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:
When: May 23-25, 2016
Where: Nazareth College, Rochester, NY in Otto Shults Center
Sites Tour: May 25 (afternoon) and May 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.
Why Rochester, New York