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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Hans Küng
With the death of the Swiss priest and theologian Hans Küng in April at age 93, Catholicism lost one of its most influential and controversial figures. Kung made robust contributions to the Second Vatican Council, ecclesiology, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and the encounter of religions in the global context – expressed in the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic, a landmark document that aimed to chart and develop points of contact among different faiths.

This two-part conversation invites scholars inspired by Küng’s work to reflect on his legacy. In part one, Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., Peter Phan, and Catherine Cornille will explore Küng’s influence within Catholicism and Christian theology broadly. In part two, Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., Jocelyne Cesari, José Casanova, and Katherine Marshall will examine the Declaration Toward a Global Ethic and then situate Küng’s thought within the context of ongoing intra- and inter-religious debates over global ethics. The panelists will also discuss how lessons learned from Küng’s career can be applied to shared social or political challenges facing religious communities today and can help to promote priority action on issues of global concern.

This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Department of Theology and Religious Studies.

May 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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