Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue in Rochester, NY, USA and Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, USA are sponsoring this international symposium:
Conference Sites Tour: May 25 afternoon and 26, 2016
The industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries, abuse of power and human greed, and continuing population explosion in many countries have all contributed to an environmental crisis that threatens the sustainability of life on planet earth as we know it. Our reliance on fossil fuels, our creation of immense quantities of waste products, and our destruction of natural resources to fuel our consumer economies have led to global warming, a reduction in biodiversity and a serious threat to long-term environmental sustainability. This environmental catastrophe challenges religious communities to respond out of the wisdom of their traditions.
Our international conference will elaborate how world religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to nature and the environment, and how people are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about nature and the environment in light of the increasing threats to the environment.
We invite your proposals for individual papers or panels on issues relating to how religions have or should respond to the environmental crisis of the 21st century.
The selected papers of our first sacred texts conference in 2013 at Nazareth College were published in a book titled Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to a Common Word between Us and You, edited by Nathan R. Kollar and Muhammad Shafiq, Nazareth College, Hickey Center, December 2014.
"At a time when many of the world's conflicts have taken on religious overtones, Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue has come out with a new book that urges a different path." The book, Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: A North American Response to A Common Word between Us and You, is available via Amazon.
We hope to publish the accepted papers from our second conference at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 — Sacred Texts & Human Contexts: Wealth and Poverty in the Sacred Texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam — before the end of 2016.
Presenters are selected based on the order of which the Committee accepts their abstracts.
Procedure for Submitting Proposals
We look forward to your proposals for papers and/or panel presentations. Send the proposal (attachments in Word doc format is preferred) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Proposal Submission." Selected papers will be published.
Requirements and Deadlines:
All proposals are due December 15, 2015. The earlier is the better and will get an early reply from the committee.
We encourage submissions from scientists, social scientists and historians, as well as from scholars in religious studies, on these and other nature and environment topics:
* What do our religions teach about care for the earth and the relationship of humankind with the earth and with other living things on the earth, both plant and animal?
* What do our religions teach about procreation and managing the growth of human populations?
* How do the religions integrate the discoveries of science with the teachings of the tradition with respect to issues of the environment?
* How do the religious traditions apply their historic calls for the management and protection of nature and environment?
* How do scholars interpret those verses in their respective religious traditions that support the domination of nature on one hand and verses that call for stewardship of nature on the other?
* How do scholars respond to the growing biological and nuclear armament and modern warfare?
* What roles have been played and can be played by faith communities in enhancing protection of nature and environment?
* How do women in faith communities respond to the contemporary environmental catastrophes?
* Do our sacred texts speak with one or diverse voices regarding the relationship between humans and environment?
* Do the sacred texts declare any actions to be immoral regarding dealing with nature and environment?
* Do the sacred texts affirm nature and environment as inherently sacred?
* How do the religious traditions apply their historic calls for the management and protection of nature and environment?
The Symposium is open to your suggestions of topics to be included.
On-campus housing is available for $55 USD per night per single bed. Linens will be provided. The rooms are air conditioned and there are 4 rooms with two baths in each block. If you have a group or family of four, you can reserve a block of rooms. If you are staying on campus, the Hickey Center will arrange your airport transportation in Rochester.
Off-campus hotel rooms are available at DoubleTree by Hilton, 1111 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623. King-size bed with sofa sleeper or double bed with fixed rate of $135 USD. Airport transportation and shuttle service to and from the college in the morning and evening is included.
How to Register:
Click here to register for the event. A receipt will be emailed to you.
International Conference on Sacred and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment in World Religion, May 23-25, 2016
Venue: Shults Center, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave. Rochester, NY, 14618
Tentative Schedule, changes will follow
|Monday, May 23||Arrival of Guests, All Guests are requested to arrive by 2PM on May 23, 2016|
|Opening Remarks: 5pm|
|Plenary Session: 5:30pm||1|
|Dinner Keynote: 6:30pm||Catherine Keller- "Ecologies of Diversity: Beyond Religious and Human Exceptionalism"|
|Tuesday, May 24|
|Session 1, Panel 1||Interfaith Approaches to Scriptures and Environment I|
|Barbara Pemberton, Ph.D.- “Who Will Inherit God’s World? The Righteous of Sura 21 and Psalm 37”|
|Elizabeth Adams-Eilers, Ph.D.- "'That We May Sow Beauty’: Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources for Interreligious Dialogue and the Environmental Crisis"|
|Dr. Kenan Çetinkaya- “Jewish and Muslim Readings of Sacred Texts about the Environment: A Comparison”|
|Session 1, Panel 2||Critical Approaches to Environment and Faith Traditions I|
|Lyndsey Graves - “Liberal vs. Literal?: Opportunities for Environmentally Ethical Pentecostal Interpretations of Genesis 1:26-28”|
|John W. Fadden- “The Apocalypse of John: Friend and/or Foe of the Environment?”|
|Shalahudin Kafrawi- “Subjection of Nature in the Medieval Commentaries of the Qur’an”|
|Session 1, Panel 3||Environmental Readings of Islamic Law|
|Bahar Davary- "Islamic Ecological Ethics: The Forgotten Precepts of the Shari’ah"|
|Vahap Ovaci- "Protection of Environment According to Islamic Law in the Context of the Deposit Theory (Amanah)"|
|Veysel Nargul- "Protection of the Environment during the Wartime in the Islamic Law"|
|Session 2, Panel 1||Pope Francis' Encyclical and What It Means for Environment|
|Nancy Rourke- "Pope Francis' Encyclical and Catholic Magisterial Statements on Ecological Ethics"|
|Regina Boisclair- "Proclaim Good News to All Creation"|
|Fr. Jyoti Francis Costa - "Our Role to Protect our Common Home (earth)"|
|Session 2, Panel 2||Interfaith Approaches to Scriptures and Environment II|
|Tim Carey- “A Comparison of Sunni Islam and Catholic Ethics Based in Eco-Human Suffering and Compassion”|
|Andrii Krawchuky- “Russian Orthodox and Muslim Reflections on the Environmental Crisis: Prospects for Dialogue"|
|Marinus C. Iwuchukwu- “The Imperatives of Eco-Theological Dialogue: What Must Christians and Muslims Learn from non-Abrahamic Religions Toward a Healthy and Sustainable Environment?”|
|Session 2, Panel 3||Spiritual Visions of Environment|
|Dr. Recep Dogan- “The Notion of a Perfect Human Being (al-Insan al-Kamil) in Islamic Sufism and its relation to Environmental Ethics”|
|Dr. Monica Weis SSJ- “Personal and Communal Conversion: Key to Environmental Integrity”|
|Tatjana Myoko v. Prittwitz- “A vast net of interconnected diamonds. Buddhist Views of Nature”|
|Lunch & Address: 12:30pm|
|Session 3, Panel 1||The Tree Metaphore in Religious Imagery|
|Munjed M. Murad- "Harvard Divinity School: “Ibn ‘Arabi’s Qur’anic Commentary on the Symbolism of the Tree”|
|Christopher Handy- “Plant Life and Polite Behavior in Indian Buddhist Monastic Law Codes”|
|Bruce Pacho Lane- “Environment and the Indigenous Spiritual Traditions of the Americas”|
|Session 3, Panel 2||Religions, Ecology, and Social Justice|
|Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi- "Islam, Environmental Balance and Societal Justice!"|
|Nanako Sakai - "Buddhist Feminism and Ecology: Some Implications for Interreligious Education"|
|Nikki Hoskins - "Exploring Race, Ecology and Religious Pluralism"|
|Session 3, Panel 3||Environment and Religion in Human Contexts|
|Leocadie Lushombo- “Deforestation in the provinces of Northern and Southern Kivu (East of the DRC) and its impact on local and global climate change: Ethical and theological reflection and local communities responses”|
|Michael D. Calabria, OFM- “The Flowering of India: a Mughal Manifesto for Environmentalism”|
|Recep Vardi, PhD- “Environmental Understanding of Islamic Societies”|
|Session 4, Panel 1||Faith and Its Current Environmental Implications|
|Rick Reibstein- “The Environment and Faith in the Democratic Context”|
|Rev. Dan Harper- “Environmental Crisis, Religious Education, and the Local Faith Community”|
|Marvin L. Mich- “Pope Francis, Care for Creation, and Popular Movements”|
|Session 4 Panel 2||Critical Approaches to Environment and Faith Traditions II|
|Roslan Abdul-Rahim, Ph.D- “Rethinking the Sacred Texts of Islam: How Muslims Read Back and Into the Texts on Nature and the Environment"|
|34. Richard C. Salter- “Voices on the Environment in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament”|
|35. Dr. Mustafa Gokcek- “Muslim Perceptions of Nature and Scientific Progress”|
|Session 4, Panel 3||Scriptural Implications on Environment|
|Muhammad Mumtaz Ali - "The Quran on the Implications of Human Actions on Nature, Environment and Society: An Analysis from Spiritual Perspective"|
|Joshua Lipman - " The Environmental Implications of Reading the Book of Mormon as a Romantic Novel"|
|Rabbi Daniel Lehrman - "Jewish Sources for a Biblical Ecology"|
|Dinner & Adress: 6pm|
|Wednesday, May 25|
|Session 5, Panel 1||Environmental Ethics|
|Michael Malley - "An Analysis of Buddhist Environmental Ethics|
|Daniel Maoz - Animal Talk: Animals Teach Humans Environmental Ethics in Aggadic Midrash"|
|Dr. Abdullah Al Lheedan - "Environmental Ethics in Islam"|
|Session 5, Panel 2||Spiritual Perspectives on Nature|
|June-Ann Greeley - "Back to the Garden: A 9th Century Primer about the Good Earth"|
|Zeki Saritoprak - "Nature Loves: The Living World in Islamic Theology"|
|Rev George Heyman - "Ali al-Khawas and Pope Francis: A Mystical Union with the Created World"|
|Session 5, Panel 3||Theological Engagements with the Environment|
|Clare Amos - "Is there a Christian theology of nature which goes beyond natural theology?"|
|Nathan R. Kollar: “The Anthropocene, Religions, and the Common Good”|
|Hussam Timani - "Nature in the Qur’an: Toward an Environmental Islamic Theology"|
|Session 6, Panel 1||Environmental Relationships, Environmentalist Readings|
|Brianne Donaldson : “An Ancient Practice In Our Present Time: Considering Jain Vegetarianism for Our Planetary Future”|
|Jamison Stallman - "Dietrich Bonhoeffer as an Ecological Theologian"|
|Cecille M. Medina - "Maldonado Discovering Envrionmental Ethics in Latter-day Saint Scriptures"|
|Session 6, Panel 2||Sources of Natural Beauty and Natural Destruction|
|Imam Ali Siddiqui - "Qur'anic perspective of Nature and Environment"|
|Nawaraj Chaulagain - "Protection of Nature and Environment: A Case for Restoring Dharma in the Hindu World"|
|Dr. Ahmet Celenli and Dr. Ahmet Bedir - "A Methodological Critique of Environmental Problems and Natural Disasters from Quranic Point of View"|
|Session 6, Panel 3||Earth, Science, and Religions|
|Salisu Taiwo Moshood - "Condemning the Patient: The Islamic Injunction Regarding Deadly Ailemnts"|
|Catherine Landis - "The Diamond Sutra: The Ultimate Carbon Accord"|
|Andrew Luisi - "Biodynamic Agriculture and Sustainability: Religious Perspectives"|
|Lunch & Address: 12:30pm|
|Session 7, Panel 1||Faith-Informed Response to Climate Change|
|Etin Anwar - "The Ethics of al-Wasaṭiyyah and Climate change"|
|Ma. Sanita “Junie” A. Quilatan- "Tertiary Theology Professors’ Attitudes towards Climate Change Mitigation as Inspired by Laudato Si"|
|Dr. Theodore Richards- "The Question of the Sacred: Nondual Approaches to Holistic and Ecological worldviews"|
|Session 7, Panel 2||Religious Images of Natural Apocalypse|
|Badmus Abdul-Azeez - "The Phenomena of Natural Environment as it Affects Man: The Qur’anic View"|
|Ulrike Wiethaus - "Medieval Retellings of Scripture and Envisioning Nature at the End of Time"|
|Julienne Hazen - "Gates to Hell"|
|Session 7, Panel 3||Understanding the Relationship between Nature and Human|
|Fatih Harpci - "Green Book: Qur’anic Teachings on Creation and Nature"|
|Dr. Angela Feres - "Nature and Redemption: Father Andrew White and the English Catholic Voyage to Maryland"|
|Ashraf Adeel - "Measured Ecological Humanism of the Qur’an"|
|Session 7, Panel 4||Moderator:|
|2:00-3:30PM|| Nikki Hoskins- "Exploring Race, Ecology, and Religious Pluralism"
Kyle Warren- "Dwelling in Sukkahville : Reimagining the Sukkah as Movement Between Sacred Space and Eco-Space"
Julia Johnson- "The American Golden Calf: The Value of Veal"
Will On May 26th we will explore the Finger Lakes of Western/Central New York in more detail. The Finger Lakes are a wine-making region that are marked by a series of several long and thin glacial lakes. The largest of these lakes is Seneca Lake. We will start our day with an excursion to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where we will arrive at around 9:30 AM. Details of the day will have to be determined by the weather, but possibilities include an excursion onto the lake aboard the HWS Scandling research vessel, a visit to a local winery, a visit to the National Women's Historical Site in Seneca Falls, or a visit to the Mormon print shop in Palmyra, NY, site of the founding the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterMay 26, 2016
9:30 Arrive at Hobart and William Smith Colleges
9:35 Campus Tour
11:00 The HWS Scandling research vessel
13:00 Depart to at Billsboro Winery
14:30 Depart to the National Women's Historical Site in Seneca Falls
16:30 Depart to Mormon print shop in Palmyra, NY Mormon print shop in Palmyra, NY
18:30 Depart to Rochester Day Saints (Mormons).
Niagara Falls visit will be either on May 25 in late afternoon or 26, 2016 in the afternoon.
Institutional partners include:
Department of Religious Studies at St. John Fisher College; Bediüzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies,Department of Theology and Religious Studies at John Carroll University; Niagara University, College of Arts and Sciences and Department of History; International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), Peace Islands Institute
Why Rochester, New York