International Theological Conference - Interfaith Dialogue: Australian Catholic University

From May 26, 2014 16:00 until May 29, 2014 18:00

Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue, Australian Catholic University invites you to an International Theological Conference:

Interfaith Dialogue - Paths to Dialogue in our Age

Dates: Monday 26 - Thursday 29 May 2014
Location: Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus - 115 Victoria Parade Fitzroy Victoria

In our age, when day by day humanity is being drawn closer together, and the ties between different peoples are becoming stronger, the adherents of the world's religions are examining what they have in common and what draws them to fellowship. Through the praxis of interfaith dialogue some headway has already been made on this path to peace, understanding and collaboration.

Within Roman Catholicism, the Second Vatican Council, convened by Pope John XXIII, heightened the consciousness of the Church with regard to other religions. His successor, Pope Paul VI, had as his first encyclical the 1964 document Ecclesiam Suam (subtitled "paths of the church") where dialogue was promoted as the new way of being Church. Hence, the theme of the present conference, beginning with "paths to dialogue", commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of this landmark document. The topic of dialogue was given further attention in the 1965 document Nostra Aetate ("in our age") which counseled the Church to be in "dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions".

While celebrating the bold spirit of dialogue expressed in these two documents, we are conscious that much has changed in the world in the last half century, even within the sphere of inter-religious relations. With this in view, the Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue at Australian Catholic University (ACU-CID) is hosting an International Theological Conference to explore the advances and setbacks of the last five decades and to investigate new paths that can contribute to the wellbeing of humanity and the entire cosmos in our age.

Plenary Speakers:

  • Prof Michael Barnes SJ Professor of Theology at Heythrop College, London.
  • Ven. Robina Courtin Australian ordained nun in the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition.
  • Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald Former president, Pontical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.
  • Rev. Gerald O’Collins SJ Professor emeritus, Pontical Gregorian University (Rome).
  • Rev. John Pawlikowski OSM Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.
  • Archbishop Christopher Prowse Chair, Australian Bishops Commission for Ecumenism and Inter-religious Relations.
  • Dr. Zeki Saritoprak Director, Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Ohio.
  • Dr. Deborah Weissman President, International Council of Christians and Jews; based in Jerusalem.
  • Panel Speakers from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities

Registration Fee: Registration (opens Jan 2014) fee includes conference materials, access to all sessions, tea-breaks & receptions.

  • AUD$ 240 - regular registration
  • AUD$ 120 - students, unwaged, AIS/ACU members

Conference Hosts:
Australian Catholic University-Centre for Inter-religious Dialogue (ACU-CID) is hosting this conference in collaboration with the Australian Intercultural Society (AIS). ACU-CID is located within the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at Australian Catholic University.

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Details of Opening Ceremony on Monday, 26th May 2014

 3:30pm  Arrivals and Registration

 4:00pm Opening Ceremonies

 * Guest-of-Honour: The Honorable Peter Ryan, MP  (Deputy Premier, Victoria State Parliament)

 * Indigenous Australian Smoking Ceremony

  5:30pm  Lectures: Vatican II and Catholic-Muslim Dialogue

  * Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald (from Jerusalem) (Former President, Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue)

  *  Professor Zeki Saritoprak (from Ohio, USA)  (Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll Uni; author of Islam’s Jesus)

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