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Country: Italy Religious affiliation: Christianity

Professor of Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical Beda College, Rome

A. J. Boyd is professor of ecumenism and interreligious dialogue at the Pontifical Beda College in Rome, and assistant professor of theology and religious studies for various university programs in Rome, including The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), The Australian Catholic University (Melbourne, AU), Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.), and Richmond University (London, UK). His focus areas are ecclesiology, ecumenism, and interreligious dialogue, with particular interest in the diaconate and non-ordained professional ministry. He came to Rome as a Russell Berrie Fellow in Interreligious Studies, and worked as assistant director of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue in Rome for three years. 

Prior to his academic work in Rome, Prof. Boyd served as a lay ecclesial minister of the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle in the United States, where he was an instructor in the diocesan catechist and ministry certification program and worked locally and nationally for both ecumenism and interreligious dialogue, including two years on the National Planning Committee of the National Workshop on Christian Unity, the largest annual conference for ecumenical professionals in the U.S.

His interest in promoting Christian unity and in developing interfaith understanding was sparked at a very young age, of about seven years old, and has been his life's vocation ever since. He is also active in promoting interreligious dialogue and religious literacy within the Scouting program.

His motto isTruth has no fear of dialogue.”