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Resilience Conference 7-9 November 2018 

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta is holding its International Conference on 7-9 November 2018.

The theme of this year's three-day conference is 'Resilience in a Troubled World'.

Professor Tomáš Halík (Charles University in Prague and Templeton Prize Winner) will give a Keynote Lecture on "Resilience in an age of uncertainty" at the Oratory, St John’s co-Cathedral in Valletta on 7 November 2018 at 1830 hrs.

On Thursday 8 November and Friday 9 November 2018, there will be six panels of distinguished and junior speakers from Malta; Italy; the United States of America; Ireland; Johannesburg, Africa; Netherlands; Spain; Czechia and Poland.

The Concluding Lecture will be delivered by Professor Eamonn Conway and Dr Kerry Greer on ''The Commodification of Resilience: Rediscovering the Virtue of Christian Hope for a Troubled World'' on Friday 9 November 2018 at 1830 hrs,






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Public Lecture (06.02.18)

Public Theology as the New Theological Metaphysics

By Prof. Dr Stephan Van Erp (KU Leuven)

Venue: Theology Board Room (317)
Date: Wednesday 21th February 2018
Time: 4 - 5 pm
Chair: Rev. Dr John Berry

In this lecture, Stephan van Erp will explore the recent attempts to reconnect theology and secular culture under the heading of ‘public theology’. 

First, he will show how these attempts have failed to maintain a theological position. Which strategies has public theology developed to speak theologically about public life? What have been the consequences of these strategies for the way public theologians viewed the secular? In order to defend the need for a public theology, theologians had to construct a clear disjunction between the Church and the public, in order to account for public theology’s self-declared bridge-building tasks. 

Second, Van Erp will describe how Catholic theology in the twentieth century, most notably Nouvelle théologie, provides a different ontology that allows for a less disjunctive representation of the relationship between the Church and the secular. This however, poses the question whether nowadays such an ontology is a convincing account of reality that could provide a possible appeal of the Church to the public. The sacramental ontology of twentieth century Catholic theology might need to be complemented by reflections on the responsive act of faith this ontology calls for. 

Third and finally, Van Erp will propose that public life - both in its secular and religious forms - could itself be regarded as a sacramental practice of response or witnessing. This sacramental view will offer new opportunities for understanding how the Church becomes Church in that practice, and how public life can be viewed as already participating in that becoming.

The general public is cordially invited to attend this public lecture.

RSVP   Ms Gillian Cachia on 2340 2767 or send an email to

Stephan van Erp is Professor of Fundamental Theology and Head of the Research Unit Systematic Theology and the Study of Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium. He has studied in Tilburg and Oxford, and has taught Fundamental and dogmatic Theology at the Universities of Groningen and Nijmegen. His research interest are concerned with modern Catholic theology, especially in the work of Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Currently he is working on political theology and on theories of secularization and atheism.

Public Lecture (06.02.18)

“Spiritual Reflections on Love and Unity in the Johannine Community”

By Prof. Dr Beate Kowalski (Dortmund University)

This lecture takes place on Tuesday, 6th February 2018 at the Seminary Library, Rabat at 6 pm.

Prof. Kowalski will explain how while the author of John’s gospel narrates the Jesus’ story with reduced vocabulary, nonetheless he does so with spiritual depth and highly reflected theology. The author accompanies his addressees on a mystagogical path to Jesus, the Messiah and Son of God. As mystagogical teacher, he is able to direct his readers and listeners throughout the centuries to the mystery of Jesus and the nature of an authentic Christian community. John’s theology and spirituality are two sides of one coin that are timeless, realistic and visionary at the same time. He definitely has a say in the matter of love and unity and can lead contemporary Christians to a deeper understanding of the faith.

Beate Kowalski is Chair of Exegesis and Theology of the New Testament at TU Dortmund University (since 2008).

Her research interests are Biblical Intertextuality, the Gospel of John, Revelation of John and Biblical Spirituality.

As lecturer / full time professor she has taught at the Universities of Bochum (1990-1995), Koblenz (2006-2008), Limerick (2004-2006), Munich (2002-2003), Paderborn (2003-2004), Passau (2004) and Siegen (1996-2000); she has been a Junior Fellow of the Catholic University of Louvain (2000-2002). As visiting (Erasmus) professor she has given lectures in Birmingham (2016; 2017), Jerusalem (2005; 2006), Malta (2018), Trichur (2015) and Warsaw (2009).

Kowalski is a member of the AKN, CBM and SNTS; she also serves as international faculty member of ‘Jesuit Worldwide Learning’ (2017).

From 1984-1990 she has studied Catholic Theology, History and Education/Philosophy at the Ruhr-University Bochum followed by a theological dissertation in 1995 on “The Good Shepherd Discourse (John 10:1-18) in the Context of John’s Gospel” (Bochum) and a Habilitation on 2003 on “The Reception of the Prophet Ezekiel in the Revelation of John” (Innsbruck). She has published internationally on a wide range of topics.

The general public is cordially invited to attend this public lecture.

RSVP   or    2145 5497 ext. 5108.

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