April 2018 Symposium on Homelessness

April 2018 Symposium on Homelessness: Center Scholar Presentations

The Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs held its second symposium on homelessness and the affordable housing crisis on April 25-27, 2018. Over the course of the three days, Center scholars presented their research projects.  This research will appear in a collected volume edited by Center Director Manuel Mejido and published by Fordham University Press.

April 25, 2018

Session 1: 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The role of faith-based organizations in San Antonio's Haven for Hope

Jim Spickard
University of Redlands

Prosperity theology and the criminalization of homelessness

Michael Fisher, Jr.
Vanderbilt University

Session 2: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Exploring the “offensive wisdom” of homeless individuals in the nation’s capital

Sathianathan Clarke
Wesley Theological Seminary

Muslim organizational responses to homelessness in the United States

Nancy Khalil
Yale University

Session 3: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

An ethical analysis of homelessness and the prison industrial complex in Milwaukee

Shawnee Daniels-Sykes
Mount Mary University


April 26, 2018

Session 4: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Headshot of Center Scholar John Coleman, SJ
Social service, citizenship activism and faith-based responses to homelessness

John Coleman, SJ
Loyola Marymount University

Headshot of Center Scholar María Teresa (MT) Dávila
Integral development and the soulwork of homeless ministries

María Teresa (MT) Dávila
Andover Newton Theological School

Session 5: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

The medieval Kabbalah as a resource for interfaith discourses on homelessness

Jeremy Brown
University of San Francisco

Reading the City of God in Revelation 21 with undocumented homeless Latinas/os

Roberto Mata
Santa Clara University

Session 6: 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Exploring interfaith initiatives to address homelessness in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Heru Prakosa, SJ
Sanata Dharma University

Oral narratives of caring for homeless individuals in Tokyo’s St. Ignatius Church

David Slater
Sophia University

April 27, 2018

Session 7: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Faith-based responses at the intersection of race and homelessness in the Bay Area

Laura Stivers
Dominican University of California

A survey of faith-based public health models in Seattle

Lauren Lawson
Seattle University

Session 8: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Coast Salish spiritual resources for addressing homelessness

Bruce Miller
University of British Columbia

An ethnography of the spirituality of Seattle’s “street kids”

Paul Blankenship
Graduate Theological Union