Speakers and Session Moderators

Speakers

  • Mary C. Boys, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs / Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary
  • Catherine Cornille, Ph.D., Professor of Comparative Theology / Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, Boston College
  • Peter Feldmeier, Ph.D., Thomas and Margaret Murray & James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies, University of Toledo
  • Sandra Keating, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, Providence College
  • Ruth Langer, Ph.D., Professor of Jewish Studies / Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College
  • Bradley Malkovsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • Anantanand Rambachan, Ph.D., Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Asian Studies, St. Olaf College
  • Mark Unno, Ph.D., Associate Professor of East Asian Religions, University of Oregon
  • Homayra Ziad, Ph.D., Scholar of Islam, Institute of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

 Session Moderators

  • Dominic Longo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology / Director, Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, University of St. Thomas
  • William McDonough, S.T.D., Associate Professor of Theology / Coordinator, M.A. in Theology Program, St. Catherine University
  • Susan Stabile, J.D., Professor of Law / Faculty Fellow for Spiritual Life, University of St. Thomas
  • Ted Ulrich, Ph.D., Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas
mary boys

Mary C. Boys, Ph.D.

Dean of Academic Affairs / Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary

Mary C. Boys is dean of academic affairs and Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, where she has taught for twenty years, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, also in New York City.  She previously served for seventeen years on the faculty of Boston College.  Having received her master's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in a joint program with Union Theological Seminary, Dr. Boys did advanced study at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research in Jerusalem, Israel, and received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Catholic Theological Union, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Gratz College.  She is the author of six books, including Educating in Faith: Maps and Visions (1989), Has God Only One Blessing? Judaism as a Source of Christian Self-Understanding (2000), and Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians (2013).  She also has edited four books and published nearly 100 articles in scholarly and popular journals.  A Seattle native, she has been a member since 1965 of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Catherine Cornille

Catherine Cornille, Ph.D.

Professor of Comparative Theology / Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture, Boston College

Catherine Cornille is professor of comparative theology and chairperson of the theology department at Boston College, where she also holds the Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture.  She earned an M.A. in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in religious studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University of Louvain), Belgium.  Her areas of academic specialization are the theology or religions, comparative theology, interreligious dialogue (with particular emphasis on fundamental and methodological questions), methods in the history and comparative study of religions, and religion and gender.  The founding and managing editor of the book series Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts, Dr. Cornille has, among her many publications, authored The Guru in Indian Catholicism: Ambiguity or Opportunity of Inculturation (1991), Many Mansions? Multiple Religious Belonging and Christian Identity (2002), and The Im-possibility of Interreligious Dialogue (2008), which won the Frederick J. Streng 2010 Book Award for Excellence in Buddhist-Christian Studies; edited A Universal Faith? Peoples, Cultures, Religions and the Christ (1992), Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavadgita (2006), Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue (2009)and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-religious Dialogue (2013); and co-edited The World Market and Interreligious Dialogue (2011), Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change (2012), and Woman and Interreligious Dialogue(2013). 

Peter Feldmeier

Peter Feldmeier, Ph.D.

Thomas and Margaret Murray & James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies, University of Toledo

Peter Feldmeier holds the Thomas and Margaret Murray & James J. Bacik Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University Toledo, where he specializes in Christian spirituality, comparative theology, Buddhism, and Buddhist-Christian dialogue.  Formerly a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, where he was named the Aquinas Scholars Professor of the Year in 2010, Dr. Feldmeier earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Christian spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.  Among his many publications are Christianity Looks East: Comparing the Spiritualties of John of the Cross and Buddhaghosa(2006), The Developing Christian: Spiritual Growth through the Life Cycle (2007), which earned a 2008 Catholic Press Association Award, Encounters in Faith: Christianity in Interreligious Dialogue (2011), The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (2011), co-authored with Leo D. Lefebure, which won the 2011 Frederick J. Streng Book Award for Excellence in Buddhist-Christian Studies, and The God Conflict: Faith in the Faith of the New Atheism (2014).

Sandra Keating

Sandra Keating, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, Providence College

Sandra Keating is associate professor of theology and director of the Development of Western Civilization Program at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. She teaches and publishes in the area of comparative religion with an emphasis on Christian-Muslim relations, particularly focusing on theological exchanges in the early medieval period and the historical background to contemporary issues in interfaith dialogue. She is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Group, and has served as a consultor on the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims. Her recent publications include "'Say Not Three': Some Early Christian Responses to Muslim Questions about the Trinity," The Thomist 74:1 (2010); “Interreligious Dialogue with Muslims: Reflections on Yesterday and Today,” International Journal of African Catholicism, 2:2 (2010); "An Early List of the Ṣifāt Allāh in Abū Rā’iṭa al-Takrītī’s First Risāla ‘On the Holy Trinity,’" Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam 36 (2009); and Defending the "People of Truth" in the Early Islamic Period: The Christian Apologies of Abu Ra'itah (2006).

Ruth Langer

Ruth Langer, Ph.D.

Professor of Jewish Studies / Associate Director, Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, Boston College

Ruth Langer is professor of Jewish studies in the theology department and associate director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College.  She received rabbinic ordination in 1986 and a Ph.D. in Jewish Liturgy in 1994 from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati.  The current chair of the Council of Centers on Christian-Jewish Relations, she has for many years been co-editor of the council’s electronic scholarly journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations.  Dr. Langer is the author of many scholarly articles and book chapters and her own book Cursing the Christians? A History of the Birkat HaMinim (2011) combines her two major scholarly interests: the development of Jewish liturgy and Jewish-Christian relations.  This volume traces the transformations of a Jewish prayer that was, in its medieval forms, a curse of Christians, from its putative origins in the early rabbinic period, through its censorship by the church, into an inoffensive prayer that asks God to rid our world of evil.  Dr. Langer is also the author of To Worship God Properly: Tensions between Liturgical Custom and Halakhah in Judaism (1998), the co-editor of Liturgy in the Life of the Synagogue (2005). 

Bradley Malkovsky

Bradley Malkovsky, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Comparative Theology, University of Notre Dame

Bradley Malkovsky is associate professor of comparative theology at the University of Notre Dame.  In his teaching he focuses on doctrinal and spiritual issues in the relationship of Christianity to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.  He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Tübingen in Germany and he has studied Sanskrit and Hindu thought at the University of Poona in India.  Specializing in the field of Hindu-Christian dialogue, he has been the editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies for thirteen years.  Among his writings are The Role of Divine Grace in the Soteriology of Samkaracarya (2001) and God’s Other Children: Personal Encounters with Faith, Love, and Holiness in Sacred India (2013), for which he won the Huston Smith Publishing Prize.  Huston Smith, one of the world’s preeminent scholars of comparative religion, called God’s Other Children “the most interesting and inspiring book that I have read in a very long time.”  About the same book, the renowned Hindu scholar Anantanand Rambachan said “Malkovsky takes us on a journey that illumines both heart and mind as he invites our own reflection on the significance of our encounters with people of other faiths.”

Anantanand Rambachan

Anantanand Rambachan, Ph.D.

Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Asian Studies, St. Olaf College

Anantanand Rambachan is a professor of religion, philosophy and Asian studies at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, where he has been teaching since 1985.  He earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom and has been deeply involved in interreligious dialogue, especially Hindu-Christian dialogue, for several decades.  He has lectured in many countries and is an active participant in the dialogue program of the World Council of Churches and in consultations of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican.  In April 2008, Professor Rambachan, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, delivered the distinguished Lambeth Lecture at Lambeth Palace, London.  His books include Accomplishing the Accomplished: The Vedas as a Source of Valid Knowledge in Sankara (1991), Gitamrtam: The Essential Teachings of the Bhagavadgita (1993), The Limits of Scripture: Vivkananda’s Reinterpretation of the Vedas (1994), The Hindu Vision (1999), The Advaita Worldview: God, World and Humanity (2006), and A Hindu Theology of Liberation (2014), and he has numerous articles published in scholarly journals as well as a series of commentaries on the Ramayana.  The British Broadcasting Corporation transmitted 25 of his lectures around the world and he has twice delivered the invocation address at the White House Celebration of the Hindu festival of Diwali.

Mark Unno

Mark Unno, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of East Asian Religions, University of Oregon

Mark Unno is associate professor and religious studies advisor in the department of philosophy at the University of Oregon.  He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University and is a specialist is medieval Japanese Buddhism.  He also researches and has published in, among other areas, modern Japanese religious thought, Buddhism and psychotherapy, comparative ethics, comparative religion, and comparative theology, and he has served as an executive board member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.  He is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myōe and the Mantra of Light (2004), a study and translation of the medieval Japanese ritual practice of the Mantra of Light, and more than a dozen scholarly essays in English and Japanese including, “Questions in the Making: A Review Essay of Zen Buddhist Ethics in the Context of Buddhist and Comparative Ethics” in the Journal of Religious Ethics (1999) and “Buddhism, Christianity, and Physics: An Epistemological Turn” inBoundaries of Knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity, and Science, edited by Paul Numrich (2008).  He is also the editor of Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (2006) and a co-editor of Deep Listening, Deep Hearing: Buddhism and Psychotherapies (forthcoming).

Homayra Ziad

Homayra Ziad, Ph.D.

Scholar of Islam, Institute of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies

Homayra Ziad is the first Muslim scholar on the staff of the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland. She was formerly assistant professor of religion at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving her first degree from Bryn Mawr, she earned a doctorate in Islamic Studies from Yale University with a focus on Indo-Persianate Islamic traditions and the history of Sufism. She is deeply involved in interreligious education and training, as well as local, national and international interfaith initiatives and educational outreach on Islam. She is co-founder and co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group and on the editorial team for the Palgrave series Interreligious Studies in Theory and Practice. Her research tries to avoid easy dichotomies, and deals with individual figures and movements that cross discursive boundaries. She is working on two books. The first looks at the interplay of religion and literary aesthetics in the consolidation of the Urdu/Hindavi literary tradition in North India, through the work of the eighteenth-century Sufi theologian and poet Khwajah Mir Dard. The second is a popular work on Islam and humor. Her scholarly interests include Sufi theory and practice, theologies of pluralism, Qur’anic hermeneutics, and religion and humor. She has published in both academic and popular venues. Her academic work has appeared in the Oxford Journal of Islamic Studies,The Muslim WorldThe Annual of Urdu Studies, and the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and she has contributed chapters to several edited volumes.