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Spring Meeting 2016

April 1-2, 2016

Theology of Animals

Classroom B at Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), Berkeley, California

NOTE: Paper sessions are held in the same classroom as the last meeting (and just down the hall from Tucson room where previous meetings were held).


Friday, Apr 1
1:30-2pm - Arrival and Registration
2-5 pm - Paper Session
5-7 pm - Business Meeting, Social Time, Dinner
7-8:30 pm - Public Lecture, R. Daren Erisman (GTU)
"Seeking a New Narrative for Christians and Muslims"
Note: The public lecture is held in the Tucson Room.

Saturday, Apr 2
9–9:30 am - Continental Breakfast
9:30 am-noon - Paper Session


Papers for this meeting investigate a theology of animals.

Update on March 6, 2016: We swapped the sessions with Herman Waetjen and Purushottama Bilimoria to accommodate a couple of scheduling conflicts, so this web page is an updated version of some earlier emailed and printed versions of the schedule.

Paper Session - Friday, April 1, 2-5 pm

Marilyn Matevia (GTU)

Paper: "Welcoming Animals: Extending Christian Hospitality to Fellow Creatures" (pdf, doc)
Respondent: Ann Woods (GTU)

Herman Waetjen (SFTS)

Paper: "The Relation between Humans and Nonhuman Animals: Justice for Animals in Community with Humans according to the Biblical Tradition of Creation and Jewish Apocalypticism" (pdf, doc)
Respondent: Lisa Fullam (JST)

Public Lecture - Friday, 7-8:30 pm

R. Daren Erisman (GTU)

"Seeking a New Narrative for Christians and Muslims"
Daren Erisman explores the overlapping Muslim and Christian narratives that have significantly shaped the world and continue to influence the events of today. With an MA in Islamic studies, a PhD in Systematic Theology and years of working with Christian and Muslim communities, Erisman shows the key points of contact that shape today’s news as well as the theological intersections that provide a hopeful future. The theological “siblings” of Christianity and Islam have the resources to not only depower extremism in its various forms, but to build together bridges between themselves and a world that desperately needs a word of peace and hope—a new narrative.

Paper Session - Saturday, April 2, 9:30 am-noon

Purushottama Bilimoria (GTU)

Paper: "Animal Justice and Moral Mendacity" (pdf, docx)
Respondents: Scott & Bartleby MacDougall (CDSP)

Mary Ashley  (GTU)

Paper: "In Communion with God’s Sparrow:  Incorporating Animal Agency into Catholic Social Teaching" (pdf, docx)
Respondent: Brian Green (SCU)

You may register at the meeting or online via the PCTS registration page.