Saturday 18th Feb. 9.30am to 4.30pm
On Saturday, Nov 29th, the Las Casas Institute hosted a conference - The strategies of inculturation – at Blackfriars Hall. The event was chaired by Dr Michael Oborne, Fellow of Blackfriars Hall.
The conference began with a presentation about the first Englishman to evangelise India, Thomas Stephens SJ. Stephens wrote an 11,000-verse Marathi epic poem, The Kristapurana, and this which was used to explain Christianity through Hindu literary forms.
Fr Nelson Falcao SDB presented his translation of The Kristapurana, and underscored many of the strategies used by Stephens in approaching Hindu culture of the time.
A panel of three presenters followed:
The Las Casas Institute seeks to explore the worlds of cultural and religious encounters as a means of promoting mutual recognition of the human person and the dignity of each tradition.
On 25th November Blackfriars hosted a Thanksgiving meal for friars, staff and students.