Symposium On Religions and International Institutions
is a great need for a comprehensive study of inter-religious issues in their
specific relevance to international relations and international
Such an enquiry will have to address amongst other issues the complex relationships between religions, politics and economics.
The aim of the Symposium
is to increase understanding and cooperation between religious
communities/organisations and international institutions.
It wants to raise awareness in the mainstream of academic work and public policy for the related issues and to contribute to improved relations between international institutions, religious communities/organisations, inter-religious organisations and indigenous communities.
It wants to strengthen the engagement with the UN System as a partner for inter-cultural and inter-religious encounters and projects.
The Symposium is organised
by the Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK and
co-sponsored by: the Guru Nanak Nishkam
Sewak Jatha (Birmingham,
UK), the Temple of Understanding (New York), and the Guerrand-Hermes
Foundation for Peace.
9th July 2004
Historical Overview and Introduction into the Issues
Panel on Religions and International Institutions
Chair: Dr Josef Boehle
- Dr Felix Marti
- Dr Azza Karam
- Sister Joan Kirby
Questions and Answers (30 minutes)
Religions, Civil Society and International
Critical Issues in Working with International
Religions and the World Bank
Religious Communities, Transnational NGOs and
3.45 - 5.00
Concluding Panel and Examples
Temple of Understanding
United Religions Initiative
Project Towards a Spiritual Forum at the UN
An Interfaith Perspective on Globalisation
The UNESCO Chair for
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Symposium Presenters and Panel Chairs:
Dr Pal Ahluwalia is Professor of Politics at Goldsmith College, University of London.
Dr Josef Boehle is Research Fellow in Globalisation, Religion and Politics at the University of Birmingham, UK and Moderator of the Symposium.
Revd Marcus Braybrooke, Anglican vicar near Oxford, is President of the World Congress of Faiths, a Peace Councillor and author of over thirty books.
Dr Patrice Brodeur is Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Connecticut College, New London, USA.
Olivia Donelly is Junior Professional Associate at the World Bank and works with its
Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics.
Rev Charles Gibbs is the Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative.
Dr Gerardo Gonzales is Doctor in Social Psychology (Sorbonne), worked for 27 years as UN international officer in the field of P&SD. At present he is Trustee of URI and Director of a project aimed at creating a permanent Spiritual Forum within the UN.
Dr Azza Karam is President of the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN and works for the World Conference on Religion and Peace as Director of the Women's Program and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Arab and Islamic Affairs.
Sister Joan Kirby is the UN representative of the Temple of Understanding and a member of the Sacred Heart Order.
Katherine Marshall is Director and Counselor to the President of the World Bank on the Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics.
Dr Felix Marti is President of the Institute Linguapax and Former Director of the Centre UNESCO de Catalunya.
Dr Kamran Mofid, an Economist, is the Founder/Convenor of the ‘An Interfaith Perspective on Globalisation’conference series.
Dr Martin Stringer is the Head of the Department of Theology, University of Birmingham, UK.
Rev Kyoichi Sugino is Director of Worldwide Services of the World Conference on Religion and Peace.
Dr John Taylor studied & taught Islamics at Cambridge, Punjab, McGill, Birmingham & Harvard. He has worked with the WCC, WCRP, and CEC and now serves as UN (Geneva) representative of IARF ( International Association for Religious Freedom).
Diane Williams is Special Projects Coordinator & UN Representative, Temple of Understanding and Chair, NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns at the UN.
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