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The Institute for the Study of
 Religions and Cultures
with the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies

in collaboration with
Georgetown University, Washington DC
The Cardinal Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College
Sacred Heart University, Fairfield CT

International Conference

 Nostra Aetate Today:
Reflections 40 Years after Its Call for a New Era of Interreligious Relationships 

Pontifical Gregorian University 25 - 28 september 2005

Plenary sessions were focused on the way in which people of various faiths have come to a new understanding of their own tradition through engagement with another tradition. Successive days were concentrated on Jewish-Christian relations, on Christian relations with the religious traditions of Asia, and on Muslim-Christian relations.

Each evening, according to that day’s focus, a panel assesd the progress made in the 40 years since Nostra Aetate, and proposed future directions.

Plenary speakers included:
Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, Adele Reinhartz, John Pawlikowski, Anantanand Rambachan, Anand Amaladass, Asanga Tilakaratne, James L. Fredericks, Mona Siddiqui and Christiaan van Nispen.

The afternoons  offered concurrent sessions, providing various panels or individual papers. Participants were able to choose according to their area of interest.

Panels included: The implications of Nostra Aetate for christology and soteriology • The historical and dialogical significance of Nostra Aetate • Biblical studies and Jewish-Christian relations • The implications of Nostra Aetate for liturgy  education• Religious pluralism and public policy • Theologies of religious pluralism • Indian dialogical paradigms • Building a different future through education • The influence of the “other” on Jewish and Christian identity • Buddhists and Christians in dialogue • Monastic interreligious dialogue • Identity, otherness, and communication • Muslims and Christians in dialogue • Dialogue project reports • Theological perspectives on Nostra Aetate.


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