Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

Nazareth College, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, Rochester, NY, USA and Department of Religious Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, USA in Collaboration with IISIDP,  Ar-Raniry State University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (Host University)  are pleased to present an International Symposium on:

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

When: May 24-26, 2016
Where: Ar-Raniry State University, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
  followed by three days of visits to historical sites in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

The industrial revolution of the 19th and 20th centuries, abuse of power and human greed, a continuing population explosion in many countries around the world have all contributed to an environmental crisis that threatens the very sustainability of life on planet earth as we know it.  Our reliance on fossil fuels, our creation of immense quantities of waste products, our destruction of natural resources to fuel our consumer economies have led to global warming, a reduction in bio-diversity and a serious threat to long term environmental sustainability.  This current environmental catastrophe challenges religious communities to respond out of the wisdom of their traditions to this crisis that affects all of humankind.

Our international conference will elaborate how Jews, Christians and Muslims have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to nature and the environment, and how they 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. 

Conference Information

Submitting Proposals
Foundational Questions
Conference Registration, Meals, and Housing
Indonesia: Sights and Attractions

Administration and Planning

Event Partners
Planning Committee