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Asian and Pacific Islander Initiative Spring Lecture

Asian and Pacific Islander Initiative Spring Lecture

Thursday, April 4, 2019
“The (Holy) Spirit as the Foundation of  Religious Pluralism in the Asian Context” Dr. Peter C. Phan Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of  Catholic Social Thought, Georgetown University This lecture seeks a common foundation for interreligious dialogue, especially in Asia.  The first part reviews the six attempts at articulating a common foundation for dialogue among religions, namely, church, Christ, God, reign of God, the Holy Spirit, and indigenous religions. While all of these foundations have advantages, they also hamper real interreligious dialogue as a genuine interaction among believers of different religions productive of shared life, collaboration for the common good, advancement toward a deeper understanding, and shared spirituality. The second part elaborates an Asian “pneumatology,” or more precisely an understanding of God as Spirit who manifests Godself in many different “spirits” drawing on some documents of the Federation of The Asian Bishops’ Conferences. The concluding part seeks to relate this concept of God as Spirit to the concept of Qi. About Dr. Phan Peter C. Phan holds the Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He was the first non-Anglo to be elected President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Phan obtained three doctorates and was also Learn more »
12th Annual John E. Boswell Lecture with Dr. Johari Jabir

12th Annual John E. Boswell Lecture with Dr. Johari Jabir

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Peace Be Still: Rev. James Cleveland and The Paradox of Peace in the Modern Civil Rights Movement Rev. James Cleveland was a singer, pianist, composer, conductor, preacher, pastor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Gospel Music Workshop (GMWA). Cleveland’s 1963 release, Peace Be Still is a song about peace but it is not a peaceful song. In his talk, Dr. Johari Jabir, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will use this paradox and its Civil Rights context to historicize the queerness in Black working class religious culture. Popular memory of Rev. Cleveland is mired in the public secret of his sexuality. Yet, Cleveland’s legacy is larger than his identity as it offers to us lessons of accompaniment, and a sankofa spirituality in the service of social medicine. A reception will follow Dr. Jabir’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for any lecture updates.   Learn more »

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12th Annual John E. Boswell Lecture with Dr. Johari Jabir
Peace Be Still: Rev. James Cleveland and The Paradox of Peace in the Modern Civil Rights Movement Rev. James Cleveland was a singer, pianist, composer, conductor, preacher, pastor, entrepreneur, and founder of the Gospel Music Workshop (GMWA). Cleveland’s 1963 release, Peace Be Still is a song about peace but it is not a peaceful song. In his talk, Dr. Johari Jabir, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will use this paradox and its Civil Rights context to historicize the queerness in Black working class religious culture. Popular memory of Rev. Cleveland is mired in the public secret of his sexuality. Yet, Cleveland’s legacy is larger than his identity as it offers to us lessons of accompaniment, and a sankofa spirituality in the service of social medicine. A reception will follow Dr. Jabir’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for any lecture updates.   Learn more »