The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
This conference is being organised with the aim of contributing towards the Church’s interrogation of its identity and mission in contemporary society.
Has Church a distinctive voice in the Public Square? Is the Catholic Church, along with other Christian Churches, just another group fighting for a place in society, seeking to further their own interests? Or do Christian Churches have a different standing? A claim to be heard?
We have invited a distinguished panel of speakers to Trinity College Dublin to address questions such as these, to challenge thinking and ways of acting, and indicate a way forward on these vital issues.
Fifty years ago John Courtney Murray entered debate about the social and political role of Church in the society of his time. In the same intellectual trajectory we invite scholars and other interested inquirers to gather in Trinity College Dublin in June 2016 to hear our distinguished speakers and to take part in this continuing debate about Church and civil society.
Other Features of the Conference
Trinity College is home of the Book of Kells, the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. On the first evening of the Conference, June 22nd, there will be a reception at the Old Library, Trinity College. This will include a private visit to the Book of Kells.
On Thursday evening, June 23rd, the Conference dinner will be hosted in the elegant setting of the 18th Century Dining Hall, on campus.
The Loyola Institute
Our purpose as an Institute is to reflect academically on Christian faith, social justice and contemporary culture in the context of the Catholic tradition. Our central concern is the creative intersection of theology, Church and society. Through our research and teaching we are equipping students to respond to the challenges facing the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions and to address the emerging needs of these faith communities in a manner that is informed, relevant, reasoned and pastoral.
To this end we offer degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate level, both taught and via research mode.
For more information contact:
The Loyola Institute,
Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Phone: +353 (0) 1 896 4790