CV: Conference papers & public presentations

  • What topIf We Win? Nonviolence and the Challenge of Governance.” Advance paper for Pax Christi International / Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace conference, “Nonviolence and Just Peace: Contributing to the Catholic Understanding of and Commitment to Nonviolence.” Rome, 11-13 April 2016.
  • Evangelizing as a People of Peace: Paul’s Clue, John Paul’s Globalism, Francis’s Principles.”  The Church in the Modern World: Teaching and Understanding Gaudium et Spes after 50 Years. University of St. Thomas, 13 March 2015.
  • Co-leader with Joetta H. Schlabach, Peace Weekend sponsored by St. Michael’s Catholic Church and other area churches, Duluth, MN, 20-22 February 2015.
  • “Pope Francis on Peacemaking: One Globe, One People: Christianity’s Relevance in Global Issues.” Thinking Catholic Adult Education series, Catholic Community of St. Thomas Becket, Eagan MN, 20 November 2014.
  • “Peacebuilding Collaboration Across the Just War / Pacifist Divide.” People of Faith Peacemakers, Minneapolis, MN. 22 October 2014.
  • The Classroom at the End of the World: When Glamour Beckons, Can Benedictine Values Compete?” March Feast of St. Benedict. Saint John’s University (MN), 20 March 2014.
  • Christian Peace Theology: Internal Critique and Interfaith Dialogue.” Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Faith and Peace Day. Minneapolis, MN, 1 March 2014.
    • Also presented at annual Muslim-Christian dialogue with theologians of the Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey and the University of St. Thomas Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center, 1 November 2014.
  • El Milagro de la Conversación Menonita-Católica” [The Miracle of Mennonite-Catholic Conversation]. Moment for Peace, Quito (Ecuador) Mennonite Church, 22 January 2014.
  • Moderator, “Looking Forward: The Sattlers’ Witness and the 21st Century Church – A Panel Discussion,” Second Annual Michael Sattler Commemoration, Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN, 26-27 May 2013.
  • Presenter, Notre Dame Roundtable on Law, Theology and the Human Person, University of Notre Dame Law School, 19 April 2013.
  • Panelist, “Vocation of Peacebuilding,” Catholic Peacebuilding Network conference, “Peacebuilding 2013: Pacem in Terris at 50,” Catholic University of America, Washington DC. 9 April 2013.
  • The Roman Papacy and Global Christianity,” presentation for “Habemus Papam / We Have a Pope” panel discussion on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the conclave of 2013,” University of St. Thomas. 27 February 2013.
  • Panel respondent, documentary on “The Anatomy of Hate,” Globally Minded Student Association and the Sociology and Criminal Justice Club joint event, University of St. Thomas, 8 March 2012.
  • “Response to Dr. Muqtedar Khan.” Muslims and America: Beyond Fear of the Other. University of St. Thomas, 6 April 2011.
  • For and Against Dula Against Schlabach,” ACRS Reading Group, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA, 27 September 2010.
  • With Andy Alexis-Baker. “Wrestling with Faithfulness in Peacemaking: Just Policing.” Panel and workshop. Peace Among the Peoples. Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana, 30 June 2010.
  • Panelist. “For a Greener Lent.” University of St. Thomas, 23 February 2010.
  • “Just Policing: Beyond the Pacifist / Just-War Impasse.” People of Faith Peacemakers. Minneapolis, 13 January 2010.
  • “Just Policing: Beyond the Pacifist / Just-War Impasse.” Peace with Justice Forum, ELCA Minneapolis and St. Paul Area Synods’ Peace with Justice Committee. Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, 15 March 2009.
  • “What about International Law and Policing?” Break-out session. Every Church a Peace Church 2008 Twin Cities Fall Conference, 19-20 September, 2008. Also on the closing Plenary Panel for the conference.
  • “Just Policing and Ecumenical Dialogue: A Case Study in Multilingual Peacemaking.” Spring Institute for Lived Theology: Lived Theology and the Language of Peace. University of Virginia, 28-30 May 2008.
  • Panelist. The RNC: Civil Disobedience, Community Policing and Moral Courage. University of St. Thomas, 23 October 2007.
  • Benedictine Values and the Need for Bridging.” Panel on “Four Major Concepts of Benedictine Community.” Monastic Institute. Saint John’s Abbey, 6 July 2006.
  • “Getting Started at Interchurch Dialogue: Proceeding Through Friendship.” Workshops. Central Plains Mennonite Conference. St. Paul, MN, 2006.
  • ”Crossing Ourselves in the Voting Booth.” St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls WI, 27 September 2004.
  • “Restlessness of Heart: Augustine, Pilgrimage and Friendship.” Men’s Spirituality Series. Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, St. Paul, MN, 7 April 2004.
  • Response to David Smith, Cris Toffolo and John Langan S.J., panel on “Catholic Social Thought and the Social Sciences,” with a focus on just war theory, international relations and U.S. security policy. Catholic Thought Across the Curriculum Conference, 24 October 2003, University of St. Thomas., St. Paul, Minn.
  • “Lived Theology and Power.” Panel presentation at The Conference on Lived Theology and Civil Courage.” Project on Lived Theology, Charlottesville, Va., 13 June 2003.
  • “Stability: Spiritual Discipline for a Mobile Society.” Presentation at Oblate Renew Day, St. Benedict’s Monastery, 17 August 2002.
  • Globalization and ‘Catholicity-from-Below‘.” Presentation at Bridgefolk gathering on “Creating Peacemaking Communities for the New Millennium: Catholics and Mennonites Bridging the Divide,” Saint John’s Abbey, 12 July 2002.
  • “Yoder, Tolkien, and What is Really the Plot.” Presentation to the Workgroup on Power of the Project on Lived Theology, University of Virginia, meeting in New York City, 19-21 April 2002.
  • The Christian Witness in the Earthly City: John H. Yoder as Augustinian Interlocutor.” Conference on “Assessing the Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder,” 7-9 March 2002, University of Notre Dame.
  • Response to Alain Epp Weaver, “Constantinianism, Zionism, Diaspora: Towards a Political Theology of Exile and Return.” MCC Peace Committee meeting, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 25-26 October 2001.
  • “The Correction of the Augustinians.” Faculty colloquium, Bluffton College. 28 January 2000.
  • “Continence, Consumption and Other Abuses: Or Why an Augustinian Ethic is Worth the Bother.” Annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, 8 January 2000.
  • “Catholic-Mennonite Dialogue: Why Now?” Campus forum at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 15 April 1999. With Brian Daley S.J. of the University of Notre Dame.
  • Faithfulness, Temptation and the Deuteronomic Juncture: Is Constantinianism the Most Basic Problem for Christian Social Ethics?” Marpeck Lecture, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 5 March 1998.
  • An Abrahamic Community of Respect,” meditation at Bluffton College Faculty/Staff Retreat, 28 August 1997.
  • Guy F. Hershberger and Reinhold Niebuhr on Christian Love: Will the Real Augustinian Please Stand Up?” Conference on “Anabaptists in Conversation: Mennonite and Brethren Interactions with Twentieth-Century Theologies,” 19-21 June 1997. Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College.
  • Report on dissertation research and findings. Faculty colloquium, Bluffton College. 11 October 1996.
  • “Assuming the Stranger: Vitoria’s Critique of the Conquest as a Case Study in Cultural Encounter.” Conference on The Process of Cultural Encounter 1492-1992, 18-20 September 1992. Sponsored by The Latin American Consortium (Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Indiana University; Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame).
  • A Prophetic Perspective for Central America.” Desafío 84 conference on mission strategy. Antigua, Guatemala, May 1984.top