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Global Ethic Symposium Celebrates 30 Years of the Global Ethic Document

July 3, 2023

At the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions this August, the Global Ethic Symposium celebrates 30 years of the Parliament’s foundational document Towards a Global Ethic (An Initial Declaration). The Symposium is generously sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

The Global Ethic Symposium brings together prominent representatives from several religious and spiritual traditions to tackle this question: How do we put into practice our commitments to foster a culture of respect for life, of economic justice, of truth and compassion, of women’s rights, and of care for the Earth?

The Symposium opens with the assembly The Global Ethic in Action on Monday, August 14th. During the assembly, luminaries discuss how the Global Ethic relates to their personal and organizational efforts to improve the social good.

Luminaries of the Global Ethic Assembly

Nitin Ajmera is the Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a senior management professional, and a practitioner of the Digambar Jain tradition.
Rev. Charline Manuel is a New Thought Unity Minister, Chair of Unity World Headquarters, a Trustee of the PoWR, and Chair of its Global Ethic committee.
Dr. Mahan Mirza is a teaching Professor of Islam & Science in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and Director of the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.
Rabbi David Rosen is the former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and International Director of Interreligious Affairs of the American Jewish Committee.
Steve Sarowitz is a film producer, business leader, humanitarian, Director of Payescape, partner in Wayfarer Studios, and a practicing Bahá’í.
Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Senior Pastor of Christ The King UCC in Missouri.
Karma Lekshe Tsomo is the founder and past president of Sakyadhita: International Association of Buddhist Women and director of Jamyang Foundation.
Kehkashan Basu is a Canadian environmental and human rights activist, founder of Green Hope Foundation that currently works at a grassroots level in 28 countries, and trustee of PoWR.
Dr. Stephan Schlensog is the Secretary General of the Global Ethic Foundation founded by Hans Küng in Tübingen, Germany.

The Symposium’s first five programs on August 15th and 16th—part panel and part workshop—engage each of the Global Ethic’s commitments. The final program offers a chance to envision the world described by the Global Ethic, the world we all want to live in. And on August 17th join the Ansari Institute for The Pen and the Sword series featuring an awards ceremony and reception.

Explore the Global Ethic Symposium and the Global Ethic track→