Nostra Aetate Lecture

The Nostra Aetate lectures are inspired by Nostra Aetate, a groundbreaking Catholic document issued more than 40 years ago, at the close of the Second Vatican Council. The document expressed a commitment to interreligious dialogue and an appreciation for diverse faith traditions. It exhorted Catholics “to recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral,” that abide in the world religions. The work that the document called for continues in many parts of the Catholic Church, and this lecture series reflects St. Edward’s University’s commitment to foster and promote interreligious dialogue. The lectures are sponsored by the School of Humanities and Campus Ministry at St. Edward's University. 

In 2011, the Nostra Aetate Lectures of 2008-2011 were edited and published in a single volume. The volume includes the following lectures:

  • Touching into Common Ground: Native American Spirituality and the Christian Experience
    by Jean Molesky-Poz
    Oct. 30, 2008
  • Buddhist-Christian-Science Dialogue at the Boundaries
    by Paul O. Ingram
    March 25, 2009
  • Jesus the Jew and Paul the “Christian”: Jewish Views of Christianity’s Heroes
    by Claudia Setzer
    March 25, 2010
  • Toward a Theology of the Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh
    by Brother Jarlath D’Souza, CSC
    Nov. 9, 2010
  • Nahua Religion and Spanish Catholicism Dialogue and Collaboration
    by Oswald John Nira
    April 12, 2011