Catholic Theology.


Prof Adela Yarbro Collins

Dr Adela Yarbro Collins is Professor of New Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Credentials to follow.


Prof Hans-Georg Ziebertz

Professor Hans-Georg Ziebertz studied Theology, Sociology and Pedagogics. He holds PhD’s in Theology (Nijmegen NL) and Pedagogics (Tübingen) and defended his Habilitation in Religious Education (Mainz). Ziebertz was assistant professor of Practical Theology at Nijmegen University (1990-1995), full professor of Practical Theology at Utrecht Catholic University (1995-1998) and since then he is full professor of Practical Theology / Religious Education at Würzburg University. Among others his research interests are “International Empirical Youth Research”, “Intercultural and interreligious Education”, “Religion and Modernity”, “Religion, Values and Human Rights”.
2001-2002 Professor Ziebertz was member of the International Consultation Board of Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Stability Pact Sarajevo/ Unesco); 2004-2005 member of the programme committee “Intercultural education in the South Caucasus Region of the Council of Europe; 2005-2011 member of the board of the National Research Programme “Religion, State and Society” of the Swiss National Fund (NFP 58); 2005-2008 member of the steering committee of TRES-network: Teaching Religion in a multicultural Europe (EU-Socrates programme); 2006-2010 president of the International Society of Empirical Research in Theology (ISERT); 2008-2012 member of the collegium theology of the German Science Foundation.
Selection of publications: V.Anthony/H.-G.Ziebertz (eds.), Religious Identity and National Heritage: Empirical-theological Perspectives, Leiden: Brill 2012; J.A.van der Ven/H.-G.Ziebertz (eds.), Tensions within and between Religions and Human Rights, Leiden: Brill 2012; I.Tucci/D.Pollack/H.-G.Ziebertz, Religiöser Pluralismus im Fokus quantitativer Religionsforschung, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2012; H.-G.Ziebertz/L.J.Francis (eds.), The Public Significance of Religion, Leiden: Brill 2011; H.-G. Ziebertz, (ed.), Gender in Christentum und Islam, Münster: LIT 2010; H.-G. Ziebertz/U. Riegel (eds.), Europe – secular or post-secular?,  Münster: LIT 2009.