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2018 Luce-Hartford Conference

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God’s Creation and Human Responsibility

June 18-20, 2018

Climate change and environmental concerns are major issues facing communities across the globe. The effects of climate change have already had major economic, political, and cultural impacts. In fact, the discussions around the 2016 Paris Agreement and the 1997 Kyoto Protocol have sparked international debate about climate change and the role of human accountability. Concerns about the environment have also prompted cultural shifts in actions and expectations about environmental responsibility.

Theological understandings of creation and the environment and concepts of environmentally conscious spirituality are not new among Christians and Muslims. Yet, the dramatic rise in environmental concerns has prompted creative thinking among religious communities and organizations. The 2018 Luce-Hartford conference on Christian-Muslim Relations will address the topic of “God’s Creation and Human Responsibility.” The conference will explore theological reflection and scriptural references to climate change. The conference will be a forum for the sharing and exploration of “green projects” and environmentally responsible ventures among Christian and Muslim communities. In addition to one Muslim and one Christian keynote speaker, and religious leaders from various organizations, attendees of the conference will be invited to network opportunities for work in environmentally responsible activities from a faith-based perspective.

The 2018 Luce-Hartford conference is intended to provide an opportunity for academic theologians to reflect and articulate Muslim and Christian perspectives on creation and the environment, and to provide opportunities for professional and non-professional Christian and Muslim religious leaders to engage with each other as communities of moral deliberation for the common good.

Conference Schedule

Questions may be directed to Professor David D. Grafton at dgrafton@hartsem.edu

Fees:

$50 ($60 at the door) Conference activities Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, including two dinners and continental breakfast. Coffee will be available throughout the conference.

$25 Conference activities and dinner for Monday only

$25 Conference activities and dinner for Tuesday only

Students will be admitted free but must register before the conference. Non Hartford Seminary students must show their student ID upon arrival at the conference.

To register and pay with a credit card, click on the REGISTER button. To pay by check or cash, please contact Susan Schoenberger at 860-509-9519 or sschoenberger@hartsem.edu.

Registration is due by May 1, 2018. Late registration fee for the full conference at the door will be $60.

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