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Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religious studies
Director, Spiritual Life Institute

Previous institute topics and faculty

June 23-27, 2014
Topic: "Jesus and Judaism"
Faculty: Dr. Thomas Hatina; Dr. Agnes Choi; and Dr. Ian Werrett; Skype appearances by Dr. Richard Bauckham, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, and Dr. Reza Aslan
June 24-28, 2013
Topic: "Gnosticism in Greco-Roman Egypt"
Faculty: Dr. Jason BeDuhn; Dr. Robert Kugler; Dr. Michael Williams; and Dr. Ian Werrett
June 25-29, 2012
Topic: "The Dead Sea Scrolls: History, Religion and Scripture"
Faculty: Dr. Mladen Popovic; Dr. Hanne von Weissenberg; and Dr. Ian Werrett
June 20-24, 2011
Topic: "For God and Glory: The Religion of Sports."
Faculty: Dr. Christopher Evans; Fr. Patrick Kelly, S.J., Ph.D.; Dr. Alon Raab; and Dr. Ian Werrett
June 14-18, 2010
Topic: "Religion and Violence."
Faculty: Reza Aslan, Ph.D.; Kenneth Butigan, Ph.D.; Charles Kimball, Ph.D.; James Wellman, Ph.D.; Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
June 22-26, 2009
Topic: "The Heart in a Heartless World: Religion, Suffering and the Problem of Evil."
Faculty: Patrick McCormick, Ph.D.; David Suter, Ph.D.; Michiko Yusa, Ph.D.; Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
June 16-20, 2008
Topic: "The Dead Sea Scrolls at Sixty: Past, Present, and Future Prospects."
Faculty: Prof. Robert Kugler; Cecilia Wassen, Ph.D.; Hanne von Weissenberg, Ph.D.; Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
June 25 - 29, 2007
Topic: "Performance and Practice: Religion, Popular Culture and the Arts."
Faculty: Prof. David Hlavsa; Paul Kidder, Ph.D.; Andrew Rawnsley, Ph.D.; Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
June 19 - 23, 2006
Topic: “One God: Three Faiths. Exploring the Relationship between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”
Faculty: Reza Aslan; Sr. Marianne Farina; Martin Jaffee, Ph.D.; Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
June 20 - 24, 2005
Topic: “The Living, Transforming Truth: The Spiritual Journey of Nonviolence, Peace, and Justice Today.”
Faculty: Shelly Douglas; Jim Douglas.
June 22 - 24, 2004
Topic: “Transforming Our Lives and Our World: Creativity, Poetic Vision, and the Spiritual Journey Towards Peace and Justice.”
Faculty: Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D.; Margie Shaheed; Don Foran, Ph.D.; Kenneth M. Butigan, Ph.D.
June 23 - 27, 2003
Topic: “Memory, Culture Creating Peace, Making Justice and the Journey of Spirit.”
Faculty: Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D.; Carla De Sola; Sr. Joanne Doi; Kenneth M. Butigan, Ph.D.
June 17 - 21, 2002
Topic: “The Communal Life of Faith and the Christian Commitment to Peace and Justice.”
Faculty: Edwina Gately; Fr. John Dear, S.J.; Fr. Kevin F. Burke, S.J.; Kenneth M. Butigan, Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 18 - 22, 2001
Topic: “Many Paths of God”
Faculty: Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.; Sr. Jose Hobday, O.S.F.; Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, D.D.; Sr. Nancy Sylvester, I.H.M.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 19 - 23, 2000
Topic: “A Voice for the Poor and the Marginalized: The Church Speaks Out.”
Faculty: Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, D.D.; Dr. Ingrid H. Shafer; Sr. Jose Hobday, O.S.F.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 21 - 25, 1999
Topic: “Inter-Ethnic Dialogue and the Quest for Peace: Our Role and Responsibility in the World Today.”
Faculty: Kitty O. Cohen, Ph.D.; Diana L. Hayes, Ph.D., STD; Leonard Swidler, Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 22 - 28, 1998
Topic: “New Testament Spirituality: A Way of Life.”
Faculty: Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J.; Stanley Marrow, S.J.; Dr. Kathleen Horton; Howard Clark Kee, Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 23 - 27, 1997
Topic: The Church: A Pilgrimage of Hope.”
Faculty: Denise Despres, Ph.D.; Thomas Kselman, Ph.D.; Anthony T. Padovano, Ph.D.; Kenan B. Osborne, O.F.M.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 24 - 28, 1996
Topics: “Cross Cultural Understanding of Prayer and Worship,” “Prayer of the Unspoken Word,” “Humming Our Spirits Home,” “Varieties of Female Religious Life in the High Middle Ages,” “The Leadership of Christ in the Early Church and Today,” “A Cross-cultural Spirituality for Ministry: Servanthood,” “Myths and Meaning for Cross-Cultural Ministry,” “Power and Praxis as Spiritual Discipline,” “Chastity and Gender,” “‘Anti-Christs,’ ‘the Beast,’ and 666: Johannine Responses to Impending Early Christian Threat.”
Faculty: Toinette M. Eugene, Ph.D.; Jo Ann McNamara, Ph.D.; Paul N. Anderson, Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 9 - 14, 1995
Topic: “Open Eyes, Open Hearts: The Challenge of Christian Authenticity”
Faculty: Daniel Harrington, S.J.; Dr. Mary E. Hunt; Dr. Barbara Newman; Sr. Laura Swan O.S.B.
June 20 - 24, 1994
Topic: “Putting Children and Families First.”
Faculty: Robin LaMoria; Douglas Anderson, Ph.D.; Paula Hoyt; Fred Wegener; Marjorie Jones, Ph.D.; Sheila Powers, MDiv, STM.; Kathy Morefield; Marilyn Bock; Abbot Neal Roth, O.S.B.
June 20 - 26, 1993
Topic: “Justice and Peace Shall Embrace: Balancing the Needs of the People and the Earth in Rural Communities.”
Faculty: Don Hopps; Rev. Melanie Martin-Dent; Fr. Joe Kramis; Prof. Michael Gideon; Ron White; Sheila Powers, MDiv, STM.;  David Suter, Ph.D.
June 22 - 27, 1992
Topics: “The Crisis in American Health Care: What Price Justice?” “The Kingdom of God: The Center of Jesus’ Message and the World of Today,” “Loving the Church,” and “Isaiah: Inspired Prophet and Challenging Tradition.”
Faculty: Rev. John Fuellenbach, S.V.D.; Rev. Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P.; Sr. Jean deBlois, C.S.J., R.N., Ph.D.; Peter Hebblethwaite; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 23 - 29, 1991
Topics: “Non-violence and the Spiritual Life,” “Spiritual Direction as a Parish Ministry,” “Spirituality and the Negative Emotions,” “Doing Spiritual Direction in Groups: Principles and Parish Settings,” “Catholicism and Modern Thought,” “The Emerging Laity: Re-discovering Personal Power,” and “Liturgy, Spirituality, and Social Justice.”
Faculty: Fr. Matthias Neuman, O.S.B., Ph.D.; Anthony T. Padovano, Ph.D.; Evelyn Eaton Whitehead, Ph.D.; James D. Whitehead, Ph.D.; Rev. Jan Larson; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 24 - 29, 1990
Topics: “Building Community,” “Medieval Visionary Women,” “Beyond Innocence and Redemption,” “Catholic Social Teachings,” “Tensions in Contemporary Roman Catholicism,” “Academic Freedom in Catholic Institutions of Higher Education,” “The Franciscan Devotional Tradition,” “Confronting the Holocaust and Israel’s Power.”
Faculty: Fr. Charles Curran; Denise Despres, Ph.D.; Marc Ellis, Ph.D.; Fr. Paul Chirico, S.S., Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 20 - 28, 1989
Topics: “Building Community,” “Life Journeys: Tapping the Mythic Power in Biblical Stories,” “Being Sexual and Celibate,” “Spirituality and Doubt,” “Peacemaking as Healing: The Gospel of Mark,” The Harvest is Plentiful: Letting Biblical Images Speak to Gender Issues,” Communication/Collaboration,” “Fides Quaerens Intellectum: The Spiritual Significance of the Need to Understand,” and “Swords into Plowshares: Isaiah’s Vision and Ours.”
Faculty: Karen Barta, Ph.D.; Daniel Barrigan, S.J.; Keith Clark, OFM Cap.; William M. Shea, Ph.D.; Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.
June 20 - 29, 1988
Topics: “New Approaches to the Theology of Marriage,” “Integrating Spirituality and Service in Parish Ministry,” “Socrates, Jesus, and Paul: Teachers in Conflict,” “Five Virtues for Collaborative Ministry,” Toward a Non-Sexist Theology of Marriage,” Friendship: The Costly Basis of All Life,” “Jesus as Teacher,” and “Growing Strong at Broken Places.”
Faculty: Denise Carmody, Ph.D.; John Carmody, Ph.D.; Fr. Matthias Neuman, O.S.B., PhD; Pheme Perkins, Ph.D.; Paula Ripple, Ph.D.
June 22 - July 1, 1987
Faculty: Susan A Muto, Ph.D.; Howard Clark Kee, Ph.D.; Sr. Mary Kay Henry, O.S.B.; Stephan Marks, Ph.D.; Thomas A. Francoeur, Ph.D.; and Sr. Jose Hobday.
June 23 - July 2, 1986
Topics: “Spirituality and Youth,” “New Testament Christology and Spirituality,” “Women and Spirituality,” and “Spiritual Direction and the Ministry of Jesus.”
Faculty: Rev. Joseph J. Kenna, Jr.; Margaret Page, O.P., Ph.D.; Janet Fulgenzi, O.P., Ph.D.; Kenneth E. Untener, Bishop of Saginaw; Matthias Neuman, Ph.D., O.S.B.; and Rev. Doug Bland.
July 8 - 16, 1985
Topics: “Moral Reasoning and Bioethical Choices,” “A Christian View of Human Sexuality,” and “Christian Social Ethics in a Pluralistic Society.”
Faculty: Edward Vacek, S.J., Ph.D.; Diana Bader, O.P., Ph.D.; John Langan, S.J., Ph.D.; Matthias Neuman, O.S.B., Ph.D.; and Peter Chirico, S.S, Ph.D..
June 13 - 22, 1984
Topics: “Literature: The American Experience and the Search for God,” “The Word in the Flesh: Literature and the Beatitudes,” and “Memory and the Approach to Meaning: An Exploration of Eliot’s Four Quartets.”
Faculty: Anthony Padovano, Ph.D.; Jeanne Concannon, S.N.J.M.; James Luguri, Ph.D.; Kathleen Fischer, Ph.D.; David Suter, Ph.D.; and Don Foran, Ph.D.
June 20 - 30, 1983
Topics: “Religion and American Life,” “New Age Spirituality,” and “Pauline Themes and Gospel Spirituality.”
Faculty: Landon Gilkey, Ph.D.; Alexandra Kovats, C.S.J.P.; Fr. Stanley Marrow, S.J.; Kathleen Fisher, Ph.D.; Sandra Marie Schneiders, I.H.M.; and Don Foran, Ph.D.
July 1 - 15, 1982
Topics: “Women and the Church: A Call to Full Participation,” “Nuclear War and Gospel Proclamation,” and “The Gospel of Peace in New Images.”
Faculty: Kathleen Fisher, Ph.D.; Rev. Henry LaCerte O.S.B.; Rt. Rev. Adrian Parcher, O.S.B.; Rev. Martin E. Marty; Giovanni Costigan, Ph.D.