Welcome to the FIRST

The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
 
A Tale of Two Cities:
Bangalore and Bogotá
March 2016

Dear Friends,
 
We are in between two cities.  Shaji George Kochuthara and I just finished the papers from the Bangalore Conference.  We think we have the finest collection of essays on Contemporary Asian Theological Ethics.  Take a look at our cover!  Next month we will post the order form for this great collection.

In May MT Davila together with Alberto Munera and Maria Isabel Gil Espinosa host our conference in Bogotá, Hacia Una Ética de Participación y Esperanza.  With more than 80 ethicists enrolled from 16 countries, we will be posting in April our program.

In our Forum Sharon Bong writes about our common home in the time of Zika, Peter Knox about teaching environmental ethics, Julie Clague writes on Catholics and same sex unions (Check the statistics!!!), Miguel Sanchez on Pope Francis' visit to Mexico, and Michael Jaycox (WELCOME TO THE FORUM, MICHAEL) on the anniversary of the shameful internment of Japanese Americans 74 years ago.

See the good news in the Reports from Latin America and North America.

Australia's Dan Fleming writes to us about a Conference on Moral Education at Harvard University (see below) that he, Ronaldo Zacharias, and I are presenting at. Anyone else interested?  Information below.

Finally, have you written on the Pope and Zika?  To start things off, here is my take on the pope's famous comments: http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/pope-francis-zika-and-contraception

Send us your copy and we will have a ZIKA depository on the site thanks to Claudio.  

Happy Lent, Happy, Easter.

Jim

The Bangalore Conference




We will have a form to order the book in the next FIRST. 
The Bogotá Conference
Primer Congreso de Ética Teológical: Hacia Una Ética de Participación y Esperanza
A sólo tres meses y medio de esta gran reunión tenemos confirmados a mas de 80 personas de 16 países de América Latina y el Caribe. Temas a discutirse incluyen ética ambientalista, bioética, el mercado y la sociedad, el Sínodo de la Familia, asuntos de la mujer, y transparencia y política. Además de los temas a tratarse en mesas de trabajo y en paneles, también tendremos paneles de voces nacionales donde representantes de diferentes paises traerán a relucir retos particulares al quehacer de la ética desde su contexto. Los países confirmados hasta ahora son:
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estados Unidos
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Peru
Puerto Rico
Republica Dominicana
Uruguay
Venezuela

First Latin American Conference in Theological Ethics: Toward an Ethic of Participation and Hope
Roughly three months from this great conference we have confirmed over 80 participants from 16 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. Topics to be discussed by participants include bioethics, the market and society, environmental ethics, women's issues, the Synod on the Family, and transparency and politics, among others. In addition to having these topics discussed in working groups and panel presentations, there will also be panels for national voices where some participants will present on particular challenges to the tasks of theological ethics from their context. The countries we have confirmed thus far are:
Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estados Unidos
Honduras
Mexico
Nicaragua
Peru
Puerto Rico
Republica Dominicana
Uruguay
Venezuela

Featured Forum Articles:
Sharon A. Bong, 'Caring for our common home.'

Peter Knox S.J., Teaching Environmental Ethics in Africa.

Julie Clague,  Number crunching: Catholics and same-sex unions.



New from Latin America
By: MT Davila
Noticias de América Latina

Argentina:
Felicitamos a Pablo Blanco, miembro del comité de planificación para el área de América Latina, por su ascenso a profesor al haber terminado la carrera de profesorado en Enseñanza Media y Ciencia Política de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.

News from Latin America
Argentina:
We congratulate Pablo Blanco, member of the planning committee for the Latin American region, on his promotion to professor, having completed the course of study for the professorship in Middle Education and Political Science at the University of Buenos Aires.

News from North America
By: Kristin Heyer
The North American regional committee is pleased to welcome several new members as well as new co-chairs: joining the committee are Victor Carmona of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX; Bill O'Neill, SJ, of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, CA; and Anna Floerke Scheid of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Anna will serve as co-chair of the committee with current member Tobias Winright of St. Louis University. Together with continuing members Christine Firer Hinze, Bryan Massingale and Christopher Vogt the expanded committee looks forward to helping integrate new CTEWC initiatives such as the Asian book series into the North American context and spearheading the region's contributions to and participation in the 2018 international conference.

We will be updating our website to reflect these changes in time for the next FIRST.
Save The Date: 
The 42
nd Association for Moral Education Annual Conference
December 8-11, 2016

Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, USA, December 8 through 11, 2016. In partnership with Tufts University. 
Conference website:  http://ameconference2016.org 

The Conference theme will be: Civic engagement: a cultural revolution? The expanding definitions of 'civic' participation, their intersections with ethics, and the implications for education.

The challenges and innovations in civic engagement in and beyond formal education are gaining worldwide attention, as has become increasingly evident in recent AME meetings.  There are interesting links, synergies and dialogues among civics, ethics and moral development, including the significance of new media.


We are delighted to announce that the Kohlberg Memorial Lecture will be given by Dr Danielle Allen. Danielle Allen is Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and professor in Harvard's Department of Government and Graduate School of Education. She is a political theorist who has published broadly in democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Widely known for her work on justice and citizenship, and recently on civic and social media, Dr Allen is the author of numerous books. She ia member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.


There will also be plenary sessions on the theme of the Conference with contributions from distinguished international scholars in the field




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