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the Power of spiritual experience

charles Hogg christine Westbury Room 101 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance Somesaythatknowingiseasy,believingiseasy,but experienceishard.Theaimofthissessionistotransform ourknowingandbelievingintospiritualexperiencesand feelings.Attheheartofeachoneofusistheaimtohave deep,rich,spiritualexperiencesandfeelings.Whether itisoftheeternalself,loveforGod,thepowerofTruth, orsomethingelse,experienceisasustainingfactorin ourspiritualjourney.Thesessionwillbeginwithabrief discussionoftheprocess,andwillthenbeconducted insilenceaccompaniedbysoftmusicwithoccasional commentarytoguidetheparticipantsgentlyintovarious meditativeexercises.Theexerciseaimstocreateavery powerfulspiritualatmosphereofbelonging.Thisobservancewillguidetheindividualtotheirpointofstillness-- astillnessthattotallyrefreshesthemindandallowsthe selftobeinapositiontolisten,observeandreflect.In thisplaceofinnerstillness,oneistakentoanotherlevel oflisteningwhereonemaymoreeffectivelyhearothers fromapositionofcompassion,understanding,respect andtolerance.

charlie Hogghaspracticedmeditationdailyforthepast30years.

Hefirstlearnedmeditationin1975attheBrahmaKumarisRajaYoga MeditationCentreinLondon.Hetrainedasateacherandreturnedto Australiain1977toopenaBrahmaKumarisCentreinMelbourne.In 1980hebecametheDirectoroftheBrahmaKumarisRajaYogaCentrein Australia,wheretherearenow30suchCentres.

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orthodox Jewish morning observance ­ monday

rabbi ralph genende Room 103 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance RabbiRalphGenendewillleadthisprayerservice.Ifthere isaminyan(quorumforprayer)wewilldaven(pray)the fullservicealbeitwithoutTorahreading.Ifthereisno minyanwewillstilldaventogether.Bringasiddur(prayer book)ifpossible.Therewillbeafewsparesiddurim.

rabbi ralph genendeisseniorrabbiatCaulfieldHebrewCongregation,

whichisundergoinganenergeticrenewal.RabbiRalphhasaMaster's degreeinCounsellingandisSeniorRabbitotheAustralianDefence Force.HepreviouslyservedasCollegeRabbiatMountScopusCollege. HeisanExecutiveMemberoftheRabbinicalCouncilofVictoria,the CouncilforChristiansandJews,amemberoftheVictorianPremier's Multi-faithAdvisoryGroup,andheadsaJewishpre-marriage educationgroup.

Living ahimsa meditation: the Power of Harmony in our thoughts, speech and action

sri swami mayatitananda saraswati (mother maya) Room 109 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance TheancientVedicculturedevelopedmeditationasatool forexploring,developingandexpandingthemind'sinnerpathwaystopersonalawareness.TheSanskritword formeditation,dhyanam,means,`todiscern,measure, ponder,contemplate'.Inotherwords,theactofmeditationrevealsthemind.Oursensescannotleadusinto thisinneruniverse.Wemustultimatelymovebeyondthe workingsofourmindsandsenseperceptionsintothe realmofpureconsciousnessorsatchitananda.Thegoal ofLivingAhimsaistodiscoverwhoweareasinstrumentsofharmony,learninghowtoharvestahimsa,orthe `absenceofthedesiretohurtothers'.TheLivingAhimsa Meditationcanhelpconscientiouspractitionerscultivate harmonyintheireverydaythoughts,speechandactions. ThroughLivingAhimsaMeditationwedevelopanawarenessofourindividualpurpose,removingobstaclesand illusionsthatimpedewellnessandinnerharmony.Living AhimsaMeditationismorethananexerciseofthemindor willpower--itisanessentialtoolfordevelopingpersonal awarenessineverymomentofourdailylives.Duringthis sessionMotherMayawillleadaLivingAhimsaMeditation.

FounderoftheWiseEarthSchoolofAyurveda,mother mayaisahealer, educator,andauthor.Sheisanexponentofahimsa(nonviolence)andits ecologicalimportanceandisoneofthefewwomentobeordainedasa sannyasini(renunciant)byherGuru,HHSwamiDayanandaSaraswati.

christine WestburyhasbeenstudyingandteachingBKRajaYoga

meditationforthepast12years.ShecurrentlycoordinatestheirFitzroy branchandoverseesmanyoftheirMelbourneactivities.Sheisonthe advisoryboardforaParliamentoftheWorld'sReligionsandhasworked closelywithinterfaithgroups,hostingnumerousevents.Sheworksasa medicalresearchnurseatRoyalChildren'shospital.Christinecoordinated`just-a-minute'inMelbourne.

seon (Zen) meditation Practise

Jinwol Lee Room 102 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance SeonisamethodofKoreanBuddhistmeditationsimilar toChaninChinaandZeninJapan.Itisawayofpurifyingone'smindthroughconcentrationandcontemplation. ThroughtheSeonpractice,onecandiscoverenlightenment,wisdomandcompassion.Allarewelcometojoin thissessionandpractisethissimpleandpeacefulform ofmeditation,whichcanhelptouncoverone'soriginal natureofperfection.

Venerable Professor Jinwol LeeisaBuddhistmonkandSeon(Zen)

MasteroftheJogyeOrderofKoreanBuddhism.HereceivedaPhD inBuddhistStudiesfromUCBerkeleyandnowteachesatDongguk UniversityinKorea.HeisaSteeringCommitteeMemberoftheCoalition fortheUNDecadeforPeace,anExecutiveCommitteeMemberofthe WorldFellowshipofBuddhists,andaGlobalCouncilMemberofthe UnitedReligionsInitiative.

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catholic mass, Ukrainian rite

Fr robert stickland Ukrainian catholic choir Room 110 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance ThisobservancewillbeaUkrainianCatholicByzantine Liturgy(Mass)celebratedaccordingtotherubricsof theDivineLiturgyofStJohnChrysostom.TheUkrainian CatholicchoirwillparticipateinthisEastern-riteliturgy. TheMasswillbeexplainedforthosenotacquaintedwitha Eucharistcelebratedinthismanner.

Fr robert stickland, celebrant,isapriestoftheUkrainianCatholic EparchyofAustralia,NewZealandandOceania,assistantpriestatSs PeterandPaulCathedralinNorthMelbourne.HewillbeassistedbyFr DeaconEdwardKostrabyalsooftheCathedral,NorthMelbourne. Ukrainian catholic choir members:JulianaHassett,KristinSlota,

NadiaJuzva,AlexandraChubaty,MayaMuthuswamy,DaniellaFedyszyn, KateMuthuswamy,OlegLevkut,DanielMagalas,SymonKohut

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Saraswatiwillgiveeachparticipantnotonlytheknowledgeofpeace,butalsothedeepandlastingexperienceof peace.Thisobservancewillincludemeditation,universalchanting/prayerandexplanationsofwhatcauses ustoloseourpeace,andhowtoavoidthesepitfalls.In histalk--filledwithdeep,profoundinsightaswellas humour--Saraswatiwillsharepracticaltechniquesto bringandmaintainpeaceinyourlife.Therewillalsobe aquestionandanswersession,whereparticipantswill havetheopportunitytoreceiveanswerstoanyquestions, dilemmasorobstaclestheyarefacing.Comebetaught, touchedandtransformed!

H H Pujya swami chidanand saraswatiisthepresidentandspiritual

headofParmarthNiketan,oneofthelargestspiritualinstitutionsin India.HeisalsothefounderandchairmanoftheIndiaHeritageResearch Foundation(IHF),sponsoringawiderangeofhumanitarianandeducationalprograms.SwamiSaraswatihasbeenalong-timeparticipantin internationalinterfaithconferences.In1991,hereceivedthe`Hinduofthe Year'award.

Uniting church Prayer service

ms isabel thomas Dobson Room 111 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance TheUnitingChurchinAustraliawasformedin1977 fromtheunionoftheMethodist,Congregationaland PresbyterianChurches.TheChurchcomesfromthe reformedandevangelicaltraditions,anditsworshiphas focusedaroundtheServiceoftheWord.Singingisimportant,andprayershavebeentraditionallyinformal.The ChurchisAustralian,enrichedbyIndigenousrelationshipsandmembersfrommanycultures,andhasastrong commitmenttosocialjustice.

ms isabel thomas DobsonistheModeratoroftheUnitingChurch SynodofVictoriaandTasmania.ShehasbeenPresbyteryMinisterfor LoddonCampaspepresbyteryandPresbyteryMinister(PastoralCare) forthePresbyteryofLoddonMallee.ShehasbeenanElderinfour congregations,SecretaryofthePresbyteryofMallee,involvedwithcommitteesrangingfromchildren'sministrytoagedcare,andamember ofthelastfiveAssemblies.SheisacurrentmemberoftheAssembly StandingCommitteeandhasbeenamemberofthreepreviousStanding Committees.

criteria for Deciding the eternal truths

sri chinna Jeeyar swamiji Room 204 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance Isitphysical?Isitperception?Isitinference?Orisita message?Limitationsinthephysicalworld,limitations toperception,limitationstoinference,andthelimitations ofthemessagehavetobeunderstoodwhendecidingthe eternaltruths.Arethesesourcesabletotakeustothe endresult?Ifso,how?Ifnot,whatthen?

sri chinna Jeeyar swamiji waseducatedintheancientVedictradition.DedicatedtotheprincipleofservicetoallbeingsasservicetoGod, themissionofSriJeeyarSwamijiisinvolvedinnumerouscharitable enterprisesinawidevarietyoffieldsincludinghealthservices,education, disasterreliefandveterinarymedicine.Heisinvolvedinthecauseof worldpeaceandhasgivenspecialattentiontotheyouthoftheworld.

so that You may Know one another: the call for social cohesion in the Qur'an

imam afroz ali Room 207 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance Inthissession,ImamAfrozAli,FounderandPresidentof theAl-GhazzaliCentreforIslamicSciencesandHuman Development,willhighlighthowtheQur'anapproaches socialcohesionasablessedlearningopportunityforhumankind.ThissessionisoneofsixinaseriesofMuslim observancesontheQur'anscheduledacrosssixdaysof theParliament.ItisdesignedtoincludebeautifulQur'anic recitation,cleartranslation,andilluminatingexegesisaroundadifferentParliamentsubthemeeachday. ItwillalsoshowhowthesubthemesoftheMelbourne ParliamentareallissuesofsharedconcerntoMuslims andareattheheartofIslam'ssocialconscience.

Living in Peace not Pieces: How to Find and remain anchored in Joy, Peace, and Bliss amidst the Waves and storms of Daily Life

H H Pujya swami chidanand saraswati Room 203 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance Weareallsearchingforthatelusiveyetessentialinner peacewhichenablesustostaycalm,focused,centred, joyfulandblissfulamidstthetrialsandtribulationsoflife. Buthowdowefindit?JoinoneofIndia'smostrevered spiritualmastersonajourneytothatunshakeableplace ofpeace,stillness,joyanddivinelightwithineachofus. Duringthisobservance,HisHolinessSwamiChidanand

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imam afroz ali istheFounderandPresidentoftheSydney-based Al-GhazzaliCentreforIslamicSciences&HumanDevelopment.Hehas receivedlicencestoteachinvariousIslamicSciences,havinglearned fromthemostesteemedRightlyGuidedIslamicScholarsofourtime.He hasinitiatedphilanthropicaswellassustainableenvironmentprojects inAustraliaandabroadandcontinuestoadvocatepeace,acceptance, justice,andinterpersonalrights.HeisalsoarecipientoftheInternational AmbassadorforPeaceaward.

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Purifying the Heart and soul through remembrance of allah: Dhikr as an islamic Devotional act for inner Peace

imam Feisal abdul rauf Room 216 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance InIslamitissaidthateverythingincreationpraisesGod throughreflectionandremembrance.Muslimsbelieve thatinadditiontoformalobligatoryprayersandsupplication,Allah(God)hasprovidedotherwaystogrownearer toHimastheCreatorofmankind,aswellasopportunities toexpiatesinfuldeeds.InthisObservance,ImamFeisal AbdulRauf,ChairmanoftheCordobaInitiative,willexplainwhatdhikris,itspathtopurificationofoneselfand toremembranceoftheCreator.Hewillalsoleadadhikr sessionwelcomingalltoparticipate.Theobservancewill befollowedbyadiscussion.

imam Feisal abdul rauf ischairmanoftheCordobaInitiative,amultinational,multireligiousprojectthatworkstoimproverelationsbetween theMuslimworldandtheWest.Authorof`What'sRightWithIslamIs What'sRightWithAmerica:ANewVisionforMuslimsandtheWest', heisalsofounderoftheAmericanSocietyforMuslimAdvancement. ImamFeisalisagraduateofColumbiaUniversity,NewYorkandholdsa Master'sdegreefromStevensInstituteofTechnology.

Five Pillars of spiritual Life

Dada J P Vaswani Room 212 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance Ithasbeensaidthatwhenthe20thcenturybeganGod wasdisplacedfromthecentralpositionHeoccupiedin man'sexistence.Severalreasonsforthishavebeenproposed,suchasdisbeliefandcynicismcreatedbyDarwin's TheoryofEvolution,thequantumprogressofscience andtechnology,andman'sincreasinglymaterialisticway oflife.HasGodlosttheprominenceHewasaccorded centuriesago?HowcantheOmnipotentloseprominence andpower?Externalformsofworshipmayhavechanged, church-going,ritesandritualsmayhavebeenreduced, butman'sneedforGodisgreaterthanever.Butinthe secretrecessesoftheheartthequestionsarise:where isGod?HowmayIfindHim?TobeabletofindGodandto beholdHimfacetoface,weneedtotakenoteof,among others,fiveimportantthings:thefiveprinciplesofspirituallife.

Dada J P Vaswani isthespiritualheadoftheSadhuVaswaniMission.

Acclaimedasahumanitarian,philosopher,educator,writer,oratorand spiritualleader,DadaJPVaswani'sbookshavebeentranslatedinto severallanguages.TheSadhuVaswaniMissionisanon-sectarianinstitutionwhichbelievesintheunityofallreligionsandreverestheGreatOnes ofallfaiths.Themissionservesallsectionsofsocietywithnoattentionto caste,creedorrace.

Daily Puja: the Daily Jain ritual of a shwetambar Jain idol Worshiper

nitin Doshi Param shah ekta Doshi Kirit c Daftary Room 217 ReligiousorSpiritualObservance InJainism,therearetwopredominantsects:Digambar andShwetambar.Shwetambarisdividedintotwo sub-sects:thosepractitionerswhoworshipidolsin temples,knownastheMurtipujak(`idol-worshiping') orMandirmargi(`temple-going')andthosewhodonot, thereformistsub-sectsoftheSthanakvasisandthe Terapanthis.Inthissession,wewillofferabriefdemonstrationoftheactivitiesofaShwetambaridolworshiper whileanarratorexplainsthemeaningoftheworshiper's activities.TheworshipergoestothetempleinthemorningandperformsPuja(worshipofanidol).Asherecites BhavanaanddoesChaityaVandan,therewillbebackgroundmusicofDholak(drums)andmorningShenhai (flute).

nitin DoshiisPresidentofMelbourneShwetambarJainSangh,which conductsvariousJainreligiousactivitiesinMelbourne,Victoria. Param shahisanactivememberofMelbourneShwetambarJainSangh,

teachingvariousritualstomembers.ParamisastudentfromIndiaand hasjustcompletedhisME(Electronics)andME(Telecommunication) educationinAustralia.

self-enquiry meditation

gopal Puri Room 214 TrainingSession Self-EnquiryMeditationisanimportanttoolinselfinvestigationforself-knowledge.Itisastep-by-step contemplativeandreflectivemeditationtechnique.Inthis meditationpracticewecomeintocontactwithoursubconscious,thesourceofourwants,desires,complexes, behaviouralpatternsandprejudices.Thispracticeguides usinbecomingacquaintedwithourinherentnature:who weareandwhyweareso.Dailypracticeofthismeditationtechniqueenablesustoovercomenegativequalities andhabits,andhelpsustobettermanagelife'sproblems. Itbringsustoself-acceptanceandeventuallytoselfrealisation.

swami gopal Puriisa`TraintheTrainer'SeniorinstructorforYogain

DailyLife.BorninHungary,heholdsadegreeinPhysicsandbringsa uniqueperspectiveonYoga.Heisco-directoroftheYogainDailyLife CentreinRichmond,Melbournewhereheconductsclassesforawide rangeofstudents,frompreschoolagetoseniors.Manywillhaveseen hispopularweeklyyogasegmentsonMelbournecommunitytelevision Channel31.

ekta DoshiisanactivememberofMelbourneShwetambarJainSangh andhasdonethisPujaonvariousoccasions.Sheisauniversitystudent abouttocompleteherBachelor'sdegreeinCommerceandLaw.

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Kirit c DaftaryisPresidentofAnuvibhaofNorthAmericaandpast

PresidentoftheFederationofJainAssociationsinNorthAmerica,which represents67JainCentresandover150,000JainsinNorthAmerica.He isthealternativerepresentativetotheUnitedNationsofAnuvratGlobal Organization.MrDaftaryregularlylecturesonJainismandHinduismat severaluniversitiesandparticipatesinmanyinterreligiousdialogues.He isamemberofMelbourneShwetambarJainSanghandwillbethenarratorforthisprogram.

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gurbani Kirtan: sikh sacred classical music

Kultar singh Bhai sawarn singh Bhai manmohan singh Room 220 ArtisticPerformance Musichastheuniquepowertotakeustodifferentemotionalelevations,justasawordofwisdomfromatrue teacheralsohaspowertotakeustodifferentspiritualelevations.Over500yearsago,GuruNanakcombinedthese two`super-powers'tocreateaunificationofspiritual wisdomwiththeemotionalvaluesofmankind.Thistype ofsacredmusicsoughttoeliminate`emotionswithout wisdom',whichwillalwaysresultinanincompletehumanbeing.TheentireBani(WordofWisdom)ofSriGuru GranthSahib(theSikhSacredBook)wasinitiallysungto thevariousRaagas(musicalmeasures)bytheGurusand compiledlater,inthecurrentform,bythefifthGuru.It alsocontainstheBaniofBhagats(Saints)fromdifferent religions.GurbaniKirtan(alsoknownasGurmatSangeet) isthemusicofSriGuruGranthSahibsungtothemusical measuresoriginallyintroducedbytheGurus.Thisperformancewilltaketheformofthekirtan,astylewhichwas sungbytheGurusandcomposedsome400yearsago.

Kultar singhisthesonofBhaiAvtarSinghRagi,an11thgenerationkirtaniaa.Hismusicaltrainingbeganundertheguidanceofhisfather,who mergedwithinfinityin2006andpassedthetorchtothislivingtreasure. Hecarriesonthetraditionofabout500originalGurbaniKirtancompositionsfromthetimeofthe5thGuru,whichhavebeenpreservedbythe kirtaniaasa(performersofSikhsacredmusic)forthelast400years.

the torah through Paintings and Poetry

Victor majzner Helen Light Deborah masel rosemary crumlin Room 218 ArtisticPerformanceandPanelDiscussion Forthefirsttimeinthehistoryofart,allofthe54parshot (weeklyreadings)oftheTorahhavebeendepictedvisually fromaspecificallyJewishperspective.VictorMajzner accomplishedthisfeatwithhisexhibitattheAustralian JewishMuseuminMelbourneinJuly2008.ThisillustratedlectureonMajzner'sworkwillbedividedintothree parts.First,Majznerwilldiscussanumberofpaintings fromthisseriesandilluminatetheir`Jewish'content.He willalsodiscusssomecomparisonsbetweenhisJewish imageryandChristianimagesofsimilarsubjectmatter. Second,poetDeborahMaselwillreadpoemsshehas writtenbasedonthesamesectionsoftheTorah.Masel hasrecentlypublishedabookentitled`IntheCleftofthe Rock'.Thethirdpartwillbedevotedtoapaneldiscussion withVictorMajzner,DeborahMasel,RosemaryCrumlin andHelenLightfocusingonthevisualdepictionofthe Torah.

Dr Victor majzner isanartistwithmorethanfiftysoloexhibitionsin

AustraliaandNewZealand.HewastheHeadofPaintingatVictoria College(PrahranCampus)andTheVictorianCollegeForTheArts. Macmillanpublishedamajorbookabouthisartworktitled`Earthto Sky,theartofVictorMajzner'(2002).Hisoriginalartworkisinspiredby apersonalcommitmenttodevelopingaJewishArtthatisrelevanttoa contemporarycontext.

Bhai sawarn singhisapercussionistwhoplaysjorree,asetof2drums, originallydesignedbythe5thGuru.Hecommencedhistrainingatthe ageof9years,undertheguidanceofBhaiJwalaSinghRagi(ofThhatta Tibba,Kapurthala,Punjab).Today,at73,heistheonlymusiciantohave playedjorreeforthelast62years. Bhai manmohan singhisaprofessionallytrainedvocalistwhojoined thegroupafewyearsago.Henowservesasanaccompanistandplays harmonium.

Dr Helen Light, am, hasworkedattheJewishMuseumofAustralia since1983andhasbeenDirector/Curatorsince1991.Shehascuratedandoverseenover120exhibitionsaswellasthefourpermanent exhibitionsatthemuseum.HelenisaChurchillFellow,arecipientofa CentenaryofFederationMedal,aMuseumAchieveroftheYearAward, anHonoraryAssociateatMuseumVictoria,andAdjunctAssociateofthe CentreforJewishHistoryatMonashUniversity. Deborah masel isanauthorandteacherwithaspecialinterestinJewish mysticism.ShelecturesregularlyforJewishandinterfaithgroupsand organisationsandwritesonaspectsofJewishmysticaltraditionforvariouspublications.Hermostrecentbook,`IntheCleftoftheRock:Writings ontheFiveBooksofMoses',isacompilationofprosepoemsandessays basedonherteachings. Dr rosemary crumlin rsm, oam,isanartcuratorandhistorianwith

aspecialinterestinmodernartandspirituality.Sheisamemberof theArtCommitteeofthenewcathedralinParramattaandhasrecently publishedasmallbookonKlausZimmer'swindowsinthecathedral, andanotheronPhilCooper'scarvedStationsoftheCross.DrCrumlin hasbeenawardedhonorarydoctoratesfromtheMelbourneCollegeof DivinityandtheAustralianCatholicUniversity.

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INTRARELIGIOUS 9:30­11:00am gender and equality and the sikh Faith

amrit Kaur Versha, moderator Harpreet Kaur inderjeet singh Pahwa gurbux Kaur Kahlon Dr anahat Kaur sandhu Bibiji inderjit Kaur Khalsa Room 101 PanelDiscussion TheSikhfaith,likemostotherworldreligions,empowers womenandmenasequals.DuringthetimeoftheSikh Gurus,severalSikhwomenwereinpositionsofauthority.Thissessionpresentsahistoricaloverviewofgender equalityinthefaithanditscurrentglobalcontext.Issues relatingtointergenerationalapproacheswillbediscussed.SikhfemaleperspectivesfromSouthAsia,North AmericaandAustraliawillbeshared.

amrit Vershahasabackgroundinsociology,educationandbusiness administrationandisaPhDstudentinSocialSciencesattheUniversity ofNewSouthWales(UNSW).ShehasmanagedmanyNGOsandhasalso workedingovernment.Vershaisinstrumentalinsettingupcommunity consultationstructurestofacilitateaccessformarginalisedgroups.She worksinTAFEcommunityservices,asaresearchassociatewithUNSW, andasaconsultantandvolunteer. Harpreet KaurgraduatedfromPennsylvaniaStateUniversityasa Communicationsmajorin1999.Shestartedoffhercareerworkingasa newsreporterforanewschannelinthemetropolitanWashington,DC area.Herpersonalpursuitiscreatingdocumentaries,shortfilmsand moviesthatbringminorityissuesintothemainstreammedia.Kaurhas takentheleadroleinSachProductions,amediaorganisationthathas becometheoutletthroughwhichshecanfulfillhergoals. inderjeet singh PahwarepresentstheSikhyouthcommunityandisa

memberoftheSikhInterfaithCouncilofVictoriaandtheYouthcommittee fortheParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.Shebelievesthatmoreinterfaithactivitiesanddialoguewillhelppeoplebridgegapsandunderstand eachother,allowustoliveinharmony,andaddressissuesthatconcern usallandmakethisworldabetterplace. UtilitiesCommission.BornandraisedinPunjab,India,sheimmigrated totheUSin1977.BasedonherexperienceinIndiaandtheUS,shewill shareheruniqueperspectivesongenderequalityandwomen'sintergenerationalissues.SheisactiveintheSanFranciscoBayareainterfaith communityandparticipatesinpromotinginterreligiousunderstanding andharmonyviatheGlideMemorialChurchinSanFrancisco.

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a Baha'i Perspective on the right to Development

Brian Lepard aK merchant Room 102 InteractiveWorkshop Historically,thefieldsofinternationalhumanrights lawandsocialandeconomicdevelopmenthaveevolved independentlyofoneanother.Whileinternationalhuman rightsnormsarehavinganincreasingimpactondevelopmentissues,itisimperativetosimultaneouslyshape thefuturedevelopmentofinternationalhumanrights lawsothatitissupportiveofsustainabledevelopment andtheneedsofthemostdestituteinourglobalsociety. Thisworkshopexaminestheconceptofahumanright todevelopmentfromaBaha'iperspective,anddrawsinsightsfromtheBaha'iWritings.ItwillfocusontheBaha'i teachingoftheunityofthehumanfamily,whichallows ustoperceivetheexistenceofaglobalcommunityandto takeappropriatesocial,economic,andlegalmeasuresto servetheneedsofthisinterdependentcommunity.The workshopalsoexploresthecriticalimportance,froma Baha'iperspective,ofaspiritualmotivationfordevelopmenteffortsandmeasurestoensureahumanrightto development.Onlythroughthisspiritualmotivationcan thesereformsbesuccessfulandlong-lastingandresult inaprofoundtransformationoftheheartsandmindsof thosewhoarisetoservetheirfellowhumanbeings.

Brian D LepardisLawAlumniProfessorofLawattheUniversityof

NebraskaCollegeofLaw,wherehehastaughtInternationalHuman RightsLaw,amongothercourses.AmemberoftheBaha'iFaith,heis theauthorofnumerousbooksandarticlesonhumanrights,ethics,internationallaw,andworldreligions,includingthebook`HopeforaGlobal Ethic:SharedPrinciplesinReligiousScriptures'.

Dr ali K merchanthasstudiedinIndiaandabroadandholdsdegreesin

Education,EnglishliteratureandWorldOrderstudies.Heworksinthe arenaofValues/EthicsEducationasSeniorFacultyatSaiInternational CentreforHumanValues,NewDelhiandasvisitingfacultyforCentre forCulturalResources&Training,aGovernmentofIndiainstitution. Additionally,herunstheglobalinterfaithorganisationTheTempleof Understanding(India)ofwhichheisthehonoraryGeneralSecretary.

gurbux Kaur KahlonisanenergyeconomistwithCalifornia'sPublic

Dr anahat Kaur sandhuisthePresidentoftheSikhEducationaland

ReligiousFoundation.SheisformerSecretaryGeneraloftheWorldSikh Council,AmericaRegionandhasservedasamemberoftheExecutive CouncilofReligionsforPeace,USA. BhaiSahibaorChiefReligiousMinisterofSikhDharma.Bibijiservesas theheadofthe3HOdelegationtotheNon-governmentalOrganizations (NGO)bodyoftheUnitedNations.SheisFounderandProgramDirector ofCreateInnerPeace,aprogramtomanagecriticalincidentstressfor firstresponders,utilizingyogaandmeditationtechnology.

global and interreligious education through Peer-to-Peer and online Learning in australian and Us schools

richard Prideaux rev ed Hubbard Room 103 InteractiveWorkshop WiththeadventoftheInternetandothernewtechnologies,newformsofteachingandlearninghavebecome possible,thusbroadeningaccesstoeducationand deepeninghumanknowledge.Onlineeducationallows studentstomovebeyondtheconfinesofthephysical schoolbuilding.Peer-to-peerlearninginvolvesthesharingofknowledgeamongadiversegroupofpeople.When teamedup,thesetwoapproachescanyieldbeneficialre-

Bibiji inderjit Kaur Khalsa, PhD,holdsthedistinguishedpositionof

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sultsinallfields,butparticularlyininterfaithandcrossculturaleducation.Thisinteractiveworkshopwillintroduceelectronicsolutionstopressingeducationalneeds, withparticipantsreceivingafreesoftwarepackageatthe endofthesession.Thesessionwillincludeanexample ofonlinelearningfromYear8studentsfromBeaconhills CollegeinMelbourne,whohavetakenanonlinecoursein worldreligions,lookingespeciallyatAboriginalreligions, Buddhism,Christianity,Hinduism,IslamandJudaism.

richard PrideauxisateacheratBeaconhillsCollege,Berwick, Melbourne,Australia. rev ed HubbardisaclergymemberoftheCorrellianNativisttradition

andapublicreligiouseducator.

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Journey into america

Room 107 Film ThisfilmexploreshowMuslimsfitintocontemporary Americansociety.HavetheAmericanidealsofpluralism andopennessbeensustainedinthepost-9/11American society?AmbassadorAkbarAhmed,Islamicscholarand author,withagroupofyoungAmericans,journeysacross thecountrytoexploreAmericaandAmericanidentity afterSeptember11.ThefilmwasdirectedbyCraig Considine.

Poverty, Health and religion in australia

governor David de Kretser Jacinta collins margaret Bell Room 105 & 106 PanelDiscussion Thelinksbetweenpovertyandhealtharewelldocumented.InAustralia,religiousorganisationsplayanincreasinglykeyroleinthealleviationofpovertyandintheprovisionofhealthcare.Thispanelsessionwillexplorethe issues,analysingthecurrentlinksbetweenreligionand government,andsuggestingfuturedirections,regarding notjusthealthandwelfarecarebutalsohealthpromotion andpovertyreductionfortheAustralianpeople,including minoritygroups.GovernordeKretserwillfocusespecially ontheissueofmen'shealth.

BorninSriLanka,Professor David de KretseriscurrentlytheGovernor ofVictoriaandchiefpatronofthisParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions. HestudiedmedicineattheUniversityofMelbournebeforepursuinga researchandacademiccareer.Hehassubsequentlyservedonmany nationalandinternationalhealthboardsandcommittees.Hehasspecialisedparticularlyinmen'shealthissues.BeforebecomingGovernor,he wasProfessorofMedicineatMonashUniversity. children'sissues,wasbornandeducatedinMelbourne.Sheworkedin thetradeunionmovementbeforebeingelectedasasenatorin1995. Shehasservedonarangeofparliamentarycommitteesinsuchareasas publicadministration,workplacerelationsandeducationaswellasinthe shadowportfolioforchildrenandyouth.

sikh Panel on Principles and articles of Faith

Dr ranbir singh sandhu, moderator Kuldeep singh giani gurbax singh gulshan mejindarpal Kaur Room 108 PanelDiscussion Thissessionwillshareanddiscussthebasicprinciples oftheSikhfaith.Thesessionwillincludeanoverviewofa Sikh,asperSikhscripture,andapresentationonthedevelopmentoftheSikhCodeofConduct.Thearticlesofthe faithandtheirrelevancetoourtimeswillbediscussed. TheeffortsofvariousSikhorganisationstosecurethe rightofSikhstopractisetheirfaithacrosstheworldwill alsobepresented.

Dr ranbir singh sandhuisProfessorEmeritusatTheOhioState University.HehasservedasPresidentoftheInterfaithAssociationof CentralOhioandasthefoundingSecretaryGeneraloftheWorldSikh Council-AmericaRegion.Heistheauthoroftheauthoritativebook `StruggleforJustice:SpeechesandConversationsofSantJarnailSingh Bhindranwale'. Kuldeep singhisthePresidentoftheSikhYouthofAmerica.Hehas beentheSecretaryoftheWorldSikhCouncil,Americas,amongother positionsheldintheglobalSikhcommunity.Healsohasover30yearsof experienceinworkingwithyouth,holdingcampsandretreats,inspiring Sikhvalues,andinfusingthespiritofhumanonenessinthem.Graduates ofhiscampshavegoneintotheworldandopenedseveralnonprofit endeavorstohelphumanity. giani gurbax singh gulshanwasborninIndiain1951andtravelledto Londonin1981asapreacher.Gulshancontinuestopreachindiwans, seminarsandconferencesworldwide.HecaninterpretGurbani,Sikh historyandMaryadacomprehensively,andin2005wroteacommentary onMaryada(SikhCodeofConduct&Conventions).Hehasbeenincharge oftheEuropeanchapterofVishavSikhParcharkSansthaAmritsarsince 1995. mejindarpal KaurislegaldirectorandchairoftheUKchapterofUnited Sikhs,aregisteredcharity,whichservesminorityandunderprivileged communitiesgloballythroughprogramsofcivilandhumanrights advocacy,humandevelopmentandhumanitarianrelief.Sheleadsthe legalteamthatisfightingfortherighttoweartheSikharticlesoffaithin Europe,particularlyinFrance.

Jacinta collins, asenatorforVictoriaandspokespersononfamilyand

margaret BellisaneducationalpsychologistandthefoundingPresident

oftheChainReactionFoundation.Inrecentyears,shehasprioritised workingincollaborationwithAboriginalcommunityleaderstobroaden publicawarenessandunderstandingofthevalueoftraditionalandcontemporaryAboriginalknowledge.Margarethasbeenrecognisedbythe UnitedNationsasaneminentworldleaderinvolunteeringandcommunityserviceandisamemberoftheOrderofAustralia.

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transforming compassion in science and religion (session 2)

Leron shults solomon Katz michael t H Wong manuka Henare imam afroz ali Room 109 PanelandInteractiveWorkshop Compassionisavaluethatiscentraltomanyofthe world'sreligionsandaphenomenonthatcanbestudiedfromavarietyofscientificperspectives.Thissecondsessionofamini-symposiumsponsoredbythe InternationalSocietyforScienceandReligioncontributes tothegrowinginterestinintegratinginterreligiouswith interdisciplinarydialogue.Itwillprovideacontextwithin whichdifferentvoicescancometogetheraroundthe sharedconcerntounderstandandfacilitateempathyand altruismacrossreligiousandothersignificantboundaries.Thissymposiumfocusesontransformingthewaywe thinkaboutcompassionthroughlisteningtooneanother andonfacilitatingcompassionthathasameaningfulimpactonthehumancondition.Itwillalsodiscuss facilitatingalevelofcompassionthattransformsthe humancondition.Thissecondsessionfeaturesapanel ofrepresentativesfromdifferentreligiousbackgrounds (Muslim,HinduandChristian)offeringreflectionsonhow variousspiritualtraditionshelpustounderstandand fostercompassion.Thepanelwillbefollowedbygroup exercisesinwhichaudiencemembersdiscussinitial reactionsandimplications.Thesessionwillconcludewith interactionamongparticipantsfromthefieldsofbothscienceandreligionasweexplorepracticalwaystofurther theconversationandpromotecompassion.

F Leron shultsisprofessoroftheologyandphilosophyattheUniversity ofAgderinKristiansand,Norway.Aleadingauthorityonscienceand theology,hehaspublishedsometenbooksanddozensofarticlesinthe field.ShultsistheeditoroftheBrillbookseries`PhilosophicalStudies inScienceandReligion'andscientificdirectoroftheTransforming CompassionprojectatStiftelsenArkivet,apeace-buildinginstitutein Norway.Hisothercurrentresearchinterestsincludeethics,desire,differentiationandreligioussymbolism. Dr solomon KatzisdirectoroftheKrogmanCenterforChildhood

GrowthandDevelopmentattheUniversityofPennsylvaniaandisaprofessorofanthropologyandaseniorfellowattheWhartonSchoolLeonard DavisInstituteforHealthEconomics.HewasfounderandChairman (1984to1986)oftheTaskForceontheAfricanFaminefortheAmerican AnthropologicalAssociation(AAA)andiscurrentlyChairoftheAAATask ForceonWorldFoodProblems. University,Australia.

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islam 101 series: applying islamic Principles for a Just and sustainable World

imam Feisal abdul rauf ayisha ali ahmed rehab amjad-mohammed saleem Hamid Hai Fakhreddin saberi Room 110 PanelDiscussion ThispresentationwillfocusonIslamicprinciplesandhow theirapplicationisgearedtofacilitateajustandsustainableworld.ItwillcovertopicssuchasZakat,orIslamic almsgiving,andhowitreducespoverty.Principlesthat promotepeacemaking,socialcohesion,andreconciliation willalsobediscussed.Panellistswillalsodiscusshow theseprinciplesandtheirapplicationhavespiritualas wellassocialsignificance.Theywillalsohighlightexamplesofspecificprojects,agendas,issuesandideasabout howtoapplyIslamicprinciplesforajustandsustainable world.ThispanelisoneofsixsessionsintheIslam101 Seriesdesignedtohighlightcriticallyimportantissues regardingIslamicbeliefs,practice,andhistorythatareall toocommonlymisunderstood.

imam Feisal abdul raufischairmanoftheCordobaInitiative,amultinational,multireligiousprojectthatworkstoimproverelationsbetween theMuslimworldandtheWest.Authorof`What'sRightWithIslamIs What'sRightWithAmerica:ANewVisionforMuslimsandtheWest', heisalsofounderoftheAmericanSocietyforMuslimAdvancement. ImamFeisalisagraduateofColumbiaUniversity,NewYorkandholdsa Master'sdegreefromStevensInstituteofTechnology. premierwomen'scollegeinJeddah,SaudiArabia.SheholdsaBAinThe Book(HolyQur'an)andSunna(TheProphetsTraditions)andaMaster's degreeinIslamicLaw&ItsOriginfromUmmAlQuraUniversity,Makkah, SaudiArabia.SheisalsoanactivememberattheIslamicEducation Foundation.

ayisha aliisanIslamicStudiesLectureratDarAl-HekmaCollege,a

ahmed rehabisanAmericanMuslimactivistandwriterwithafocus oncivilrights,mediarelations,andIslam-Westrelations.Heisthe ExecutiveDirectorofCAIR-Chicago,aMuslimcivilrightsandadvocacy office.RehabservesontheboardsofdirectorsoftheIllinoisCoalitionof ImmigrantandRefugeeRights,theImmigrationandRefugeeInterfaith Ministries,theChicagoHumanRelationsAdvisoryCommitteeandthe EgyptianAmericanSociety.HeisamemberoftheChicagoCouncilon GlobalAffairs'Muslimtaskforce. amjad-mohammed saleemistheheadofmediaandpublicrelations

forTheCordobaFoundation.HewasthearchitectofaglobalpartnershipbetweenMuslimAidandtheUnitedMethodistCommitteeonRelief, whichwashailedbytheBritishPrimeMinisterasalandmarkexample ofMuslimscollaboratingwithChristiansduringtimesofconflictin SouthAsia.

michael t H WongisanAssociateProfessorofPsychologyatMonash manuka HenareistheAssociateDeanattheUniversityofAuckland

Hamid Hai isacardiologistbyprofessionandalongtimeparticipant

BusinessSchool,NewZealand.

imam afroz ali istheFounderandPresidentoftheSydney-based Al-GhazzaliCentreforIslamicSciences&HumanDevelopment.Hehas receivedlicencestoteachinvariousIslamicSciences,havinglearned fromthemostesteemedIslamicscholarsofourtime.Hehasinitiated philanthropicaswellassustainableenvironmentalprojectsinAustralia andabroadandcontinuestoadvocatepeace,acceptance,justiceand interpersonalrights.AlireceivedtheInternationalAmbassadorfor Peaceaward.

andleaderininterfaithdialogue.HewasthehostoftheMuslimgroupat the1993ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.Currentlyheservesasthe PresidentoftheWorldCouncilofMuslimsforInterfaithRelations.

mr Fakhreddin saberi istheHeadoftheQur'anicMuseumofthe OrganizationofCulturalHeritageofIran.HeholdsaMaster'sdegreein IslamicTheology,aBachelor'sdegreeinphilosophyandisaresearch scholarontheGloriousQur'anandIslamicHistory.Hehasseveralbooks tohiscreditincluding`BiographyofImamKhomeini'and`30Lessons fromtheHolyQuranandHolyImams'andhasparticipatedindomestic andinternationalconferencesondifferentIslamicissues.

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returning to right relations between christians and indigenous Peoples in north america: a Powerful source of Learning

James scott alvin Dixon Barbara Pemberton michael Lowe caleb oladipo Leo Lefebure Room 111 PanelDiscussion Christianindividualsandinstitutionslearnprofoundly abouttheirownspiritualvalues,identitiesandroleswhen theyundertaketorebuildrightrelationswithIndigenous andAboriginalpeoplesoftheirareas.Thispanelpresents fourpowerfulstoriesfromNorthAmericaaboutthose committingtotheseapologeticandlisteningprocesses.

reverend James scottwasordainedbytheUnitedChurchofCanada.

Hiscareerhasfocusedonsocialjustice,peacemakingandconflictresolution.HedirectedtheCoalitionAgainsttheReturnoftheDeathPenalty andanimatededucationalprogramsfortheChurchCouncilonJustice andCorrections.CurrentlyJamesbringshishealingandreconciliationexperiencetohisroleasaUnitedChurchnationalstaffmemberfor IndianResidentialSchools.

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scripturesthemselves.Thisstylehasbecomeincreasingly uncommonovertheyears,anditspreservationbytoday's youthissymbolicofthecontinuingrespecttheyholdfor theireternalheritage.

sacred earth for inner Peace music

Prem and Jethro Williams Room 201 ArtisticPerformance SacredEarth'smusicforinnerpeaceisAustralia'sbestsellingworlddevotionalmusic.VocalistPremWilliams performswithherhusband,JethroWilliams,whoplays flutesfromIndia,Japan,andIrelandaswellasacoustic guitar.TheduoperformsSanskritmantrafromtheHindu tradition,Hebrewsongsofpeace,ancientsongsfromthe NativeAboriginalsofAustralia,andmoderndaysongs ofdevotioninEnglish.Themusicisawe-inspiringand uplifting,takingthelisteneronadeepinnerjourney. SacredEarthisleadingthewayforsacredmusicwithin Australiaandisamongtheindustry'sforemostsacred musicartists.

BasedinAustralia,SacredEarthisthecreationofJethro and Prem Williams. JethroandPremhavebeentravellingtheworldforsixyears performinglivethemusicofSacredEarth.Premshareswithusher heartfeltdevotionforSpiritandourpreciousMotherEarththroughmantraandsongsfromtheheart.Premissupportedbymultiinstrumentalist JethroWilliams,whoplaysShakuhachi(Japaneseflute),IndianBansuri flute,IrishTinandLowwhistles,andacousticguitar.

alivin Dixon isaIndigenousleaderintheUnitedChurchofCanadaand hasbeendeeplyinvolvedwiththeresidentialschoolsettlementprocess. Barbara PembertonisanassociateprofessoratOuachitaBaptist UniversityinArkansas,US.ShereceivedherPhDinworldreligionsfrom BaylorUniversity.MsPemberton'sresearchisfocusedoncomparative religioustexts,worldreligions,NativeAmericanreligions,Islamand newreligiousmovements.ShesplitshertimebetweentheUSandSaudi Arabia. Professor caleb o oladipo,originallyfromNigeria,istheDukeK

McCallProfessorofMissionandWorldChristianityattheBaptist TheologicalSeminaryatRichmond,Virginia.Hedirectstheschool'sstudy abroadprogramandhasgivenlecturesinmanypartsoftheworldonthe characterofChristianityinAfrica.

a new ethical manifesto for the global economy

Hans Küng Dipak Jain Room 202 PanelDiscussion RenownedSwiss-GermantheologianDrHansKüng, PresidentoftheGlobalEthicFoundation,willdiscuss thenewlylaunchedmanifestotitled`GlobalEconomic Ethic­ConsequencesforGlobalBusinesses.'Coming intheaftermathoftheworstglobalfinancialcrisisin seventyyears,themanifestoaimsatlayingouta`commonfundamentalvisionofwhatislegitimate,justand fair'ineconomicactivities.FirstsignatoriesincludeformerPresidentofIrelandandformerU.N.HumanRights CommissionerMaryRobinson;JonathanSachs,director oftheEarthInstituteatColumbiaUniversity;andNobel PeacePrizeLaureateDesmondTutu,AnglicanArchbishop emeritusofCapeTown,SouthAfrica.Buildingonthe 1993ParliamentofWorldReligions'`Declaration TowardsaGlobalEthic,'themanifestooutlinesfive universallyacceptableprinciplesandvalues:theprinciple ofhumanity;non-violenceandrespectforlife;justice andsolidarity;honestyandtolerance;andmutualesteem andpartnership.

Professor Leo D LefebureisaCatholicPriestandtheMatteo RicciChairintheTheologyDepartmentatGeorgetownUniversityin Washington,DC.Hehaswrittenextensivelyoninterreligiousdialogue. HisprimaryresearchinterestistherelationshipbetweenBuddhismand Christianity.

an exploration of gurmat sangeet ­ sikh musical Heritage

Kulbir malhotra australian sikh Youth Room 201 ArtisticPerformance Thisprogramconsistsofaninstrumentalandvocal performancebyachoirformedfromSydney'sSikhyouth, featuringperformersfromtheagesof10to25yearsold. ThecontentwillbehymnsfromtheholySikhscripture, SriGuruGranthSahib,whichwillbesungintheoriginal musicalmetresandmelodicmodesprescribedbythe

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Dr Hans KüngisaninternationallyknownChristiantheologianand presidentoftheGlobalEthicFoundationofTübingenUniversity.Hehas publishedoverfiftytitles,includingTheBeginningofAllThings­Science andReligion,Islam:Past,PresentandFutureandamanifesto;Global EconomicEthic­ConsequencesforGlobalBusinesses.DrKünglivesand teachesinTübingen,Germany. Dr Dipak c JainhasbeendeanoftheKelloggSchoolofManagement

since2001.HiscareerineducationbeganasastudentinTezpur,northeastIndia.HeearnedhisMaster'sDegreeinMathematicalStatisticsfrom GauhatiUniversityinIndiaandhisPhDinMarketingfromtheUniversity ofTexas.Since1989,DeanJainhasalsobeenavisitingprofessorof marketingattheSasinGraduateInstituteofBusinessAdministrationat ChulalongkornUniversityinBangkok.

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the role of media in conflict resolution ­ Panel

ahmed rehab Dr Paul Wee Leymah gbowee Karen Hernandez-andrews Room 204 PanelDiscussion Theinternationalmedia,withitsglobalreachandpowerfulinfluence,canfanflamesofconflictandmisunderstanding,oritcanhelptoquenchthemandbring illumination.Thispanelwilldiscusspossiblestrategies forutilisingbroadcast,printandInternetmediaoutlets topromoteandfacilitateinterfaithandintergroupunderstandinganddialogue;participantswillincludejournalists,educators,producersandactivists.

ahmed rehabisanAmericanMuslimactivistandwriterwithafocus oncivilrights,mediarelationsandIslam-Westrelations.Heisthe ExecutiveDirectorofCAIR-Chicago,aMuslimcivilrightsandadvocacy office.RehabservesontheboardsofdirectorsoftheIllinoisCoalitionof ImmigrantandRefugeeRights,theImmigrationandRefugeeInterfaith Ministries,theChicagoHumanRelationsAdvisoryCommitteeandthe EgyptianAmericanSociety.HeisamemberoftheChicagoCouncilon GlobalAffairs'Muslimtaskforce. Paul WeeispresentlyadjunctprofessorattheElliottSchoolof

InternationalAffairs,GeorgeWashingtonUniversity,Washington,DC. HeservedasprogramofficerfortheUnitedStatesInstituteofPeace whereheworkedprimarilyoninterfaithconflictresolutioninNigeria andColombia.HereceivedhisBAfromHarvardUniversity.Paulhasa MastersofDivinitydegreefromLutherSeminaryandaPhD,magnacum laude,inPhilosophyandSocialSciencefromtheUniversityofBerlin.

sarvodaya shramadana movement ­ grassroots Development, conflict resolution and education

a t ariyaratne Room 203 Seminar Howcansustainableempowermentforpeoplebesupported,sothatlocalsolutionscanbemadetotheworld's largestproblems?ATAryaratnewillspeakabouthis workinSriLanka,whereSarvodayahasreachedoverhalf thevillagesandsupportedover11,000villagersinhelping themselves.Dealingwiththeaftermathofthe2004tsunami,shepherdinglocaldevelopmentprojectsincluding inspiringpeopletobuildschools,promotingbiodiversity andsustainabilitymeasures,anddiggingwells,aresome ofthewaysSarvodayahelpscommunitiesmeettheir needsthroughprinciplesofnonviolenceandcooperation.Youngpeopleandtheircommunitiesallaroundthe worldalreadyengageinpovertyreductionandhuman development.Inthesetimesofclimatechangeandeconomichardship,howcanthislocalworkbefosteredand strengthenedtoplayaneverlargerpartofthesolutions? Howcanspiritualprinciplessupportthistransformation tocollaborationandtopeacefulresolutionofconflict? Whatistheroleofeducationinthistransformativework? Andhowcancreativeengagementbefostered,toreclaim localresourcesandlocalwisdomtomeeturgentneeds?

ahangamage tudor ariyaratneisthefounderandpresidentofthe

SarvodayaShramadanaMovement.Hewastherecipientofthe1996 GandhiPeacePrize,theNiwanoPeacePrize,theKingBeaudoinAward andmanyotherinternationalhonoursforhisworkinpeacemakingand villagedevelopment.

Leymah gboweewasveryinvolvedinthefilm`PraytheDevilBackto Hell'andwasoneoftheprimarymembersoftheLiberiaMassActionfor Peacegroup.SheisoneofthefoundersofWipsenAfrica,anall-female humanrightsorganisationthatseekstoprofessionaliseandinstitutionalisewomeninpeaceandsecurityinAfrica. Karen Hernandez-andrewsholdsanMAinTheologicalResearchin

Christian-MuslimUnderstandingfromAndoverNewtonTheological SchoolandaBAinPeaceandJusticeStudieswithaconcentrationin IslamfromWellesleyCollege.SheiscurrentlypursuingaMaster'sof SacredTheologyinReligionandConflictfromBostonUniversitySchoolof Theology.Karenteachesateducationalinstitutions,churchesandother organisationsaboutIslam,globalChristian-Muslimrelations,AlQaeda, andtheologicalresponsestoterrorismandIslamophobia.

the many Faces of Peace

Dr Homi Dhalla Room 207 AudiovisualPresentationandDiscussion Thetwentiethcenturyhasbeenthebloodiestinthe historyofmankind.Althoughthetentaclesofviolence havespreadfarandwide,therehasbeenanincreasing awarenessoftheneedtoworkforacultureofpeace.Itis perhapstimetostopfocusingonthewoundsandworktowardshealing.Thispresentationwishestodrawattention totheconstructivestepsbeingtakenbyartists,educators, musicians,religiousleaders,athletesandstatesmenwho areallcontributingtothecultureofpeace.Thepresentationwillshowabout130slidesdepictingvariousaspects ofpeace.

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Homi DhallaholdsanMAfromHarvardandaPhDfromMumbai

University.HehasrepresentedtheParsicommunityatvariousinternationalconferences,focusingonissuesofpeace,ecology,humanrights andinterreligiousdialogue.HewasawardedtheMotherTeresaNational AwardforInterfaithHarmonyin2007.AstheFounder-Presidentofthe WorldZarathushtiCulturalFoundation,HomihasinitiatedvariousculturalprojectsfortheParsicommunity.

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sustainable Way of Life through shumei natural agriculture

shumei Youth members Kohei tsukuta Yoshinori Yokoi Haruka Koide masanori Kaneko Kanako Fukushima Room 209 Seminar ShinjiShumeikai,informallyknownasShumei,isaspiritualorganisationdedicatedtoelevatingthequalityoflife ofallpeople.Shumeiiscommittedtothecreationofan idealstateofhealth,happinessandharmonyintheworld throughtheapplicationofthewisdomandinsightsofthe spiritualleader,MokichiOkada.Hetaughtthataworld freeofsickness,povertyanddiscordispossiblethrough thespiritualexercisethatwecallJyorei,theappreciation ofartandbeauty,andthepracticeofnaturalagriculture. Inthispresentation,wewillfocusonShumeiNatural Agriculture,whichisnotjustanalternatemethodof growinghealthyfood,butalsoawayofgrowingspiritually byrebuildingourrelationshipwithnature.Inthisageof ever-increasingmaterialdevelopment,manypeopleare beginningtofeelthatsomethingvitalislackingintheir lives.Bysharingwhatwehavelearnedthroughpractising ShumeiNaturalAgriculture,wehopetogenerateideas aboutwhatthiswayoflifecandotohelppeoplerestore harmonywithnatureandtokeeptheirmindscalmand balanced.

shumeihasbeenfarmingnotonlyinJapanbutalsoinotherpartsofthe

world.Duringthisseminar,representativesofJapaneseyouthmembers fromShumeiwillpresenttheessenceofShumeiNaturalAgriculture basedontheirpersonalexperiencesoffarmingintheirownlocalareas.

Jaina Doctrine of ahimsa and sustainable Living

Dr raksha shah munishree Lokesh Kirit c Daftary Room 208 PanelDiscussion TheJainadoctrineofAhimsaisgraduallyattractingthe attentionofthepeopleoftheworldinthewakeofthe currentenvironmentalandecologicalcrises.Ahimsa--the Jainaconceptofnonviolence--stressesnotonlyabstinencefromallformsofphysicalviolencebutalsoexpectsanindividualtoavoiddisharmonyordiscomfort thatwouldcausepainandmiserytoanycreatureon earth.ThispresentationwillexplaintheJainadoctrineof Ahimsaasabroadconceptofnonviolencethatencompassesthought,action,andword,andwhoseperspectiveconsidersmorethantheimmediateconsequences ofone'sactions.ThepresenterswillshowhowAhimsa formsasinglefoundationforvariousconceptssuchas humanrightsandenvironmentalsustainability.

Dr raksha shahisavisitinglecturerattheUniversityofMumbai,where

shewasrecentlyawardedaPhD.SheisaJainscholarwhorepresented IndiaattheParliamentofWorld'sReligionsinBarcelonain2004and attheMonterreyMexicoConferencein2007.Sheisanaturopathand freelancejournalistwhohasreceivedthree`BestJournalist'awards. SheistheeditoroftheJainNewsletter,`JainPrakash',andacommittee memberofJAINAShriVirchandRaghavjiGandhiMemorialCommittee.

His Holiness munishree Lokesh,aworld-renownedpoet,teacher, diplomatandspiritualleader,wasborninPachpadraNagar,India.Atthe ageof22,herenouncedtheworldandreceivedDikshafromLateAcharya ShriTulsi.HehasstudiedtextsofJainism,BuddhismandVedantaandis proficientinseverallanguages,includingPrakrit,Sanskrit,Hindi,Gujarati andEnglish.Hehaswrittenmorethantwelvepopularbooksofpoems andessays,describinghisdoctrinesofpeaceandharmony. Kirit c Daftary isPresidentofAnuvibhaofNorthAmericaandpast

PresidentoftheFederationofJainAssociationsinNorthAmerica (JAINA),whichrepresents67JainCentresandover150,000Jainsin NorthAmerica.HeisalsothealternativerepresentativetotheUnited NationsofAnuvratGlobalOrganization(ANUVIBHA).MrDaftaryregularly lecturesonJainismandHinduismatseveraluniversitiesandalsoparticipatesinmanyinterreligiousdialogues.

convening education session: schooling, Young People and social inclusion

Bronwyn Pike genevieve Peterson maria minto-cahill Helen Butler Room 210 PanelDiscussion Servingtheeducationalandotherneedsofstudentsfrom disadvantagedcommunitiesrequiressophisticatedpolicy responsesfrombothgovernmentandnon-government schools.TheSalvationArmyhasexperiencewithstudentswhomustdealwithhomelessness,addiction, unemployment,incarceration,singleparenthoodand sustainedpoverty.Inthisseminar,theywillconnectwith theprogramresponseofMelbourne'sCatholicEducation OfficeandtheAustralianCatholicUniversity,whohave collaborativelydevelopedapostgraduatecoursefocusing onStudentWellbeinginInclusiveSchooling.Leadersand

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agraduateofthisprogramwillgiveanaccountoftheireffortstoaddresstheunderlyingpovertyandjusticeissues.

the Honourable Bronwyn PikeisMinisterforEducationinVictoria, Australia'ssecondmostpopulousstate.Victoria'sgovernmenteducation systemincludeshalfamillionstudentsenrolledinalmost1600schools, withmorethan40,000teachingstaff.PriortoenteringParliament,Ms Pikeworkedasasecondaryandtertiaryteacher,acommunityservices manager,andtheDirectoroftheUnitofJusticeandSocialResponsibility intheUnitingChurch.SheisalsoformerBoardDirectorofGreenpeace Australia. captain genevieve Petersonisasocialpolicyconsultantandofficerin theSalvationArmy.ShespentsixyearsinasocioeconomicallydisadvantagedareaofMelbourneassistingyoungpeoplewhowereexperiencing variouslevelsandformsofsocialexclusion.Itwasherethatshedevelopedapassionforunderstandingthestructuresofsystemicpovertyand, moreimportantly,apassionforreleasingensnaredyoungpeople.She completedaMasterofSocialPolicydegreeattheUniversityofMelbourne in2008. maria minto-cahillhasabackgroundasateacherandprincipalin

CatholicprimaryschoolsinVictoria,Australia.Sheiscurrentlyamember oftheStudentWellbeingUnitintheCatholicEducationOffice,Melbourne. Herworkencompassesareassuchasprofessionallearningandschool improvement,communityengagement,socialandemotionallearning, restorativejustice,andstudentengagement. Withabackgroundinteaching,studentwelfareandcommunityhealth promotion,Helen ButlerworkedforoveradecadeattheCentrefor AdolescentHealth,RoyalChildren'sHospital.SheheldkeyleadershiprolesintheGatehouseProject,theAdolescentHealthandSocial EnvironmentsProgram,andtheFestivalforHealthyLiving.Herwork focusesonpromotingwellbeingthroughsocialjusticeandinclusive schoolsandcommunities.SheiscurrentlyaseniorlecturerinWellbeing inInclusiveSchoolingattheAustralianCatholicUniversity.

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Dr ian gawler, oam, FounderofTheGawlerFoundation,isapioneer

inthetherapeuticapplicationofmind/bodymedicineandmeditation.A long-termcancersurvivor,IanestablishedAustralia'sfirstlifestyle-based cancerself-helpgroupover25yearsago.Heworksintensivelywith cancerandMSpatientsandconductsmeditationretreatsandwellness programs.HeisanauthorandastudentofSogyalRinpoche.Initially trainedinVeterinaryScience,DrGawlerholdsaMaster'sinCounselling.

religion, conflict, and Peacebuilding: the case of colombia

Fr Leonel narvaez Joanne Blaney Jane Wells Room 212 PanelDiscussion AsapartoftheReligion,Conflict,andPeacebuilding series,thissessionwillfocusontheeffortsoftheSchools ofForgivenessandReconciliation(SRF).SRFhasfive centresofreconciliationinBogotaandoperatesintwelve additionalLatinAmericancities.Overall,SRFhasplaced programsin47schools.Colombiaisexperiencingan increaseincriminality,domesticandschoolviolence, generalisedanarchy,organisedcrime,dramaticpoverty,andtheharmfulinfluenceofdrugtrafficking.SRF increaseseducationasalong-termsolutionandhas createdaschoolcurriculum,PedagogyofCaringand Reconciliation,toprovidetraininginthepromotionof peaceandeducationonthelocallevel,andworkwith formercombatantstowardsreconciliation.Itseeksto helpvictimsofviolencetransformnegativememories, generatenewnarratives,andgetfreeofthepastinorder toprojecttheirlivesintothefuture.UNESCOrecognised SRFforitsworkinpeaceeducationin2006and2007.

Father Leonel narvaezisaCatholicmissionary.Heinitiallyworkedwith thenomadictribesinEasternAfricaandcurrentlyworksintheforestof theSouthAmazonareaofColombia.In2000,heestablishedtheSchools ofForgivenessandReconciliation(ESPEREistheSpanishacronym).He wasakeyfigureintheGoldinInstitute's2007globalgatheringonthe topicofreintegrationofformerchildsoldiers. Joanne BlaneyisaMaryknollLayMissionerwhohasspentthelast12 yearsworkinginBrazilwithurbangrassrootsgroupsonthethemesof violence,conflictresolutionandmediation.Since2005,JoanneisafacilitatoroftheESPEREcourse(SchoolsofForgivenessandReconciliation). Usingapopulareducationmodel,sheworkswithavarietyofrestorative justicepracticesincludingrestorativecircles,emotionalliteracyandassertivecommunication.SheholdsaMasterofArtsinEducationfromthe UniversityofMaryland. Jane Wells isanAmericanQuaker.Sheandherhusband,TomSadtler, arethefoundersoftherecentlylaunchedForgivenessInternational,a branchofSchoolsofForgivenessandReconciliationthatservestheUS, CanadaandAfrica,withthekeymissionofcreatingagloballearning networkinforgiveness.Janeisahumanresourcesprofessionalwithexpertiseinindividualandorganisationaleffectiveness.ShehasaBAfrom theUniversityofPennsylvaniaandaMBAfromBostonUniversity.

religion, spirituality & Life threatening illness

ian gawler Room 211 InteractiveWorkshop Thegreattraditionsallhavealonghistoryofhealing. MiraculoushealingisafoundationstoneoftheChristian story.TheHindushaveyogiswhohavedefiedmodern medicalexpectationsofmindcontrol.Buddhismhasan abundanceoftechniquesthathaveunderpinnedmodernpsychologyandmind-bodymedicine.However,inan increasinglysecularworld,manypeoplehaveanaversion toformalisedreligion.Life-threateningillnesscommonly challengespatients,families,friendsandhealthcare workerstoreassesstherolesofmiraclesandmedicaltechniquesinthehealingprocessandtothinkabout whatmightbestleadtopeaceofmind,adeepersenseof meaningandaclearersenseofpurpose.ThispresentationwilldrawuponDrGawler'spersonalexperiencewith recoveringfromalife-threateningcancer.ThepresentationwillbeadeepexplorationofChristian,Hindu,andespeciallyTibetanBuddhisthealingpractices.DrGawlerwill alsotalkaboutwhathehaslearnedduringthirtyyearsof workingwiththousandsofpeopleaffectedbycancerand multiplesclerosis.Hewillthendiscussthepossibilitythat thegreatspiritualtraditionsofferalevelofexperience, authenticityandstabilitythatmoresecularspiritualism oftenlacks.

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Jain Heritage and education for Peace and Harmony

Priyadarshana rakhecha H H amrender muniji samani mangal Prajna Ji Room 213 PanelDiscussion Jainismhasalwayshadadeepecologicalawareness.This consciousnessextendseventothemicroscopiccreatures oftheearthandwater.Jainshavealwaysheldthatonlyif theecologicalbalanceisprotectedwillhumanitycontinue tothrive.ThispresentationofJainheritagehascaptivated youngandold,Indiansandforeigners,whosemindshave beenopenedtothisancienteco-socio-spiritualphilosophy.

Priyadarshana rakhechaholdsaBAinHindiLiterature,Historyand CultureandanMA,MPhil,andPhDinJainism.Heisalecturerinthe DepartmentofJainologyattheUniversityofMadras.Rakhechahas translatedtwobooksonJainismandauthoredtwootherbooks.He servesastheresourcepersonforStOlafGlobalCollegestudentswho traveltoIndiatostudyIndianreligions. amrender munijiisoneofthefewJainmonkswhotraveloutsideof

Indiatopreachnonviolence.Hewasinitiatedattheageoffourteenand hasaMaster'sdegreeinPhilosophyandSanskrit.Heisascholarof Hindu,JainandBuddhistscripturesandisalearnedpractitionerand teacherofHathaYogaandKundaliniYoga.

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Over648BuddhistcentresandmonasteriesoftheKarmaKagyulineage in51countriesfollowH H the 17th Karmapa trinlay thaye Dorje.The co-presenterswillbedrawnfromthispoolandwillincludebothmonk andlaypractitioners.

Jcma: a Working model of interfaith in action

Philip newman Di Hirsh mark Pedersen Paul tonson Khaled Khalafalla Janette Witt Room 215 InteractiveWorkshop ThisprogramwillintroduceparticipantstotheJewishChristian-MuslimAssociationofAustralia.JCMAhas developedintoamultifacetedorganisationsinceitsfirst Melbourneconferencein2004.ThiswasinitiatedbyRabbi JonathanKeren-Black,basedonthepatternofawellestablishedconferenceinGermany.Suchconferences havesincebeenrunannuallyandnowanannualWomen's Conferenceisalsoheld.JCMAconductsprogramsin primaryandsecondaryschoolstotackleprejudiceand promoteharmonythrougheducatingchildrenaboutthe AbrahamicFaiths.OtheropportunitiesforinterfaithdialogueoccurthroughSundayafternoonseminarsandthe recentlylaunchedgroup,GreenFaith,whichencourages memberstoactivelyaddressenvironmentalproblems. TheJCMASessionisdividedintotwoparts.Thefirstpart isanintroductiontoJCMA,itshistory,principlesand practices,andactivities.Thesecondpartwillpresentthe Schoolsprograms,PrimaryandSecondary,whichhave provedenormouslypopularamongthousandsofstudents andtheirteachersacrossprivateandstateschoolsin Victoriaduringthelastfouryears.

archdeacon Philip newman, oamisArchdeaconforChristianUnity

andRelationswiththeWorld'sReligions,heisChairofShelfordGirls' GrammarBoard,andLocumPriest,StAndrew'sCorio,Melbourne. PhilipisSecretaryofJCMAandhashelpedorganisethelastfourWinter Conferences.HehasbeengivenresponsibilitybyhisDioceseforrelations withotherfaiths,andisonthememberof2009ParliamentBoardof Management. ofJewishWomenofAustralia.Inthiscapacityshehasorganised,among otheractivities,interfaithcelebrationsoftheJewishfestivals,withtraditionalfoodserved,theritualsexplainedandtraditionalsongsandmusic included.Dihasbeeninvolvedinorganisingcommunitydinnerswiththe CatholicandAnglicancommunities,aswellashelpingtoorganiseand encourageJewishwomentoparticipateinMuslimwomen'sinterfaith dinners.ShealsoconvenedthefirsttwoJCMA(JewishChristianMuslim AssociationofAustralia)Women'sConferencesandishelpingtoorganise thethirdconferenceinMarch2010.DiisontheCommunityRelations Committeeofthe2009Parliament. interfaithdialogueoverthepastfifteenyears.HerepresentstheIslamic CouncilofVictoriaintheJewishChristianMuslimAssociationofAustralia andworkswiththeIslamicCentreofEducationandDevelopmentonvariouscommunityprojects,includingtheannualMelbourneMuslimMusic Festivalandrelatedartsprojects.

samani mangal Prajna JiisaJainnunandadiscipleofHisHoliness AcharyaMahaprajna.SheholdsaPhDinJainReligionandservesasvicechancellorofJainVishwaBharatiUniversityinIndia.Initiatedin1984at theageof22,shebecameamemberoftheSamanorderaftersixyears. Sheknowsmanyancientlanguages,includingSanskrit,PrakritandPali aswellasthemodernlanguagesofEnglish,HindiandGujarati.

Living mindfully For a Peaceful and sustainable Future

carey rohrlach Various followers of H H the 17th Karmapa trinlay thaye Dorje Room 214 Lecture ThesessionwilldescribetheThreeWaystomakeourselvesandtheenvironmentmorepeaceful,joyfulandsustainableforall.Monkandlaypractitionerswillgivetheir interpretationsofhowtoplaybetterwithothersinour playground.Thissessionwilldiscusspast,presentand futureissueslikewar,equalityforwomen,sexandsexualityanddeveloping-worldissuessuchasaccessiblebirth control.Whenwethinkoftermslike`me'or`us',and`you' or`them',itiseasytosee`enemies',andthereisdistance between`us'and`them'.Ifweadopttheviewthatweare allfriendswithasharedgoal,wehavemorefriendsthan whenwestartedandnowwehaveworktodotogether. Thispresentationwillseektoaddresswhereweareright nowandwhatisusefultodoinordertoreachthegoalof aharmoniousandsustainablefuture.

carey rohrlachisayogicmeditator.

Di HirshisanInterfaithandInterculturalChairoftheNationalCouncil

mark PedersenisanAustralian-bornMuslimandhasbeenactivein

rev Dr Paul tonsonoftheUnitingChurchwasoneofthefirstmembers ofJCMA,followingseveralyearsontheexecutiveoftheCouncilof ChristiansandJews(Vic).HebringshisscholarlyworkinHebrewBible studiestoundergirdcooperativeendeavoursbetweenadherentsofdiffer-

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entfaithsandtosupportanaffirmativeunderstandingofthepluralityof religionsincontemporaryAustralia.

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Khaled KhalafallaisajournalistinternforTheAgeaftercompleting

studiesatMonashUniversity.HehasanEgyptianMuslimbackgroundand iscurrentlyaJCMApresentertoprimaryandsecondaryschoolgroups. KhaledisthehostofabreakfastradioshowonSYNFManddoesoccasionalstand-upcomedygigs.

Janette WittistheJewishChristianMuslimAssociationSchools ProgramCoordinator.Shehassuccessfullymanagedprimaryand secondaryprogramssincetheirinceptionin2006,havingreached13,500 studentsacrossVictoria.

aboutthevarietyoftraditionsandgroupspresenthere andthecommunitytheycreatetogether.Thediscussion willtouchontopicsofspecificrelevancetoAustralian Paganismsuchasreligioustolerance,legalrights,intrafaithandinterfaithconnections,andwillincludealookat thewaysthatPagansinAustraliaareengaginginpublic outreachthrougheducation,serviceandelectronicand printcommunications.

Fabienne s morganaisaSolitaryEclecticPaganwithanongoingcommitmenttoherspiritualpathandjourneyaswellasthoseofothers. PreviouslyanentertainmentprofessionalwithaBachelorofCreative Arts,sheisanauthorisedcivilcelebrantwhofacilitatesacrossalllife events.FabienneisintheprocessofcompletingaGraduateDiploma inPsychologyandaJusticeofthePeace.SheoriginatesfromWestern QueenslandandnowlivesinMelbourne. glenys Livingstone,PhD(SocialEcology),hasAustraliancountryroots,

teachertrainingandanMAinTheologyandPhilosophyfromtheGraduate TheologicalUnionatBerkeley,CA,USA.Shehasbeenacademicallyand culturallyinvolvedintheresurgenceoffemaleimageryfortheSacredfor overthirtyyears.Sheisacelebrantoftheannualseasonalritualsand authorof`PaGaianCosmology'.GlenyslivesintheBlueMountainswith herpartnerTaffySeaborne. isthefoundingeditorofSpellcraftmagazine,Australia'spremierperiodicalfortheoccultandesoteric.DrD'MontfordistheheadoftheAustralian ShambhallahAwarenessCentrePaganChurchandholdsanhonorary degreeinphilosophy,specialisinginTibetanandHinduShamanism.Her paranormalabilitieshavebeenfeaturedontheground-breakingpsychic realityTVshow`TheOne'.

the tree of Humanity and the one god of all religions: the Brahma Kumaris

gopi elton Dr nirmala Kajaria Room 216 Seminar ThisprogramisorganisedbyAustralianmembersofthe BrahmaKumaris.Throughlectureandopendiscussion, thispresentationwillexploretheinterconnectednessof allhumanityandtheonenessofGod.Ourvarietybrings beautytothewhole;allhumanbeingsaresimilarin theireternallinkwithGod.ThemostcommonexperienceofGodisasLight.Knowledgeofourpotentialto connectwithGod,theMostBeautifulOne,bringshope andhealing.Thispresentationencouragesindividualsto seektodeepenanddeveloptheirownunderstandingof connectednesswithotherhumanbeingsandwithGod, intheformofLightemanatingfromwithin.Inthisactive experienceofpracticalspirituality,lifecanbecomemore liveable,bearable,tolerableandevenmoreenjoyablewith oneselfandwithothers.

gopi eltonhaspracticedandtaughtRajaYogameditationforthepast

25yearsinseveralstatesofAustralia.Sheisaneducatorandfacilitatordeliveringhealthprofessionaleducationinthegovernmentsector inVictoriaandhasspentthirtyyearsworkingasaregisterednurse inmentalhealthtreatmentareas.Sheisinvolvedinco-ordinatingthe `ValuesinHealthcare:ASpiritualApproach'programinAustralia,aswell asrunningaBrahmaKumarismeditationcentre. DirectorofsixtymeditationcentresthroughoutAustralasiaandSoutheast Asia.Shelivesinandco-ordinatesalargeinternationalretreatcentrein NorthernIndiaattheheadofficeoftheBrahmaKumarisWorldSpiritual University.Sheisalsoaworld-widepractitionerandlectureronstress relief,selfmanagementtechniquesandenhancementofmindprocesses.

she' D'montfordisateacher,healer,author,promoterandactivist.She

gede Parma hasbeenanactivememberofhislocalAustralianPagan communityforyears.Heistheco-founderofCovenoftheWildWood andhascontributedPaganarticlestobooksande-zinesgearedtoward Paganyoungadults.Amonghisbooksare`Llewellyn's2010Witches' Companion:AnAlmanacforEverydayLiving'and`Spirited:Taking PaganismBeyondtheCircle'. Linda WardhasbeenapractisingPaganforoverfortyyears,working mainlyasasolitary.ShehasbeenactivelyinvolvedinthePagancommunityforovertenyears,helpingtoorganiseaseriesofweekendevents promotingthecelebrationofPagandiversity.ShehasaMaster'sdegree inReligiousStudiesfromQueenslandUniversity(2003)andisagraduate ofGriffithUniversity'sMultiFaithCentreIn-ServiceDevelopmentTraining PrograminInterfaithDialogueandUnderstanding.

Dr Kajaria hastaughtRajaYogameditationfor45yearsandisthe

islam 101 series: Women's rights as Human rights in islam

Dr saleha abedin Dr siti musdah mulia american speaker to be Determined Room 219 PanelDiscussion Thispanel,madeupofleadingMuslimwomen,willfocus onwomen'srightsinthegeneralcontextoftheIslamic conceptofhumanrights,whichisconstructedonthe principlesofjusticeandequity.Panellistswillhighlight theIslamicconceptofthehumanrightsofwomenthat rendersfulljusticetotheirsocial,culturalandbiological rolesintotalrecognitionoftheirhumanityandspirituality.TheywillalsoaddresshowMuslimwomenand theirrightshavelongbeensubjectedtoavastarrayof

australian Pagans speak: a community Forum

Fabienne morgana glenys Livingstone she' D'montford gede Parma Linda Ward anthorr nomchong Room 217 PanelDiscussion PaganismisaliveandwellinAustralia!JoinPaganrepresentativesfromaroundthecountryinaconversation

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misconceptionsputforthbyMuslimsandnon-Muslims alike.Throughthisdiscussion,thepanellistsaimtohelp correctthepublic'simageofIslam'sstanceonwomen's rightsandbegintheprocessofgreaterunderstandingand healing.ThispanelisoneofsixsessionsintheIslam101 Seriesdesignedtohighlightcriticallyimportantissues regardingIslamicbeliefs,practiceandhistorythatareall toocommonlymisunderstood.

Dr saleha m abedinischiefeditoroftheJournalofMuslimMinority

Affairsandco-chairoftheGlobalPeaceInitiativeofWomenReligious &SpiritualLeaders.ShehasalsoservedontheInternationalAdvisory BoardfortheCouncilforaParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.Sheis currentlytheViceDeanofInstitutionalAdvancementatDarAl-Hekma College,apremierwomen'scollegeinJeddah,SaudiArabia.

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CooperativeAustralia(MCCA).DrGhousecontinuesonthepathofdevelopingpartnershipswithbothhighereducationalinstitutionsandinterfaith organisations.HewasformerlytheDeputyDean,ResearchCentre InternationalIslamicUniversityMalaysiaandholdsaPhDinSociology,in additiontodualMastersdegreesandotherprofessionalqualifications.

Dr constant J mews isDirectoroftheCentreforStudiesinReligionand

Theology,MonashUniversity.AspecialistinmedievalChristianthought, hehasstronginterestsinthehistoryofinterreligiousdialogueandcommongroundbetweenChristianandIslamictraditionsoffinancialethics.

INTERRELIGIOUS 11:30am­1:00pm aBc `compass' Live recording

major international speakers from a Variety of religious traditions Plenary Hall TVShowFilming TheAustralianBroadcastingCorporation'sReligion andEthicsprogram,`Compass',willbepartofthe2009 ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.PresenterGeraldine Dooguewillmoderateapaneldiscussiononsitewith fiveParliamentspeakerswhowillconvenetorespond toquestionssubmittedby`Compass'viewers,witha focusonthetheme`CreatingSocialCohesioninVillage andCity'.Panellistswillbecompellingspeakersfroma varietyofreligioustraditionsandfromaroundtheworld. TheprogramisscheduledtoaironABCTVonSunday, 13December.Afterthebroadcast,Australianresidents willbeabletowatchonlineatwww.abc.net.au/compass. ThoseoutsideofAustraliawillbeabletoreadatranscript ofthediscussion.

siti musdah muliahasbeenaresearchprofessoroftheIndonesian

InstituteofSciencessince2003.SheisalsoalectureronIslamicPolitical ThoughtattheSchoolofGraduateStudiesofSyarifHidayatullahState IslamicUniversity,Jakarta.Since2007,MuliahasbeentheChairperson oftheIndonesianConferenceonReligionforPeace,anNGOactively promotinginterfaithdialogue,pluralismanddemocracyforpeace.She haspublishedseveralbooksonIslamandgenderissues.

islamic Finance: the compassionate approach to market and money

Dr amal ali el-tigani Dr nasya Bahfen Dr abdul rahim ghouse Dr constant mews Room 220 PanelDiscussion ThispanelwillfocusonIslamicfinanceandmicrofinance andhowtheycanbeutilisedtoalleviatepoverty.Itwill firstdescribewhatIslamicfinanceisandhowitisdifferentfromconventionalfinance.Itwillprovidetheaudience withanunderstandingoftheIslamicconceptsthatgovern financialtransactions,howtheseconceptshavebeen translatedintomoderndayfinanceandbankingtechniques,andhowthesetechniquescanbeappliedtothe problemofpoverty.Furthermore,thepanelwillexplore brieflytheimpactoftheglobaleconomiccrisisonIslamic financialmarketsandinstitutions,aswellasprinciples offinancialethicscommontoChristianityandIslam.The talkwillalsoaddresshowIslamicfinancecancontribute toamorejustsocietywithinbothanAustralianandan internationalcontext.

Dr amal ali el-tiganiisanAssistantProfessorintheSchoolof

BusinessatDarAl-HekmaCollege,apremierwomen'scollegeinJeddah, SaudiArabia,wheresheteachescoursesinfinance,investmentandaccounting.DrEl-TiganiholdsaDBAinInternationalBusinessFinanceand InvestmentsfromtheGeorgeWashingtonUniversity,WashingtonDC.She isalsotheViceDeanforFinanceandAdministrationatDarAl-Hekma College.

compassionate eating for the Youtube generation

Heng sure Room 101 Lecture Eachday,humansmakeourmostpersonalconnection withtheplanetthroughthefoodthatweputinourmouth. Thislecture,featuringliveperformancesaswellasselectionsofvideoclipsanddatafromtheInternet,willexplore thewisdomofthisassertionfortheYouTubegeneration. Avarietyoffaith-basedeffortstopromotecompassionateeatingalreadyexistinthedigitaldomain.Although muchofthismaterialisreligiousinoriginandinperspective,themessageofYouTubevideossuchastheJewish VegetariansofNorthAmerica's`ASacredDuty',folksongs suchasRevHengSure's`AmericanBeefCow',andanimatedshortssuchasFreeRangeVideo's`TheMeatrix', caninspireaworldwideaudience--regardlessoffaithor creed--toaligntheirfoodchoicesmorecloselytotheir hopesforahealthier,morecompassionateworld.

Dr nasya BahfenlecturesintheSchoolofAppliedCommunication

atRMITandworksregularlyinthenewsroomsofABCRadioAustralia andSBSRadio.NasyaisacommitteememberoftheIslamicWomen's WelfareCouncilofVictoria.Amongherpublishedworksisherarticle titled,`ALackofInterestinaGlobalGrowthIndustry:AustralianMedia andIslamicFinance',publishedintheJournalofGlobalisationforthe CommonGood. Australianoperations(KFHA).PreviouslyhewasatMuslimCommunity

Dr abdul rahim ghouseistheCEOofKuwaitFinanceHouse's

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rev Heng sureistheDirectoroftheBerkeleyBuddhistMonastery

andaformerGlobalCounciloroftheUnitedReligionsInitiative.Hehas beenaBuddhistmonkfor33years,andholdsaPhDfromtheGraduate TheologicalUnion,inBerkeley,California(USA)andanMAfromthe UniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley.Anauthorandmusician,RevSure recentlyreleasedtheCD`Paramita:AmericanBuddhistFolkSongs'.

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sharing Wisdom in search of inner and outer Peace

shantilal somaiya Kala acharya terence Lovat K sankarnarayan Homi Dhalla geeta mehta gerard Hall marika Vicziany Room 103 PanelDiscussion Despitethehumanaspirationforpeace,conflictand warfarecontinuetopersistandendangerhumanlife. However,thewisdomreflectedinthescripturesofthe worldreligionsoffersraysofhope.Hindusbelievethat peaceinthehumanheartandpeaceonearthareinterdependent.Prayersforappeasingexternaldiscordand internalunrestprovidekeysforpeace.ForMahatma Gandhi,trueAhimsaisalifeofnonviolence,love,strength andpeace.Zarathushtra,theProphetofancientIran,has inspiredmenandwomenabouttheneedforinnerpeace inhisteachings,termedastheGathas.Buddhism,inits messageofwisdomandcompassion,preachesnon-injury astheforemostpractice.JesusChristpreaches,`Blessed arethepeacemakers,fortheyshallbecalledsonsofGod' (Mt5:9).Islampreachespeacethroughitsdoctrineof DivineFatherhoodandHumanbrotherhood.Thissession,ledbyaleadingworldHinduandinterfaithcentrein Mumbai,willdrawonthedifferenttraditionsinoffering guidelinesforinnerandouterpeace.

Dr s K somaiyaisVicePresidentofSomaiyaVidyavihar,aneducationaltrustinMumbairunning37instituteswith27,000students.He receivedtheprestigiousLuminosaawardinJuly2002inNewYork fromtheFocolareMovement.HealsoledtheHinduDelegationtothe InterreligiousCongressorganisedatAstana,Kazakhstanin2003and 2006.DrSomaiyaparticipatedintheMillenniumWorldPeaceSummitof ReligiousandSpiritualLeadersinNewYorkin2000. Dr mrs Kala acharyaisthedirectorofKJSomaiyaBharatiyaSanskriti

Peetham,aculturalandresearchinstitute.Shehasauthoredtwobooks andeditedseveralbooks,andshehasorganisedinterfaithdialogue seminarsinIndiaandabroad.Sheistheworkinggroupmemberofthe CongressofWorld'sandTraditionalReligions,Kazakhstan.

african religions in Latin america

stanley Krippner rose sackey-milligan Room 102 Lecture Ithasbeensaidthat,`Brazilistheheartoftheworldand thespiritisticreligionsaretheheartofBrazil'.These spiritisticreligions,withtheiremphasisonmediumship (benevolentspiritpossession)andreincarnation(the beliefinpastlives),datebacktothearrivalofenslaved AfricansinthePortuguesecolony.Overtheyears,asyncreticprocesstookplaceastheAfricanreligionstookon aspectsofRomanCatholicismaswellasNativeAmerican ritualsandiconicfigures.Thislecturewilltracethe historicaldevelopmentoftheAfricanreligionsofBrazil withspecialemphasisonhowsocialclassandgeography haveinfluencedtheirdevelopment.Itwilldescribehow theyhonourNature,eg,conceptualisingtheirdeitiesas `forcesofNature',andhowtheypromotehealingofthe mind,body,spirit,andcommunity.Finally,thelecturewill illustratehowreligioussyncretismlivesoninthe21st century.Itwillcoverthehumanismandliberatoryperspectivesofthesefaiths:howtheypromotefreedomand liberation,goodcharacterandprogressivehumanvalues; theconceptoftheimmortalityofthesoulandgoodliving; fidelityinhumanrelationships;thesacrednessoflife;the principlesofdevotion,familyandcommunity;deathand reincarnationandahostofotherlife-affirmingprinciples.

stanley Krippner, PhD,isaprofessorofpsychologyatSaybrook GraduateSchoolinSanFrancisco,USA.HeisaFellowintheSociety fortheScientificStudyofReligion.HisresearcharticlesontheAfricanBrazilianreligionshavewonhimhonorarymembershipintheBrazilian FederationofUmbandaandCandomble.In2005,hereceivedthe QuincentennialMedalfromtheMasonicLodgesofEasternBrazilforhis promulgationofBrazilianculture. rose sackey-milligan, PhD,isanaward-winninganthropologistwith eighteenyearsstudyandpracticeoftheLukumiandYorubafaiths.In 1997shereceivedfullordinationintotheLukumipriesthood.Sheserved asasocialchangephilanthropistandlecturedontheglobaleconomy andtheUSenvironmentaljusticemovement.SheisaSeniorProgram AssociateattheCenterforContemplativeMindinSociety,Northampton, MA.SheholdsaBAinSocialScience,andMAandPhDinAnthropology.

Professor terence Lovatisanexperiencedresearcherwhohas

managedresearchprojectsconcerningValuesEducation,Religionand Spirituality.Hehaspublishedseveralscholarlytextsandmorethan eightyrefereedarticlesinscholarlyjournalsandbooks.ProfessorLovat isaregularkeynotepresenteratnationalandinternationalconferences, mostrecentlyintheareasofreligion,valuesandIslamatgovernmentsponsoredconferencesinRussiaandUkraine. BuddhistStudies.ShereceivedtheJapanFoundationFellowshipunder ScholarsandResearchersandworkedontworesearchprojectswith ProfDrIchijoOgawa,President,OtaniUniversity,Kyoto,Japan.Shewas invitedasaVisitingProfessorundertheJapanMubhoshoFellowshipby theInternationalResearchCentreforJapaneseStudies,Kyoto,Japanand wasrecognisedasaResearchGuidebytheMumbaiUniversityMember ofAcademicCouncil.

mrs K sankarnarayanistheDirectorofKJSomaiyaCentrefor

Homi DhallaholdsanMAfromHarvardandaPhDfromMumbai

University.HewasAssistantProfessorattheAsiaInstitute,Shiraz University,Iranfortwoyears.DhallahasrepresentedtheParsicom-

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munityatvariousinternationalconferences,focusingonissuesofpeace, ecology,humanrights,andinterreligiousdialogue.Hewasawardedthe MotherTeresaNationalAwardforInterfaithHarmonyin2007.Asthe Founder-PresidentoftheWorldZarathushtiCulturalFoundation,Dhalla hasinitiatedvariousculturalprojectsfortheParsicommunity.

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reflections on the global Financial crisis

Dr Hans Küng Dr simon Longstaff Katherine marshall steve Killelea Room 105 Whilenation-states,corporationsandinternational monetaryinstitutionsstruggletorestructuretheglobal economyinlightoftherecentfinancialcrisis,thereare voicescallingforattentiontobegiventoethical­even religious­dimensionsofthenewparadigmneededto insurejustandfairpracticesinthefuture.Whatelements oftherecentcrisisbringethicalconcernstotheforefront? Whatistheappropriateroleforreligion­ifany­inthe discussion?Howdoglobalchallengessuchaspoverty, theenvironment,andclimatechange,figureintheeconomicandmoralcalculus?Usingtheinnovative`agora forum'technique,thisdiscussionwillprovidetheologian HansKung,seniorbusinessleaders,andParliament participantsalla`seatatthetable'inthisvitallyimportant conversation

Dr Hans KüngisaninternationallyknownChristiantheologianand presidentoftheGlobalEthicFoundationofTübingenUniversity.Hehas publishedoverfiftytitles,includingTheBeginningofAllThings­Science andReligion,Islam:Past,PresentandFutureandamanifesto;Global EconomicEthic­ConsequencesforGlobalBusinesses.DrKünglives andteachesinTübingen,Germany. Dr simon LongstaffistheExecutiveDirectoroftheStJamesEthics CentreinSydney,Australia.HehasalsobeentheinauguralPresidentof theAustralianAssociationforProfessionalandAppliedEthics,aFellow oftheWorldEconomicForumandaMemberoftheInternationalAdvisory CommitteeoftheForeignPolicyAssociation.HisbookHardCases,Tough ChoiceswaspublishedbyMacmillanin1997 Katherine marshallisaSeniorFellowattheBerkleyCenterfor

Religion,Peace,andWorldAffairsandVisitingProfessorinthe GovernmentDepartmentandtheSchoolofForeignService,Georgetown University.SheleadstheBerkleyCenter'sworkonfaith-inspiredinstitutions.Katherine'sworkindevelopmentinvolvesaseriesofregional backgroundpapersandconsultationswithacademicsandpractitioners andaseriesofreviewsofdevelopmenttopics.

Dr geeta mehtareceivedadoctorateinGandhianPhilosophyfrom

BombayUniversity.Sheiswell-publishedinternationallyandisactively associatedwithAcharyaVinobaBhave.Shehaspresentedatnational andinternationalPhilosphicalConferences,thriceattheWorldCongress ofPhilosophy.SheistheformerHeadoftheDepartmentofPhilosophy atMaharshiDayanandCollege.CurrentlysheistheDirectoroftheKJ SomaiyaCentreforStudiesinJainismandPresidentoftheIndianWomen Philosophers'Association.

talking Faiths: Your story, my story and our story, across schools and the World Wide Web

tim mccowan catherine Devine Jan molloy Room 104 Thisinteractiveworkshopwillshowcasetwosuccessful experientialprogramsofinterfaithandinterculturaldialogueoccurringinsecondaryschoolsacrossMelbourne: BuildingBridgesthroughInterfaithDialogueinSchools andInterculturalClusterSocraticCircles.Wewillshow how,withthesupportoftheImmigrationMuseum,interfaithdialoguecanbepromotedintothewidercommunity throughtheMuseum'sTalkingFaithsexhibitandwebsite. Bothprogramsoperateinindependent,Catholicandgovernmentschools.Duringthisworkshop,participantswill experienceamultimediapresentationandwebresources outliningeachprogram;learnabouttheexhibitatthe Museum;interactwithstudents,teachersandfacilitators;participateinsmallgroupdiscussions;experiencea SocraticCircledemonstration;andlearnhowtheycanget involved.

Dr tim mccowanisthefoundingdirectorofBuildingBridges,directorof ReconciliationandPeacemakingattheWellSpringCentre,andlecturerin spiritualityattheChurchesofChristTheologicalCollegeinMelbourne. catherine Devinehasbeenateacherforfifteenyears.Shehasworked inmetropolitan,regionalandremoteareaschoolsinVictoriaandWestern AustraliaandhastaughtEnglish,LiteracyandReligiousEducation.Since 2006,shehascoordinatedtheMelbourneInterfaithInterculturalCluster ofschools.SheisparticularlyinterestedinthewaySocraticCirclescan beemployedtopromotecitizenshipthroughtheexplorationofissues andideas. Jan molloyisresponsibleforthedevelopmentanddeliveryofthe

ImmigrationMuseum'seducationprograms.PriortojoiningMuseum Victoriain2006,Janenjoyedalongandsuccessfulteachingcareerin VictorianGovernmentSecondaryschools.Janisahistoryteacherwitha strongcommitmenttosocialjustice.Herpassionatebeliefinthepowerof educationtoassistinbuildingstrongcommunitieshasfoundanewfocus sinceshebeganworkingatthemuseum.

steve KilleleaisChairmanandFounderof,IntegratedResearchLtd;

TheCharitableFoundation;GlobalPeaceIndex;InstituteforEconomics andPeace.Steveisanaccomplishedentrepreneurinhightechnology businessdevelopmentandattheforefrontofphilanthropicactivities focusedonsustainabledevelopmentandpeace.

christianity and ecology

Bishop geoffrey Davies norman Habel John Hart Joel Hunter Room 106 PanelDiscussion TheChristiantraditionisjustbeginningtocometoterms withtheimpendingecologicalcrisiscausedbyhumankind'sinteractionswiththeenvironment.Theinterrelated issuesofclimatechange,speciesextinction,rampant pollutionanddepletionofresourcesarecausingsignificantdisruptionsintheecosystemsoftheplanet.Many

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peoplearepredictingfuturefaminesandwarsasaresult oftheseinterconnectedproblems.Thispaneldiscussion willexploretheroleofChristianityinrespondingtothis crisis.Christiantheologyandpracticehaverecentlybegun toshiftinordertomeettheenvironmentalchallenge.Can Christianityrespondtoworldlyissuesinamoreconcrete, immediateway,orwillitcontinuetoofferworldlysalvationattheendofone'slife?Canitmovebeyondindividual concernswithgoodandeviltoenvisionacommongood fortheentireworldcommunity?Howcanseminariesand churches`gogreen'?Whatcanwelearnfromeco-justice movements?ApanelmadeupofdistinguishedChristian leadersandtheologianswillexplorethesequestions.

Bishop geoffrey Davies isCoordinatorandfoundermemberofthe

SouthernAfricanFaithCommunities'EnvironmentalInstitute,which workstoraiseawarenessofenvironmentalissuessuchasclimate changeamongdifferentfaithcommunities.HeparticipatedinChristian Aid'sCuttheCarbonmarcharoundtheUK,whichaimedtodrawattention toglobalwarmingandtheurgentissueofreducingourcarbonfootprint.

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addressing the shadow in our own traditions

melanie Landau anna Halafoff susan carland rachel Woodlock Room 108 PanelDiscussion Thethemeofdarknessisprevalentacrossmanyofthe world'smajorreligions.Thismultifaithpanel,consistingofemergingMonashUniversitywomenscholars, willexploreelementsoftheshadow,ordarkness,inthe Buddhist,JewishandMuslimtraditions.Thispanelwill seektobuildbridgesandrecognisethecommonhumanitythatunderpinsalltraditions.Byallowingourselvesto beopentothedarkness,andtointegrateandtransform it,nothinggetsleftoutandallcanbeincludedandtransformed.

melanie LandauisalecturerattheAustralianCentreforJewish

CivilisationatMonashUniversity.SheiscurrentlycompletingherPhD onafeministanalysisoftraditionalJewishmarriage.Shehasstudied andtaughtJewishtextsinAustralia,IsraelandtheUS.Shehasdiverse interestsincludingfacilitatingpersonaltransformationandgroupprocessesaswellascreatingcommunityacrossdifferencethroughlearning, dialogueandritual.

norman HabelisaFellowatFlindersUniversity,Adelaide,andwas formerlyHeadofReligionStudiesattheUniversityofSouthAustralia. Heiseditorof`TheEarthBible'seriesand`ExploringEcological Hermeneutics'.HehaschairedtheecologicalhermeneuticsoftheSociety ofBiblicalLiteratureforseveralyears.Hisforthcomingbookisentitled `AnInconvenientText'. John HartisProfessorofChristianEthicsatBostonUniversitySchool

ofTheology.Heistheauthorof`SacramentalCommons:Christian EcologicalEthics',`EthicsandTechnology',and`TheSpiritoftheEarth'. HeistheboardpresidentoftheMontanaEnvironmentalInformation Center,memberoftheDelegationoftheInternationalIndianTreaty CounciltotheUnitedNationsInternationalHumanRightsCommission, andaninvitedobservertotheWorldConferenceofIndigenousPeoples, RiodeJaneiro.

anna Halafoff isaresearcherfortheUNESCOChairinInterreligiousand InterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific,andtheGlobalTerrorismResearch Centre,SchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity.Sheisa practicingBuddhistintheTibetanFPMTtradition. susan carland isaresearcherintheCentreforIslamandTheModern

WorldattheSchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity.

Dr Joel HunterisseniorpastorofNorthland,AChurchDistributed, acongregationof12,000thatworshipsatfoursitesinMetroOrlando andmorethan1,000sitesworldwideviainteractiveWebcast.DrHunter servesontheboardsoftheWorldEvangelicalAlliance(420million constituents)andtheNationalAssociationofEvangelicals(30millionmembers).Recently,hewasappointedtothePresident'sAdvisory CouncilonFaith-BasedandNeighborhoodPartnerships.Heisauthorof severalbooks.

ModernWorld,SchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity.

rachel WoodlockisaresearcherintheCentreforIslamandThe

Women's Peace initiatives

marta Benavides Room 109 Womenhavebeenworkingforpeaceinmyriadways, incoalitions,asmembersofreligiouscommunities,as membersofpoliticalgroups,asindependentactivists, andasculturalworkers,andoftenbelowtheradarof thoserecognisedaspeaceagents.Thissessionwillbeled byveteranwomenpeaceactivists,andwillofferwomen thechancetoconspireaboutfomentingpeaceacross theglobe,fromtheirdiversespiritualperspectives.Itis intendedasaninformalgatheringforwomen'swisdom sharing,includingspeakingbold,honesttruths.

marta BenavidesofElSalvadorisoneofthesurvivingactivistsfrom

theoriginalgroupofhumanrightsandpeaceadvocateswhobegantheir workduringthe1970sinarisingclimateofrepression.Aleaderofan ecumenicalrevolutionfocusedonbringingpeacetohercountry,the ordainedpastorwhochose`toliveandnotdiefortherevolution'brings peopletogethertodefendhumanrightsanddevelopacultureofpeace.

Beyond Beliefs ­ muslims and non-muslims Living in australia

Dr Pamela ryan Room 107 FilmandDiscussion RiotsinSydneyin2005signalledadeepeningdivide betweenMuslimsandnon-MuslimsinAustralia.InMarch 2007,some400AustralianstookoverOldParliament HouseinCanberraforthreedaystoconsiderhowto bridgethisdivide.Thisfilmsuggestshowtheprinciples ofdeliberativedemocracymaybeusedtobuildreconciliation,understandingandsocialcohesion.Thefilmwas directedbySophieHydeandBryanMason.

Asapsychologist,politicalscientist,organisationalconsultantand academic,Dr Pamela ryanhashelpednumerousprivateandpublic organisationshandlesuccessfullyadiverserangeofstrategic,psychological,organisational,culturalandpoliticalissues.AsManagingDirector ofIssuesDeliberationAustralia/America,DrRyanhasledpsychologists, sociologistsandresearchersinmajorpublicpolicyprojectsinAustralia andtheUnitedStates.DrRyanisalsoco-founderoftheinternational nonprofitorganisation,PsychologyBeyondBorders.

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global ethics and religion Forum ­ rotary international Peace Fellows, international christian University

William steele Prashan De Visser six icU rotary international Peace Fellows Room 110 Symposium ThisisPanel#7inthe`WarandtheRoleofReligionina JustandSustainableWorld'Symposium.

William steeleisDeanofLiberalArtsatInternationalChristian University,Japan. Prashan De VisserisPresidentof`SriLankaUnites'inSriLanka.

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the reality of the Universal Human Family: interreligious cooperation in Healing the earth

James Bowler Paul Howorth Kate Benge Room 203 PresentationwithQ&Aandmusicalperformance TheBloodFoundationpromotestheideathatweare allpartoftheHumanFamily,andthattherearecertain spiritualvaluesanddeepethicalobligationsthatcome withsuchanunderstanding.Thispanelwillexplorethe scientificandspiritualfoundationsoftheHumanFamily andthenlookatsomerealworldsocialapplicationsin Australia,thePacificregionandtheworld.Professor JimBowlerwilltellthestoryofourgreatfamilyfrom bothscientificandspiritualperspectives,withspecial emphasisgiventotheIndigenousworldviewofwhichhe hasbeenalifelongobserver.PaulHoworthwilllookat thesocialchallengesandopportunitiesnowpresentin relationsbetweenFirstPeoplesandEuropeansanddraw uponworkingexamplesintheregionincludingBlood Foundation'sworkwithIndigenousHilltribesinSoutheast AsiaandvictimsoftheBurmesecivilwar.Finally,Kate BengewillpresentBloodFoundation'sworkingmodelof action-basedinterreligiouscooperation,whichaimsto bringtogetherpeopleofallfaithtraditionstoalleviatesuffering,defeatinjusticeandhealtheearthandherpeople. Thentheywillopenthefloortoquestionsandclosewitha specialmusicalperformance.

James Bowler'scareerfocusesonunderstandingIceAgeclimatesand

environmentsoflandscapeevolution,includingtheframeworkofhuman originsandmigrations.In1969hediscoveredtheremainsofMungoLady onthenow-dryshoresofancientLakeMungo.These41,000-year-old remainsprovidedtheearliestevidenceofhumanoccupationinAustralia, andwereconsideredtheworld'soldestritualcremation.Fiveyearslater, hediscoveredMungoManatthesiteoftheworld'searliestochreburial.

Does the media Have Faith? ­ Daily Youth session

nasya Bahfen anna Halafoff nazeem Hussain Barney Zwartz erin Williams Valarie Kaur rabbi ralph genende Room 201 InteractiveWorkshop Itisfairtosaythatreligiondoesnotgetagoodrapinthe media.Ninetimesoutoftenthestoryisnegative.But wheredoestheresponsibilitylieinchangingthewaythe mediareportsonreligion?Thissessionwilllookatthe currentviewofreligioninthemedia,howthishasimpactedyoungpeopleoffaith,andwheretheresponsibility liesinchangingthisview.

Dr nasya Bahfen lecturesintheSchoolofAppliedCommunicationat theRoyalMelbourneInstituteofTechnologyandworksregularlyinthe newsroomsofABCRadioAustraliaandSBSRadio.Herteachingand researchinterestsincluderadiojournalism,Islamandthemedia,andthe useoftheinternetbyyoungMuslims.Nasyaisacommitteememberof theIslamicWomen'sWelfareCouncilofVictoria. anna Halafoff isaresearcherfortheUNESCOChairinInterreligiousand InterculturalRelations-AsiaPacificandtheGlobalTerrorismResearch Centre,SchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity. nazeem HussainisacomedianandcastmemberofSalamCafe Barney Zwartzisreligioneditorof`TheAge',wherehehasworkedfor

28years.Hehascoveredreligionsince2002.MrZwartzhasadegreein theology.

Paul Howorthisabarristerandastrategicplannerwhoworksas aconsultantandresearcherinthefieldofIndigenousdevelopment inAustralia.Since2001,Paulhasstudiedtherelationshipbetween Indigenousandnon-Indigenousviewsofdevelopment.Inparticular,Paul seesenormouspotentialfornon-Indigenouspeopletolearncrucialprinciplesofsustainabilityfromtheworld'soldestsurvivingcultures. Kate BengeisahumanrightsactivistwithexperienceatAmnesty

InternationalinNewZealandandBloodFoundationinSoutheastAsia. SheisenthusiasticaboutthepracticalwayBloodFoundationimplementsaUniversalPhilosophy.KateiscurrentlystudyingPhilosophyand DevelopmentStudiesatVictoriaUniversityinWellington.

erin WilliamsistheMediaCoordinatorforInterfaithYouthCore. Valarie Kaurisafilmmakerwhosecreditsinclude`DividedWeFall'. rabbi ralph genendeisseniorrabbiatCaulfieldHebrewCongregation,

whichisundergoinganenergeticrenewal.RabbiRalphhasaMaster's degreeinCounsellingandisSeniorRabbitotheAustralianDefence Force.HepreviouslyservedasCollegeRabbiatMountScopusCollege. HeisanExecutiveMemberoftheRabbinicalCouncilofVictoria,the CouncilforChristiansandJews,amemberoftheVictorianPremier's Multi-faithAdvisoryGroup,andheadsaJewishpre-marriageeducation group.

Faith-consistent investing

seamus Finn Dr amal ali el-tigani michiel Hardon Room 204 InteractiveWorkshop TheIslamicandChristiantraditionsbothcontainteachingsabouteconomiclife,fromprescriptionsaboutlending totheconductofcorporations,thatarecentraltotheir visionsofjustsocieties.Theyalsobringlongexperience

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withpractice,asobserversandparticipants.Thecollapse ofmajorfinancialinstitutionsandtheresultingeconomic crisishaspromptedrenewedinterestintheseteachings, asleadersfrombothtraditionshavepointedoutthat adherencetofaith-consistenteconomicprinciplesmight haveavertedthedownturnandsparedtheworld'spoor fromtheshocksthatresultedfromthecrisis.Rev SeamusFinnandDrAmalAliEl-Tiganiwilltalkabout howinterfaithcooperationontheseissuescouldfoster theemergenceofamoresustainable,environmentally friendly,andjustsociety.

rev seamus Finn omiisamemberoftheMissionaryOblatesofMary

Immaculateandaboardmemberofboth3iGandtheInterfaithCenterfor CorporateResponsibility(ICCR).Heisaleaderinfaith-basedandsocially responsibleinvesting.Thecornerstoneofhisadvocacywithcorporations andfinancialinstitutionsisacallforgreatertransparencyanddisclosure bythecompaniesandareliableregulatoryandsupervisoryframework thathasaglobalreach. BusinessatDarAl-HekmaCollege,apremierwomen'scollegeinJeddah, SaudiArabia,wheresheteachescoursesinfinance,investmentandaccounting.DrEl-TiganiholdsaDBAinInternationalBusinessFinanceand InvestmentsfromtheGeorgeWashingtonUniversity,WashingtonDC.She isalsotheViceDeanforFinanceandAdministrationatDarAl-Hekma College,oneofthefirstandleadingcollegesforwomeninSaudiArabia.

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andinternationalconferences,andcommunityinterfaithcelebrations.MsPennwillshareexamplesofbest practices,communitycollaborations,andavisionforthe internationalhighschoolinterfaithmovementthatisbuilt uponteensanalysingbarrierstocooperationandcreating solutions.

Kathleen engebretsonisalecturer,researcher,writeranddoctoral

supervisorintheSchoolofReligiousEducationatAustralianCatholic University.Sheistheauthoroftherecentlypublished`InYourShoes: Inter-FaithEducationforAustralianReligiousEducators'(ConnorCourt) andoneoftheeditorsofthe`InternationalHandbookonInter-Religious Education'.

Janet PennistheFounderandDirectorofInterfaithAction,Inc.(IFA)in Sharon,Massachusetts,USAandthecreatorofIFA'sYouthLeadership ProgramandtheSharonPluralismNetwork,aninnovativecollaboration amongtowndepartmentstofosteratown-widecultureofpluralism. Janetispassionateaboutempoweringteenstoleadinterfaithwork,inspiringadultswiththeirexample.Shehasworkedinthenonprofitsector forover30years.

Dr amal ali el-tigani isanAssistantProfessorintheSchoolof

Blogistan: muslims Dialogue through new media

Hussein rashid Wajahat ali Haroon moghul Room 208 PanelDiscussion Inthelastseveralyears,MuslimAmericanshavebecome increasinglyactiveonline.Moreandmore,theyareharnessingthefullpotentialofNewMediatocombatstereotypes,racismandignorance.Theyhavebuiltfollowings amongMuslimsandnon-Muslims,andtheireffortsserve asresourcesforeducationaboutIslamandMuslims.This panelwilldiscussavarietyofMuslim-AmericanpresencesontheInternet(individualblogs,groupblogs,and onlinemagazines)andtheuseofWeb2.0applications suchasFacebookandTwittertoimpactconversations notonlywithintheMuslimcommunitybutalsoaboutthe Muslimcommunity.ThesetraditionsallowMuslimsto representthemselvesbutalsotocontinuetheage-old Muslimtraditionsofarguinganddiscussingthemajor issuesoftheday.

Hussein rashidisaPhDcandidateatHarvardUniversity.HehasanMTS

fromHarvardDivinitySchoolandaBAfromColumbiaCollege.In2006, hebecameoneoftheMuslimLeadersofTomorrow.Heisafrequent speakerandtelevisionandradioguestandiscurrentlyavisitingfaculty memberatHofstraUniversity.Rashidistheauthoroftheblogislamicate (www.islamicate.com).HiscurrentresearchinterestsincludetherepresentationofMuslimsingraphicnovels.

RecentlyretiredfromtheWorldCouncilofChurches,michiel Hardon wastheDirectorofIncomeMonitoringandwasthefoundingdirectorof 3iG(InternationalInterfaithInvestmentGroup).Inthepasthealsoworked fortheInternationalMonetaryFundanddirectedeconomicandsocial affairsforthecitygovernmentoftheHagueforfouryears.Hardonalso workedininternationalconsultingintheprivatesector.

Best Practices in interfaith Youth Work: religious schools and community-based Programs respond

Kathleen engebretson Janet Penn Room 207 InteractiveWorkshop Thisworkshopwillestablishconceptualmodelsfor bestpracticesininterfaithworkwithyouth,bothinthe religiously-affiliatedschoolandinadynamic,communitybasedprogram.ProfEngebretsonwillexploreinterfaitheducationattheprimaryandsecondarylevelsas aconversationbetweenlifeworlds.Thepedagogical implicationsofthemodelwillbedevelopedindiscussion andthroughtheuseofuptofourdifferentapproachesto pedagogyforinterfaitheducation.Inlearningaboutother religions,childrenandyoungpeopledevelopasense ofjustice.Astheylearnaboutvariousreligioustraditionsotherthantheirown,theyrecognisethehumanity ofthosewhopractisethem.Throughsuchstudytheir ownspiritualityisnurturedandexpandedthroughbeing broughtintoconversationwiththespiritualityofothers. MsPennwillpresentthecoreprinciplesandmethodologythatguidesInterfaithAction'ssuccessful,teen-led YouthLeadershipProgram,includingthemulti-layered trainingthatempowershighschoolstudentstoplanand facilitateinterfaithdialogue,schoolprograms,national

Wajahat ali isaplaywright,journalist,humorist,bloggerandattorney.

HeisanAssociateEditorofAltmuslim.com,theleadingAmericanMuslim onlinemagazine,andacontributingeditortotheawardwinningIllume Magazine(http://www.illumemagazine.org).Hisblog,`Goatmilk:An IntellectualPlayground'(goatmilk.wordpress.com)isrankedinthetop sevenpercentofallpoliticalblogs.Aliisthe2009recipientofMuslim PublicAffairsCouncil'sprestigious`EmergingMuslimAmericanArtist' Award. atNewYorkUniversityandisaPhDcandidateatColumbiaUniversity. Acontributingeditorandend-pagecolumnistforIslamica,Haroonalso maintainsapopularblog,Avari,whichhaswonseveralBrassCrescent Awards.Haroonhasbeenselectedasoneof300MuslimLeadersof Tomorrow.

Haroon moghul isdirectorofPublicRelationsfortheIslamicCenter

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interfaith Dialogue and institutions of Higher Learning: india, indonesia and United states case studies

mark Pedersen mariam rahmani Benjamin Herzberg emmett Buckley Dr Varghese manimala Dr siti syamsiyatun Yahya Wijaya Room 209 PanelDiscussion ThispanelsessionisledbyeducatorsfromtheIndonesian ConsortiumforReligiousStudies(ICRS-Yogya);representativesoftheHenryMartynInstitute--InternationalCentre forResearch,InterfaithRelationsandReconciliation (HMI);andfellowsofthePrincetonReligiousLifeCouncil (RLC).Panellistswillanalysefromavarietyofperspectivesalternativesforapproachesandmethodsofinterreligiousstudiesanddialogueininstitutionsofhigher learning.ICRS-Yogyaisaconsortiumofthreeuniversities: GadjahMadaUniversity,StateIslamicUniversitySunan Kalijaga,andDutaWacanaChristianUniversity.Together theyofferanintegrative,internationalPhDprogramin interreligiousstudies.ThisistheonlyReligiousStudies PhDprogramthatisco-sponsoredbyMuslim,Christian, andnational-secularuniversities.HMIisanecumenical Christianorganisationdedicatedtotheobjectivestudyand teachingofIslamandthepromotionofinterfaithdialogueandreconciliation.RLCisafellowshipofPrinceton UniversitystudentswhoarecommittedtofosteringconversationbetweenallreligiousfaithsatPrincetonaswell asatthenationalandinternationallevels.

mark PedersenisanAustralian-bornMuslimandhasbeenactivein

interfaithdialogueoverthepastfifteenyears.HerepresentstheIslamic CouncilofVictoriaintheJewishChristianMuslimAssociationofAustralia andworkswiththeIslamicCentreofEducationandDevelopmentonvariouscommunityprojects,includingtheannualMelbourneMuslimMusic Festivalandrelatedartsprojects.

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Dr siti syamsiyatunistheAssociateDirectorofICRS-Yogya.Sheearned

herMAinIslamicStudiesfromMcGillUniversity,CanadaandherPhDin PoliticsfromtheSchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity, Australia.

Yahya WijayaisalecturerinsocialandprofessionalethicsatDuta WacanaChristianUniversityandamemberoftheExecutiveBoardof ICRS-Yogya.HeisanordainedministeroftheIndonesianChristian Church(GKI)andwasapastorofaGKIparishinSalatigafrom1989 to1998.HeholdsaBDfromDutaWacana,aThMfromPrinceton TheologicalSeminaryandaPhDfromtheUniversityofLeeds.

earth charter as a global ethics for a sustainable Future

mary evelyn tucker rick clugston michael slaby rabbi awraham soetendorp Brendan mackey a t ariyaratne Room 210 PanelDiscussion TheEarthCharterisbothadocumentandamovement.It drawsonscientificknowledge,legalprinciples,sustainabilitypractices,ecologicaleconomics,theprecautionary principleandequityissues.Initsdecade-longdrafting process,itinvolvedthousandsofindividualsandgroups fromaroundtheplanetandisthemostinclusivecivil societydocumentevernegotiated.TheCharteroffersa comprehensiveframeworkforre-envisioningsustainabilityasbalancingtheneedforeconomicdevelopmentwith theneedforenvironmentalprotection.ThekeycomponentsoftheEarthCharterare:1)cosmologicalcontext,2) ecologicalintegrity,3)socialequity,4)economicjustice,5) democracy,6)non-violenceandpeace.Thesesixcomponentsofasustainablefuturehavetheircounterpartsin valuesthataresharedamongtheworld'sreligions:reverence,respect,restraint,redistribution,responsibilityand renewal.Aplanetaryfuturethatisflourishing,notsimply sustainable,willbeenhancedbythesixcomponents identifiedbytheEarthCharteralongwiththesesixvalues oftheworld'sreligions.Aframeworkthatintegrates valuesoftheworld'sreligionswiththecentralcomponent ofglobalethicsintheEarthChartermaybeanimportantcontextforexpandingsustainabilityprinciplesand practices.

mary evelyn tuckerisaSeniorLecturerandSeniorScholaratYale University,whereshehasappointmentsintheSchoolofForestry andEnvironmentalStudies,theDivinitySchool,andtheDepartment ofReligiousStudies.SpecialisinginAsianreligionsandecology,she hasbeenacommitteememberoftheInterfaithPartnershipforthe EnvironmentattheUnitedNationsEnvironmentProgramsince1986and isamemberoftheEarthCharterInternationalCouncil. richard m clugstonservesontheSteeringCommitteeoftheEarth

CharterInitiative.HeisExecutiveDirectoroftheCentreforRespectof LifeandEnvironment(CRLE),publisherandeditorofEarthEthics,andis anAdvisertotheCentreforEnvironmentalandSustainabilityEducation. Rickhastaughtandpublishedonhumandevelopment,strategicplanning,educationalreform,andmostrecentlyonenvironmentalethics, spiritualityandsustainability.

mariam rahmaniisinherfinalyearasanundergraduateatPrinceton

University.ShestudiesComparativeLiteraturewithaninterdisciplinary focusinArtHistory.Herinterestsoutsideofclassincludeinvolvement withreligiouslifeoncampus.ShecomestotheParliamentasastudent leaderofthePrincetonUniversityReligiousLifeCouncil.

Benjamin HerzbergisasenioratPrincetonUniversitymajoringin Chemistry.HehasbeeninvolvedinJewishcommunitiesbothinhis hometownofWestfield,NJandatPrinceton.Outsidetheclassroom,he isoneofthreestudentleadersoftheReligiousLifeCouncil,Princeton's interfaithdialoguegroup,andtheEditorofOpinionforthecampusnewspaper,TheDailyPrincetonian. emmett BuckleygrewupinaCatholicfamilyinRichmond,Virginia.He

attendsPrincetonUniversity,wherehestudiesphilosophyandpoetry. Outsideoftheclassroom,heisoneofthreestudentleadersofPrinceton's ReligiousLifeCouncil,aninterfaithgroupdedicatedtodeepeningunderstandingandcultivatingrespectamongallfaiths.

Dr Varghese manimalahasaPhDinPhilosophywithspecialemphasis

onIntersubjectivityinWesternPhilosophyandtheconceptofSanghain Buddhism.HealsoholdsaBachelorofLawandhasdonepost-doctoral researchinPluralismandInterreligiousDialogue.DrManimalais DirectorofHMI.

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michael c slabyworksfortheinternationalEarthCharterSecretariat

andcoordinatestheEarthCharterProgrammeonReligionand Sustainability.Since1996,Michaelhasbeeninvolvedinyouthactivism andhasledcivilsocietyinitiativesonsustainabledevelopment,human rightsandrefugeeaidonnationalandinternationallevels.From2003 to2006,MichaelvolunteeredasEarthCharterYouthCoordinator,and helpedtoestablishthenetworkofyouthorganisationsthatformthe EarthCharterYouthInitiative.

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conflict transformation and Peace Building

stein Villumstad Jacqueline ogega Dr William F Vendley Room 212 TrainingSession Thisworkshop,heldbythegroupReligionsforPeace,will focusonthepowerofmultireligiouscooperationinconflicttransformation.Opentoallreligiousleaders,women offaith,youthandotherstakeholders,theprogramseeks greaterawarenessofandcommitmenttomultireligious actiontoendviolentconflictandbuildpeace.Group discussionwilladdressvariousformsofviolenceand itsvictims,helpingtocontributetoanexchangeofideas regardingprevention,peacebuilding,andknowledgeof bestpractices.Byfurtherstrengtheningreligiousleaders'knowledgeofhowtoeffectivelyleadconflicttransformation,peacebuildinginitiativescanemergethrough multireligiouscooperation.

stein Villumstadhasextensiveanddistinguishedexperienceininternationaldevelopment,conflicttransformation,andhumanrights.He servedasregionalrepresentativeforNorwegianChurchAid(NCA)in EasternAfrica,whereheoversawdevelopmentactivitiesintencountries andmanagedfiveregionalsub-offices.Previously,heheldthepositionof assistantgeneralsecretaryofNCA,managingtheDepartmentforPolicy andHumanRights. WorldConferenceofReligionsforPeace.ShehasservedastheAfrican Women'sProjectDirectoratReligionsforPeaceinAfrica,whereshe establishedtheAfricanWomenofFaithNetwork.Shehasexperience andskillsingender,peacebuildinganddevelopmentprogramming.She holdsaMaster'sdegreeaswellasapost-graduatediplomaingender anddevelopment,bothfromtheUniversityofNairobi,Kenya.

rabbi awraham soetendorpisPresidentoftheWorldUnionfor

ProgressiveJudaism,EuropeanRegion,andco-recipientofthe2005 InternationalAlliancePeaceAwardwithImamFeisalAbdulRauf.Heis anaward-winninghumanrightsadvocate,lecturer,writer,environmental activistandchampionofcivilsocietyworldwide. AustralianNationalUniversity,FennerSchoolofEnvironment&Society. Hisprimaryscientificresearchandteachingareinthefieldofenvironmentalbiogeography,withafocusontheroleofnaturalforestsincarbon storage.Brendanhasanabidingconcernfortheethicalbasestonature conservationandhuman-naturerelations.Brendancurrentlyserveson theEarthCharterCouncil,andisamemberoftheIUCNCouncil.

Brendan mackeyisaprofessorofenvironmentalscienceatthe

ahangamage tudor ariyaratneisthefounderandpresidentofthe

SarvodayaShramadanaMovement.Hewastherecipientofthe1996 GandhiPeacePrize,theNiwanoPeacePrize,theKingBeaudoinAward andmanyotherinternationalhonoursforhisworkinpeacemakingand villagedevelopment.

religion's imperative to Present `the other' Faithfully (session 1)

rabbi Dr alon goshen-gottstein, moderator tariq ramadan marcus Braybrooke Paul Knitter arvind sharma Balwant singh Dhillon Fr John Pawlikowski Room 211 Whatisthereligiousimperativetopresent`theother' faithfully?Theneedtoaccuratelypresenttraditionsother thanone'sownis,toalargeextent,anovelimperative-- growingoutofourcontemporaryinterfaithrealityanda growingmovementwhichseekstocultivateharmonious intrareligiousrelations.Againstahistoryofcaricature andscornthathavelongcharacterisedtheportrayalof theotherineachofourtraditions,wearenowchallenged toconsider:whatisthetheologicalandspiritualbasis thatrequiresustopresenttheotherfaithfully?Howcan weturntoourtraditionsandfindwithinthemthecallto representtheotherfaithfully--evenpositively--andhow dowereplacetheolderscornfulviewwithanalternative presentationoftheother?

alon goshen-gottsteinisthedirectoroftheElijahInterfaithInstitute

anddirectoroftheCentrefortheStudyofRabbinicThought,Beit MorashaCollege,bothinJerusalem.Hewasordainedarabbiin1977. ProjectsoftheElijahInterfaithInstituteincludethebi-annualmeetingof theboardofWorldReligiousLeaders,theEducationalNetwork,aswell astheJewishandtheMuslimTheologyoftheReligiousOther.

Jacqueline ogegaistheDirectoroftheWomen'sProgramatthe

Dr William F VendleyhasservedasSecretaryGeneralatReligionsfor

Peacesince1994,coordinatinginternationalactivitiesandprojectsin morethan70statesaroundtheworld.Hehaslednegotiationsthathave helpedtopreventconflicts,mediatedpeaceandrebuiltsocietiesinthe aftermathofviolence.Underhisleadership,ReligionsforPeaceandits affiliateshaveengagedreligiouscommunitiestoassistthemorethan12 millionorphansofHIV/AIDSinAfrica.

Private Property, religion and the environment

Paul Babie Peter Burdon Room 214 Lecture Climatechangeisaprivatepropertyproblem.Specifically, thepresentlydominantmodelofprivateproperty, implementedandoperatinginlegalsystemsworldwide, prioritisesself-interestoverobligationtowardsthecommunity.Thispresentationarguesthatthisunderpinsand makespossiblethosehumanactivitieswhichleadto ecologicaldestruction.Yetclimatechangeismorethan alegalorapoliticalissue.Itisalsoamoralandspiritual challenge,whichrequirestheapplicationofspiritualor religiousthoughtaspartofthesolution.Thepresenters

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willoffertwouniquesolutionstothisproblem.DrBabie willdrawonbothmonotheisticandpolytheistictraditions inarguingforaprivatepropertymodelwhichplacescommunityobligationinthehandsofindividualswhoenjoythe protectionofprivatepropertyovergoodsandresources. Obligationthusbecomesanindividualmatterofchoice anddecision.MrBurdonwillarguethatprivatepropertyis fundamentallyanthropocentric,anddrawingonthework of`geologian'FrThomasBerry,willpresentideasfroman emergingfieldoflawtermedEarthJurisprudence.

Paul BabieisAssociateDeanofLaw(Research)attheAdelaideLaw

School.HeisalsoFounderandDirectoroftheUniversityofAdelaide ResearchUnitfortheStudyofSociety,LawandReligion,andaUkrainian CatholicPriest.HeholdsaBA(Calgary),BThSt(Flinders),LLB(Alberta), LLM(Melbourne),andaDPhilinlaw(Oxford).Paul'sresearchfocuseson lawandreligion,thenatureofreligiouslaw,andpropertytheory. SchoolofLaw.HeholdsaBA(Adelaide)andLLBhons(Adelaide). Peter'sresearchfocusesonanemergingtheoryoflawcalledEarth Jurisprudencewhichseekstodeveloplegaltheorytorecognisethathumansexistasintegral,interdependentmembersofasingle,comprehensiveEarthcommunity.PeterlivesonKaurnalandintheAdelaidePlains withhiswifeandbabygirl.

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Jewry'andcontributedtenarticlestothepublication`Antisemitism:A HistoricalEncyclopediaofPrejudiceandPersecution'.Avegetarianfor over25years,DrKramerwasoneofthethreeFoundationConvenorsof theSydneyJewishVegetarianSociety.

the new archaic: neuroscience, spiritual Practice and Healing

anne Benvenuti elizabeth Davenport glenys Livingstone Room 216 InteractiveWorkshop Thisworkshopwillfocusontheintersectionofreligious practiceandneuroscienceresearch.Participantswill learnhowneuro-networksinthebrainrelatetospiritual practice.Thepresenterswilluseexperientialexercises andstructuredresponsestoillustratethetypesofneurointegrationrelatedtospiritualpractice.Theywillalso presentanoverviewofrelatedneuroscienceresearchand itsimplicationsforreligiouspracticeandwillapplyitto specificexamplesofreligiouspracticefromIndigenous, Eastern,andWesterntraditions.Theglobalpanelof presenters,fromPagan,BuddhistandChristiantraditions,willalsodiscusstheimportanceoflisteningto oneanother,especiallyasitrelatestothehealingofthe earth.Theworkshopwillemphasisespiritualpractise assomethingthatawakensustotheideathatweareall `co-beings'withothers,withthenaturalworld,andwith thetranscendent.

anne Benvenuti, PhD,isProfessorofPhilosophyandPsychologyat CerroCosoCollege,California,andVisitingScholaratUniversityof ChicagoDivinitySchoolandGeorgetownUniversityMedicalSchool, SystemsMedicine.Alicensedpsychologisttrainedinmind/bodymedicine,shehaspublishedonscienceandreligionandisworkingonmodels ofreligiousaccountability.Benvenutihaspersonalexperienceovermany yearsinthreetraditions:Buddhism,ChristianityandShamanism.Sheis alsoanaturalistandpublishedpoet. elizabeth DavenportisDeanofRockefellerChapelattheUniversity ofChicago.Sheoverseesreligiouslifeattheuniversity,workingwith students,facultyandcommunityleadersofalltraditions.Anativeof England,shehasastrongconnectiontoIndigenousCeltictraditionsand isordainedintheAnglican/Episcopaltradition.SheholdsBAandMAdegreesintheologyfromOxfordUniversityandaPhDinReligionandSocial EthicsfromtheUniversityofSouthernCalifornia. glenys LivingstoneholdsaPhDinSocialEcologyandanMAinTheology

andPhilosophy.ShehasAustraliancountryrootsandhastrainedas ateacher.DrLivingstonehasbeenacademicallyandculturally involvedintheresurgenceoffemalesacredimageryforoverthirty years.Sheisacelebrantoftheannualseasonalritualsandauthorof `PaGaianCosmology'.ShelivesintheBlueMountainswithher partnerTaffySeaborne.

Peter BurdoniscompletinghisPhDinLawattheUniversityofAdelaide

Judaism, Vegetarianism and tikun olam (Healing the World)

thomas Kramer Room 215 Seminar Modernagribusinesshasdegradedvastareasofthe earth'secosystemsandcontributedtoclimatechange. Ameat-baseddietisamajorfactorinthesepotentially catastrophicdevelopments.Thissessionwillestablish anon-sectarianprotocolforaharmonious,sustainable, well-fedworld,basedonthetraditionalJewishphilosophyofTikunOlamorHealingtheWorld.Asanancient religion,manyofJudaism'sritualswereintegratedinto theannualcycleoftheseasons.Thisintegrationwas reinforcedbyGenesis2:15,whereJewswereenjoined tobeShomreiHa'adamah,GuardiansoftheEarth. Subsequently,throughthemillennia,Judaismdeveloped apractical,ethicalphilosophyofhealingtheworldand itspeoples.Thisprogramwillprovideanexpositionofthe crisestheearthfacesandananalysisofthemostefficient andeconomicalmeansofrestoringsustainabilitytothe planet'sdegradedecosystemswhilealsofacilitatingthe regenerationofimpoverishedcommunitiesthroughout theworld.Importantly,theprogramwillbestructured toensurethatactivists/participantstaketherecipient community'scultureandmoresintofullconsideration. Inparticular,appropriateguidelineswillbedevisedand implementedtorespectIndigenouspeoplewhomaintain theirtraditionalwayoflifeandhaveanabidinghistoryof livinginharmonywiththeirenvironment.

tom KramerisaCharteredEngineerandanHonoraryAssociateofthe

UniversityofSydney,wherehereceivedhisPhDin1994forresearch intoAntisemitismandtheHolocaust.Heauthoredthebook`From EmancipationtoCatastrophe:TheRiseandHolocaustofHungarian

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religious conflict and Persecution: the cases of myanmar, thailand and iran

Dr natalie mobini-Kesheh Helen James Room 217 Lecture Thisprogramwillconsistoftwoparts.Itwillfirstexplore theintegralrelationshipbetweenreligionandpublic politicalsocietyincontemporaryThailandandMyanmar inthecontextofBuddhism'sphilosophyofnon-violence, itsreificationofahimsa(non-violence,non-harm), andcommitmenttoatman(selflessness)andmoksha (non-attachmenttomateriality)asessentialvaluesfor transformingsocio-politicalrelations.Religionistightly interwovenwithpoliticallifeinthesetwocountries,and eachofthemhavesubstantialminoritieswhofollowthe Muslim,Christian,Hinduorotherfaiths.Thesecondpart oftheprogramwillrelatetofreedomofreligionandthe persecutionoftheBahá'ísinIran.Since1979,Bahá'ís havefacedagovernment-sponsored,systematiccampaignofreligiouspersecutioninIran,wheretheyform thelargestnon-Muslimreligiousminority.ManyBahá'í leadershavebeenexecuted,hundredsofcommunity membershavebeenimprisoned,andtensofthousands havebeendeprivedofjobs,pensions,businessesand educationalopportunities.Theirsituationwillbeusedas aspringboardfordiscussionabouthowpeopleoffaithcan unitetodefendtheuniversalhumanrighttofreedomof religionandbeliefinsituationswherethisrightisunder attack.

Dr natalie mobini-KeshehhasbeenamemberoftheAustralianBahá'í

communityforalmost20years.Sheisanactiveparticipantininterfaith dialogueonitsbehalf,andconvenesaWomen'sInterfaithNetwork groupinwesternSydney.DrMobini-Keshehreceivedherdoctorate fromMonashUniversity.HerresearchfocusedontheArabminorityin Indonesia.Sheistheauthorofonebookandseveralpapersinthisfield.

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east asian Perspectives on ecology

maria reis Habito Dharma master Hsin tao mary evelyn tucker ruben L F Habito Peter chang Room 219 PanelDiscussion Whileglobalisationhasbroughtaboutnewopportunitiesandadvantages,ithasalsoledtoanecologicalcrisis ofsuchproportionsthat,forthefirsttimeinhistory,the survivalofmanyspecies(includinghumans)isatstake. Globalwarming,acompromisedozonelayer,thepollutionofwater,earthandair,aswellasrapidlyprogressingdeforestationareallcontributingtotheextinctionof countlessspeciesandcausingnaturaldisastersoftragic dimensions.Thispaneldiscussionwillattempttooffer solutionstotheecologicalcrisis,takenfromtheteachings andpracticesofEastAsiantraditions.Panelmembers willofferperspectivesfromtheConfucian,Buddhist, TaoistandShintotraditionsandwilldiscussthedistinctivecontributionsthateachofthesetraditionscanmake towardhealingtheearth.

maria reis HabitoistheInternationalProgramDirectorattheMuseum

ofWorldReligionsandDirectoroftheGlobalFamilyforLoveandPeace. ShehasstudiedinTaiwan,MunichandKyoto,andcompletedherPhDat Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitätin1990.Shehasorganisedmanyinternational,interfaithconferences,notablyaseriesofBuddhist-Muslimdialoguespublishedunderthetitle`Listening:Buddhist-MuslimDialogues 2002-2004'(Taipei,2005).

Dharma master Hsin taowasborninBurmain1948andcameto Taiwanatage13.Hebecameamonkatage25andestablishedtheWushengMonasteryonLing-jioumountainin1983.HefoundedtheMuseum ofWorldReligionsandispresidentoftheGlobalFamilyofLoveand Peace.TheseriesofBuddhist-Muslimdialoguesheinitiatedin2001has beenconductedintencountries,includingtheUNESCOParisandUNin NewYork. mary evelyn tuckerisaSeniorLecturerandSeniorScholaratYale University,whereshehasappointmentsintheSchoolofForestry andEnvironmentalStudies,theDivinitySchool,andtheDepartment ofReligiousStudies.SpecialisinginAsianreligionsandecology,she hasbeenacommitteememberoftheInterfaithPartnershipforthe EnvironmentattheUnitedNationsEnvironmentProgramsince1986and isamemberoftheEarthCharterInternationalCouncil. ruben L F HabitoisProfessorofWorldReligionsatPerkinsSchool

ofTheologyatSouthernMethodistUniversity,andfoundingteacherof theMariaKannonZenCenter,Dallas,Texas.HeservedasPresidentof theSocietyforBuddhistChristianStudies,andoftheBuddhistPeace Fellowship.Hispublicationsinclude`HealingBreath:ZenforBuddhists andChristiansinaWoundedWorld'(2006),`ExperiencingBuddhism: WaysofWisdomandCompassion'(2005),and`LivingZen,LovingGod' (2004).

Helen JamesisanassociateprofessorwiththeAustralianDemographic andSocialResearchInstitute,ANU,andLifeMember,ClareHall, CambridgeUniversity.Sheresearchesandpublishesonthesociologyof non-violence,healthandreligion,particularlywithrespecttoThailand andMyanmar.Shehaspublishedeightbooksandoverthirtyarticlesand bookchapters.

interreligious regional concerns: middle east

Room 218 Howdoesspirituality--andtheinterreligiousmovement inparticular--expressitselfthroughtheprismofgeography?Thisisoneofaseriesofregionalconversations.

Dr Peter changisaResearchOfficerinthePhilosophyandReligious StudiesProgramatLaTrobeUniversity,Australia.HeholdsaHarvard Universitydoctoraldegreeinreligiousstudies,specificallycomparing theChristianandConfuciantraditions.PeterisaChristianandastudent ofConfucianism.Recently,hisresearchesexaminehowtheclassical ChinesephilosophicalandreligioustraditionscouldinformChina'scontemporaryconcerns,suchashumanrights,intercivilisationinteractions, aswellasbioethicalandenvironmentalexigencies.

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LUNCHTIME PROGRAMMING 1:00­2:30pm global ethics and religion Forum ­ World religions Perspectives on Justice, War and Peace ­ Panel i

rev Dr William Lesher, moderator rabbi Dr elliot Dorff Heinz-gerhard Justenhoven Leif stenberg William o'neill sJ Hans Ucko Room 110 Symposium ThisisPanel#5inthe`WarandtheRoleofReligionina JustandSustainableWorld'Symposium.

rev Dr Bill Lesher, ChairoftheParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions

BoardofTrustees,hasbeenactiveintheParliamentsinceitscentennial gatheringinChicagoin1993,servingasanAmbassadorfortheCouncil inpreparationforthe1999ParliamentinCapeTown,SouthAfricaandas theconvenerofthe2004ParliamentinBarcelona,Spain.DrLesherhas workedwithcommunitiesandinstitutionsacrosstheglobeinvarious responsibilitiesforchurchbodies.HecurrentlyservesasaTrusteeofthe UnitedBoardforChristianHigherEducationinAsiaandasamemberof theBoardfortheGlobalEthicsandReligionForum. atAmericanJewishUniversity,USA.(Judaism)

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representatives,staffandstudents.Peoplesatopposite eachother,holdingwetplasterbetweentheirhandsand makingconversationuntiltheplasterhardened.Thecast handshakeformswerethenrecordedandboxedtobeused inthemouldforthecommissionedsculpture.Inlightof theheartfeltresponsesandencouragementfrompeople involvedintheprocess,itwasdecidedtocontinueasLet's Shake,anongoingprojectpromotingculturalconnection anddialoguethroughpubliceventsandartworks.

Karen caseyisarespectedMelbourneIndigenousartistwithalongstandingcommitmenttopromotingenvironmentalawarenessandsocialharmonythroughherart.Shehasworkedonnumerouscommunity,publicart andurbandesignprojectsandin2003wasappointedArtist-in-Residence fortheCityofMelbourne.ShehasrecentlybeeninvolvedinArtsEducation Curriculumprogrammingandwasaparticipantinthe2020Summitat ParliamentHouse,Canberrain2008.

ENGAGEMENT 2:30­4:00pm spanish Language session 1 of 2

ruth Broyde sharone Room 101 InteractiveWorkshop Estoesparanosotros,gentedehablaespañol,unsimposiuminteractivodedicadoalosparticipantesde LatinoaméricaqueseencuentranenelParlamentode Melbourne.Estesimposium,ennuestroidioma,nos brindaráoportunidadesdeconocernosydeconectarnos. Vamosaexaminardetalladamentelosdesafíosparticulares deAmericaLatinaenelcampointerreligioso,yvamosa contemplarcomosepodríarealizarelgranpotencialde nuestrascomunidades,ciudades,ypaíses.Reciénempezamosperoyavamosforjandonuestropropriocamino.Somos gentedeimaginaciónydetalentoyhallegadoelmomento dereconocerquetenemosmuchoquecontribuiralmovimientointerreligiosoglobal. Laprimerapartedelsimposiumseráparamejorarlacomunicaciónentrenosotros,paísconpaís.Compartiremosnuestrasexperienciashastahoydía,loséxitosyloscasi-éxitos. Exploraremoscomosepuededesarollarunaredextensiva deactividadinterreligiosaentrenosotrosmismos,unared quenospuedefortaleceryenriquecer. FacilitaráestesimposiumRuthBroydeSharone,larepresentantedelaReddeCiudadesHermanas,queel Parlamentomandóparaalentarnosyapoyarnos.EllayavisitócuatropaísesdeAmericaLatinaesteaño:Mexico,Costa Rica,ColombiayArgentina.Nuestraamigaquenosapoya, RuthpidióylogrócrearestesimposiumenMelbourneespecialmenteparanosotros.

ThesetwoLatinAmericannetworkingsessionswillbeconductedin Spanish,andarrangementscanbemadefortranslationintoEnglishupon [email protected] ProgramInformationDeskbySaturday,December5th.

rabbi elliott Dorff isRectorandDistinguishedProfessorofPhilosophy Heinz-gerhard JustenhovenisDirectoroftheInstituteforTheology

andPeace,Germany.(RomanCatholictradition)

Leif stenbergisDirectoroftheCentreforMiddleEasternStudies,

UniversityofLund,Sweden.(Islam) ofTheologyBerkeley,USA.(Africa)

William o'neill isAssociateProfessorofSocialEthicsatJesuitSchool Hans Ucko isapastProgramExecutiveforInterreligiousRelationsand

DialoguefortheWorldCouncilofChurches,Sweden.

Let's shake

Karen casey Room 215 ArtisticPerformance Let'sShakeisaparticipatoryarteventencouraging peopletoextendahandbeyondtheircomfortzoneand makeagenuineconnectionwithanotherperson.The processinvolvescastingtheinsideofahandshakewhile peoplecommunicatewitheachother.Theresultingforms areintriguing,shell-likeobjectsimprintedwitharecord ofeachperson'spalmandthememoryoftheencounter.Theprojectcameaboutduringthedevelopmentofa permanentartworkpromotingreconciliation,commissionedbytheUniversityofAdelaide.Inspiredbythenotion ofthespacecontainedwithinahandshake,theideawas conceivedbyMelbourneartistKarenCaseyanddeveloped incollaborationwithpublicsculptorDarrylCowie.Forthe initialphaseoftheproject,theUniversityhostedanevent withtheartists,invitingIndigenousandnon-Indigenous

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ruth Broyde sharoneisadocumentaryfilmmaker,journalistandpublic speaker.Shetravelsfrequentlytocollegecampusestoleadinterfaith programsandscreenherpopularfilm`GodandAllahNeedtoTalk'.CoChairoftheSouthernCaliforniaCommitteefortheParliament,Ruthalso currentlyservesasaPartnerCitiesAssociate.SheisalsoCo-Directorof theRodefShalomSchoolforPeace,withJerusalempeacemakerEliyahu McLean.Hernewbook,`MinefieldsandMiracles:AdventuresInInterfaith' willbepublishedin2009.

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religion and Belief in Public schools

cathy Byrne Harry gardner terence Lovat Room 102 PanelDiscussion Globalprocessesareincreasingtheethnicandreligious diversityofsocieties,includingAustralia,whereabout two-thirdsofthenation'schildrenareeducatedinthe governmentschoolingsystemandtheotherthirdinprivatereligiousschools.Educationandreligionhasalways beenacontroversialsubjectbothbeforeandsincethe governmentbeganfundingreligiousschoolsinthe1960s. Thisseminarfocusesonhowreligionistaughtingovernmentschoolscomparedtoprivatereligiousschools.We willdiscusssingle-faithinstruction,whichisthoughtby sometoincreasereligiousintolerance,andwillincorporatetheperspectiveofahumanistrepresentativewho advocatesteachingtheHumanistperspectiveinpublic schools.Developinganunderstandingofourworld's diversereligioustraditionsaswellasrespectforpeople ofdiversefaithsandnofaithisessentialforbothhearing eachotherandcollaboratingtogethertohealtheearth.

cathy Byrne isaPhDscholaratMacquarieUniversity'sCentrefor ResearchonSocialInclusion.Herthesiswillfocusonthesocialimplicationsofsegregated,single-faithreligionclassesinAustralianpublic primaryschools.ThisisacontinuationofherMaster'sresearch,which examinedculturaldiversityattitudeoutcomesofseniorschoolstudy ofreligion.CathyisundertakingaGraduateCertificateinReligionand ValuesEducation. Harry gardneriseducationdirectorfortheVictorianHumanistSociety.

Followingacareerinscientificresearch,Gardnerturnedtocombininghis interestinchildren'sentertainmentwithprimaryschooleducation.He hasdevelopedaHumanistcurriculumframeworkforlessonsinvalues andethicsasanalternativetoreligiousscriptureclasses.Thecourseis beingconsideredforusebytheVictorianDepartmentofEducation. managedresearchprojectsconcerningValuesEducation,Religionand Spirituality.Hehaspublishedseveralscholarlytextsandmorethan eightyrefereedarticlesinscholarlyjournalsandbooks.ProfessorLovat isaregularkeynotepresenteratnationalandinternationalconferences, mostrecentlyintheareasofreligion,valuesandIslamatgovernment sponsoredconferencesinRussiaandUkraine.

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progresstoamorejust,peacefulandsustainableworld? Whatistheroleofreligionandspiritualityinpromoting humanvaluesandinpartneringwiththecorporateand businesssectorinpursuingmutualaims?Renowned GermantheologicalHansKungjoinswithseniorbusiness leadersinan`agoraforum'discussionontheethicalimplicationsofrecenttrendsinglobaleconomicdynamics.

Dr Hans KüngisaninternationallyknownChristiantheologianand presidentoftheGlobalEthicFoundationofTübingenUniversity.Hehas publishedoverfiftytitles,includingTheBeginningofAllThings­Science andReligion,Islam:Past,PresentandFutureandamanifesto;Global EconomicEthic­ConsequencesforGlobalBusinesses.DrKünglives andteachesinTübingen,Germany. Dr simon LongstaffistheExecutiveDirectoroftheStJamesEthics CentreinSydney,Australia.HehasalsobeentheinauguralPresidentof theAustralianAssociationforProfessionalandAppliedEthics,aFellow oftheWorldEconomicForumandaMemberoftheInternationalAdvisory CommitteeoftheForeignPolicyAssociation.HisbookHardCases,Tough ChoiceswaspublishedbyMacmillanin1997. steve KilleleaisChairmanandFounderofIntegratedResearchLtd;The

CharitableFoundation;GlobalPeaceIndex;InstituteforEconomicsand Peace.Steveisanaccomplishedentrepreneurinhightechnologybusinessdevelopmentandattheforefrontofphilanthropicactivitiesfocused onsustainabledevelopmentandpeace.

simon mcKeonisExecutiveChairmanofMacquarieBankLimited's Melbourneofficeandspecialisesinmergersandacquisitions.Hehas degreesinLawandCommercefromtheUniversityofMelbourneand practisedasasolicitorwithBlakeDawsonWaldroninSydney.MrMcKeon isalsoChairofMSResearchAustraliaandfoundingChairofMelbourne Cares.HeisontheBoardofVisionFundwhichisresponsibleforWorld VisionInternational'smicroeconomicdevelopmentactivities.

spiritual education and interreligious Learning for Primary (elementary) and secondary students

elizabeth mellor Helen nichol sue smith Peta goldburg Room 104 InteractiveWorkshop Thesepresentationsinviteparticipantstoengageinteractivelywithvariousapproachestospiritualeducation andinterreligiouslearningwithprimaryandsecondary schoolstudents.Childrenlookforinnermeaningand widerconnectionswiththeworldtodeveloptheirsenseof belonging,well-beingandresilience.Interreligiouslearningandtheseexperientialapproachescomplementeach other.Suchteachingcanprovideaninternalstructurefor thefutureadulttobuildhisorherownspiritual/religious being.Understandingthechangingneedsofthematuring childiscrucial.Panelmemberswillpresentsomepracticalapproachestospiritualityeducationandinterreligious educationwithinpluraleducationframeworks.

elizabeth mellorisCo-FounderandCo-DirectorofBiameNetworkInc, anonprofiteducationalandspirituallyorientedorganisationdedicatedto promotingspiritualfulfilmentandpersonalwellbeingforeveryone.She isaninternationalworkshopfacilitatorandauthorlivinginMelbourne. Helen nichol, BBsc, Dip ed (sec), maPs (assoc), bringshercareer

experienceinpsychologyandeducationtohercurrentstudiesintheology andphilosophy.SheisChaplainatErasmusSchool,withdutiesinclude teachingscriptureandphilosophy;developingandprovidingspiritual,

Professor terence Lovatisanexperiencedresearcherwhohas

Has economics triumphed over ethics?

Dr Hans Küng Dr simon Longstaff steve Killelea simon mcKeon Room 103 Recentlyanon-profitorganizationinAustraliafeltcompelledtoappealforcorporatesponsorshipsupportonthe followingbasis:domesticviolencewasbadfortheeconomy,ratherthanthatitwasethicallywrongandharmfulto individuals,familiesandsociety.Howdoesthisanecdote illustrateanevolvingshiftintheroleofethicalconsiderationsintheeconomicmarketplace?Hasthisshiftbeen afactorintherecentglobalfinancialcrisis?Whatbroadly sharedvaluesareneedediftheworldisgoingtomake

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socialandemotionalprogramsforthestudentandparentcommunity; andprovidingaforumforspiritualinquiryandthepracticeofmeditation foradolescents.

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sue smithisaparent,educator,academicandstorytellerwhosework

ofChurchesWorshipCommitteeforitsHarareAssembly,haspublished ninebooksofliturgyandstillwritesliturgiesforchurchesinsixcountries.Shewasawardedthe1988AustralianHumanRightsMedalandan HonoraryDoctorateofLettersfromMacquarieUniversity.

hasbeentoengageyoungpeopleinlively,funlearningthatwilllead themtobetterunderstandthemselvesandtheirworld.AsanAustralian womanwhoisAnglicanfrombirth,Buddhistbychoice,andexperienced atworkingwithIndigenousAustraliansineducation,Suehassought waysinwhicheducationmaynourishourcommonhumanityandhuman potential. University.Shehasworkedextensivelywithteachersofreligioninschools acrossAustraliaandNewZealand.Forthepasteightyears,shehas chairedtheQueenslandStudiesAuthorityStudyofReligionSyllabuscommitteeandhaspublishedwidelyintheareaofreligiouseducation.

sacred sites, sacred solidarity: current initiatives

stein Villumstad additional speakers to be announced Room 106 TheWorldHeritageSitesinitiative,implementedandadministeredbyUNESCO,providesamodelandlinkforeffortstosafeguardthesacredsitesofreligiousandspiritualcommunitiesworldwide.Effortstoexpandthisinitiative internationallyhavebeentakenupbyspiritualcommunitiesandinterreligiousorganisations,atbothgrassroots andinternationallevels.Thissessionofthe`SacredSites, SacredSolidarity'Symposiumwillfeaturetherecent initiatives,theirevolvingcharacterandthewaysinwhich concernedindividuals,groups,communitiesandinstitutionscanjoinforceswithinthisoverarchingmovementto properlyprotectandrespectthereveredplacesofworship andpracticeofdiversespiritualtraditions.Leadingminds andpassionatedefendersofsacredsiteswillexplore recentandinnovativeworkinthesacredsitesmovement. SteinVillumstad,DeputySecretaryGeneralofReligions forPeace,willdiscusstheprocessanddevelopmentof a`CodeonHolySites'andthelongandwindingroadto establishinganInternationalConventionadoptedbythe UnitedNationstosafeguardsacredspaces.

stein Villumstadhasextensiveanddistinguishedexperienceininternationaldevelopment,conflicttransformation,andhumanrights.He servedasregionalrepresentativeforNorwegianChurchAid(NCA)in EasternAfrica,whereheoversawdevelopmentactivitiesintencountries andmanagedfiveregionalsub-offices.Previously,heheldthepositionof assistantgeneralsecretaryofNCA,managingtheDepartmentforPolicy andHumanRights.

Peta goldburgisProfessorofReligiousEducationatAustralianCatholic

interpreting the text: apostasy and Homosexuality

michael Kirby abdullah saeed rev Dorothy mcrae-mcmahon Room 105 The20thcenturywasmarkedbymanyscientificdiscoveriesabouthuman(andotherspecies')sexuality.Alfred Kinsey,EvelynHookerand,morerecently,geneticscientistshavepostulatednaturalcausesforsexualvariation, presentingthemasnormalvariants,notabnormaland deliberatelychosenindefianceofordinarynorms.Against thisbackgroundandthepluralistnatureofmodern societies,religiouscondemnationsofhomosexualsare increasinglyquestioned,includingbybelievers.Thishas ledtotensionsinpolitical,socialandreligiouslife.That tensionisbeingactedoutinmanycountries,including Australia,wherelawsdiscriminatingagainstsexualminoritiesarebeingrepealedandamended.Somereligions insistonunwaveringinterpretationsofscripture,antagonistictohomosexuals.However,drawingonhislong experienceasanAustralianjudge,MichaelKirbypoints totheoccasionalneedtore-readtextswheretheycome intoconflictwithadvancesincontemporaryknowledge andexperience.Hesuggeststhatthisiswhatwillhappen withinterpretationsofLeviticus20:13andotherBiblical textsthathavebeenasourceofgreatinjusticetoGLBT minorities.

UponhisretirementfromthehighestcourtinAustraliainFebruary 2009,michael Kirbywasthenation'slongestservingjudge.Hehasalso servedinmanyothercourtsandbodiesinAustraliaandinUNbodies.He isPresidentoftheInstituteofArbitrators&MediatorsAustralia.Hewas raisedintheAnglicantraditionofChristianitywhichhesees,forhistorical reasons,asadenominationsensitivetoinclusionofsometimesopposite andconflictingopinion.

migrar o morir/Paying the Price (Premier Film series selection)

Room 107 Film Thisfilmexaminesthelivesofimpoverishedworkers fromGuerrero,Mexico,whomigratetoSinaloatopick exoticChinesevegetablesfortheexporttrade.Itisa devastatingportraitofhardship--fromthesemigrants' communityoforigin,largelyabandonedbythelocaland stategovernments,totheinhumaneandslave-likeworkingconditionsofthemigrantcamp.Thefilmwasdirected byAlexHalkin.Q&Atofollow.

Dr adbullah saeedistheSultanofOmanProfessorofArabandIslamic

StudiesattheUniversityofMelbourne,wherehealsodirectstheNational CentreofExcellenceforIslamicStudiesandAsiaInstitute(www.abdullahsaeed.org).HeisinvolvedininterfaithdialoguebetweenChristians andMuslims,andbetweenJewsandMuslims,andisafrequentand popularlecturer.DrSaeedhasaBAinArab/IslamicStudiesfromSaudi Arabia,anMAinAppliedLinguisticsandaPhDinIslamicStudiesfrom theUniversityofMelbourne.

rev Dorothy mcrae-mcmahonisaministerintheUnitingChurchin Australia.SheworkedinthePittStreetParishinSydneyandasUCA NationalDirectorforMission.ShewasModeratoroftheWorldCouncil

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global ecological crisis: a time for the reunion of science and religion?

irina trubetskova Room 108 AcademicPaper Scienceandreligionaretwodisciplinesthatseektruth andattempttounderstandtheconstructionofthisworld, eventhoughtheyfocusondifferentaspectsofthesame realityandusedifferentwaystoexploreandinterpretit. Theirhistoricalrelationshiphasvarieddramatically-- fromfullharmony,respectandmutualunderstanding toalienation,separation,divorceandanimosity.Itis anundeniablerealitythatwefaceanimpendingglobal ecologicalcrisisthatthreatensthefutureofourhuman civilisationandculture.Inresponse,scienceandreligion seemtobeconvergingtowardacommongoalofpreventingtheglobalcatastrophe.Thepredictionsofformerand currentthinkersaboutthereunionofscienceandreligion appeartobecomingtrue.Forexample,thephilosophy ofRussianCosmismlookedforwardtoatimewhenallof humanitywouldbeunitedby`thephilosophyofcommon task'.Indeed,isitnotthemainmissionofbothscience andreligionnowtocollaborateonpromotingecological awarenessandcultivatingsustainablewaysoflifeinorder toensureadecentlifeforgenerationstocome?

irina trubetskovahasaPhDinBiologyandisstudyingintheNatural

ResourcesandEarthSystemSciencedepartmentattheUniversityof NewHampshire.ShehasalsoconductedresearchattheMaxPlanck InstituteforLimnologyinGermany,MichiganTechnicalUniversityand theEstonianMarineInstituteinTallinn,Estonia.Sheiscurrentlyfinishingherdissertationresearchentitled`FromBiospheretoNoosphere:A ChallengeforEducatorsintheAgeofSustainability'.

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rolehasrecentlybeenprovedbypublicationofthePWV's well-receivedbook,`SilentWhispering'(2009).Thebook presentsstoriesofvictimsregardlessofethno-religious identity.Itaimstogeneratewell-roundedunderstandings abouttheSouthernThailandconflicttotheThaipublic, andhencetomitigatetheantagonismfosteredbythelack ofinformation.

naree charoenpolpiriyaisapeaceadvocatewhohasbeenworking

forwomenvictimsofviolencesince2004.Nareehasbeenanonviolence trainerforovertwentyyears.Sheinitiatedahealingprojectforfamily membersofTakbaiprotestvictimsin2004.Also,shewasacommissioner totheThaigovernment-appointedNationalReconciliationCommission. Shehasastrongsenseofhowconflictresolutionmethodshavechanged anddevelopedovertheyears.

sukkriya-ayu Baheh isthecurrentprojectmanagerforPeaceWitness Volunteers(PWV).Previously,shehasparticipatedinapeacebuilding workshopinIndiaaswellashumanrightsandnonviolentactiontrainings.Asaformervolunteertothe2007projectofPWV,Sukkriya-Ayuhas experiencedanumberofpeacewitnessingactivities.SheisaMuslimand willrepresentthatcommunity'sinvolvementandperspectives. ms arachapon nimitkulponworkswiththeWorkingGrouponJustice

forPeace,anationalhumanrightsNGOthatfocusesonhumanrights abusesinthethreesouthernprovincesofThailand.Lastyearshewas partofthePeaceWitnessingProjectbasedinPattaniProvince.Herrole istocoordinatethefact-findingtripstovillagesandvisitvictims'families. Shehasalsoworkedonconstructivearticulationthroughonlinemedia, writingarticles,andmakingashortdocumentary.

media savvy: How journalists and religious Leaders can Work together for Better coverage

cardinal theodore e mccarrick roland shatz canon alistair macdonald-radcliff Room 110 Apanelofreligiousleaders,journalistsandmediaexperts willdiscusswhatittakestogetreligionintothenews cycle.Whatcanreligiousleadersdotohelpovercome stereotype-drivennewsselection,andhowcanjournalistsmakeethicaldecisions--evenwhentheheatison? Wewillexaminedatafromthepastyeartoseehowmajor globalbroadcastnetworksdevotedairtimetoreligionand values,andgiveawardstothereligiousleadersandnews professionalswhoexemplifybestpractices.Religious leaderswillbeconsideredforawardsonthebasisoftheir willingnesstobeinterviewedandhowwelltheyrepresent theirreligioustraditioninthemainstreammedia.News professionalswhochampioncoverageofreligiousdiversityandmakeroomforthecomplexitiesofreligionwithin theirnewscastswillbeconsideredforawards.

cardinal theodore e mccarrick, PhD, DD,ArchbishopEmeritusof

Washington,hasvisitedmanynationsasahumanrightsadvocateandto surveyhumanitarianneeds.Hehastravelledtoareasaffectedbymajor naturaldisasters,suchasCentralAmerica,SriLankaandLouisiana andMississippipost-HurricaneKatrina,toensurepeopleinneedwould receiveassistance,andtobringprayerandfinancialsupport.Hehasbeen amemberoftheUnitedStatesCommissionforInternationalReligious Freedom.

religion, conflict and Peacebuilding: the case of thailand

naree charoenpolpiriya sukkriya-ayu Baheh arachapon nimitkulpon Room 109 InspiredbyGandhi'sShantiSena(orPeaceArmy),Peace WitnessVolunteers(PWV)isanall-femalegroupbasedin SouthernThailand.TheconflictinthisareainvolvesMalay Muslims,localBuddhists,ThaiauthoritiesandtheMalay Muslimarmedgroups.Therearemanyhumanrights violationsanddiscriminationagainstboththeMalay MuslimandThaiBuddhistpopulations.Thelanguage barrierbetweenlocal-languagespeakingvillagersand Thai-speakingauthorities,andmoreimportantlythelack ofinformationaswellasthemisinformationcausedby theemergingcommunalantagonism,augmentstheconflicts.PWVisathirdpartymediatorinconflict,providing a`channelofcommunication',assistingwithlanguageinterpretation,providinghumanrightsandlegalknowledge tothevillagersandactingasrepresentativestomedia. Inaddition,theyprovidehumanitarian-socialsupportfor victimsoftheconflict,increaseawarenessofconflicts andprovideinformationtothegeneralpublic.Thelatter

roland shatzisthePresidentofMediaTenorandaCo-Founderofthe

C-1WorldDialogue,andoneoftheleadingexpertsinthefieldofmedia impactresearch.Hehasfocusedonimprovingglobalmediathroughhis workatMediaTenor,whichprovidesongoinginternationalmediacontent analysis,includinganalysisofnewandtraditionalglobalmediacontent.

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canon alistair macdonald-radcliffisDirectorGeneraloftheC-1World Dialogue,hasservedasSeniorAdvisortotheWorldEconomicForumand itsCouncilof100Leaders'West-IslamicDialogue.Hewasalsoformerly DeanofAllSaints'CathedralinCairowhereheremainsinternationaladvisortoPresidentBishopMouneerAnis,PrimateoftheAnglicanProvince ofJerusalemandtheMiddleEast.

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the road to copenhagen ­ is climate change the new slavery?

Room 202 PanelDiscussion Thereareinterestingechoesbetweenthecurrent economicdebateaboutclimatechangeandthedebate abouttheabolitionofslaveryover150yearsago.One ofthechiefobjectionstoendingtheadmittedlymorallyobjectionablepracticeofslaverywastheprojected collapseitwouldbringtotheworldeconomy.Similar projectionshavebeengivenforscenariosinwhichthe globaleconomicsystemwouldbetransformedtoreduce greenhouseemissionsthroughthedevelopmentofnew technologiesandchangestomoreeco-friendlylifestyles ofindividualsandnations.Isclimatechangeinallits manifestationsanewformofslavery?Arethereanylessonsfromtheabolitionofslavery,andtheresultingboom totheworldeconomythatresulted,whichmightbeappliedtothecurrentsituation?Howdoweweighmoraland economicvaluesandoutcomesasweconsideraddressingthispressingglobalchallenge?

shadi toloui-Wallace

shadi toloui-Wallace Room 201 ArtisticPerformance AustraliansingerandcomposerShadiToloui-Wallace aimstoupliftheartsthroughhermusic.BorntoparentsofAustralianandIranianorigin,sheblendsdiverse backgroundstocreatemusicthatisvaried,soulfuland unique.Inthisperformanceshewillperformsongsfrom herdebutalbum,`LeatherBoundBook',acollectionof Bahá'íSacredWritingssettocontemporarymelodieswith aWorldMusicflair.

BorntoparentsofAustralianandIranianorigin,shadi'sloveformusic anddevotiontoherFaithblendsthesediverseoriginstocreatemusicthat isvaried,soulfulandunique.Touchingsomeone'sheartinasongthrough thepowerofmusicissomethingshetreasures.Shadiisundertakinga nationaltourwithotherartistsbothbeforeandaftertheParliamentof theWorld'sReligions.

Joanne shenandoah: Healing through music

Room 201 ArtisticPerformance AGrammyAwardandeleven-timeNativeAmericanMusic award-winningartist,JoanneShenandoah,aWolfClan memberoftheIroquoisConfederacy,hasfulfilledthe promiseofherNativeAmericanname,Tekaliwah-kwa (`SheSings').Fromtraditionalchantstocontemporary sounds,Joanneenchantsaudiencesaroundtheworldand hasestablishedareputationasoneofAmerica'sforemost andcelebratedNativerecordingartists.NeilYoungcalls her`oneofthefinesttributestoNativeAmericanMusic andCulture'.TheAssociatedPressstates,`Shenandoah hasbecomethemostcriticallyacclaimedNative AmericanSingersofhertime'.Sinceemergingasanartistin1990,ShenandoahhasperformedatCarnegieHall, theWhiteHouse,KennedyCenter,EarthDayontheMall, Woodstock`94,theParliamentoftheWorld'sReligionsin SouthAfrica,Barcelona'sSagradaFamiliainSpain,and HwaEomTempleinSouthKorea,aswellasatthousands ofvenuesintheUS.

nuclear non-Proliferation: response and advocacy by religious communities

sue Wareham, moderator Hirotsuga terasaki mr Kawai Room 204 Nuclearweaponsarethemostsignificanthuman-made destructiveforceontheplanet.Theyposeaspiritualas wellasexistentialthreattohumanity.Whyhashumanitybeensoslowandineffectiveinmeetingthechallenge posedbynucleararms?Whatcanreligiousandspiritual communitiesdotomeetthechallengeofabolishingthese weaponsofmassannihilation?Thispaneldiscussion willexplorethegrassrootsandadvocacyeffortsmadeby variousreligiouscommunitiesaroundtheworldtoprotect againstnuclearproliferationandmobilisepublicopinion. TheseincludetheproposedNuclearWeaponsConvention, andthedevelopmentofeducationaltoolssuchasexhibitions,volumesofnuclearsurvivors'testimonies, DVDsandpublicationsshowingwhatindividualscando toaddressthesituation.SGI'sworkondisarmamentis characterisedbygrassrootseducation.Theseactivities, whichhavebeencarriedoutonaglobalscale,include petitiondrives,travelingpublicexhibitions,seminarsand publications.

sue WarehamisthepresidentoftheMedicalAssociationforthe

PreventionofWar(MAPW).

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strangers Becoming neighbours: community interfaith responses to interdependence (session 1)

Paul chaffee, moderator Helen spector James DeLange Janet Bregar carla mae streeter michael g Pappas Paul r strickland Donald reid samir selmanovic Room 207 PanelDiscussion Sixstoriesofinterfaithresponsetoourgrowinglocal interdependencewillprovidemodelsandlessonslearned abouthowwebuildinterfaithunderstandingandsocial cohesioninourcommunities.Thesepanellistswillrecounttheirexperiencescreatingsafespacestoencounter `theother',workingside-by-sidetomakeourcitieshospitableandsafeforpeopleofdiversetraditions,standingup forandwitheachother,andlearninghowtohonourthe dignityandhumanityofeachother.Theywillalsoshare how,indoingso,theyallhavebeenchanged.Afterthe panelpresentations,sessionattendeeswillsharestories ofsuccessandchallengefromtheirlocalsettings.By engagingeachotheroncriticalquestions,theywillenrich ourlocalinterfaithresponsestoincreasinginterdependence.Thissessionwillcontinuethroughtheafternoon Openspaceprogramtime.

Paul chaffee, ordainedintheUnitedChurchofChrist(USA),has

beentheExecutiveDirectoroftheInterfaithCenteratthePresidioin SanFranciscosinceitsinceptionin1995.HeisatrusteeoftheNorth AmericanInterfaithNetworkandhashelpedbeginseveralUnited ReligionsInitiativeCooperationCircles.

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enteringtheministry,Michaelworkedasalobbyist,aRegionalField Directorforapresidentialcampaign,andaninvestmentbankerforthe oldestmunicipalbondfirminNewJersey.

Paul strickland istheExecutiveDirectoroftheCenterforReligious Inquiry(CRI)inMinneapolis,Minnesota.CRI'smissionistocreateasafe, welcomingplaceforreligiousseekersofanybackgroundoraffiliation toexperienceadeeperunderstandingofunitythroughinquiry,dialogue,studyandreflection.Paulisaformercorporatehumanresources executivewhoisdeeplycommittedtotheinterreligiousmovementin MinneapolisandinternationallyinPeru,SouthAfrica,SyriaandCuba. Donald reidisanordainedmemberoftheScottishEpiscopalChurch andhasworkedsince2004asdirectoroftheFestivalofSpiritualityand Peace.TheFestivalseekstobringtogetherthinkers,artistsandperformers,fromeveryfaithandnone,todiscernandmodelwaystobuild peaceinapost-9/11world.Donaldisalsoco-conveneroftheEdinburgh InterFaithAssociation. samir selmanovic, PhD, istheauthorof`ReallyAllAboutGod:

ReflectionsofaMuslimAtheistJewishChristian'.Heisthefounderand Christianco-leaderofFaithHouseManhattan,aninterfaith`communityof communities'thatbringstogetherforward-lookingChristians,Muslims, Jews,atheistsandotherswhoseektothriveinterdependently.Samir servesontheInterfaithRelationscommissionoftheUSNationalCouncil ofChurchesandspeaksnationallyandinternationally.HelivesinNew YorkCity.

sharing Wisdom ­ Fostering Peace

Jathedar singh sahib giani gurbachan singh rabbi Dr alon goshen-gottstein Dharma master Hsin tao Dr Bhai sahib mohinder singh Paul Knitter Room 208 PanelDiscussion The21stcenturyismarkedbyawidespreadfeelingof crisis,insecurityandlossofdirection.TheecologicalbalanceoftheEarthisunderseriousthreat;political,social andeconomicsecurityiselusive;andreligionsarefaced withnumerouschallenges,bothfrominsideandoutside. Thispanelwillconsiderhow,throughsharingthewisdom foundinourreligioustraditions,wecanaddresscollectivelythemultiplechallengesposedtousaspeopleof faithinthe21stcentury.ItisacontinuationofthediscussionheldduringthethirdmeetingoftheElijahBoard ofWorldReligiousLeadersinAmritsarin2007.Wewill enterintothediscussionstartingwiththebasicquestion: Whatiswisdom?Whyshouldweshare?Further,which distinctteachingsandmethodsdoourreligionsofferto achieveinnerpeace?Whatistherelationshipbetween innerandouterpeace?Whatistheroleofforgiveness? Finally,wewillaskwhichparticularwiseteachingfrom ourowntraditionwouldweliketosharewiththeothers. ThepanelwillconcludebyinvitingeachparticipanttoreflectongiftsreceivedfromlisteningtothereligiousOther.

Jathedar singh sahib giani gurbachan singh,aged60,isthecurrent

religiousheadofSriAkaalTakhatSahib,thesupremereligiousauthorityoftheSikhs,basedinAmritsar,Punjab,India.Hewasappointedas Jathedaron6August2008,afterserving37yearsasaSikhreligious preacher.HislastappointmentwasasHeadGranthiofSriHarmandir Sahib,alsoknownastheGoldenTempleinAmritsar.

Helen spector servesontheBoardofTrusteesfortheCouncilfora

ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.ShejoinedtheBoardin1990to helpplanthe1993ParliamentCentenaryCelebrationandhasservedas co-chairfortheSiteSelectiontaskforcesthatselectedBarcelona(2004) andMelbourne(2009)forParliamentgatherings.HelenlivesinPortland, Oregon.

rev James DeLangehasbeenChairoftheSanFranciscoInterfaith Councilsince2004.Fornearlyallofitstwentyyearsofexistence,Pastor DeLangehasservedontheCouncil'sBoardofDirectors,firstasChief FinancialOfficer.PastorDeLangewasSeniorPastorofStFrancis LutheranChurchinSanFranciscoforeighteenyears.Beforecoming toStFrancis,heservedFaithLutheranChurchinHuntingtonBeach, California,acongregationhefoundedin1962. rev Dr Janet BregarisaprofessorofComparativeReligionsandthe PastorofVillageChurchinLosAngeles.Sheiscurrentlyaninstructorin ComparativeReligionsatCaliforniaStateUniversityFullerton.DrBregar isthepastexecutivedirectoroftheSantaMonicaBayInterfaithCouncil andacurrentBoardMember.DrBregarhasbeenactiveininterfaithwork bothintheUnitedStatesandinternationallyforoverthirtyyears.

fullprofessoratAquinasInstituteofTheologyinStLouis,Missouri.Dr StreeterisamemberoftheboardofInterfaithPartnership/FaithBeyond Walls,aninterfaithorganisationof31religioustraditions.Sheteaches theologyintheLatinCatholictradition. Council.Forsixteenyears,heservedparishesinSanFranciscoandPalos Hills,Stockton,CaliforniaasanordainedpriestintheGreekOrthodox Church,focusingonthehomelessandinterfaithrelationships.Priorto

carla mae streeter, oP,isaDominicanSisterpresentlyservingasa

michael g PappasisExecutiveDirectoroftheSanFranciscoInterfaith

alon goshen-gottstein isthedirectoroftheElijahInterfaithInstitute, anddirectoroftheCentrefortheStudyofRabbinicThought,Beit MorashaCollege,bothinJerusalem.Hewasordainedarabbiin1977.

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ProjectsoftheElijahInterfaithInstituteincludethebi-annualmeetingof theboardofWorldReligiousLeaders,theEducationalNetwork,aswell astheJewishandtheMuslimTheologyoftheReligiousOther.

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Dharma master Hsin taowasborninBurmain1948andcameto Taiwanatage13.Hebecameamonkatage25andestablishedthe Wu-shengMonasteryonLing-jioumountainin1983.Hefoundedthe MuseumofWorldReligionsandispresidentoftheGlobalFamilyofLove andPeace.TheseriesofBuddhist-Muslimdialoguesheinitiatedin2001 hasbeenconductedintencountries,includingUNESCOParisandUNin NewYork. Bhai sahib Dr mohinder singhcomesfromalineofspiritualleaders, andisChairmanofGuruNanakNishkamSewakJatha.Heisaretired civilandstructuralengineer,withtwohonoraryDoctoratesforworkin faith,communityandeducation.BhaiSahibisalsoarecipientoftheJuliet HollisterAwardfromtheTempleofUnderstanding. Paul Knitter isthePaulTillichProfessorofTheology,WorldReligions,

andCultureatUnionTheologicalSeminary,NewYork.Previously,he taughttheologyatXavierUniversityinCincinnati.Hisgroundbreaking 1985book`NoOtherName?'addressesinterreligiousdialogue,aswellas humanandecologicalwell-being.KnitterisontheBoardofTrusteesfor theInternational,InterreligiousPeaceCouncil,whichwasformedafter the1993ParliamentoftheWorldReligions.

Toronto,andtheDepartmentofAnthropologyattheUniversityofToronto atMississauga.FormerlypresidentoftheReligiousEducationAssociation oftheUSandCanada,heisauthorof`RedeemingtheTime:APolitical TheologyoftheEnvironment'(Continuum1997).Hisresearchandteachingareintheareasofethicsandecology.

andrew K newmanisProjectCoordinatorfortheMillionTreesNYCini-

tiative.Hehasexperienceinworkingwithdiversepopulationsinthearea ofcommunityengagementandhasanacademicbackgroundinreligious studies.

educating religious Leaders for a multi-religious World

Don swearer, moderator Hajjah maria Ulfah michael melchior antje Jackelén Pal ahluwalia swami atmapriyananda eshin nishimura Room 210 PanelDiscussion Howisthenextgenerationofreligiousleadersbeing educated?Doestheirpreparationincludeknowledge ofotherreligioustraditions,insightsintothemodern interfaithmovementandtraininginworkingtogetherwith leadersfromotherreligions?Thispanel,createdbythe HenryLuceFoundation-fundedTaskForceofTheological EducationwhichrepresentsfifteenUSseminaries,will opensomeofthesequestionsandbeginanexplorationthat,itishoped,willbecarriedoninplacesaround theworldwherereligiousleadersarebeingeducated. Emphasisisplacedonthe`initial'natureofthisdiscussion.Sixreligiouseducatorsplusthemoderator,each fromadifferentreligion,willcomprisethepanel.Since noonepersoncanrepresentthemanydifferentwaysreligiousleadersareeducatedineachtradition,thepanellistswillgiveexamplesfromtheirownexperience.They mayalsoplacetheseexperiencesinthelargerframework oftypicaleducationsintheirtradition.Interactionamong thepanelmembersandwiththeaudiencewillundoubtedlylendfurtherinsightsintothetopic.Participantswho areinterestedinthisissuewillbeencouragedtocarryon thisexplorativediscussionatdaily`EducatingReligious LeadersforaMulti-ReligiousWorld'seminarsandtostay incontactwitheachother.

Donald K sweareristheDirectorfortheCenterfortheStudyofWorld

ReligionsandDistinguishedVisitingProfessorofBuddhistStudiesat HarvardDivinitySchool.HewaspreviouslytheCharlesandHarrietCox McDowellProfessorofReligionatSwarthmoreCollege.Hispublications onBuddhism,comparativereligionsandinterreligiousdialogueinclude `Dialogue:TheKeytoUnderstandingOtherReligions'and`FortheSakeof theWorld:TheSpiritofBuddhistandChristianMonasticism'. Qur'anicStudiesinJakarta,Indonesia.In1980,shewonboththenational Qur'anrecitationcompetitioninJakartaandtheinternationalQur'an recitationcompetitioninKualaLumpur,Malaysia.Asaprofessional Qur'anreciter,shehasappearedalloverSoutheastAsia,theMiddleEast, Europe,NorthAmerica,AustraliaandJapan.

green Buildings, green cities ­ an ethical Path Forward

steve Perkins stephen scharper andrew newman Room 209 PanelDiscussion Thechallengeofsustainabilityandclimatechangecalls allpeople,andespeciallyreligiousandspiritualcommunities,todramaticallyreducetheiruseofresources-- especiallyenergy--toavertplanetarydisaster.Thischallengeisoccurringinthecontextofglobalurbanisation: 50percentoftheworld'spopulationnowlivesincities. Unlesscitiescandecreasetheiremissionsandrestore theirecologicalintegrity,ourchildrenandgrandchildren willinheritadegraded,evenanuninhabitableEarth. Fortunately,citieshaveauniquepotentialtoofferresidentsagoodqualityoflifewhileusingresourceswisely asaresultoftheirdensity,culturalcreativityandsocial networksforinnovation.Religiousandspiritualcommunitiescannowplaymanyrolesinthismovetoward urbansustainability.TheyraiseuptheCreationasagift fromGodtobeprotected,ratherthanacommoditytobe consumed.Theysupporteachotherinthestruggleto changebehaviours.Theywitnesstothejusticedemands ofthepooranddisempowered.Andtheymodelnew,more sustainablewaysofbeingandacting,bothindividuallyand collectively.Thisprogramwillexplorewaysthatreligious communitiesandinterreligiousorganisationsareprovidingleadershipinthismovementtowardurbansustainability.

NeighborhoodTechnology,aChicago-basedorganisationthatpromotes sustainableurbancommunities.HehasorganisedmultipleurbanrevitalisationprojectsinChicagoandiscurrentlyworkingtomakethe2009 Parliamenteventcarbonneutral.

Dr stephen PerkinsisseniorvicepresidentoftheCenterfor

Hajjah maria UlfahisalecturerandViceRectoroftheInstitutefor

stephen Bede scharperisAssociateProfessorwiththeCentreforthe

StudyofReligionandtheCentreforEnvironmentattheUniversityof

rabbi michael melchior hailsfromDenmark,wherehisfamily

membershaveservedasChiefRabbisforsevengenerations.In1999, hewaselectedtotheKnesset,wherehebecameoneofIsrael'sleading

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legislators.Hehelpedtoenactlegislativereformsintheareasofeducation,children'srights,theenvironmentandsocialjustice.Today,Rabbi Melchiorleadsavarietyofcivilsocietymovements,includingaforumthat promotesdialogueandunderstandingamongdifferentstrandsofIsraeli society.

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alternatives to empire, another World is Possible

rev Harry Kerr Larry marshall Dr chandra muzzafar Joseph camilleri Room 212 InteractiveWorkshop AlternativestoEmpireisacollaborativeprojectthatchallengesthecharacteristicsofEmpire:dominanceachieved throughmilitaryvictory;theexploitationoftheeconomic resourcesofthesubjectpeoples;thedestructionof cultures,religionsandlanguagesofsubjectpeoples;and thetransferofwealthfrompoortorich.Theprojectassumesthatpeopleofdifferentfaithsandphilosophiescan discovercommonvaluesthatembodyarespectforthe rightsanddignityofallhumanity,sustainablestewardship oftheearth'seconomicandecologicalsystems,andthe sacrednessandunityofalllife.Thisworkshopwillexplore thosevaluesthatareuniversalinscopeandinspiration andthatarepremisedonthefundamentalquestionsof humanexistence:Whoarewe?Whatisourpurposeon thisearth?Howshouldwelive?Howshouldweaddress thecriticalchallengesthatfacehumanityatthismoment inhistory?Thisworkshopengagesmembersofallfaiths andhumanisttraditionsinaconversation,basedupona respectforthediversityofdeeplyheldviews.Itwillopen upnewenergies,resourcesandskillstoenvisionand enactalternativestothepresentstructuresofhegemonic domination.

reverend Harry Kerr,isConvenorofPaxChristiVictoria,abranchof

theInternationalChristianPeaceMovement,PaxChristiInternational.

rev Dr antje JackelénisBishopofLundintheLutheranChurchof

Sweden,thefirstwomanbishoptobepopularlyelectedtheChurchof Sweden.Shewaspreviouslyaprofessorofsystematictheology/religion andscienceattheLutheranSchoolofTheologyinChicagoanddirector oftheZygonCenterforReligionandScience.Sheistheauthorof`Time andEternity'(2005)andnumerousarticlesinavarietyoflanguages. Currently,sheservesaspresidentoftheEuropeanSocietyfortheStudy ofScienceandTheology. andSocialSciencesattheUniversityofSouthAustralia.HehaspublishedmanybooksandarticlesandwasappointedaUNESCOChair inTransnationalDiasporasandReconciliationStudiesin2008.Heisa FellowoftheAcademyofSocialSciencesinAustralia.

Professor Pal ahluwaliaisProViceChancellorofEducation,Arts

swami atmapriyanandawasinspiredbytheRamakrishna-Vivekananda idealofrenunciationandserviceandwasdrawntomonasticlife throughhisclosecontactwithmonksoftheRamakrishnaOrder.He taughtphysicsatVidyamandiraCollegefornearly27years.Whenthe RamakrishnaMissionestablishedVivekanandaUniversityin2005,Swami AtapriyanandabecameitsfirstViceChancellor,apositionhecurrently holds. eshin nishimurahasbeenaRinzaiZenBuddhistpriestsince1936.He isformerpresidentofHanazonoUniversityinKyoto,Japanandisalsoa majormodernscholarintheKyotoSchoolofthought.Acurrentprofessor intheDepartmentofBuddhismatHanazonoUniversity,hehaslectured atuniversitiesthroughouttheworldonthesubjectofZenBuddhism.He hasbeenaparticipantinmanydialoguesontherelationshipofZento ChristianityandWesternphilosophy.

the state and religious Freedom

rabbi David saperstein Room 211 Whatistheroleofthestateinprotectingreligiousfreedom?Whatistheroleofreligiouscommunitiesinassertingtheirreligiousfreedomsinthecivicrealm,andwhere maythoseeffortsbestbefocused?Whatcollaborations canenhancetheongoingworkofprotectingreligious freedom?RabbiDavidSaperstein,thedirectorandcounseloftheReligiousActionCenterforReformedJudaism, isanexpertinchurch/stateissues.Hisexpertisecovers issuessuchashatecrimes,discrimination,freeexercise, equalrights,andtheroleofreligiouscommunitiesin activeengagementinpoliticalprocesses.`Thereligious communitycannotbecomplacent.Toomuchisatstake.'

DesignatedinNewsweek's2009listasthemostinfluentialrabbiin theUnitedStatesanddescribedinaWashingtonPostprofileas'the quintessentialreligiouslobbyistonCapitolHill',rabbi David saperstein representsthenationalReformJewishMovementtoCongressandthe AdministrationastheDirectoroftheReligiousActionCenterofReform Judaism.

LaTrobeUniversitywhereheisresponsiblefortwoprojectsinvolving theMuslimCommunityinVictoria.HecoordinatestheYoungMuslim LeadershipTrainingProgramandthevisitsbyIslamicScholarsto Australia.LarryisalsotheProjectOfficerfortheInternationalNetworkof Universities(INU)onaprojecttocoordinateaMaster'sPrograminGlobal CitizenshipandPeaceacrosseightinternationalpartneruniversities.

Larry marshall istheProjectOfficerfortheCentreforDialogueat

Dr chandra muzzafarisPresidentoftheInternationalMovementfora JustWorld(JUST),aninternationalNGObasedinMalaysia,whichseeks tocritiqueglobalinjusticeandtodevelopanalternativevisionofajust andcompassionatecivilisationguidedbyuniversalspiritualandmoral values.HeisalsotheNoordinSopieeProfessorofGlobalStudiesatthe ScienceUniversityofMalaysia(USM)inPenangandhaspublishedextensivelyonavarietyofsubjects. Joseph camilleriisthefounderanddirectoroftheCentreforDialogue

atLaTrobeUniversityinMelbourneandoneofAustralia'sleading InternationalRelationsscholars.ProfessorCamillerihaspursueda widerangeofresearchinterestsintheInternationalRelationsdiscipline. Theseincluderegionalandglobalgovernance,thepoliticaleconomyof Asia-Pacific,theroleofreligionandcultureininternationalaffairs,the politicsofoilandtheMiddleEast,andsecuritypolicy(includingweapons non-proliferation).

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Unesco chair in interreligious and intercultural relations ­ asia Pacific: an interregional Perspective on interreligious relations

anna Halafoff Dr rosa maria guerreiro gary Bouma greg Barton Dr tuba Boz Douglas Pratt Dr Zainal abidin Bagir Dr Fatimah Hussein Dr Yeoh seng guan Room 213 PanelDiscussion Inthisprogram,theUNESCOChairInInterreligiousand InterculturalRelations(UCIIR)-AsiaPacificstaffand associateswilldiscusstheirrecentandcurrentprojects inAustralia,Indonesia,MalaysiaandNewZealand.The UCIIR-AsiaPacificisaneducational,researchandpolicy activitycentredintheSchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry atMonashUniversity.UNESCOhasestablishedUCIIRs since1995toprovideinputdrawnfromanunderstanding ofreligiousandculturaldiversitytoUNESCOprograms andpolices,toconductresearchintheirareaandtoengageinpolicydebatesintheirregion.TheUNESCOChair fortheAsia-PacificwasawardedtoMonashUniversity in2004andwaslaunchedbyHEAbdurrahmanWahid, formerPresidentofIndonesia.

anna HalafoffisaresearcherfortheUNESCOChairinInterreligiousand InterculturalRelations-AsiaPacificandtheGlobalTerrorismResearch Centre,SchoolofPoliticalandSocialInquiry,MonashUniversity. DrRosaMariaGuerreiroisaProgramSpecialist,Interculturaland InterreligiousDialogue,DivisionofCulturalPoliciesandIntercultural Dialogue,UNESCOParis. Professor gary BoumaistheEmeritusProfessorofSociologyat

MonashUniversityandanAssociatePriestatStJohn'sEastMalvern. HisresearchhasfocusedprimarilyontheinteractionbetweenreligionandsocietyinWesternsocietiesincludingCanada,theUnited States,Australia,NewZealandandEurope.HeistheUNESCOChair inInterreligiousandInterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific,Monash University.

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Dr Yeoh seng guanisSeniorLecturerinCommunications,Monash Malaysia.HeisaMalaysianAssociateoftheUNESCOChairin InterreligiousandInterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific,MonashUniversity.

a spiritual audit of the World's Workplaces: sharing our stories of the Human spirit at Work

elizabeth Denton Room 215 InteractiveWorkshop Moreandmorepeoplehavestartedtoexpressadesire tobringtheir`wholeselves'towork.Wespendsomuch ofourwakinglivesintheworkplace,wherethereare innumerable,indescribableopportunitiesandpossibilitiesforpersonaltransformationandmeaningfulinteractionwithourcoworkers.Drawingonresearchpublished in`ASpiritualAuditofCorporateAmerica'(1999)and`A SpiritualAuditoftheWorld'sWorkplaces'(forthcoming, 2010),DrElizabethADentonwillpresentconclusions, insightsandstoriesofhowspiritualityandconsciousness areexpressedinourglobalworkplaces,attheindividual level,withinteamsorworkunits,throughorganisational policiesandprocesses,totheimpactoncommunitiesand ourplanet.Followingthisinitialpresentation,participants willdialogueinsmallgroupsandsharestoriesandworkplaceexamplesofspirituality,consciousness,values,and expressionsofbasichumanity,usingexamplesfromtheir ownexperienceorthosethey'veobserved.Eachsmall groupwillchoosetwoorthreestoriestosharewhenthe largegroupcomesbacktogether.Participantswilllearn howindividualsandorganisationsinothercountries,cultures,andtraditionsexpresstheirspiritualityandhumanityintheworkplace.Theywillleavewithmultipleexamplestotakebackandimplementintheirownworkplaces.

Dr elizabeth a Dentonisapsychologist,businessconsultant,author, wisdomteacher,andintegrativeenergypractitionerbasedinNewYork City.Co-authorof`ASpiritualAuditofCorporateAmerica'(1999)and`A SpiritualAuditoftheWorld'sWorkplaces'(forthcoming,2010),Lizworks withleadersoflargeglobalcorporationsandentrepreneurialorganisationstobringmoreconsciousness,awareness,presence,valuesand ethicsintoourworkplaces.

Professor greg BartonisActingDirectoroftheCentreforIslamand theModernWorldandDeputyUNESCOChairinInterreligiousand InterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific,MonashUniversity. Dr tuba BozisaresearcherfortheUNESCOChairinInterreligiousand

InterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific,MonashUniversity.

the spiritual Dynamics of Hearing/ Listening and Healing: awakening to the Flow Within, Between and among Us

John L Hochheimer Room 216 InteractiveWorkshop Theworkofreconciliationinpost-traumaticsocieties seekstocreatethespaceforpeopletoexperiencetheir commonhumanityintheaftermathofpoliticalviolence. Thisworkoftenrequirestheongoingconstructionofsafe spaceswherecompassionatehearingamongpeopleof differingfaith/religiousidentitiescantakeplace.Using storiesfromthefieldandinteractivegroupexercises,this

Professor Douglas PrattisconvenoroftheReligiousStudies

ProgrammeattheUniversityofWaikato,NewZealandandCanon TheologianEmeritusoftheAnglicanDioceseofWaikato.HeistheNew ZealandAssociateoftheUNESCOChairinInterreligiousandIntercultural Relations-AsiaPacific,MonashUniversity.

Dr Zainal abidin BagiristheExecutiveDirectoroftheCenterfor

ReligiousandCross-culturalStudies,GraduateSchoolofGadjahMada University,Yogyakarta,Indonesia.HeisanIndonesianAssociateofthe UNESCOChairinInterreligiousandInterculturalRelations-AsiaPacific, MonashUniversity.

Dr Fatimah HusseinisProfessorofIslam-ChristianDialogue, UniversitasIslamNegeri-SunanKalijagaJogjakarta,Indonesia.

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willbeaworkshop/seminarinwhichweengageparticipantsfromdifferentreligious/spiritualcommunitiesin awakeningourexperienceofinterconnection,helping ustoexpandouridentitiesbeyondselfandotherto`We'. Workingtogether,wecanbegintheongoingworkof hearingeachotherandhealingtheearthbyhealingeach otherwhilehearingtheearth.

John L HochheimerisProfessorofCommunicationatSouthernIllinois

UniversityatCarbondale.HereceivedhisdoctorateinCommunication fromStanfordUniversityin1986.Hisprimaryworkhasbeeninthearea ofSpiritualityinMedia,CommunicationandEducation,withanemphasis oncommunity-basedeffortstopromotereconciliationinpost-traumatic societies.

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University,Tehran.Hetranslated`TheEssentialTalmud',writtenbyAdin Stiensaltz,intothePersianlanguageandhascontributedseveralarticles onissuessuchasNewReligiousMovements,NewAgeandSociologyof Religiontobothdomesticandinternationalconferences.

Dr nargis Virani isAssistantProfessorofArabicandIslamicStudiesat

TheNewSchoolUniversityinNewYorkCity.BorninMumbai,India,she hasstudiedandtaughtatuniversitiesaroundtheMiddleEastandNorth AmericaandreceivedherMAandPhDfromHarvardUniversity.Ascholar ofpre-modernIslamicThoughtandMysticalLiteratures,herresearch interestsconcentrateonmultilingualliteraturesdevelopedinaMuslim milieu.

Does the media Have Faith? ­ Daily Youth Workshop

Joseph Youhana Jan shamoon Kalyan Ky nosrat Hosseini maryam marqos tina Hosseini Room 220 Itisfairtosaythatreligiondoesnotgetagoodrapinthe media.Ninetimesoutoftenthestoryisnegative.But wheredoestheresponsibilitylieinchangingthewaythe mediareportsonreligion?Thisinteractiveworkshop, facilitatedbymembersoftheEthnicYouthCouncil,will exploretheimpactmediastoriesaboutreligionhaveon theindividualandcommunityusingsmallgroupdiscussionsandroleplays.

the muslim green: muslim contributions to Healing the earth

norah Ziad elmagraby Dr Fahad a alhomoudi imam afroz ali Dr Bagher talebi Darabi Dr nargis Virani Room 219 PanelDiscussion FormanyMuslims,thecolorgreenrepresentsaconnectiontothebeautyandpromiseofnature--onEarthand inParadise.Nearly800ofthe6,236versesintheQur'an referencenatureanditsrelationshiptohumanity.Through thelensesofscholarship,activismandthearts,thispanel willdiscusstheMuslimconnectiontonatureandtheenvironmentaswellasmanyMuslims'approachtohealing theEarthcomingfromSunni,SufiandShi'aperspectives. PanellistswilldiscusstheroleofprotectingtheenvironmentandnaturalresourcesinIslamicLaw,therightsof theenvironmentinIslamwithspecialemphasisonwater managementprinciples,Rumi'sviewsonthedynamismof therelationshipbetweenhumansandnature,theenvironmentalcrisisandhumanhealthfromaShi'aIslam viewpoint,andmore.

norah Ziad elmagrabyisaJuniorNursingstudentatDarAl-Hekma

College,wheresheisfounderoftheDarAl-HekmaRecyclingcluband StudentGovernmentPresident.SheisalsoontheDean'slistforacademicexcellence.SheparticipatedinZaiedUniversity'sYouthDelegation toDubaiin2008fortheWomenasGlobalLeadersconferenceandled manycommunityserviceprojects.

OPENSPACE 4:30­6:00pm spanish Language session 2 of 2

ruth Broyde sharone Room 101 InteractiveWorkshop Estoesparanosotros,gentedehablaespañol,un simposiuminteractivodedicadoalosparticipantesde LatinoaméricaqueseencuentranenelParlamentode Melbourne.Estesimposium,ennuestroidioma,nos brindaráoportunidadesdeconocernosydeconectarnos. VamosaexaminardetalladamentelosdesafíosparticularesdeAmericaLatinaenelcampointerreligioso, yvamosacontemplarcomosepodríarealizarelgran potencialdenuestrascomunidades,ciudades,ypaíses. Reciénempezamosperoyavamosforjandonuestropropriocamino.Somosgentedeimaginaciónydetalentoy hallegadoelmomentodereconocerquetenemosmucho quecontribuiralmovimientointerreligiosoglobal. Lasegundaparteesparavincularnuestrascomunidades conelParlamentoglobal.Vamosasoñarjuntos,acrear iniciativasparacompartirrecursosyideas,simultaneamenteentrenosotrosycongentedetodoelmundo. Tenemosyaejemplosdegranactividadydepotencial,

Dr Fahad a alhomoudiobtainedhisPhDinIslamicLawfromMcGill

University(2006).HewasappointedaVice-Deanforacademicresearch atImamUniversityinSaudiArabia(2007)andwasawardedaFulbright scholaraward(2008).InadditiontohisnativeArabic,Alhomoudispeaks EnglishandFrenchandcanreadPersian.Alhomoudihaspublished twobooksandseveralarticles.HisresearchcoversIslamicLaw, EnvironmentalLaw,PropheticTradition,andInterfaithDialogue.

imam afroz aliistheFounderandPresidentoftheSydney-based Al-GhazzaliCentreforIslamicSciences&HumanDevelopment.Hehas receivedlicencestoteachinvariousIslamicSciences,havinglearned fromthemostesteemedIslamicscholarsofourtime.Hehasinitiated philanthropicaswellassustainableenvironmentalprojectsinAustralia andabroadandcontinuestoadvocatepeace,acceptance,justiceand interpersonalrights.AlireceivedtheInternationalAmbassadorforPeace award. Bagher talebi DarabiisaFacultyMemberofAdyanUniversityinQom.

HeholdsaPhDinSociologyofCulturefromtheAllamehTabatabaee

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losresultadosdeloseventosPreParlamentosqueyase realizaron,quepuedaninspiraractivistasentodoslados. Vamosavercomoplaneamoscompartirnuestrasexperienciasconlosdemás. FacilitaráestesimposiumRuthBroydeSharone,la representantedelaReddeCiudadesHermanas,queel Parlamentomandóparaalentarnosyapoyarnos.Ellaya visitócuatropaísesdeAmericaLatinaesteaño:Mexico, CostaRica,ColombiayArgentina.Nuestraamigaque nosapoya,Ruthpidióylogrócrearestesimposiumen Melbourneespecialmenteparanosotros.

ThesetwoLatinAmericannetworkingsessionswillbeconductedin Spanish,andarrangementscanbemadefortranslationintoEnglish [email protected] theProgramInformationDeskbySaturday,December5th.

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spiritual Practice, the inner search

Petrea King mahant swami shankarananda Room 103 Tounderstandtherealmeaningofreligionwehaveto understanditsspiritualcore.Thekeyunderstandingof spiritualityisthatthereisadivinepossibilitythatexists withineveryoneofus.Thegreatrealisersofhumankind arethosewhohaveattainedthisgoal.Theyhavetapped intoauniversaldimensionmarkedbyhappiness,wisdom andlove.Toattainthisexaltedandtransformedstatewe havetobegintounderstandtherelationshipbetween oursubjectiveinnerworldandtheobjectiveouterworld. Theeventsoftheouterworldhaveseedswithinourown psyche.Bymeansofspiritualpractice(sadhana),includingmeditationandself-inquiry,weareabletoremove blocksandmakeinnerconnectionsthattransformour outerlife.WefindthesparkofGodwithinourselves.Ifwe ignoretheenormousimportanceoftheinnerworldtoour lives,wecondemnourselvestothe`lawofchance',that is,wegoupanddownaccordingtoexternalevents.Aswe growintheunderstandingofthelawsofourinnerbeing, weestablishaninnerpowerandcertaintythatwetaketo allofourencounters.

Petrea King hasbroughtherwarmth,humourandwisdomtothousands ofpeoplefacingspiritualchallenges.Bestsellingauthorofeightbooks andmanymeditationCDs,PetreaistheFoundingDirectoroftheQuest forLifeFoundationwhichprovidesservicesforpeopledealingwithlife's greatestchallenges.Aregularguestinthemediashehasoftenbeen nominatedforAustralianoftheYearandisalsotherecipientofnumerous awardsincludingtheCentenaryMedal. mahant swami shankaranandaisaleadingmeditationteacherand DirectoroftheShivaSchoolofMeditationinMtEliza.Hehastaughtand writtenaboutmeditation,self-inquiryandthephilosophyofKashmir Shaivismforoverfortyyears.Heisauthorofthebest-sellingbook`Happy forNoGoodReason',and`ConsciousnessisEverything'.

ruth Broyde sharoneisadocumentaryfilmmaker,journalistandpublic speaker.Shetravelsfrequentlytocollegecampusestoleadinterfaith programsandscreenherpopularfilm`GodandAllahNeedtoTalk'.CoChairoftheSouthernCaliforniaCommitteefortheParliament,Ruthalso currentlyservesasaPartnerCitiesAssociate.SheisalsoCo-Director oftheRodefShalomSchoolforPeace,withJerusalempeacemaker EliyahuMcLean.Hernewbook,`MinefieldsandMiracles:AdventuresIn Interfaith'willbepublishedin2009.

Pagans and religious Freedom

H Ps Phyllis curott Patrick mccollum grove Harris Room 102 PanelDiscussion Minorityreligionsareoftenmisunderstoodandsometimesdiscriminatedagainstbecauseofthelackof accurateinformationamongthegeneralpopulation. Fromcreatinglegallyrecognisedreligiousorganisations togainingtherighttoministertotheincarcerated,from includingthePagantraditionsinacademicandinterfaith discourse,towinningtherighttohavetheirreligioussymbolsonthetombstonesofPagansoldiers,theindividualsonthispanelwilldiscussthewaysthateachofthem hasbeenpubliclyactiveinaddressingtheseandother issuesofreligiousfreedomfornon-mainstreamreligions, includingPaganism.

AnattorneyandWiccanpriestessforalmost25years,H Ps Phyllis curott istheauthorof`WitchCrafting:ASpiritualGuidetoMakingMagic'. AnoutspokenadvocatefortherightsofWiccans,shehasbeenwidely profiledinthenationalandinternationalmedia,andisafounderofthe TempleofAra.

experience the Women's interfaith network

natalie mobini-Kesheh Josie Lacey rev Pravrajika ajayaprana mataji thubten chokyi mohini gunesekera susan emeleus trish madigan seforosa carrol Wilma Viswanathan shehara Viswanathan mina singh Batra Room 105 PanelDiscussion TheWomen'sInterfaithNetwork(WIN)isagatheringof womenofmanyreligioustraditionswhomeetandwork topromoteharmony,understandingandrespectamong thefollowersofthevariousworldreligions,andstand togetherasasignofsolidarityamongpeopleoffaith.

Patrick mccollum istheDirectorandChairoftheNationalCorrectional

ChaplaincyDirectorsAssociationandstatewideWiccanchaplainfor theCaliforniaDepartmentofCorrections.McCollumhastaughtPagan ChaplaincyTrainingattheLeadershipInstitute,partofCircleSanctuary's annualPaganSpiritGathering.HeistheNationalCoordinatoroftheLady LibertyLeaguePrisonMinistriesProgramandamemberoftheNational AdvisoryCouncilofAmericansUnitedfortheSeparationofChurchand State.

grove Harrisisapragmaticvisionaryandsocialjusticeeducatorwith expertiseinreligiousdiversityintheUS.SheservedastheManaging DirectorforthePluralismProject,basedatHarvard,until2007andis nowtheProgramDirectorfortheCouncilforaParliamentoftheWorld's Religions.Grovewasaparticipantatthe1999ParliamentinCapeTown and2004ParliamentinBarcelona.GrovehaswrittenonPaganinvolvementintheinterreligiousmovement,andhealinginfeministWicca.

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OfficiallylaunchedinSydney,AustraliainMarch2001, WINprovidesamodelforconstructiveandharmonious dialoguebetweenwomenoffaith,whoareoftenexcluded orunder-representedinthedialoguebetweenfaithleaders.LocalWINgroupscanbeformedwherethereare womenfromatleastthreedifferentreligiousgroupswho arewillingtoadopttheAimandPrinciplesofWIN.InadditiontopresentingWINasapracticalmodelthatothers canadopt,thisprogramwillprovideparticipantswithan opportunitytowitnessaWINdialogueinaction.

Dr natalie mobini-KeshehhasbeenamemberoftheAustralianBahá'í

Communityforalmost20years.SheisanactiveparticipantininterfaithdialogueonitsbehalfandconvenesaWomen'sInterfaithNetwork groupinWesternSydney.DrMobini-Keshehreceivedherdoctoratefrom MonashUniversityforherhistoricalresearchontheArabminorityin Indonesiaandistheauthorofonebookandseveralpapersinthisfield.

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inNSWandamemberoftheCouncilofChristiansandJewsandtheAntiSlaveryProject.

shehara ViswanathanisamemberoftheUnitingChurchinAustralia andtheConvenoroftheYoungWomen'sInterfaithNetwork.From19992003SheharawastheAustralianrepresentativeontheWomen'sAdvisory CommitteeoftheWorldCouncilofChurchesinSwitzerland.Duringthis timeshehelpedorganiseanInternationalYoungWomen'sLeadership ConferenceinKenya.In2002shewasoneofateamoffourwhorepresentedtheAustralianchurchesonasolidarityvisittoSudan. mina singh BatrawasborninIndia,whereshewitnessedthePartition andassistedwiththerehabilitationofrefugees.SincecomingtoAustralia in1973withherhusband,MinahasrepresentedtheUnionofAustralian WomenandtheNationalCouncilofWomeninAustraliaattheUnited NationsWomen'sWorldConferencesinBeijingandNewYork.Minaisthe ConvenorforInterfaithoftheExecutiveoftheUnitedNationsAssociation ofAustralia(NSW).

Josie LaceywastheFoundationConvenoroftheWomen'sInterfaith

Network.SheisalifememberoftheExecutiveCouncilofAustralian JewryandanexecutivememberoftheNewSouthWalesJewishBoard ofDeputies.MrsLaceyistheInterfaithAdvisertotheFederationof EthnicCommunitiesCouncilsofAustralia(FECCA)andtheAustralian PartnershipofReligiousOrganisations(APRO).SheisalsoaNewSouth WalesExecutiveMemberoftheWorldConferenceofReligionsforPeace. SaradaVedantaSocietyofNewSouthWales.

Homeland: Four Portraits of native action

Room 107 Film NearlyallNativeAmericannationsliveonlandthreatenedbyenvironmentalhazards,fromtoxicwastetostrip miningandfromoildrillingtonuclearcontamination.This documentaryfilmtellsthestoriesoffiveactivistsinfour communitiesdedicatedtoprotectingIndianlandsagainst environmentaldisaster,whilepreservingtheirsovereignty andensuringculturalsurvival.Thefilmwasdirectedby RobertaGrossman.

rev Pravrajika ajayaprana matajiisthePresidentoftheRamakrishna thubten chokyiisaBuddhistnunintheGelugpatradition,ameditation leaderandateacherofTibetanBuddhism.SheistheSpiritualProgram CoordinatoratVajrayanaInstituteinSydney,AustralianCoordinatorand TeacherCoordinatorfortheLiberationPrisonProject,andVolunteer ManagerfortheHappiness&ItsCausesandMind&ItsPotentialconferences.SheisamemberofWomen'sInterfaithNetworkandacommittee memberoftheAustralianSanghaAssociation. mohini gunesekeraarrivedinAustraliafromSriLankain1972.She

practicedasaBarristerfrom1974to1979,andthereafterasaSolicitor. ShehasactedformanyBuddhistcharities,aswellastheSriLanka AssociationandtheSriLankaConsulateSydney.MohiniwasFounding PresidentoftheFederationofAustralianBuddhistCouncilsandisnowits HonoraryVicePresident.SheservedformanyyearsasVicePresidentof theBuddhistCouncilforNewSouthWales.

enhancing religious Leadership for the Future 2 of 3

rabbi Dr alon goshen-gottstein Room 111 Whatarethenewestchallengesofreligiousleaders,and howdotheycomparewithchallengesthatarelongstanding?Whatshouldbethegoalsofreligiousleaders be?Howmightreligiousleadersbetrainedinlightofthe above?Thisisthesecondsessionofathree-dayopen spaceworkshop,basedonstudymaterialspreparedbya recentgatheringofleadinginterreligiousscholars.The sessionisgearedtoreligiousleadersorthoseintraining tobecomeoneandislimitedto30participants.Advanced registrationisrequired,alongwithacommitmenttoparticipateintheentireseries.

alon goshen-gottsteinisthedirectoroftheElijahInterfaithInstitute

anddirectoroftheCentrefortheStudyofRabbinicThought,Beit MorashaCollege,bothinJerusalem.Hewasordainedarabbiin1977. ProjectsoftheElijahInterfaithInstituteincludethebi-annualmeetingof theboardofWorldReligiousLeaders,theEducationalNetwork,aswell astheJewishandtheMuslimTheologyoftheReligiousOther.

education,theology,counsellingandhospitalchaplaincy.Sheworked for30yearsasaphysicsteacherinEastAfrica,PapuaNewGuineaand Australia.ShewasaChaplainattheChildren'sHospital,Westmeadfor fiveyears.SuewasordainedDeaconintheAnglicanChurchin1996andis honoraryassistantministeratStGeorge'sAnglicanChurch,Paddington, NSW.SueisConvenorofthecoregroupoftheWomen'sInterfaith Network.

reverend susan emeleusholdsdegreesandtraininginscience,

trish madiganisaDominicansister,amemberoftheWomen's InterfaithNetworkandaChristianrepresentativeontheAustralian NationalDialogueofChristians,JewsandMuslims.In2002TrishparticipatedinaConsultationofthePontificalCouncilforInter-Religious DialoguefortheAsianregionheldinSeoul,SouthKorea.Shehasbeenan Australiandelegateatfourregionalintergovernmentalconferencesofthe InternationalDialogueonInterfaithCooperationforPeaceandHarmony. rev seforosa carrollisaUnitingChurchministerandastudentat

theSchoolofTheology,CharlesSturtUniversity.HerPhDresearchis onafeministdiasporicreadingofinterfaithdialogueandencountersin Australia.SefiscurrentlytheChairpersonoftheUnitingChurchNational AssemblyWorkingGrouponRelationswithOtherFaiths.Sherepresents theUnitingChurchontheNationalDialogueofChristians,Muslimsand JewsandisamemberoftheWomen'sInterfaithNetwork. AssemblyWorkingGrouponRelationswithOtherFaithssincetheearly 1990s.ShewasoneofthekeynotespeakersattheWomen'sprogramof theInternationalConferenceofChristiansandJewsinJerusaleminJune 2008.SheistheSecretaryoftheWorldConferenceofReligionsforPeace

Wilma ViswanathanhasservedontheUnitingChurchNational

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sacred music of india: natesan ramani and manjiri Kelkar

natesan ramani manjiri Kelkar Room 201 ArtisticPerformance Thisuniquedoublebillcombinesvocalandinstrumental performancesofnorthandsouthIndianclassicalmusic. Themusicofthesouth,Carnatac,ishighlysophisticated andhasremaineddevotional,untouchedbyMuslim influences,whilenorthIndianmusic,withpatronageat thecourts,assumedaromanticcolourasitcameunder Persianinfluence.BelovedflautistNatesanRamaniwill offerselectedcompositionsofCarnaticmusic.Acclaimed HindustaniclassicalvocalistManjiriKelkarwillsingselectedtraditionalnorthIndiansacredmusic.

Reveredandmuch-lovedDr natesan ramani, alegendinhisown lifetime,representsthebestofCarnaticsacredmusic.Hetouchesthe heartsofhisaudiences,asLordKrishnawithhisflutedidtheheartsof hisgopies(femalecowherddevotees),withhissimplesopranobamboo flute.LikePannaLalGhosh,DrRamani,usingalongerflute,canplay northIndianragaswithequalease,whicharebothenchantingand powerful.HisensembleincludeshisillustrioussonThiagarajanandthe brilliantpercussionistThanjavurRamadasontheMridangam. Theyoungandgolden-voicedmanjiriisthefirstwinnerofIndia'smost highlyregardedBismillahKhanAward.Inashorttime,shehasbeen invited--totheenvyofoldermasters--toallfivemajorIndianmusic festivals.Shehasarare,melodiousvoiceandafinesenseofintonation. Shemoves,likethelateKesarbaiKerkar,withgracefuleasefromthe purelysacredclassicaltothesemi-classicalromanticformslikeThumri andTappa.ManjiriisaccompaniedonthetablabyMilindHinganeandby SuyogKundalkarontheharmonium.

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strangers Becoming neighbours: community interfaith responses to interdependence (session 2)

Helen spector, open space Facilitator Room 207 InteractiveWorkshop Thissessionfeatureslivelyexchangesofstoriesof interfaithengagementamongparticipantsfromaround theworld,highlightingthedevelopmentalchallenges andnew-foundstrengthsthataccompanysuchexperiences.Participantswillhavetheopportunitytoexchange practicesthatworkandengageaboutissuesofmutualinterestthattheyareaddressingindiversecontexts.Inthe process,theywillbuildnewrelationshipsastheylearn newwaystoaddresstheirlocalsituations.Thissession willutiliseOpenSpaceTechnologytoenableparticipants tosetthetopicagendaandchoosetheirownconversations.Wewillendwithbriefreportsfromeachconversationgroup.

Helen spectorservesontheBoardofTrusteesfortheCouncilfora

ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.ShejoinedtheBoardin1990tohelp planthe1993ParliamentCentenaryCelebrationandhasservedas co-chairfortheSiteSelectiontaskforcesthatselectedBarcelona (2004)andMelbourne(2009)forParliamentgatherings.Helenlivesin Portland,Oregon.

sharing the Zoroastrian environmentalist Faith: Building Bridges with indigenous communities

rashna ghadialy Room 209 ZoroastriansworshipandpraytoAhuraMazda(Creator), theYazatas(pre-Zoroastriandivinities);andreverethe AmeshaSpentasinourprayers.TheAmeshaSpentas (humankind,animals,fireandotherluminaries,metalsandminerals,earth,waterandland)whenloosely translatedinEnglisharethe`divinesparks'or`bountiful immortals'whichhelpgovernAhuraMazda'screation.In otherword,wepraybothtotheCreatorandhisCreation. Carefortheenvironment,thus,isanimperativefor Zoroastrians.Similarly,buildingbridgeswithpeopleofall faiths,especiallythosethatsharecommonbeliefswithus becomesapartofZoroastrianlivingandlearning. Inthisvein,Istartedagreenconsultingbusiness,Think Green,toworkonenvironmentrelatedissues;share newinnovationaltechnologieswithothers;andabove all,carefortheearth.Ihavebeenfortunateenoughto haveworkedandsharedideasregardingalternative energywithamulti-faithindigenousgroupinTharparkar, Pakistan.MypresentationwilldiscusstheZoroastrianbeliefsandpracticespertainingtotheenvironment,mywork withtheTharipeopleinPakistan,andadocumentaryon thelivesoftheindigenousTharipeoplecalledColoursof theSand.

rashna ghadialyisaPakistani-AmericanZoroastrianresidingin Chicago,USA.ShehasbeenactivelyinvolvedintheNorthAmerican

open space conversation with cardinal mccarrick

cardinal theodore mccarrick Room 204 InthisOpenSpaceprogram,Parliamentattendeesare invitedtoenterintoinformalconversationwiththepolyglotCardinalTheodoreMcCarrick,emeritusArchbishop ofWashingtonD.C.,aleadingfigureinAmerican Catholicism.,onissuesassociatedwithhisownjourneyof faith,thechangingnatureofspiritualityandcurrentdevelopmentsinCatholicismandotherreligioustraditions. TheCardinalisalsoexperiencedinthemesassociated withreligiousfreedom,socialjusticeandinternational securityaswellasnationalandinternationalmigration. Thefocuswillbeondialogueandexchangeofideasina complexandglobalizingworld.

cardinal theodore e mccarrick, PhD, DD,ArchbishopEmeritusof

Washington,hasvisitedmanynationsasahumanrightsadvocateandto surveyhumanitarianneeds.Hehastravelledtoareasaffectedbymajor naturaldisasters,suchasCentralAmerica,SriLankaandLouisiana andMississippipost-HurricaneKatrina,toensurepeopleinneedwould receiveassistance,andtobringprayerandfinancialsupport.Hehasbeen amemberoftheUnitedStatesCommissionforInternationalReligious Freedom.

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Zoroastrianleadershipcommunity.Ademographerbytraining,shehas recentlystartedherowngreenconsultingbusiness,ThinkGreenwhich providesassistanceingreeningresidencesandcommunities.

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Personal and Professional Journeys of Women Leaders: a Worldwide Dialogue

Dr Linda Lyman Room 214 InteractiveWorkshop Inallcultureswomenleadersengageintransformative journeysthatdevelopcourageandenabletheirvoices tobeheard.Thisinteractiveworkshopwillbeginwith anopeningpresentationhighlightingcommonthemes inthestoriesofwomeneducationalleadersfromevery continent.Thepresentationwillreportresultsofresearch comparingthelifestoriesofwomenscholarswhoparticipatedinthe2007Romeconference:`SharingtheSpirit, FanningtheFlame:WomenLeadingEducationAcrossthe Continents'.Theintersectionofleadershipandspirituality comesaliveinthestoriesandfacesofthesewomenand theplaceswheretheylead.Insmallgroupswewillshare ourownstories,identifycommonalities,andreflectonthe successesandstrugglesexperiencedbywomenleaders everywhere.Throughourstorieswegatherstrengthto advancejusticeinalltheinstitutionsofoursocieties.A moreequalbalanceoffemaleandmalevoicesinleadershipcontributestobuildingenvironmentswhereallmay reachtheirfullhumanpotential.Women'sleadership matters.

Dr Linda LymanisaprofessoratIllinoisStateUniversity.A2005

FulbrightScholar,shehastaughtWomen'sLeadershipinAmerican CultureatAristotleUniversityinThessalonikiandstudiedhowprincipalGreekwomenleadchange.Shehaswrittenthreebooks,including `LeadersWhoDare'(2005)aboutwomeneducationalleaders.DrLyman holdsacademicdegreesfromNorthwestern,HarvardandtheUniversity ofNebraskaandparticipatesininternationalresearchexaminingthe worldwidestatusofwomen'sleadership.

Dhakiyarr vs the King (Premier Film series selection)

Room 210 Film ThefamilyofthegreatYolnguleaderDhakiyarrWirrpanda issearchingforanswers.Seventyyearsafterhiscontroversialmurdertrialandsubsequentdisappearance, Dhakiyarr'sbodystillhasnotbeenfound.Hisdescendantsknowthatjusticehasnotbeenserved.Theywant torestorewhatwasdeniedtohim:hishonour.Thisis theirstory,toldintheirownwords,oftwolaws,two culturesandtwofamiliescomingtotermswiththepast. `DhakiyarrvstheKing'isthestoryoftheYolngupeopleof northeastArnhemLand,Australia.Thefilmwasdirected byTomMurrayandAlanCollins.Q&Atofollow.

the after Party ­ Legacy and Young People (session 1)

gemma mcDonald Julia torpey Room 212 PanelDiscussion Thefirstsessionofthistwo-partprogramwilllookat whatisalreadyhappeningaroundtheworldforyoung peopleininterfaithcircles,explorelessonslearned andidentifyanygaps.Thisprogramwillfeaturethe voicesofyoungpeoplefromtheFaithFellowsAct(USA), theCentreforMulticulturalYouth(Melbourne),the MultifaithMulticulturalYouthNetwork(Melbourne),the YoungWomeninInterfaith(Sydney),theInterfaithYouth Core(Chicago)andtheParliamentYouthCommittee (Melbourne).

gemma mcDonaldistheCommunityOrganiserforYouthfora ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions.Shehasworkedasaperformer andchoreographerforArtworks,whereherworkwithyouthalsobegan. HavingcompletedaBachelorofArtsinMediaStudiesandPost-Graduate studiesinEventManagement,GemmaisnowfocusedontheorganisationalworkbehindeventsandcurrentlyservesontheNationalBahá'í YouthConferenceBoard. Julia torpeyisanInterfaithResearcherforthe2009Parliamentofthe

World'sReligions.SheisadescendantfromtheEorapeopleinNew SouthWalesandco-wrote`Urgent',abookdevelopedinconjunction withtheGeelongWathaurongAboriginalCooperative,ClockworkYouth HealthServicesandAboriginalandnon-Aboriginalyoungpeople throughouttheGeelongArea.Heraspirationistoofferyoungpeople theopportunitytoparticipateinthedevelopmentandperformance processesofartisticproduction.

twenty-one moments of stillness

Diane Butler Room 215 InteractiveWorkshop Stillnessisaninnateaspectofnatureandwayofbeingin theartsandreligiosityofmanytraditions.DianeButler willofferaparticipatoryenvironmentwhereineachpersonguideshisorherownpractice.Beginninginadaily lifeposture,anawarenessofgravity,placeandspace grows.Then,withone'spersonalsenseofnature,time andenvironment,participantsmayremaininthesame postureormovetoanewposture.Together,everyonewill dwellintwenty-onemomentsofstillness.Thesession willconcludewithtimefordiscussion.

Diane Butler wasborninOhio,USAandhaslivedinBeduluand

Tejakula,Balisince2001.Sheisamovementartist,teacherandprogram directorwhohasworkedincontemplativeinterculturalartsaroundthe world.DianeisafoundingmemberofYayasanDharmaSamuanTiga andDharmaNatureTime.SheholdsaBFAinDance(Juilliard),MALS inDance&Culture(Wesleyan)andiscompletingherPhDinCultural Studies(UniversitasUdayana,Bali).

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a Listening Place each Day

Kristen Hobby Lynette Dungan Bernie miles Kava schafer Jill manton nola Vanderfeen Room 217 InteractiveWorkshop Wewelcomeyoutoasafeplacewhereyoucansimplybe. Thisisaquietplacewhereyoucansitandmeditateor reflectonwhathastouchedorchallengedyouthroughoutthedayoftheParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions. Spiritualdirectorswillbeavailableinthisroom;youmay talktothemifthereisanythingyouwouldliketoshare. Spiritualdirectorsaretrainedtolisteninanon-judgmentalandrespectfulwayandareavailableforpeopleofall faithtraditions.

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educating religious Leaders for a multi-religious World: Virtues and skills for multi-religious education

north american theological school students Room 219 PanelDiscussion Inthissession,wewanttotemporarilyputasidedifferencesofdoctrineorteachingandlookatwhatmightbe recognisedasthevirtuesthatonemustbringtothetable ofdialogue.Inattemptingthis,wewilldrawguidance fromCatherineCornille'snewbook,`TheIm-Possibility ofDialogue'.Shecallsuponallreligiouspersonswho feeltheneedfordialoguetoexaminewhatseemtobe thevirtuesneededtotrulyengageinaconversationwith othersthatwillbringgreaterinsightandcollaboration. Suchvirtuesincludethefollowing:humilityregarding one'sownunderstandingandclaims;commitmenttothe truthandvaluesthatonehasfoundinone'sowntradition; atrustintheinterconnectednessthatmakesconversation betweenreligionspossibledespitedauntingdifferences; empathy,bywhichoneattemptsthecomplexbutnecessarytaskoftryingtounderstandthereligiousotherfrom withintheother'sownworldofbeliefandimagination; andhospitality,bywhichwetrulyopenourselvestolearn fromtheotherwithwhomweareseekingarelationship offriendship.Besidesdiscussingthenatureoftheseand otherdialogicalvirtues,wewillexploretogethertheskills neededinapplyingthemandlivingtheminpartnership withreligiousothers. Thisispartofasymposiumentitled`EducatingReligious LeadersforaMulti-ReligiousWorld'.TheCouncilfora ParliamentoftheWorld'sReligions,withthesupportof TheHenryLuceFoundation,hascoordinatedwithfifteentheologicalinstitutionstoexplorewaystoincrease educationforinterfaithleadershipinNorthAmerican theologicalschools.Institutionsstronglyacknowledged theurgencyofinterfaithengagementandthepreparationofareligiousleadershipequippedwithknowledge andunderstandingofthepluralityoffaithtraditionsinthe contemporaryworld.

2 Jews, 3 opinions: an open conversation on the implications of the Parliament for our Jewish communities

rabbi Brad Hirschfield Room 218 Layleader,clergy,oracademic,Jewishorsimplyonewho caresaboutthingsJewish,thisconversationisforyouif youwanttoconnectyourexperienceattheParliamentto yourinterestinJudaismandtheJewishcommunity.As weparticipateintheParliament,heartsarestirred,spirits riseandthinkingexpands.Butinordertohelpcarryour experiencesinMelbournebacktoourhomecommunities,thereareimportantquestionsthatneedtobeasked. WhatspecificallyaretheimplicationsofyourparticipationintheParliamentforbothyourpersonalidentityand foryourunderstandingoftheJewishcommunity?This facilitatedconversationwillexplorehowparticipationina multifaithencountercandeepenbothourunderstanding of,andcommitmentto,Judaisminparticular.Wewillalso considertheongoingconcernaboutcontinuity/durability oftheJewishcommunity.Whydoesthatquestionloomso largeforsomanywithintheorganisedJewishcommunity, andhowdoesourexperienceattheParliamentshape ourresponse?Whiletherearenorightorwronganswers tothesequestions,ourwillingnesstoaddressthemwill helpusturnapersonallytransformativeexperienceintoa communallyformativeone.

rabbi Brad Hirschfieldisanacclaimedinterfaithactivistdescribedby

Newsweekas`oneofAmerica'smostinfluentialrabbis'.Heisthecreator of`BuildingBridges'and`AmericanPilgrimage'onBridgesTV,the authorof`YouDon'tHaveToBeWrongForMeToBeRight:FindingFaith WithoutFanaticism',andacolumnistforBeliefnet.comandNewsweek/ WashingtonPost.com.HirschfieldisthePresidentoftheNationalJewish CenterforLearningandLeadership,America'sleadingJewishinstitution forreligiouspluralism.

ears Wide open: the art of inloquence

Hal French Room 220 Lecture Wehonourthosepeoplewhoaremastersofeloquence: Demosthenes,DanielWebster,LincolnatGettysburg, MartinLutherKing,MayaAngelou.Butthemastersof listening,or`inloquence',areanonymous.Inloquenceis indispensabletodialogue,andtheradicalcharacterof listeningrequiresreceptivity,openness,andawillingness tochangeonthebasisofwhatonehears.Thefirstpart ofthispresentationwilldiscusshowwemayenhance ourabilitytolistentothevoicesofnature.Ahymnsays, `Allnaturesingsandroundmeringsthemusicofthe

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spheres'.Buthearingthesesoundsrequirestwothings: silenceandslowness.Thesecondpartwillexamine `inloquence'intheprocessofdialogue.Itwillsuggest fivestepsinthisprocess:1)Suspensionofjudgment;2) recognitionofthesymboliccharacteroflanguageand logic;3)thevalidityofinsideandoutsideviews;4)mutual relevance;and5)theresolutiontoponderdeeply.This presentationwilldiscusshowtocultivateinloquenceand practicesthatencourageit,especiallythosethatvalue quietness,beyondthenoisesofcivilisationandourcustomaryfreneticpace.

Hal French isaDistinguishedProfessorEmeritusattheUniversityof SouthCarolinaandanaccomplishedauthor.Hehasbeenengagedin interfaithworksince1975,whenhefirstjoinedtheWorldCongressof Faiths.HeiscurrentlyontheSteeringCommitteeofPartnersinDialogue inColumbia,SouthCarolina,andtheAdvisoryBoardoftheInternational InterfaithCentreinOxford,England,andhasalsoservedontheBoardof DirectorsfortheNorthAmericanInterfaithNetwork.

9:00­10:30pm

E VE NI NG P R O G RA M S

EVENING PROGRAMS 9:00­10:30pm Blue gold: World Water Wars

Room 107 Film Theneedsofhousingandindustry,coupledwiththeover developmentofagriculture,haveincreasedtheglobal demandforfreshwaterfarbeyondthelimitedsupply.This filmasksviewerstoimagineaworldwherewaterhas becomeacommodity,aworldwherecorporationsforce developingcountriestoprivatisetheirwatersupplies,and wheregovernmentsusewaterasleverageforeconomic andpoliticaladvantage.Militarycontrolofwatersupplies couldchangethegeo-politicalmapandleadtoworldwaterwars.Thisfilmtellsstoriesfromaroundtheworldof peoplewhostrugglefortherighttowater,fromlawsuits tolocalprotests,andfromlegislativechangestopolitical revolutions.ThefilmwasdirectedbySamBozzo.

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