Benjamin Tonna Lecture by Rev. Dr Michael Barnes SJ
Prof Michael Barnes SJ has taught at Heythrop College since 1981 and is currently Reader and Senior Tutor in Interreligious Relations. Michael is actively involved in inter-faith relations. He teaches a course on Catholic Christianity at the Muslim College in Ealing. Between 2007 and 2009 he was engaged in developing Faiths Together, an innovative educational project which brought persons from different faith communities into direct contact with each other so that they could learn with and from each other. He is now working on an extension of this project and a study of inter-faith relations and social cohesion in West London.
He taught Buddhism at the Pontifical Gregorian University for some years and has also been Director of Westminster Interfaith, an agency of the Diocese of Westminster dedicated to developing good relations between communities of faith in the London area.
He has been a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue in Rome. He is a member of the Roman Catholic Committee for Other Faiths and has also served as a theological consultant to the ecumenical Churches Commission on Inter-faith Relations. From 1996 to 2001 he was General Editor of The Way journals. He has been a province Consultor and Superior to a number of Jesuit communities over the years.