DI/JES Co-Sponsoring Two International Interfaith Conferences

The Dialogue Institute/Journal of Ecumenical Studies is co-sponsoring two major international, interfaith conferences this spring and summer.

The first, Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and the Environment in World Religions, is being held May 23-25, 2016, at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. DI Founder and President Leonard Swidler is scheduled to offer an address on "Mother Earth: Where All Religions Meet in Loving Dialogue” as part of the second day's activities.

The 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. The conference is sponsored by Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue and the Department of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York.

The second conference, The Dynamics of Religious Pluralism in a Changing World: The Philadelphia, United States and International Contexts, will be held July 10-13, 2016, at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. It is the annual conference of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ), this year organized in cooperation with the ICCJ's member organization, the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR).

This conference will provide people from around the world with manifold insights into the complex and diverse experiences of religious pluralism, freedom and tolerance of Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities in the Philadelphia region, the United States and global contexts.

The deadline for online registration is June 6.