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Australian Catholic University awards John Pawlikowski, OSM, an honorary doctorate

May 14, 2014

On May 20, 2014, Australian Catholic University (ACU) will award an honorary doctorate to John Pawlikowski, OSM, in recognition of his outstanding commitment to Christian-Jewish relations. This award is the University's highest honor.  

In addition, Professor Pawlikowski will be a featured speaker at ACU's International Theological Conference held May 26-29, 2014.  He will dialogue with Rabbi John Levi, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel in Melbourne, on contemporary religious and social issues in the context of interfaith relations.

A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, John Pawlikowski, OSM, was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ's board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the principal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy.

Pawlikowski is the author/editor of more than fifteen books, including The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, Jesus and the Theology of Israel, Biblical and Theological Reflections on The Challenge of Peace, Justice in the Marketplace: CTU’s Pastoral Commentary on the Bishops’ letter on the Economy, The Ecological Challenge: Ethical, Liturgical, and Spiritual Responses, Reinterpreting Revelation and Tradition: Jews and Christians in Conversation, Good and Evil after Auschwitz, and Ethics in the Shadow of the Holocaust.

He also is a contributor to many journals and has served on the editorial boards of numerous publications, including Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Journal of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Explorations, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, and Bridges: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Pawlikowski also served as Editor of New Theology Review for seven years.