International Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference for Justice and Peace

The Rosemary Radford Ruether Conference for Justice and Peace—co-sponsored by the Friends of Sabeel—North America (FOSNA), Claremont Area FOSNA, Claremont School of Theology and the women’s studies in religion program at Claremont Graduate University—is scheduled for October 7 at Pilgrim Place’s Decker Hall. Registration for the day-long conference is now open.

Ms. Ruether has had a long and distinguished career as a scholar, teacher and activist in the Roman Catholic Church, and is well known as a pioneer in Christian feminist theology and liberation theology, especially in Palestine and Latin America. She is currently a visiting professor of feminist theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.

Among her 46 books are Faith and Fratricide: The Theological Roots of Anti-Semitism; The Wrath of Jonah: The Crisis of Religious Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-authored with husband Herman (“Herc”), a political scientist; and Integrating Ecofeminism, Globalization, and World Religions.

The conference opening speaker, Jane Douglass, will highlighting Ms. Ruether’s many contributions to feminist and liberation theologies in her talk “The Doors She Opened.”

The one-day conference will feature a banquet and five internationally-known speakers.

Following Ms. Douglass is Mark Braverman, who will discuss “Beyond Christian-Jewish Dialogue: Palestine and the Ecumenical Challenge to the Church.” Mr. Braverman serves on the advisory board of Friends of Sabeel North America and currently serves as program director for Kairos USA, a movement to unify and mobilize American Christians to take a prophetic stance for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.

Donald E. Wagner will then offer “Liberating Theology for a Faithful Path of Resistance in the US and Occupied Palestine.” Mr. Wagner was the national program director for Friends of Sabeel–North America from 2012 to 2016, and is currently a FOSNA Consultant in Theology. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent, Zionism and the Quest for Justice in the Holy Land with Walter T. Davis.

Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), will discuss “A Christian Vision for Justice and Peace.” CMEP is a coalition of 27 national church denominations and organizations including Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. Her several publications about the conflict include the upcoming volume A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives toward the Holy Land. She is also the author of the award-winning Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World.

Naim Ateek, a Palestinian Arab Israeli citizen and Episcopal priest, will discuss “Truth, Courage, and the Prophetic.” He served parishes in Galilee and as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and is the founder of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem.

Information may be found at Cost to attend the full conference and banquet is $80. After September 13, $5 will be added to the registration cost.


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