Johann Vento, Ph.D.

Johann Vento
Phone: 732-987-2381
Fax: 732-987-2010
Office Location:
A&S 223
Office Hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9-11 am and by appointment
Religious Studies/Theology Department

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Theology, Fordham University, Bronx, New York
  • M.A. in Theology,Washington Theological Union, Washington, District of Columbia
  • B.A. in English and German, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Select Publications:

  •  "The Sacramentality of Inter-Religious Friendship," in Friendship Across Religions:  Interfaith Perspectives, ed. Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Lanham, MD:  Lexington Books, forthcoming in 2015.
  • "Teaching World Religions Without Teaching 'World Religions,'" co-authored with Reid Locklin and Tracey Tiemeier, Teaching Theology and Religion, forthcoming in April 2012.
  • "Formation(s) of the Mystical-Political in the Age of Globalization:  Suffering as Agentive Choice in Dorothee Soelle and Talal Asad," in Religion, Economics, and Culture in Conflict and Conversation (Annual Volume of the College Theology Society), Orbis Press, 2011.
  • "Feminism and Inter-religious dialogue in the New Political Theology," Horizons, 34 (Fall 2007).
  • "Not in Vain:  Metz's Memory of Suffering and the Problem of Violence Against Women,"  In Missing God:  Cultural Amnesia and Political Theology, ed. John K. Downey, Jürgen Manemann, and Steven Ostovich, Lit Verlag, 2006.
  • "Forgiveness and Violence Against Women," Jnanadeepa:  Pune Journal of Religious Studies 6:1 (January 2003).
  • "Violence, Trauma, and Resistance:  A Feminist Appraisal of Metz's Mysticism of Suffering unto God," Horizons 29 (Spring 2002).

Courses Taught:

  • Undergraduate:
    Christian Tradition
    Christianity in Dialogue
    Comparative Monotheism:  Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    Women and Religion
    Shaping Lives:  Women and Gender
  • Graduate:
    Theological Method
    Foundations of Christian Spirituality Christian Formation

Research Interests:

  • Practice theory, theology, and spiritual formation
  • Violence, trauma, and healing
  • Inter-religious dialogue
  • Mysticism and advocacy theologies

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