'Abrahamic Gaps: Christians and Muslims, Christians and Jews Seeking Dialogue in One American City'
Michael Cowan, a psychologist and theologian, is Professor in the Institute for
Ministry, Loyola University, New Orleans, a Senior Fellow in the Centre for the
Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College, University of
Oxford and Visiting Research Fellow in the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity
College Dublin. He practiced as an individual and family psychotherapist from
1975 to 1990. He has been a leader of interfaith and interracial community
organizing in New Orleans since 1992 and played a significant role in the
rebuilding of the social structure of the city after Hurricane Katrina.
He has also been a regular visitor to Northern Ireland since 1981. He teaches in
the areas of practical theology, the bible, counselling, and pastoral counselling.
His published work focuses on face-face interaction, small Christian communities,
community organizing, racism and sectarianism, psychotherapy, pastoral
counselling, cultural analysis, and systematic theology.
Professor Cowan will outline the gap between aspiration and accomplishment in
two versions of interfaith dialogue today in New Orleans, by identifying four
impediments to these efforts and a way of overcoming each.