Graduate Theological Union

Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses

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

A two-day conference sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and the GTU's Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies.

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.

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.

Additional details about schedule and presenters to come.