From Indonesia and India to Cambodia and Sri Lanka, four visiting Jesuits will share their experiences engaging in and leading interreligious dialogue in places where Catholics are in a minority. Through the generous support of the Arts and Sciences William F. LeRoux, S.J. Endowed Chair and the Catholic Studies Program (CAST), the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC), is privileged to invite you to join to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented when engaging in interreligious dialogue. Dinner will be provided, so please RSVP below.
“To Be Religious Is to Be Interreligious: An Experience in Challenging Oneself to Go Beyond a Comfort Zone”
5:30-7:00 PMADAL, Stuart T. Rolfe Room
Fr. Heru Prakosa, S.J. works among Muslim and Christian students in Indonesia to facilitate interreligious dialogue. He is a scholar of Qur’anic hermeneutics and teaches Islamic Studies for Catholic seminarians, is Program Director of “Asia-Pacific Theological Encounter Programme (APTEP)” and Head of “The Center for Research and Development of Contextual Theology” in the Department of Theology at the University of “Sanata Dharma,” in Jogyakarta, Indonesia. He will join us to tells us about his work in interreligious dialogue in the country with the largest Muslim population.
“Neighborliness: Seeds, Challenges and the Practice of Interreligious Dialogue in India”
5:30-7:00 PMSTCN 160 LeRouxFr. Vincent Sekhar attended the University of Madras, and is one of the few Christians to receive a doctorate in Jain religion and philosophy.He has served as the Secretary for Interreligious Dialogue for the Jesuit Conference of South Asia and is Executive Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion, a Ph.D. Research Institute on Comparative Religion & Culture affiliated with the University of Madras. Fr. Sekhar will be joined by Fr. Michael Amaladoss, Director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religion, a well-known Asian theologian and authors of several books and articles about inter-cultural and inter-religious relationships.
“Radical Orthopraxis in Asia: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and Action in the Theravada Countries”
5:30-7:00 PMCasey Commons
After working in Cambodia for two years with disabled victims of war and landmines, In-gun Kang, a Korean Jesuit, received his STL degree in Missiology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In between studies, he worked with college students in Cambodia for three years and learned Khmer language, culture and religion. He received his MA in Pali and Buddhism in Sri Lanka before continuing his doctorate in Buddhism at Heythrop College in London.
In-gun is currently in Cambodia for Tertianship, a Jesuit spiritual program, and leads workshops and seminars for Buddhist-Christian dialogue, his area of research.
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