Since antiquity, the concept of conversion has been central to the very worst and very best of the world’s religious traditions. But what exactly is conversion? What does it mean in today’s pluralistic world? In this annual forum of the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue the question of conversion and its aspects will be discussed from the perspective of these two religious communities.
Plenary speakers Rev. Jim Fredericks and Ven. Jongmae Kenneth Park will offer opening talks, followed by remarks on personal experience from members of the Dialogue. The forum will close with a public Q&A.
The forum is free and open to the public. RSVP is required.
Rev. Jim Fredericks, Ph.D. is a Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and a faculty member in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. He is a specialist in interreligious dialogue, especially the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, and has lectured internationally in Japan, China, India, Iran, and Europe. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Faith Among Faiths: Christian Theology and the Non-Christian Religions and Buddhists and Christians: Through Comparative Theology to a New Solidarity.
Ven. Dr. Jongmae Kenneth Park is Bishop of the Overseas Parish for the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism. He is the founder of the Institute of Buddhist Studies Austria (IBS) and the International Mook Rim Society. From 1995 to 2004 he was a Faculty Fellow and Buddhist Director at the University of Southern California. A former lecturer of Theological Studies at LMU, he is author of A Brief for Buddhism: The Teachings of Gautama Buddha.