Summer School of Theology Promotes Dialogue among World Religions

Published on May 28th, 2014 by Austin Keith | 0

The 6th annual Summer School of Theology will be held June 23-27 in the Wisdom Center at Marywood Retreat Center in St. Johns.  This formation opportunity provides a full immersion experience into a particular area of theology.  The week is suitable for Level III continuing formation for teachers and catechists and for 20 hours of Level II in the areas of Church History and Basic Beliefs.

This year’s class is part of a general focus on formation on the Documents of Vatican II.

Living Nostra Aetate:  Promoting Fellowship and Dialogue among the World Religions is the topic for the week. Participants will learn about five world religions, including their history, beliefs, practices and faith traditions.

“It is in this context (of openness to God’s grace) also that we should consider the great challenge of interreligious dialogue to which we shall still be committed in the new millennium, in fidelity to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council (Cf. Second Vatican Council, declaration Nostra Aetate) ….this dialogue must continue. In the climate of increased cultural and religious pluralism which is expected to mark the society of the new millennium, it is obvious that this dialogue will be especially important in establishing a sure basis for peace and warding off the dread specter of those wars of religion which have so often bloodied human history. The name of the one God must become increasingly what it is: a name of peace and a summons of peace.”  St. John Paul II in Novo Millennio Ineunte 55 Jan. 6, 2001

The presenters for the week are practitioners of each of the world religions who are also professionals in their fields.

The sessions will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with presentations on the following religions:

Monday: Rabbi Joshua B. Lief Judaism
Tuesday: Dr. Parvez Ahmed Islam
Wednesday: Pandit Kadambi Srinathji Hinduism
Thursday: Michael Turnquist Buddhism
Friday: Rezvon Hamrang and Yvonne M. DiMattia Baha’i

There is an early bird special of $150, if registered by May 30.  Registrations will still be taken from May 30 through June 15 at the normal price of $200.  Price includes lunch and materials for the sessions. For more information, click here for brochure.

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