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June 19-24, 2016 - "Psalms"
We are excited to announce our line up of speakers for the Summer Scripture Seminar 2016. They are: Elizabeth Nagel, SSD; Dianne Bergant CSA, MA, PhD; Eileen Schuller, OSU, MA, PhD; Rabbi Michael Balinsky, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis; Fr. Larry Hennessey, STL, PhD; Fr. Douglas Martis, PhD, STD; Rev. John Kartje, PhD, STD. "Faculty" link on the right for the 2016 speakers bio's.
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The schedule for Summer Scripture Seminar includes ample time for meals, prayer, relaxation, fellowship and of course the lectures by some of the finest scholars. This is a draft of the schedule as we nail down the final details . . .
Each year, the Summer Scripture Seminar assembles a faculty from among the best biblical exegetes and theologians to lead the program. Faculty are drawn from USML, the several theological faculties in Chicago and from universities across the USA. When you attend the Summer Scripture Seminar, you will hear from scholars who literally “wrote to book” on contemporary scholarship. In the coming seminar, we welcome the following scholars as presenters:
Bios for 2016 Summer Scripture SpeakersRabbi Michael Balinsky-Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, ChicagoEducation: He is a graduate of Yeshiva University where he also received his ordination. In addition, he studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel. Ministerial and Teaching Experience: Rabbi Balinsky was a Hillel director for twenty-two years, over nineteen of those as the director of the Louis and Saerree Fiedler Hillel Center at Northwestern University, after two and a half years as the Associate Director of Hillel at the University of Michigan.Rabbi Balinsky has taught courses at The University of Michigan, Loyola University, and in numerous adult education settings. He has also been Director of Faculty Development for the Florence Melton Adult Mini-Schools. In that capacity, he led the work of the organization in formulating its approach and best practices to adult Jewish learning and teaching, integrating the knowledge gained from adult education with insights from Jewish sources on the study of Torah. He is married to Dr. Myra Rapoport and is the father of three daughters.Memberships and Organizational Affiliations:Rabbi Michael Balinsky is the Executive Vice President of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, an organization representing two hundred rabbis of all denominations. He is a member of the Jewish Catholic Scholars Dialogue in Chicago, the Board of the Parliament of the World Religions, serves as the president of the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and is on the advisory board of the Bernadin Center at Catholic Theological Union. He is also an active participant in a number of Jewish, Christian and Moslem interfaith initiatives.Rabbi Balinsky is a past president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis and has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and the American Jewish Committee. 2014 Lecture Topics:“But What of the Canaanites? Classical Jewish Commentaries on the Conquest of the Land of Israel” Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 2014
Dianne Bergant, C.P. Education:B.S. Elementary Education from Marian College, Fond Du Lac Wisconsin. M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University Ministerial and Teaching Experience:Distinguished Professor Emerita Old Testament Studies Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (2000-1). Memberships and Organizational Affiliations:An active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past twenty years. For more than fifteen years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today. Bergant was a member of the editorial board of that magazine for twenty-five years, five of those years she served as the magazine’s general editor. From 2002 through 2005, Bergant wrote the weekly column "The Word" for America magazine. She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism. Publications:Besides numerous articles and chapters in books, her publications include: Genesis: In the Beginning, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013. A Word for Every Season (B, C, A) New York: Paulist Press, 2008/2009/2010. Scripture (Engaging Theology: Catholic Perspectives), Collegeville: Liturgical Press (A Michael Glazier Book), 2008. Israel’s Story (Part I and II), Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2006/2007. Lamentations (Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries). Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 1990, 1994, 2011
Reverend Lawrence Hennessey- Professor of Systematic Theology, Mundelein Seminary/ University of St. Mary of the Lake Education:S.T.B. and M.A./S.T.L. degrees from the School of Theology, Catholic University of America. M.A. in Classical Languages; and Ph.D. in Classical Philology and Early Christian Theology and Literature, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Catholic University of America. Ministerial and Teaching Experience:Fr. Hennessey is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Professor of Systematic Theology, Mundelein Seminary/ University of St. Mary of the Lake. He is Associate Professor at Washington Theological Union and Adjunct Professor at Catholic University of America.He is a beloved and highly sought-after speaker and retreat master all over the Archdiocese of Chicago. He has spoken to groups such as the Liturgical Institute, Institute for Lay Formation’s Lay Ecclesial Ministry, Advanced Pastoral Leadership and many others. Memberships and Organizational Affiliations:Member of the North American Patristic Society, the Catholic Historical Association, and the American Society of Church History.Publications: Former editor of Chicago Studies2014 Lecture Topics: “Early Christian Exegesis of Old Testament History” Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 1996, 2010, 2014 Very Reverend John Kartje- Rector/ President Mundelein Seminary/ University of St. Mary of the Lake Education: M.Div and S.T.B. from the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, S.T.L and S.T.D. from Catholic University of America. Ministerial and Teaching Experience: Assistant Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics, Formation Faculty, Mundelein Seminary/ University of St. Mary of the Lake. Fr. Kartje is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is a Summer Program Faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation. He is the former Associate Pastor at St. Benedict Parish, and former Chaplain and Director of Sheil Catholic Center, Northwestern University. Memberships and Organizational Affiliations: Member of the Catholic Biblical Association.Publications: Wisdom Epistemology in the Psalter: A Study of Psalms 1, 73, 90, and 107. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) 472. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014 (October). “Religious Freedom and the Human Person: Old Testament Perspectives on Dignitatis Humanae,” Chicago Studies 49 (2010): 263-72. “Models of the Optical/Ultraviolet Continuum Polarization in Active Galactic Nuclei: Implications for Unification Schemes,” Astrophysical Journal 452 (1995): 565-81. (Dissertation for Ph.D. in Astrophysics at U.I.C.)2014 Lecture Topics: Presentation 1: “Identifying Biblical Wisdom Motifs in the Deuteronomic History”;Presentation 2: “Conquering Wisely: The Biblical Warrior as Student and Sage”;Presentation 3: “Educating the Prince: Royal Wisdom Beyond Solomon”. Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 2010, 2014 Reverend Douglas Martis- Associate Professor of Sacraments and Liturgy at the Pontifical College JosephinumEducation: B.A. in American Literature from Saint Meinrad College, Saint Meinrad, IN;S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L., from the University of St. Mary of the LakeD.E.A., (diplôme d’études approfondies);Ph.D. in Historie des religions et anthropologie religieuse from the Université de Paris IV (La Sorbonne); He also holds a doctorate in sacramental theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris as well as a doctorate in History of Religions and Religious Anthropology from the University of Paris (La Sorbonne).Ministerial and Teaching Experience: A priest of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois. Former professor at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, taught sacramental theology and liturgical studies. Longest term Director, and primary developer of the Liturgical Institute. Fr. Martis is also the co-producer of the highly acclaimed video series Elements of the Catholic Mass.Memberships and Organizational Affiliations: Member, Society for Catholic Liturgy; Contributor to The Way, La Maison-Dieu, Christ Our Hope and Antiphon. Publications: A popular and sought-after speaker, he is the editor of The Mundelein Psalter and co-author of Mystical Body, Mystical Voice: Encountering Christ in the Words of the Mass, Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2011.Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 2011 Elizabeth Nagel S.S.D.-Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics, University of St. Mary of the Lake. Education:M.A. in Theology with a major in Scripture from Mount Angel Seminary, OR;S.S.L. and S.S.D. from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy. Formerly, Full Professor of Sacred Scripture in the Theology Division of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary at Overbrook in Wynnewood, PA. Ministerial and Teaching Experience: Professor in the Department of Biblical Studies and Homiletics, University of Saint Mary of the Lake. Primary interested in teaching and communicating Sacred Scripture in a way that helps contemporary Christians enter into the biblical text and hear, for themselves, God who speaks there. Additional professional work includes courses, lectures, retreats, symposia, and theological updates for lay adults, priests, parishes, religious orders and candidates for the Permanent Diaconate in the Dioceses of Philadelphia, PA, and Dioceses of Wilmington, DE, Allentown, PA, Camden, NJ, Harrisburg, PA, Pensacola, FL and Portland, OR. Summer Scripture courses at St. Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, and Jesuit School at Berkeley summer program in Berkeley, CA. Publications: Author of Be a Blessing: A Spring of Refreshment on the Road of Daily Life; Paulist Press (2006). Contributor to Bible Today, the National Catholic Education Association Publication; Book Reviews for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Articles published in Chicago Studies. Lived in Israel for one year and was a Scripture Resource person for numerous Study Tours to the Holy Land. Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society of Biblical Literature.Previous Presenter at Summer Scripture Seminar: 2007 Eileen Sculler O.S.U.-Tenured, Professor Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion Education: PhD, Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and CivilizationsMA, University of Toronto, Department of Near Eastern Studies. Honors BA, University of Alberta, Department of Classics. Ministerial and Teaching Experience: Newman Theological College and St. Joseph’s College Edmonton, Alberta. Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University. Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion.Memberships and Organizational Affiliations: Society of Biblical Literature Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Catholic Biblical Association. National Association of Professors of Hebrew American Schools of Oriental Research and Canadian-ASOR. Publications: Involved with the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Published the first edition of a number of texts in the official Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series (Oxford Press): 4Q380-381, Non-Canonical Psalms; The cave 4 manuscripts of the Thanksgiving Psalms; a re-edition of the cave 4 Thanksgiving Psalms manuscript (with Hartmut Stegemann). In 2012, with Carol Newsom, edited a Study Edition of the Thanksgiving Psalms (SBL Press). Associate editor including The HarperCollins Study Bible and The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, and currently an associate editor for The Paulist Biblical Commentary. In June 2014 was co-chair with Dr. Marie-Theres Wacker for an International Research Colloquium held in Münster, “Early Jewish Writings in Context: Perspectives on Gender and Reception History,” to be published as a volume in The Bible and Women · An Encyclopaedia of Exegesis and Cultural History. Books: The Dead Sea Scrolls: What Have We Learned? (Westminster John Knox Press, 2006); Post-Exilic Prophets (Michael Glazier Press, 1988). Other interests: Worked with the Catholic Chaplaincy and the Ecumenical chaplaincy at McMaster University for twenty-five years. Consultant for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on the preparation the Study Lectionary and (currently) for Weekday Lectionary - Appointed by the CCB to the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation (2003-2015) and currently the CCCB-Canadian Rabbinic Caucus Dialogue. __________________________________________________________________________ FROM PAST SUMMER SCRIPTURE SEMINARS Bios for 2015 Summer Scripture SpeakersSr. Wendy Cotter, CSJ, Ph,D., is a Sister of Saint Joseph from London, Ontario Canada, and a tenured Professor of Scripture in the Theology Department of Loyola University in Chicago where she has taught since 1991. She received her doctorate from the University of Saint Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario, with a specialization in Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), in particular the Gospel of Mark, and also in First Generation Christianity. The contextualization of earliest Christian communities within the world of Greco-Roman antiquity is a constant special scholarly endeavor. A particular focus is the manner in which early Christians understood the Jesus Miracle stories. In her book, The Miracles of Greco-Roman Antiquity: A Sourcebook (London, England: Routledge Press, 1999), Cotter presents a selection of the major miracles attributed to the gods and heroes of the first century Mediterranean world in order to better study the claims made by early Christians about Jesus and His miracles. In her most recent book, The Christ of the Miracle Stories: Portrait Through Encounter (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic Press, 2010), she illustrates how Jesus' virtues are modeled for would be followers as he respectfully receives the bold and brash petitioners in the miracle stories. Rev. John Paul Heil, SSD, is a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Ordained in 1974, he studied at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he received his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture in 1979. After teaching at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis for 27 years, he joined the faculty of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University of America in 2006. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of New Testament Studies.His early career focused on the Gospels and the Letters of Paul, resulting in the publication of several articles and monographs. More recently his focus has been on the worship dimension of the New Testament. This has resulted in monographs on worship in the Letters of Paul, Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter and Jude, and the Book of Revelation. Many of his books are published by Cascade Books including The Letter of James: Worship to Live By and The Book of Revelation: Worship for Life in the Spirit of Prophecy.Professor Arland J. Hultgren came to Luther Seminary in 1977 as associate professor of New Testament and was named professor in 1986. He was chair of the department from 1986 to 1993. He had been on the faculty in religious studies at Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y., from 1969 to 1977. He was ordained in the Lutheran Church in 1966 and served as assistant pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Tenafly, N.J. until 1968. He also took a parish leave from the seminary and served as pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in 1979-80.A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. (1961), Hultgren earned the M.A. degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1963), and the M.Div. degree from Lutheran School of Theology, Rock Island (1965). He received the Th.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York, in 1971, and has done additional study during sabbaticals at the Universities of Cambridge, England (1984-85), and Uppsala, Sweden (1990-91). Hultgren is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., (1990-99) and was editor of Word & World (1981-88). Books he has written include: The Parables of Jesus: A Commentary (2000), The Rise of Normative Christianity (1994), Christ and His Benefits: Christology and Redemption in the New Testament (1987), and Paul's Gospel and Mission: The Outlook from His Letter to the Romans (1985) among others. Dr. Urban von Wahlde earned an M. A. from Loyola University of Chicago (Classical Languages) and a Ph.D. from Marquette University (New Testament Studies). He has taught on the graduate and undergraduate faculties at Loyola University Chicago since 1981. He was chairperson of the department from 1987-1993. He has been an editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and currently serves on the Association's committee for scholarship in emerging nations. In addition he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Dr. von Wahlde is the author of three books and a three-volume commentary on the Gospel and Letters of John for the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series. Dr. von Wahlde is also the author of the major entry on the Gospel of John and the major entry on John, the Son of Zebedee for the multi-volume Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception. He is also the author of over fifty scholarly articles. Although his primary focus is on the Johannine literature, he has also published articles on the gospel of Mark and the Acts of the Apostles. His research interests include relations between Christians and Jews in the First Century, questions of anti-Judaism in the Gospel of John, apocalyptic literature, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Rev. Michael J.K. Fuller earned a B.A. at Loras College, Dubuque, IA and M.Div., S.T.L., and S.T.D. at the University of St. Mary of the Lake. Before being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Rockford, IL, Fr. Fuller served as a Peace Corps Volunteer where he taught math and science in the Kingdom of Swaziland in Southern Africa. After ordination, he was Associate Pastor for St. Bridget Parish, Loves Park, Illinois and taught Medical Ethics at Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Illinois. He is the author of The Virgin Martyrs: Hagiography and Mystagogical Interpretation and is current editor of Chicago Studies. Cathy Crino earned both a B.A. and Secondary Teaching Credentials at the University of California in Los Angeles. She went on to earn M.Div from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA (Now the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College). She is a Certified Pastoral Associate and a Certified Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Chicago and currently serves in both roles at St. Alphonsus Parish, Chicago, Illinois. Cathy has a wide range of experience in various aspects of parish ministry including running RCIA programs, Bible Study, adult catechesis, children’s religious education and Sacrament preparation, Ministry of Care, marriage preparation and annulment ministry (She is a Field Advocate for the Archdiocese’ Tribunal), Peace and Justice programs including Respect for Life, recruitment and training of liturgical ministers and coordinators, writing weekly bulletin inserts and managing the parish’s website and social media platforms. Her publications include co-authoring “Infant Baptism: A Sourcebook for Parishes” and “Another Look at Children’s Liturgy of the Word.”
Joe Paprocki earned a B.A. and M.A.P.S. from Loyola University Chicago and holds a D. Min from the University of St. Mary of the Lake. He has been involved in the catechetical ministry for over 30 years and is presently serving at a parish in Evergreen Park, Il. Joe also serves as the National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has authored a number of books – most notably, The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word;Living the Mass: How One Hour a Week Can Change Your Life; The Catechist’s Toolbox: How to Thrive as a Religious Education Teacher; A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe; Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith (all from Loyola Press).
2015 SUMMER SCRIPTURE TOPIC AND SPEAKERS:
June 21-26, 2015: PARABLES
Fr. John Paul Heil S.S.D.
- Parables as a Treasure for Disciples (Part 1: Matt 13:1-23)
- Parables as a Treasure for Disciples (Part 2: Matt 13:24-52)
- Parables as a Challenge for Disciples (Matt 25:1-46)
Professor Arland Hultgren Th.D
- Parables of the Lost and Found: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son
- Parables of Exemplary Behavior: The Good Samaritan, The Rich Fool, and the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
- Parables Telling of Injustices: The Unjust Steward, The Unjust Judge, and The Great Banquet
Professor Wendy Cotter, C.S.J.
- The Mystery of Christ's New Life in Us: The Seed Growing Secretly (Mk 4:26-29) and The Lamp (Mk 4:21) Facing Up to Evil with the Hope of Christ: The Wicked Tenants (Mk 12:10);
- The Fig Tree in Summer (Mk 13:28); and Waiting for the Master to Return to Us (Mk13: 34-37)
- The Markan Jesus Calls Us To Something New: The Patch on a garment (Mark 2:21); The New Wineskins (Mk 2:22) and Concerning Salt (Mk 9:49-50)
Professor Urban von Wahlde Ph.D
John’s Gospel: Jesus Reveals Himself in Parables
- “I am the Bread Come Down From Heaven”
- "I am the Good Shepherd; I am the Gate"
- I am the Vine; I am the Way the Truth and the Life; I AM"
Fr. Michael Fuller S.T.L, S.T.D.– Parables in Light of the Spiritual Life
Cathy Crino B.A.– Parables in Light of Catechesis
Joe Paprocki – B.A., M.A.P.S. Parables in Light of Evangelization
2014 SUMMER SCRIPTURE TOPIC AND SPEAKERS:
June 22-27, 2014: “Conquest & Kingship: Leadership in Joshua,Judges, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings”
Rev. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D.
- “What Is a King To Do? Deut 17:14-20”
- “Priests & Prophets: Deut 18:1-22”
- “The Deuteronomic Alternative: Deut 16:18–18:22"
Rev. John Kartje, Ph.D., S.T.D.
- “Identifying Biblical Wisdom Motifs in the Deuteronomic History”
- Conquering Wisely: The Biblical Warrior as Student and Sage”
- Educating the Prince: Royal Wisdom Beyond Solomon”
Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza, Ph.D.
- “Supporting Cast vs. Supporting Caste - The Major Importance of Minor Biblical Characters”
- “Two Starving Mothers Before a King – II Kings 6. 24-31”
- “A Servant Girl Overshadows a Military General – II Kings 5”
Rev. David G. Monaco, C.P., Ph.D.
- “Struck from the Left: Ehud in Judges 3:;12-4:1”
- “How to Split and Doom Two Kingdoms in Two Easy Lessons: Rehoboam and Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:45 - 14:31”
- “Samson as the Anti-Judge: Judges 13-16”
Very Rev. Robert Barron, M.A., S.T.D.
- “The Archetypes of the King in the Old Testament: Reflections on Adam, Moses & David”
Rabbi Michael Balinsky
- “But What of the Canaanites? Classical Jewish Commentaries on the Conquest of the Land of Israel”
Rev. Lawrence Hennessey, S.T.L., Ph.D. (Friday 6/27 Morning)
- “Early Christian Exegesis of Old Testament History”
“Summer Scripture Seminar is the perfect combination of erudition, stimulation, relaxation, pastoral sharing, spiritual renewal, and even physical exercise. My time at Mundelein is like an Emmaus trek with Jesus, and my heart burns with joy and insight the rest of the year. Your hospitality invites, your grounds and buildings enchant, your vision inspires. I thank you each year….” - Fr. John
“I love the conversations at the table and in the living room. The camaraderie is worth the price of admission. The Summer Scripture Seminar presents a week of Biblical experts on a themed topic that year after year exceeds my expectations. It truly gives strength to my faith, food for the soul and a pure and lasting source for my spiritual life.” - Deacon Bill
“This is an intellectual banquet. The rich ideas are accompanied by the convictions and enthusiasm of the speakers as well."
“An indispensable aid to me in refocusing myself and my ministry in rediscovering my rootedness in the revealed Word of God and in opening new perspectives on Scriptures which I have allowed to become stale.”