Religious Scapegoating: Is it necessary?
I grew up in a moderate Protestant community in conservative Texas. I often heard anti-Catholic remarks like, “they promote superstition; they aren’t real Christians” (thankfully not at my church). Perhaps some fundamentalist and nativist Texans felt a need to distinguish their kind of Christianity from other believers, but was it necessary to do it by scapegoating?
Recently, I visited a significant…
Reformation Commemoration and Polemics in Art
Outstanding Reformation Conference at Yale Divinity School this week–with historians and theologians who dared to inquire about the Reformation’s impact today. During the Conference, Yale unveiled an historic Portrait of Reformers patterned after 1640’s lithographs common in England and the Netherlands. Recent restoration unveils Catholic opponents at foot of the table who confess: “The Candle is lighted, and we cannot…
Best Bibliography of Ecumenism in the Country
The Bibliographies about Ecumenism have been updated through June 2017. This is the finest annotated bibliography on the topic in the U.S., and we hope students, faculty, and the public will use it to keep up on the latest scholarship. Our thanks to Dr. Mitzi Budde of Virginia Theological Seminary for providing this invaluable resource.
Link to http://washtheocon.org/resources/
Faculty Event with Smithsonian Archivist in Religion April 19
Wednesday, April 19, 11 am – noon (optional lunch following)
at the Smithsonian Museum of American History (meeting room)
National Mall at Constitution Ave and 14th St. NW in D.C.
(near Federal Triangle Metro Stop)
Presentation: “Objects of Devotion: Religion in America at the Smithsonian”
RSVP: [email protected] or call 202-832-2675
No charge, optional lunch at restaurant will be covered.
Thanks to Dr. Mitzi Budde and…
Spring Sermon Slam is Here! April 1
Join students from all the Consortium Schools for food, drink, fellowship and some of the finest young preachers in the region! Preachers from each of the schools will share a short sermon on a theme, then draw a random passage from a hat, and deliver an impromptu mini-sermon… Be moved, cheer, vote for your favorites!… and share a great…
Eastern Christian Seminary joins Consortium!
We have a new member and partner in the Consortium! The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of St’s. Cyril and Methodius (in Pittsburgh) was accepted as a new member at the February WTC Board meeting, and they will officially join us as a “satellite member” as of July 1 (in time for fall cross-registration!). The school brings faculty in the Byzantine…
Say “Ramadan Mubarek” or “Happy Ramadan” to a neighbor
When you see a Muslim neighbor at work, the market, or on the sidewalk, consider a simple wish of good-will this month: “Ramadan Mubarak (Moo-baa-rak)!” which means “Ramadan’s Blessings to you!” “Happy Ramadan” also captures the spirit of this most holy of holidays, when Muslims fast all day, pray more fervently, and increase acts of charity . The midsummer,…
Mannion and Hopper address Friends’ Reception
Special thanks to all who attended the Annual Friend’s Event at the Georgetown University Riggs Library on April 19. Fr. Leon Hopper, SJ gave us an overview of the mission of the Jesuits and the legacy of the Woodstock Library theologicla collection, which continues to serve the University and the wider community. Dr. Gerard Mannion gave us highlights…
International Students Event April 1 @ VTS
We are delighted to invite international students studying at Consortium schools to join us at VTS for an afternoon and evening with Dr. Jehu H. Hanciles. Dr. Hanciles is Associate Professor of World Christianity at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Join other international students for a wonderful event of worship, fellowship and dinner! (come for any part or all…
Testament to Muslim-Christian Partnership
The seventh annual Alwani event for Muslim Christian dialogue included engaging addresses on interfaith relations in Africa by Dr. Sulayman Nyang of Howard University and Dr. Kwasi Kuakye-Nuako of the Howard School of Divinity. There were also moving prayers for the life and work of Dr. Taha Al-Alwani, who had recently passed away, by Rev. Lobenstine and Imam Adam. A…