The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy was delighted to host a number of events across our ACU campuses with Professor Clooney throughout the month of July:
About Professor Francis X Clooney SJ
Professor Francis X Clooney SJ is the global authority on comparative theology. He is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School, and held the position of Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard from 2010 to June 2017. Professor Clooney is also a 2017 Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University.
Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 July 2017 ACU Melbourne Campus
Participants explored new and creative ways of learning from and with other religions, without forsaking their own cherished beliefs and practices. Professor Clooney delivered the keynote address, and was joined by eminent scholars from the Asia-Pacific region who offered insights into the practice of comparative theology from within their respective contexts.
ACU Luminaries Series: Annual Adelaide Public Lecture: From Theology to Worship in Inter-religious Studies
Monday 24 July 2017 ACU Adelaide Campus
Professor Clooney considered the value today of inter-religious study and dialogue. Drawing on his recent work in Hindu-Christian comparative studies, he asked what we might learn from comparative studies in the area of worship, ritual and devotion.
ACU Luminaries Series: Living Interreligiously: Experiences of a Lifetime An interview with Dr Rachael Kohn (ABC Radio National)
Wednesday 26 July 2017 The Peter Cosgrove Centre, ACU North Sydney Campus
Dr Rachael Kohn (The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio National) interviewed Professor Clooney, delving into his lifetime of experiences and learnings through his body of work on comparative theology.
ACU Luminaries Series: Inter-religious Learning in the Papacy of Francis
Thursday 27 July 2017 The Gleeson Auditorium, ACU Strathfield Campus
In this lecture, Professor Clooney explored inter-religious learning – how different faith perspectives can engage and learn from each other while remaining faithful to their own beliefs and practices. Within an increasingly fractured and divided world, an ability to learn about our own faith through relationships with others is a key focus of Pope Francis’ vision of integral human development. Professor Clooney’s much anticipated public lecture considered the question of how we might understand ourselves, and engage with our own faith traditions and perspectives, through learning from and in solidarity with others.