Theology Without Borders

Celebrating the Legacy of Peter C. Phan

World-renowned Georgetown professor Peter Phan has spent his career exploring a range of theological questions, and the two-day "Theology Without Borders" event will celebrate his influence and legacy. Featured panelists will address some of the most significant challenges Phan's scholarly work has examined: How should we understand religious pluralism and how does it benefit society? How do we best live out our religious identities and beliefs while engaging in interreligious dialogue and cooperation? What have been the historic contributions of Catholicism to social justice and what are the most pressing challenges facing Church and world alike today? How does religion treat matters of death and the soul? How should we best understand how Christian communities across the globe have emerged as a truly global church of diverse churches? 

Phan was born in Vietnam and emigrated as a refugee to the United States in 1975. Presently, he is Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University and is the founding director of the Graduate Studies Program in Theology and Religious Studies. Prior to his role at Georgetown, he served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and taught at a variety of universities. In 2010, Phan was awarded the John Courtney Murray Award for outstanding achievements in theology, and in 2015, he was elected president of the American Theological Society. To date, Phan has authored and edited over 30 books. A range of expert panelists at the "Theology Without Borders" event will discuss this impressive body of work, and the conference will conclude with a response from Peter Phan, followed by audience Q&A.

Thursday, March 30

4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Welcome and Introduction
Thomas Banchoff, Georgetown University

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Part I: Being Religious Interreligiously
John Borelli, Georgetown University
Debora Tonelli, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Break

5:15 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. | Part II: The Joys of Religious Pluralism
Keith Ward, Oxford University and Heythrop College, London
Dale Irvin, New York Theological Seminary
Chester Gillis, Dean of the College, Georgetown University

6:00 p.m. - 6.45 p.m. | Q&A

6:45 p.m. | Reception

Friday, March 31

9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Matters of Life and Death: Social Thought and Eschatology
Christina Astorga, University of Portland
David Hollenbach, Georgetown University
Alan Mitchell, Georgetown University
Brian Doyle, Marymount University

11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Coffee

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. |  | World Christianities: the Emergence of a Truly Global Church 
Jose Casanova, Georgetown University 
Jonathan Tan, Case Western Reserve University 
Anh Tran, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Lunch

2:00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. | Peter C. Phan and Debates within Contemporary Catholicism 
Charles E. Curran, Southern Methodist University 
Brian Flanagan, Marymount University
Daniel Madigan, Georgetown University
Gerard Mannion, Georgetown University 

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Coffee

4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Theology Without Borders: Assessing the Legacy of Peter Phan
John O’Malley, Georgetown University
William Loewe, Catholic University of America
Leo Lefebure, Georgetown University

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Response and General Q&A with Peter C. Phan

5:40 p.m. | Reception

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