Holocaust Education Week, John Pawlikowski, "Christian Social Ethics after the Holocaust"
As a contribution to the 2013 Holocaust Education Week, Fr. John Pawlikowski addressed students, faculty and members of the public at Regis College on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. The lecture was titled "Christian Social Ethics since the Holocaust."
What influence has the Holocaust had on Christian social ethics? The Holocaust significantly challenged Christian understanding of the Jews and issued a new summons to become involved in the world.
The text of Fr. John Pawlikowski's public presentation is available by clicking here.
A youth Symposium for Senior Students from Area High Schools preceded the public lecture. Six youth panelists from Monsignour Paul Dwyer (Durham), St. Robert Bellarmine (York) and Notre Dame (Toronto) Roman Catholic High Schools joined 100 of their classmates, Regis College students Paul Robson, S.J. and Susan Russell, and Fr. Pawlikowski to explore the meaning of a series of key texts about the meaning of social ethics after the Holocaust.
Father John Pawlikowski, O.S.M., is Professor of Social Ethics and Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. His extensive study of the Nazi Holocaust has enabled him to appreciate the ethical challenges facing the human community as it struggles with greatly enhanced power and extended responsibility for the future of all creation. His scholarly interests include the theological and ethical aspects of the Christian-Jewish relationship and public ethics.
A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, he was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ's board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the principal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy.
Pawlikowski also serves on numerous advisory boards and councils, including, among others, Board of Directors of the Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions, National Advisory Council of the United States Committee for the World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP), Board of Directors of the Annual Scholars’ Conference on Holocaust, Genocide, and the Church Struggle, National Advisory Council of Facing History and Ourselves, and the World Committee of the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. He also was a board member of the now defunct National Conference of Catholic Bishops Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations. Additionally, he was a member of the Vatican Delegation for the International Jewish-Catholic Dialogues in Baltimore (1992), Jerusalem (1994), and New York (2001).
Pawlikowski is the author/editor of more than fifteen books including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Jesus and the Theology of Israel, Biblical and Theological Reflections on The Challenge of Peace, Justice in the Marketplace: CTU’s Pastoral Commentary on the Bishops’ letter on the Economy, The Ecological Challenge: Ethical, Liturgical, and Spiritual Responses, Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation, Good and Evil after Auschwitz, and Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.
He also is a contributor to many journals and has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications including: Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Explorations, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Pawlikowski also served as Editor of New Theology Review for seven years.
Regis College is located at 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, near the corner of Queen's Park Crescent East. Regis College is on the 94 Wellesley bus route and a short walk (south) from the Museum subway station. Public parking is available in the University of St. Michael's College parking lot on St. Joseph Street, one block north of Regis College. For further directions click here. The venue is accessible.
This program is generously sponsored by The Sara & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and the UJA Federation of Greater Ontario.
Regis College is the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto and a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology.
Members of the public interested in theological education are invited to attend an open house in October and March each year.