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Catholicism (and Christianity) today is facing increasing questions about its self-understandings and identities as a result of a world increasingly characterized by global flows. These flows are demographic, cultural, intellectual and religious (among others) in nature. They raise questions that have forced theological reflection to take more seriously the issues that surface by faith's encounter with other faiths, with diverse cultures, with varying philosophies and with multiple structures of power.


To all this, theological responses have varied in scope, method and content. However, one thing remains constant: theology done in any part of the world cannot ignore the issues generated and discussed in other parts of the world nor the issues that impact our world as a whole as well as the way in which they affect how we live in the world.


The World Issues Forum in Theology addresses the concerns that arise in our world in terms of their impact on and creation of theologies. The primary goal of the Forum is to privilege texts/ events/ situations that enhance our understanding of the world together with philosophical/ religious/ theological reflections that might help to guide and expand our own reflections.


Wednesday, April 8, 3:15-4:15 PM: Daniel Scheid, TBA

FALL 2014

Wednesday, 11/5: Marinus Iwuchukwu, "Inclusive Religious Pluralism: A Theological Lynchpin Toward Effective Interreligious Dialogue Today."

Thursday, 10/16: Bogdan Bucur, "Eschatology Now: Observations on the Emmaus Story in Luke and Mark's Longer Ending"


February 26: John Kwofie, "I will make of you a great nation" (Gn 12:2): The Place of Keturah and her sons in the Divine Promise to Abraham

March 26: Mary N Getui (Chairperson of the National AIDS Control Council of Kenya), "Theological Perspectives on Women and HIV/AIDS in East Africa."

FALL 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 3:15-4:15 PM
Marinus Iwuchukwu, "Interreligious Friendship: Symbiosis of Human Relationship Vis-à-vis Religious Differences - A Christian Encounter with Two African Traditional Religionists."

Tuesday, November 12, 3:15pm - 4:15 PM

Radu Bordeianu, "Orthodox Models of Christian Unity."


Wednesday, February 27, 3:15-4:15

  • Aaron Mackler, "Understanding the Past and the Future: From Eugenics to Posthumanism"

Wednesday, April 10, 3:15-4:15pm

  • Darlene Weaver, "Conscience and Commitments to Pluralism"


                                  FALL 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 3:15-4:15 pm


  • Gerald Boodoo, "Catholic Education in the Present Caribbean Context: Challenges and Opportunities"

Tuesday, October 23, 3:15-4:15

  • Maureen O'Brien, "Ecumenical and Cultural Intersections in Theological Education: Student Formation and Learning at a School in Transition."
  • Elochukwu Uzukwu, "Spiritan Missionary Project and the God-Question: Indigenous Mediations of the Sacred and the Challenge of Evangelism."



Thursday, February 23, 3:13PM-4:13PM

  • Elochukwu Uzukwu, "Spiritan Missionaries and Impact on African Languages - Contribution to the Wider Ecumenical Project."
  • Sebastian Madathummuriyil, "‘Impact Theologies': Snapshots from India."


Thursday, March 29, 3:13PM-4:13PM

  • Maureen O'Brien, "‘Margins' and ‘Centers' as Theological Constructs: Learning from Asian and Asian-American Sources to Illuminate Lay Ministry."
  • Daniel P. Scheid, "The Cosmic Common Good."




Tuesday, January 18, 3:15-4:15 pm

  • Anna Scheid, "Peace and Reconcilition: Learning from Africa"
  • Elochukwu Uzukwu, "Paths of African Theology"


Tuesday, February 15, 3:15-4:15 pm

  • Aimee Light, "The Pluralist Hypothesis: Peril and Promise"
  • Sebastian Madathummuriyil, "Contemporary Themes and Theologies in India"


Tuesday, March 15, 3:15-4:15pm

  • Marinus Iwuchukwu, "Dialogue of Life and Action as Social Recipe Against Religious Motivated Violence in Northern Nigeria"
  • Daniel Scheid, "Comparative Views on Ecotheology"


Tuesday, April 12, 3:15-4:15pm

  • Elisabeth Vasko, "God, Hybridity, and Identity: Coming to the Table as a White Christian Feminist"
  • Gerald Boodoo, "Theology and Identity: Caribbean Perspectives"