Medicine is a genuine ministry. All one need to do is to read the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles to know that the ministry of Jesus and his early disciples was a ministry of preaching and healing. Similarly, St. Francis of Assisi and the early friars preached in city squares and cared for lepers. Yet, while much has been written about the spirituality of patients coping with illness, little attention has been paid to the spirituality of being a health care professional.
“IN GOOD FAITH: Jews, Christians, and Muslims Sharing Perspectives on Issues that Matter to Our Faith Communities and to Our World” is an initiative of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in partnership with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies.
What does it mean to be Catholic? Is it about loyalty to the pope? To bishops? To particular doctrines like Mary’s Immaculate Conception or Transubstantiation? While these things certainly are a part of Catholic faith, what this lecture will suggest is that being Catholic rests ultimately on something much more foundational. This is the principle of “sacramentality,” the conviction that what we know and experience in our everyday lives gives us a glimpse of what God is really like.
Professor Cherif Bassiouni, one of the country's foremost experts on the political and social context of the Middle East, will provide a briefing on the context and significance of the dramatic and unprecedented events that have been taking place the past few months in this key region of the world. Professor Bassiouni is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at DePaul University and has been enlisted by our government and the United Nations to take on a number of sensitive and important missions in that part of the world.
Amidst a struggle against extremists in various communities, religious diversity and the need for coexistence are among the central features of life in modern society. Can contemporary Jews develop a theology of other religions that is both faithful to the Jewish tradition and respectful towards the beliefs and practices of others? What resources exist that could inform such an approach?
On two previous occasions (Berlin, 1994, and Nashville, 2000), Prof. Jacobs addressed the question of Christology in relation to the Holocaust/Shoah, both of which have since been published. Though alluded to in both, neither presentation nor published versions addressed the one remaining question which remains at the heart of the Jewish-Christian dialogue, namely “Who is this Christ in relation to the Jews?” This lecture will examine the concept of Christology from a Judaic perspective in an attempt to answer the following questions:
What does ecology have to do with Pentecost? Why is Benedict XVI known as "The Green Pope"? How can Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Environmental Ethics help us find our way in an environmentally threatened world?
Catholic Theological Union's observance of International Women's Day included a presentation by Dianne Bergant, Steve Bevans, and Maria Clara Bingemer titled "Female and Male Equally Created in God's Image and Likeness."
This lecture examines Hebraic and later Jewish understandings of the love commandment as first set down in Leviticus 19:18. It explores several questions. What is the meaning of the commandment in its biblical context? How was it interpreted in the later rabbinic tradition? And how do its interpretations and applications compare with those found in the New Testament? We will see that these questions yield complex answers and significant disagreements, but the disagreements within each tradition, Judaism and Christianity, are greater than the disagreements between them.
IN GOOD FAITH: Jews, Christians, Muslims sharing perspectives on issues that matter to our faith communities and to our world is an initiative of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union in partnership with First Analysis Institute of Integrative Studies.