Graduate Theological Union

Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses

Dates: 
Friday, April 28, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day)

***Registration for the Sustainable Societies conference is now closed. For additional information, please contact cds.gtu@gmail.com.***

A two-day conference sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and the GTU's Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies. Click here to download an updated conference schedule with a complete list of presenters (Updated April 11, 2017).

The devastation of the ecosphere is inextricably linked to unsustainable economic, societal, racial, geopolitical, and cultural relationships. To enable the restoration and flourishing of the ecosystems of the biosphere, human societies need to be reimagined and reordered in terms of economic, cultural, religious, racial, and social equitability. The epistemic paradigms that have led to climate change and the ravaging of the earth, are not likely to lead the healing of the same. As such, ways of knowing that are embedded in religion, culture, and tradition are essential resources for the human transformation necessary for environmental regeneration and renewal. Sustainable nature require sustainable societies.

Join us for this two-day conference exploring interreligious approaches to building sustainable societies. The event will feature panel conversations and presentations from a host of renowned educators, including more than twenty scholars from across the GTU and its member schools and centers. Plenary speakers include internationally known scholar of ecology and religion Dr. Mary-Evelyn Tucker of Yale University, and Dr. Anantantand Rambachan of St. Olaf College.

Register to attend on Eventbrite. (The conference is free, but space is limited. Registration required.) 

Friday events will include panel discussions featuring experts from the GTU and beyond addressing the following themes:

  • Virtue Ethics for a Sustainable World
  • Ecovillages & Environmentally Conscious Living
  • Art, Literature, Ritual & Ecology
  • Religious & Ethnic Diversity: Empowerment and Emancipation

Conversations will continue on Saturday with panels addressing: 

  • Theology, Sustainability, and the Natural Sciences
  • Dharma and Right Relationships

The closing portion of the conference will focus on Hindu Ecophilosophy and Ecotheology, and will feature a keynote by Dr. Anantanand Rambachan (who offered the GTU's 2015 Surjit Singh lecture), and panel conversations on Advaita Vedanta and Vaishnava Vedanta.