An interesting opportunity for those involved in Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue:
The Mullin Generations in Dialogue program is offered through the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California through the generous support of an Institute board member, Peter Mullin, who values mentoring. The Generations in Dialogue (GID) program invites a widely-recognized senior Catholic scholar to share his or her time, expertise, and wisdom with several junior scholars in the same or related disciplines. Over a two-year period these scholars convene for four weekend dialogues that include discipline-specific discussions, personal reflection, shared prayer, and presentations from distinguished scholars and public intellectuals. Besides benefitting from two years of mentorship with an eminent Catholic scholar, young scholars will establish relationships with other dedicated scholars in their field.
During the course of their two-year appointments, the participants – Mullin Institute Scholars – share the direction of their research interests with the senior scholar and each other. This conversational setting fosters a more deeply connected scholarly community and influences excellent scholarship that respects faith traditions.
Themes for the first three Generations in Dialogue programs included the History of Catholicism, Christian Spirituality, and the Writer and the Arts, with senior scholars John O’Malley, S.J., Bernard McGinn, and Greg Wolfe. The eighteen junior scholars in the three cohorts came from a broad variety of disciplines—from medieval history to creative writing to pediatrics, and each has continued in a fruitful academic career.
Upcoming Cohort in Sociology of Religion
The fourth cohort will begin in the fall of 2019, led by Fr. John Coleman, S.J. a leading scholar in the sociology of religion and ethics, who has taught at institutions ranging from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley to Louvain University in Belgium and Fu Jen University in Taiwan. A native Californian, he is currently an associate pastor at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco.
Fr. Coleman’s publications include Globalization and Catholic Social Teaching(Orbis, 2005) and Christian Political Ethics(Princeton, 2007). He has also contributed over eighty chapters in books on topics ranging from Catholic Social Teaching to globalization. Two of Coleman’s most recent chapters are “The Future of Catholic Social Thought” in Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations (Kenneth Himes, ed., Georgetown, 2018) and “Faith Based Organizations: Social Service and Advocacy” in Faith-Based Organizations and Homelessness (Manuel Mejido, ed., Fordham, forthcoming).
“ . . . Coleman is a thoughtful and authoritative voice on the weighty issues facing the Church and the nation…Over dinner or lunch, he’s a companion and conversationalist, and interested in your opinion as a check on his own. I cannot think of another person more supportive of the Catholic intellectual life . . . .”
Fr. Mike Russo, Ph.D.