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Church in Asia


The Church in Asia, Part II: South and Southeast Asia

April 9 & 10, 2010
Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Presented by Notre Dame’s Center for Asian Studies and the Kellogg Institute of International Studies, the series of symposia on “The Church in Asia” aims to explore the past, present, and future of Catholicism in Asia. This year’s symposium, the second in the series, will feature three eminent scholars of Catholicism in Asia and will focus on the Church in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The series began in 2009 by focusing on East Asia and will conclude with a conference in Asia next year.

The symposium is supported by the Henkels Lecture Series, the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, and the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.


Michael Amaladoss, SJ  "The Church in India: Challenges and Opportunities"
Albertus Bagus Laksana, SJ  “Salt of the Earth: The Indonesian Catholic Church and Its Islamic Context.”
Takefumi Terada  "Roman Catholicism and Popular Religiosity in the Philippines"


Michael Amaladoss, SJ, is professor of theology at Vidyajyoti College of Theology in Delhi, India and simultaneously director of the Institute of Dialogue with Cultures and Religions in Chennai, India.  The author of twenty-eight books and editor of five others, he has written more than 390 articles on theology in various languages.  His scholarly interests are wide-ranging and include sacramentology, religion and culture, interreligious dialogue, liberation theology, Christology, evangelization, and spirituality.  He has served as consultor for both the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Culture (both in Rome) as well as consultant for the Council for World Mission and Evangelism, World Council of Churches (Geneva).  He has been visiting lecturer or scholar at universities in Manila, Paris, Brussels, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and the US.  He has organized seminars on theology and spirituality for many international groups, and he has participated in more than thirty international theological congresses. Amaladoss holds a PhD in sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique, Paris.

Albertus Bagus Laksana, SJ, is a PhD candidate in comparative theology at Boston College. His dissertation addresses the question of identity and alterity in the practice of pilgrimage among Muslims and Catholics in Java, Indonesia. Since 2005, he has been a lecturer of theology at the Wedabhakti Pontifical Faculty of Theology, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Before beginning his doctoral work, Lakasana attended the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2003–05). Previously, he was the associate editor of Basis, a cultural affairs journal, in Yogyakarta, and the editor in chief of Driyarkara, a philosophy journal, in Jakarta, Indonesia. He coedited Riding the Waves: Challenges to Religious Life in Indonesia Today (2003, in Indonesian) and has written numerous articles on religion, and especially Catholicism, in Indonesia.

Takefumi Terada is director of the Institute of Asian Cultures and professor of cultural anthropology at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. His scholarly work focuses on popular religiosity and Christianity in the Philippines, including Christian churches during the Japanese occupation. His current research interests include non-Japanese Catholic communities in Japan and imagining Philippine national cuisine. Prior to assuming his current position, Terada served as dean of the Graduate School of Global Studies at Sophia University. From 1995 to 1996 he was a visiting scholar in the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University on a Japan Foundation Fellowship. He is the author of Christianity in Southeast Asia (2002, in Japanese) and coauthor of Sixty-one Chapters to Understand the Philippines (2009, in Japanese). Terada holds a PhD from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.


Bradley J. Malkovsky is associate professor of comparative theology at the University of Notre Dame. With research interests in the doctrinal and spiritual relation of Christianity to other religions, he specializes in the Hindu-Christian encounter. The editor of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies, he edited New Perspectives on Advaita Vedanta (Brill, 2000) and authored The Role of Divine Grace in the Soteriology of Samkaracarya (Brill, 2001). His book, God's Other Children: Personal Encounters with Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists in India, received the Huston Smith Prize (HarperOne, forthcoming). Malkovsky holds a PhD from the Universität Tübingen.

Peter R. Moody, Jr., professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, specializes in Chinese politics. He has also written on Asian international affairs, Chinese political thought, international relations theory, and theory of political parties. His books include Conservative Thought in Contemporary China (2007), Tradition and Modernization in China and Japan (1994), Political Change in Taiwan (1991) and Political Opposition in Post-Confucian Society (1988). The editor of China Documents Annual and book review editor of The Review of Politics, Moody holds a PhD from Yale University.

Mun’im Sirry is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago Divinity School, specializing in Reformist Muslim discourses on the Qur’an’s attitude toward other religious communities. He holds MAs in Islamic law, from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, and in Islamic studies, from the University of California Los Angeles. Before coming to the US, he worked on interreligious activities with the late Dr. Nurcholish Madjid, one of the main proponents of religious pluralism in contemporary Indonesian Islam. His publications include “Compete with One Another in Good Works: Exegesis on Qur’an Verse 5:48 and Contemporary Muslim Discourses on Religious Pluralism,” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 20, 4 (2009).


(All events will take place in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies)

Friday, April 9

9:30–10:45 am
“The Church in Indonesia”
Albertus Bagus Laksana, SJ

11:00 am–12:15 pm
“The Church in the Philippines”
Takefumi Terada

1:30–2:45 pm
“The Church in India”
Michael Amaladoss, SJ

Reception to follow

Saturday, April 10

9:00–9:45 am
“The Church in Indonesia” – Albertus Bagus Laksana, SJ
Discussant – Mun'im Sirry, University of Chicago

10:00–10:45 am
“The Church in the Philippines” – Takefumi Terada
Discussant – Peter Moody, University of Notre Dame

“The Church in India” – Michael Amaladoss, SJ
Discussant – Bradley Malkovsky, University of Notre Dame

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