Interfaith Seminary Symposium on Ecological Behavior hosted at the University of Notre Dame at Tantur

Author: Allison Wattenbarger


The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) and partners are hosting an interfaith symposium on ecological behavior at the University of Notre Dame at Tantur in Jerusalem on October 28, 2019. Religious figures will speak about religious imperatives for promoting environmentally sustainable practices. The one-day event is expected to engage deans, faculty, and students in how to integrate environmental sustainability into seminary education.

In addition, the symposium will include presentations on key ecological challenges, panel discussions and breakout sessions on the emerging field of faith-based environmental education in seminaries and theological schools, and deep discussions on topics such as how seminaries can encourage faculty to include issues of ecology and creation-care in new and existing courses on Bible, theology, liturgy, and ethics. About 100 seminary faculty, students, and others from the Jerusalem area and Negev are expected to attend.

"This symposium helps reveal the connection between religion and ecology and encourage people to act,” says Yonatan Neril, founder and executive director of the ICSD. “It brings together an interfaith group of seminary faculty and students in Jerusalem and is a living example of coexistence."

At the symposium, award winners will be announced for the Catholic Seminarian Essay Contest on Sustainable Behavior, organized by ICSD and other partners.

Registration is now open. The symposium, including lunch and refreshments, is free of charge for participants who work or study at a seminary, theological, or rabbinical school, or current clergy. For non-seminary participants, the cost is 125 NIS.

Click here to learn more about the symposium.

Symposium Partners include the University of Notre Dame at Tantur, the Studium Theologicum Salesianum/ Salesian Pontifical University Jerusalem campus, the Swedish Theological Institute, and A New Dawn for the Negev.