The first Sacred Texts and Human Contexts conference took place at Nazareth in 2013 and focused on sacred texts in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in uniting and dividing humanity. Selected papers from the conference were published in December of the following year. The second conference was held in Istanbul in May of 2014, centering around poverty and wealth in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Selected papers were published by Palgrave MacMillan in June of 2016. The 2016 conference was on nature and the environment in religions, and selected papers are currently being prepared for publication. It has been proposed that the 2017 conference be on women and gender relations in religions and the 2018 conference be about theology of violence and counter theologies in religions.
These conferences bring together scholars not only from the United States and Canada but from around the globe to share their research on contemporary issues in religion and social sciences. We welcome you to join us.
When: July 30- August 1, 2017
Where: Nazareth College, Rochester, New York
This international symposium on women and gender relations will elaborate on how religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to women and gender relations. It will also reveal how experts in religious studies and social studies are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about this very important topic.
Some of the issues that presenters will consider exploring are:
Sacred texts and religious rights and obligations, especially in leading worship services and holding key positions in religious hierarchy
Sacred texts and reproductive rights like birth control, abortion, and access to health services
Sacred texts and equal opportunities like equal employment, equal pay, and social security irrespective of color and race
Sacred texts and marriage including women’s consent to marriage, divorce, custody of children, and inheritance
Sacred texts and social relations like family dispute, conflict resolution, and other interrelated factors
Sacred texts and sexual orientation including issues around rights of the LGBTQ community
Sacred texts and constitutional rights like equal political and social opportunities
Sacred texts and equal educational opportunities at all levels
Please share with us your thoughts on these topics or other topics. We welcome your ideas.
More details will be posted after our upcoming Conference Committee meeting.
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