The Edward Schillebeeckx 100 Conference was held in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in August this year. The Conference marks the 100th birthday of the renowned theologian Edward Schillebeeckx, whose 'Collected Works' T&T Clark-Bloomsbury have just published, available as a beautiful colour-coded set (see the link below). The individual volumes can also be bought separately. Anna Turton, Commissioning Editor of the Theology list, was invited to attend this event and to say a few words at the conference dinner.
This is Anna's report of the conference:
-- Last Friday I travelled to the Netherlands to attend the E S conference held by Radboud University Nijmegen. It was a flying visit but I am so happy that I went there. The conference was attended by junior scholars and professors who are already well established in the field of Theology, and all of those people had such a wonderful time. I have taken the names of the speakers from the program – Robert Schreiter, Sebastian Kim, Edmund Kee-Fook Chia, Siobhán Garrigan, Carsten Barwasser, Johannes Hoff, Graham Ward, Erik Borgman, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Martin Poulsom, Mary-Catherine Hilkert, Lieven Boeve, Frederiek Depoortere, Christoph Hübenthal, Michael Kirwan and Vincent Lloyd – this list of names is very impressive indeed. I was told the papers presented were all first rate and the interaction between the young scholars and the professors was very fruitful on many levels.
Friday afternoon was delightful! And the Edward Schillebeeckx remembrance service was very touching and serene. We all had the opportunity to visit the tombstone of the great theologian and guess what? There is a roundabout dedicated to him as well! During the presentations of “The Schillebeeckx project” Professor Schreurs unveiled the 11 volumes of Collected Works of Edward Schillebeeckx – it was a great moment (see the picture below!).
The conference dinner was very good and Stephan van Erp’s speeches were very funny. I felt very honoured to be able to deliver my very short talk during this dinner. Judging by the round of applause at the end, I think it must have gone well.
I would like to emphasize here that it was a great Friday and I have learned so much about Edward Schillebeeckx during my brief visit in Nijmegen and Ravenstein. It was a real honour to be there, to talk to the great people and to participate in the memorial service. One scholar mentioned that the atmosphere was amazing throughout this conference and I think he was absolutely right – I have never felt more welcome than last Friday.--
The unveiling of the Collected Works of Edward Schillebeeckx by Professor Schreurs. They are available for sale here.
Ted Schoof beginning the proceedings.
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