Interfaith dialogue events

ACU staff are invited to engage in interfaith dialogue this month, with various events featuring distinguished international speakers.  Attend the ACU International Theological Conference 'Paths to Dialogue in our Age' or participate in the Catholic-Jewish Forum and explore new paths that can contribute to the wellbeing of humanity in our age.  

ACU International Theological Conference – ‘Paths to Dialogue in our Age’
The ACU International Theological Conference will be held in Melbourne from May 26-29.  Hear distinguished speakers from around the world as they explore new paths that can contribute to the wellbeing of humanity in our age.

Speakers participating in the conference include Professor 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, Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue; Rev. Gerald O'Collins SJ, Professor Emeritus, Pontifical 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; and Dr Deborah Weissman, president, International Council of Christians and Jews, Jerusalem.

For information on the four-day conference program or to register, visit www.acu.edu.au/interfaithconference .
ACU staff are also invited to participate in the opening night of the conference on May 26. This is a free event which includes a public lecture on Vatican II and Catholic-Muslim Dialogue by Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald and Professor Zeki Saritoprak.

The event will be held in Mercy Lecture Theatre, ACU Melbourne, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, from 4pm. Please RSVP to cid@acu.edu.au or 9953 3920, and indicate the number of guests.
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 A Catholic-Jewish Encounter – ‘The Whys and Wherefores of Dialogue’

This forum will take the form of a lively conversation between Professor John Pawlikowski OSM, Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Rabbi John Levi, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, on contemporary religious and social issues in the context of interfaith relations.

Dr John Levi was the first Australian-born ordained rabbi and a pioneer in Australian ethnic broadcasting and has written several books on Jews in Australia and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.  Professor Pawlikowski was the president of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews and served on the board of directors of the Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions.

The forum will be facilitated by Professor John D'Arcy May and Rabbi Fred Morgan, both professorial fellows of ACU's Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. Come with your friends and contribute to the dialogue. Following the discussion, Professor Pawlikowski will be awarded an honorary doctorate from ACU by Pro-Chancellor Mr Ted Exell.

Event details:
Tuesday May 20 from 7 – 8.15pm
Mercy Lecture Theatre, ACU Melbourne, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
To attend, please RSVP to cid@acu.edu.au or 9953 3920, and indicate the number of guests.