A panel discussion with two Christian priests who each have fully embraced an Eastern faith tradition that enriches and deepens their Christian faith.
James Fredericks, Ph.D.
is a faculty member in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He is also a specialist in inter-religious dialogue, especially the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, and has lectured internationally in Japan, China, India, Iran, and Europe. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Kyoto, Japan, and has held the Numata Chair in Buddhism and Culture at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. For many years, he has participated in the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue Group and the San Francisco Bay Area Zen-Catholic Dialogue Group.
The Rev. Karen MacQueen
is an Episcopal priest. She was ordained to the priesthood in June of 2004. In the mid-nineteen seventies, fascinated by Indian religion, spirituality, and philosophy, Karen enlisted as a volunteer with Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity. She spent two years in India, working at the charitable works of Mother Theresa in Calcutta, and traveled every few months. Karen visited some of the great holy cities of India, including Rishikesh, Varanasi (Benares), Puri, and Vrindavana. In South India, she met Fr. Bede Griffiths, who changed her life. Fr. Bede was the spiritual director of a Christian ashram, Shantivanam, in Tamil Nadu state. He showed Karen that it was possible to live fully as a disciple of Jesus, while plumbing the depths of Indian spirituality and practice.
On returning to the United States, Karen devoted herself to deepening her meditation practice under the teaching of disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda. In the ensuing years, Karen has studied the works of great Indian spiritual teachers, especially Srila Jiva Goswami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Sri Ramakrishna, and Sri Aurobindo.