THRS Faculty News: October 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dennis Krouse, S.T.D., presented a paper, “Back to Basics: A Biblical-Liturgical Model for Spiritual Transformation,” at the International Sources of Transformation Conference: Revitalizing Traditions of Christian Spirituality for Today, at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham (London), United Kingdom. The conference, held June 1-July 3, 2009, was organized by the theology faculties of St. Mary’s University College, Heathrop College and Sarum College, and sponsored by the The Tablet and The Pastoral Review.

Ron Pachence, Ph.D., was invited to advise the Old Globe’s production of "The Savannah Disputation," which runs from September 26 through November 1 at the Arena Stage, San Diego Museum of Arts Copley Auditorium, Balboa Park. As for how Pachence got this gig, Rick Seer is the culprit! His contribution to the production was featured in a San Diego Union-Tribune story by Arts Section staff writer, James Herbert (Sunday, September 20). Besides advising the cast about the theological issues involved in the play’s “disputations,” Pachence wrote a short essay for the playbill. Reflecting the spirit of the show, the essay, titled "Theology 101," blends humor (Catholic vocabulary “homework”) with more serious reflection on the disputation referred to in the play’s title (resurrection of the body). Pachence, along with several other USD faculty and staff, is also part of a Globe volunteer usher team captained by THRS professor Florence Gillman.

Maria Pascuzzi, S.S.L., S.T.D., Theology and Religious Studies, published the article, “Baptism-based Allegiance and the Divisions at Corinth: A Re-examination of 1 Corinthians 1:13-17,” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (4/ 2009) 813-29, and a review of Brevard S. Childs, The Church’s Guide for Reading Paul: The Canonical Shaping of the Pauline Corpus (Eerdmans, 2008) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (4/ 2009) 893-95. On Oct. 19, she gave the plenary address, “Reading Paul Against the Empire” at the Pan-Lutheran Conference, San Diego.

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies, wrote a chapter titled “Gender Equity and Human Rights” for Dignity and Discipline: The Evolving Role of Women in Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 2009) and a chapter titled “Being Buddhist” for Why I Am a Believer: Personal Reflections on Nine World Religions (Penguin, 2009). She is currently a Fulbright research scholar working on Buddhist Ethics and Society: South Asian Women’s Perspectives, a project that investigates Buddhist women’s ethical decision making on issues of reproductive health and end-of-life care in Bangladesh and Nepal.

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