Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

2019 World Mission Institute


Is it possible for people simultaneously to belong to more than one religious tradition? The 2019 World Mission Institute explores the theme of “dual belonging” at its annual gathering the evening of March 21 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The Institute is free of charge and open to the public.

Keynote speaker Dr. Catherine Cornille, a noted expert in the study of world religions and professor of comparative theology at Boston College, examines the possibility of people belonging simultaneously to more than one religious tradition. Two practitioners of dual belonging, Joy Ziemke, a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and an addictions counselor, and Dr. Joanne Marie Terrell, associate professor of theology, ethics, and the arts at Chicago Theological Seminary, will respond to Cornille’s presentation.

The evening will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. in the LSTC Refectory. A brief worship service will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, followed by Cornille's presentation and responses. There will be time for questions and a reception for one-on-one conversations to reflect, together, on the thought-provoking ideas about dual belonging.

The free conference is sponsored by Catholic Theological Union, McCormick Theological Seminary, LSTC, and LSTC’s A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice. For further information contact Dr. Peter Vethanayagmony (, vanThanh Nguyen (, or Ken Sawyer (

About the speakers

Catherine Cornille is the Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture and Professor of Comparative Theology at Boston College. She obtained her PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, where she taught from 1990 until 2000. Her teaching and research focus on theoretical questions in Theology of Religions, Comparative Theology, Interreligious Dialogue and Multiple Religious Belonging. She has authored or edited 16 books in the area of Interreligious Dialogue, including The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue (2008), Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue (2009), Interreligious Hermeneutics (2010), The World Market and Interreligious Dialogue (2011) Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change (2012), Women and Interreligious Dialogue (2013) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue (2013), and with J. Bloechl, Christianity Between Secularity and Plurality (2015). Her book Meaning and Method in Comparative Theology will be published by Wiley in 2019. She is founding editor-in-chief of the book series "Christian Commentaries on non-Christian Sacred Texts."

JoAnne Marie Terrell is Associate Professor of Theology, Ethics, and the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary and a spiritually eclectic practitioner of Christianity, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism. Terrell earned the master of divinity, master of philosophy, and doctor of philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Joy Ziemke is inspired by spirituality, psychology and social justice. She currently offers support and skills to people who seek it at Catholic Human Services as an addictions counselor and behavioral health therapist. She has earned master of divinity, master of social work, and bachelor of business administration degrees. She is a member of SokukoJi Buddhist Community.