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The newsletter of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church
May 2016

Dear Friends, 

Congratulations to Agnes Brazal and MT Davila for their new book Living With(out) Borders in the CTEWC series.  See the link Below.

MT Davila is enmeshed in last minute details on the forthcoming conference in Bogotá, starting on May 21st.  Pictures and reports in the next issue.

See also the conference that Marquette held: Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century, In memory of Lúcás Chan.  Details about it can be found on my Commonweal blog: 

On the forum, there's a great deal.  Martin Lintner on Conscience in Amoris Laetitia; Petr Stica on Integrating Refugees; Elias O. Opongo on poaching of Elephants and Rhinos; Eric Genilo on the debate on the death penalty in the Philippines; Anthony Egan on the challenges of Amoris Laetitia and, Mary Jo Iozzio on remembering our dead.

Finally Congratulations to Agnes Brazal, Eric Genilo, and Daniel Franklin Pilario on the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines.

Happy Pentecost!


New Publication: Living With(out) Borders

This collection of commissioned essays seeks to deepen contemporary understandings of, and approaches to, immigration, globalization, refugee crises, and the ethical and moral challenges presented by these phenomena. Including some of the leading ethicists in the world, it brings intellectual and theological analysis to bear on issues often removed from the worlds of theology or sustained academic analysis.
Part I: Global Migration: A Sociological Perspective
Contributor: Saskia Sassen
Part II: Human/Cultural Rights of Asylum Seekers/ Refugees and Labor Migrants
Contributors: Maryanne Loughry; Diego Alonso-Lasheras, SJ; Peter Stica; William O'Neill, SJ
Part III: Gendered and Embodied Borders
Contributors: Nancy Pineda-Madrid; Alexandre Andrade Martins, MI; Christine E. Gudorf
Part IV: Cross-Border Marriages and Migrant Families
Contributors: Regina Wentzel Wolfe; Kristin E. Heyer; Gemma Tulud Cruz
Part V: Virtues in the Migration Context
Contributors: Mauricio Alarcón Burbano, SJ; Deogratias M. Rwezaura, SJ; Patrick T. McCormick; Peter C. Phan
Part VI: Theo-anthropological Reflections
Contributors: Prem Xalxo, SJ; Michael Sepidoza Campos; Rafael Luciani; Nontando Hadebe
Part VII: A Future with(out) Borders
Contributors: David Hollenbach, SJ; Marianne Heimbach-Steins

Featured Forum Articles:

Elias O. Opongo, At the brink of extinction! Poaching of Elephants and Rhinos in Africa
Eric Genilo, Restoring the Death Penalty.


Petr Stica, How can Christians contribute to the integration of refugees?

Martin Lintner, The notion of conscience in Amoris Laetitia and its significance for the divorced and remarried.

Marquette Conference in Memory of Rev. Yiu Sing Lúcás Chan, S.J.

For more on the conference see my blog at Commonweal here.
News from North America
By: Kristin Heyer

The North American Regional Committee is convening its third and final session of the "Beyond Trento: North American Moral Theology in a Global Church" interest group at the Catholic Theological Society of America's meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico next month. Please join us Saturday, June 11 at 2:30 p.m. if you are attending the CTSA for the following program: Jeremy V. Cruz from St. John's University (NY) will present "Traversing Merciless American Borders: Transnational Dialogue Between Colonized and Diasporic Peoples" and Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes from Mount Mary University (WI) will present "Our Global Common Humanity: Whose Universals? Whose Particulars? (in Bioethical Discourse)." Kristin Heyer of Boston College will serve as respondent. 
Second Plenary Council of the Philippines

Conference In Slovakia: Responsibility and Conscience in Helping Professions.

Conference Announcements

Doing Asian Theological Ethics
In case you missed it:

in a Cross-cultural and Interreligious Context
This collection is a perfect introduction to Asian Theological Ethics
1.  Shaji George Kochuthara has written to all the 27 contributors to the book and to the 13 members of the Editorial Board.  You will be receiving your copy from him.
2. If you want a complimentary copy to review for a journal, please send your name and address to Toni Ross at toni.ross@bc.edu
Tell her also the name of the journal and when you expect the review would be published.
Ordering Copies
Please see the advertisement immediately below.
If you are from the United States, please disregard the advertisement (we can send it to you for the same price but much more quickly).  We received a shipment here in the US. You can receive the book from Toni Ross for $26 a copy, postage included. 

Please send a check made out to "Jesuit Community at Boston College/CTEWC"
And send it to Toni Ross, Jesuit Institute at Boston College, Faber House, 
102 College Road, Chestnut Hill, MA. 02467
In the advertisement, we are offering DOING ASIAN THEOLOGICAL ETHICS in a Cross-cultural and Interreligious Context  AND LÚCÁS CHAN's Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real at a special Price BUT ONLY IN ASIA.  We cannot sell or distribute the Dharmaram edition of Chan's book outside of Asia.
The Special Price is: India: Rs.420 + Postage and Packing: Rs. 100
Other Countries: US$ 19 +Postage and packing: US$ 17
Outside of Asia, you can order LÚCÁS CHAN's Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes: Biblical Studies and Ethics for Real, through Amazon.

Call for Papers

Relation, Vulnerability, Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century

Call for papers

This conference is organized by research group Anthropos (Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven) in Leuven, 15-17 September 2016.
Keynote speakers/respondents are:
  • Michael Banner (University of Cambridge, UK) / Brian Brock (University of Aberdeen, UK)
  • Luigino Bruni (LUMSA University, Italy) / Maureen O'Connell (LaSalle University, US)
  • Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo (Wake Forrest University, US) / Paul Fiddes (Oxford University, UK)
  • Jan-Olav Henriksen (Norwegian School of Theology, Norway) / Markus Mühling (Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany)
  • Wonhee Anne Joh (Garrett - Evangelical Theological Seminary, US) / Elina Hankela (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Relation, vulnerability, love are three concepts we consider important for a theological anthropology in the 21st century. Moreover, it is a trilogy we read in crescendo. That is, the primacy of relationality leads us to understand vulnerability as a universal human condition that is the condition of possibility for both suffering and flourishing. Love is the Christian notion that indicates the deepest reality of such relationality and vulnerability as well as its eschatological destiny.  A central concern is that these three notions not only indicate or characterize the contentof theological anthropology but also have implications for how theological anthropology is to be done.
Call for papers is open now - DEADLINE May 15, 2016.
For more information, see conference website: https://relationvulnerabilitylove2016.wordpress.com/

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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