25th Anniversary Academic Conference & Interfaith Forum 

April 23 - 25, 2018 • Chicago, USA

A two-part event —one an academic conference, the other a practical interfaith forum — tackling critical global issues using the resources of numerous religious traditions and of the Global Ethic - the signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Part 1 - Grappling with the Global Ethic: Multi-Religious Perspectives on Global Issues

Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The University of Chicago Divinity School Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Academic Conference: This conference brought together leading scholars of several faith traditions. Each presenter explored a contemporary issue of social justice that is found in the context of his or her own religious community, and brought to bear the unique ethical resources of that tradition in engaging the issue, as well as the moral directives of the signature document of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, “Towards a Global Ethic: An Initial Declaration,” also known as the Global Ethic. Members of the faculty or graduate students from the University of Chicago offered responses.

April 23: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
April 24: 9 AM – 6:00 PM

 

Keynote 

Sumner B. Twiss (Global Ethic and Human rights)
Distinguished Professor of Human Rights,
Ethics, and Religion
Florida State University

Presenters

Hille Haker (Catholicism)
Richard A. McCormick, S.J.
Chair of Catholic Moral Theology
Loyola University Chicago

Martin Nguyen (Sunni Islam)
Assoc. Professor of Islamic
Religious Traditions and Faculty
Chair for Diversity
Fairfield University

Hsiao-Lan Hu (Engaged Buddhism)
Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies,
Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Detroit Mercy

Scott R. Paeth (Protestant Christianity)
Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies,
Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies
DePaul University

Amanda Mbuvi (Judaism)
Asst. Professor of Religion
High Point University

Huaiyu (Henry) Wang
Professor of Philosophy and Liberal Studie
Georgia College & State University

Anantanand Rambachan (Hinduism)
Professor of Religion,

Philosophy and Asian Studies
Saint Olaf College

Scott R. Paeth (Protestant Christianity)
Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies,
Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies
DePaul University

Samaneh Oladi Ghadikolaei (Shi’i Islam)
Asst. Professor of Islamic Studies

Virginia Commonwealth University

Rosalyn LaPier (Native American)
Assoc. Professor of Environmental Studies
University of Montana

Part 2  - Faiths Together for Change: Acting on Chicagoland's Critical Issues

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Chicago Theological Seminary - 1407 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Forum: A day of practical break-out sessions that took, for inspiration, the academic conference conversations about the Global Ethic and social issues (attendance at the conference is not required). Together, participants identified three social-justice issues in the Chicago area of greatest concern and developed concrete, interfaith plans to address them. The Parliament of the World’s Religions is working to bring ideas and participants together for future action.

April 25: 9 AM – 5:00 PM

View the schedule for the Interfaith Forum here!

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Schedule
Videos: Grappling with the Global Ethic Conference Keynotes