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Journal of Ecumenical Studies JES continues as the premier publisher of scholarly articles in the field of dialogue across lines of religious difference.

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Check out the Fall 2017 issue, now available after some unexpected delays! University of Pennsylvania Press Dialogue Ins...
02/28/2018
JES Volume 52 (2017)

Check out the Fall 2017 issue, now available after some unexpected delays! University of Pennsylvania Press Dialogue Institute

Interreligious, interfaith, intercultural, interideological dialogue programs and training dialogue principles journal of ecumenical studies

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01/31/2018
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We are thrilled to officially introduce the Swidler Legacy Circle, in honor of Professor Leonard Swidler (who turned 89 earlier this month), and in memory of his late wife, Arlene!

So grateful for all of our Founding Members! Thank you for your generous support of #dialogue and your commitment to help steward this critical work - through both the #Dialogue Institute and Journal of #Ecumenical Studies - well into the future.

Look out for JES 52.2, out soon! The issue features a special section from the North American Academy of Ecumenists 2016...
07/12/2017
NAAE 2017

Look out for JES 52.2, out soon! The issue features a special section from the North American Academy of Ecumenists 2016 Conference commemorating the Reformation. The issue considers the Reformation, its divisive effects on Christianity, and the possibility of moving toward a more united future. Registration for the NAAE 2017 Conference is open now!

https://naae.net/site/

that all may be one

The Winter 2017 issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies is all about Religious Pluralism. Find the full text on Proje...
05/25/2017

The Winter 2017 issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies is all about Religious Pluralism. Find the full text on Project Muse and the table of contents below. For subscription info, go to jes.pennpress.org.

Part 1: Thinking Together on Religious Pluralism

"Truth or Truths—How Does This Fit in a World of Religious Plurality?" by Hans Ucko
"Religion and Plurality—Central Theological Issues in the Christian Faith" by S. Wesley Ariarajah
"Judaism and Pluralism" by Tikva Frymer-Kensky
"The Significance of the Hindu Doctrine of Ishtadeva for Understanding Religious Pluralism" by Anantanand Rambachan
"Jesus the Christ—The Only Way to God and to Human Flourishing" by M. Thomas Thangaraj

Part 2: Thinking Together on Religion and Violence

"Introduction to the Theme, 'Religion and Violence'" by Hans Ucko
"Religion and Violence: A Protestant Christian Perspective" by S. Wesley Ariarajah
"Islam and Violence Revisited" by A. Rashied Omar
"Elements of Violence and Nonviolence in Judaism: A Contemporary Israeli Perspective" by Deborah Weissman

Part 3: Thinking Together on the Other

"The Coexistence of Violence and Nonviolence in Hinduism" by Anantanand Rambachan
"The Other Is a Significant Other" by Hans Ucko
"No Longer Strangers or Aliens: 'Otherness' as a Binding to Be Loosed in Christian Tradition" by Jay T. Rock
"The South African Indian Experience as the Other" by Ravin Ramdass
"In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Caring: Polishing the Mirror—Notes toward a Muslim Theory of Change" by Rabia Terri Harris
"Do Others Exist?: Buddhist Perspectives on 'The Other'" by Rita M. Gross
"Who Is the Other?: An Indian Christian Perspective" by M. Thomas Thangaraj
"Creating Space for the Non-Buddhist in Sri Lanka: A Buddhist Perspective on the Other" by Mahinda Deegalle
"Tribalism with a Human Face" by Deborah Weissman
"From Xenophobia to Philoxenia: Creating Space for the Other in Our Religious Traditions and in Life Together" by Anantanand Rambachan

Book Reviews
History of the World Christian Movement by Dale T. Irvin, Scott W. Sunquist, and: Faith and Order in the U.S.A.: A Brief History of Studies and Relationships by William A. Norgren (review) by Timothy T. N. Lim
Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church by Paul Valliere (review) by Timothy T. N. Lim
The Meeting of Opposites? Hindus and Christians in the West by Andrew Wingate, and: Jesus and Buddha: Friends in Conversation by Paul Knitter, Roger Haight (review) by Erik J. Ranstrom

https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/36156

In his introduction to the special section on "Theology without Walls" in JES 51.4 (Fall 2016), author Jerry L. Martin e...
03/17/2017
Project MUSE - What Is Theology without Walls?

In his introduction to the special section on "Theology without Walls" in JES 51.4 (Fall 2016), author Jerry L. Martin explains, "If the aim of theology is to understand ultimate reality as fully as possible and if evidence about and insight into that Reality are not limited to a single tradition, then what is needed is a 'theology without walls'—without confessional boundaries, without blinders, as it were. That does not mean that we do not stand somewhere but that our sense of our goal is not limited to where we stand at the outset."

Read more in "What Is Theology without Walls?" (and the full issue) on Project Muse. Jerry L. Martin is the coordinator of the Theology Without Walls project at the American Academy of Religion.

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/648075

This essay introduces reflections by leading theologians with diverse perspectives on a “research program” in constructive theology that draws on revelations, epiphanies, and enlightenments from multiple religious traditions. If the aim of theology is to understand ultimate reality as fully as possi...

02/13/2017
Project MUSE - Shoulder to Shoulder with American Muslims: What the Interreligious Community Is Doing to Combat Anti-Muslim Bigotry in America

What is the interreligious community doing to combat Islamophobia? In "Shoulder to Shoulder with American Muslims", Catherine Orsborn of the Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign explains how the organization works on national and local levels to address anti-Muslim bigotry in its many manifestations in American society. Check out the article on Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/627336

While anti-Muslim bigotry has been on the rise in the United States in the last decade, it reached a particular peak in American public discourse in 2010, with the debates over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” the hype around the Murfreesboro mosque in Tennessee, and the threat to burn the Qur’an...

The theme for JES 51.4 (Fall 2016) was "Theology without Walls." Check out the full table of contents in the image below...
02/10/2017

The theme for JES 51.4 (Fall 2016) was "Theology without Walls." Check out the full table of contents in the image below!

Article Spotlight: In "'Our Loyalties Must Become Ecumenical': Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Pluralist Theologian," Prof...
02/06/2017

Article Spotlight: In "'Our Loyalties Must Become Ecumenical': Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Pluralist Theologian," Professor Roy Whitaker argues that “theologian” and “pluralist” are contested categories in religious-studies scholarship to such a degree that the pluralist theologies of people of color have been thwarted from many ecumenical discourses. Whitaker examines Martin Luther King's pluralist theology, saying that King preached that Christian and non-Christian traditions provided resources for sharing and learning—especially for ethical values. Check out the article on Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/635642! Get access to all our articles through jes.pennpress.org.

02/06/2017

The Summer 2016 of JES was all about interreligious dialogue and working together across faiths. Check out the table of contents below:

EDITORIAL:
"Religion: Fading or Flourishing?" by Leonard Swidler

ARTICLES:
"Responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision from a September, 2015, Gathering of the North American Academy of Ecumenists"
"Renewing the Church as a Community of Hope: The German Catholic Church Confronts the Shoah" by Janice A. Thompson
"Interrogating the Approaches of Christian-Muslim Encounters
in West Africa Cosmas" by Ebo Sarbah
"Going beyond Nostra Aetate: The Way Forward for Interreligious Dialogue" SimonMary Asese Aihiokhai
"'Our Loyalties Must Become Ecumenical': Martin Luther King, Jr., as a Pluralist Theologian" by Roy Whitaker

02/01/2017
Project MUSE - Combating Islamophobia

"[T]he Japanese internment camps during World War II provide a stark reminder of how fear often drives us in directions we later come to regret. If we are not careful, current attitudes in some circles toward American Muslims could drive us in that same direction." - Douglas M. Johnston in his article "Combating Islamophobia" (JES 51.2).

https://muse.jhu.edu/article/627328

Since September 11, 2001, the phenomenon known as “Islamophobia” has swept across the United States, reflecting the growing concern among many Americans that practitioners of the Muslim faith are fundamentally irrational, intolerant, and violent and that Islam has become inconsistent with the Americ...

02/01/2017
Project MUSE - Anti-Islam Discourse in the United States in the Decade after 9/11: The Role of Social Conservatives and Cultural Politics

Article Spotlight: In Anti-Islam Discourse in the United States in the Decade after 9/11: The Role of Social Conservatives and Cultural Politics," Professor David D. Belt traces Islamophobia in the years following 9/11 and examines the ways conservatives "opportunistically seized the topic of Islam as yet another platform upon which to advance their ongoing struggle against their domestic political rivals, the Democrats and the Left more broadly." Find the Muse link to the article here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/627332

In the decade following the attacks of September 11, 2001, a significant segment of U.S. religious and social conservatives more broadly classified not just al-Qaeda but the entire religion of Islam as a security threat, thereby countering the prevailing professional consensus and White House policy...

JES Issue 51.2 (Spring 2016) is a special issue on Islamophobia. Articles feature discussions of the roots of Islamophob...
02/01/2017

JES Issue 51.2 (Spring 2016) is a special issue on Islamophobia. Articles feature discussions of the roots of Islamophobia in America, anti-Islam discourse in the decade after 9/11, and what the interreligious community is doing to combat anti-Muslim bigotry. Check out the table of contents here:

EDITORIAL:
"Focus on Jewish-Christian-Muslim Commonalities" by Leonard Swidler

SPECIAL SECTION ON ISLAMOPHOBIA:
"Combating Islamophobia" by Douglas M. Johnston
"America’s Unique Constitutional Framework and the Fit of Islam" by Howard A. Cohen
"The Relationship between the Muslim World and the United States and the Root of Islamophobia in America" by Imam Feisal A. Rauf
"Persecution of Christians in Muslim-Majority Countries" by Elijah M. Brown
"Anti-Islam Discourse in the United States in the Decade after 9/11:
The Role of Social Conservatives and Cultural Politics" by David D. Belt
"American Evangelical Islamophobia: A History of Continuity with a Hope for Change" by David L. Johnston
"National and International Religious Freedom: An Essential Part of
Christian Mission in the Twenty-First Century" by Rick Love
"The Moral Ties within the Family of Abraham: A Primer on
Shared Social Values in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" by Joseph V. Montville
"Shoulder to Shoulder with American Muslims: What the Interreligious Community Is Doing to Combat Anti-Muslim Bigotry in America" by Catherine Orsborn
"Beyond Cooties and Crushes: The Potential for Evangelical
Leadership in Christian Engagement with Islam" by David McAllister-Wilson
"Muslims in America" by Majid Alsayegh

ARTICLE:
"Turn It and Turn It Again: The Vital Contribution of Krister Stendahl to Jewish-Christian Relations" by Mary C. Boys

EXPLOR ATIONS AND RESPONSES:
"African Christians and Islam: Reflections from the 'Majority World'" by Benjamin B. DeVan

02/01/2017

Article Spotlight: In "Warrants for Reconstruction: Christian Hegemony, White Supremacy," Fordham University's Professor Jeannine Hill Fletcher traces the Christian theologies of religious supremacy that have informed racist ideologies and legislation and argues that we must reconstruct Christian theologies with anti-racist, anti-supremacist tools. Find it here on Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/613750

JES 51.1 (Winter 2016) is all about interfaith movements and inclusivism! Check out the table of contents below:EDITORIA...
02/01/2017

JES 51.1 (Winter 2016) is all about interfaith movements and inclusivism! Check out the table of contents below:

EDITORIAL:
"Dialogue Dimensions, Directions, and Degrees" by Leonard Swidler

ARTICLES:
"The Interfaith Movement in a Liminal Age: The Institutionalization of a Movement" by Nathan R. Kollar
"Pluralistic Inclusivism and Christian-Muslim Dialogue: The Challenge of Moving beyond Polite Discussion toward Reconciliation and Peace" by Todd Johanson
"Warrants for Reconstruction: Christian Hegemony, White Supremacy" by Jeannine Hill Fletcher
"Descandalizing Multiple Religious Identity with Help
from Nicholas Black Elk and His Spirituality: An Exercise
in Interreligious Learning" by Hans Stefan Gustafson
"'The Bond of Peace': A Hermeneutical Rapprochement?" by William O’Neill

EXPLORATIONS AND RESPONSES:
"Of Lasting Value: Raimon Panikkar, Bruno Barnhart, and Donald Nicholl in Conversation about Eucharist" by Kenneth P. Kramer
"The Ecumenical Feminist: Arlene Anderson Swidler (1928–2008)" by Minjung Noh
"Dialogic Engagement Reinforces University Students to Counteract Extremism" by Ziad Fahed

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