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Myanmar Situation ReportMyanmar Situation Report

June 23, 2014
In this situation report for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, Katherine Marshall argues that the religious dimensions of conflict in Myanmar need...

Faith Communities' Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Supporting MothersFaith Communities' Promise Renewed: Ending Preventable Child Deaths and Supporting Mothers

December 1, 2013
For many people and faith institutions, the welfare of mothers and children amounts to a sacred duty. It is also enshrined in the year 2000...

Malaria and Faith: Building Strong PartnershipsMalaria and Faith: Building Strong Partnerships

June 12, 2013
A global program to combat malaria has attracted major international funding and is showing promising progress. A wide range of faith actors...

Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern ShakersGlobal Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers

February 28, 2013
Focused on the intersection of religious and other global institutions, in this book Katherine Marshall combines concise introduction with...

Faith and the WASH AgendaFaith and the WASH Agenda

January 22, 2013
Water, indisputably essential to health and well-being, livelihoods, humanitarian operations, and all human activity, is a central element in all...

Corruption: Ten Ideas to Enhance Religious Engagement in Global Integrity MovementsCorruption: Ten Ideas to Enhance Religious Engagement in Global Integrity Movements

January 18, 2013
Pinpointing corruption’s perils, measuring its gravity, and pursuing governance strategies and action programs are high priorities in contemporary...

Human Trafficking: Faith in Action in CambodiaHuman Trafficking: Faith in Action in Cambodia

January 15, 2013
As a hotspot for human trafficking, Cambodia has received intensive media coverage and international attention as a global human rights challenge....

Engaging Faith Communities in Southeast Asia: An Issues and Priority AgendaEngaging Faith Communities in Southeast Asia: An Issues and Priority Agenda

January 8, 2013
In Southeast Asia’s diverse religious landscape, religion tends to be taken for granted except when it contributes to social strife and violence....

Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?Engaging Faith Communities on Immunization: What Next?

January 4, 2013
Preventable child deaths outrage everyone. Immunization campaigns save millions of children’s lives and therefore unite widely divergent...

Reducing Maternal Mortality: Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and CommunitiesReducing Maternal Mortality: Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities

January 1, 2013
Religious institutions and leaders can and should contribute more directly to global and national efforts to address shockingly high levels of...

Bringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development PolicyBringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy

November 1, 2011
At the request of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), a Berkley partner, Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall researched the current...

Bringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy: Recommendations for Policy MakersBringing Intercommunal Cooperation and Religious Voices into Humanitarian and Development Policy: Recommendations for Policy Makers

November 1, 2011
At the request of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAoC), a Berkley partner, Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall researched the current...

Women in Religious PeacebuildingWomen in Religious Peacebuilding

May 1, 2011
To recognize and understand better the role of women in religious peacebuilding, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the World Faiths...

Education for All: Where Does Religion Come In?Education for All: Where Does Religion Come In?

August 1, 2010
In this article published in the journal Comparative Education, Katherine Marshall examines the complex role of religion in global education...

Malaria: Scoping New Partnerships Malaria: Scoping New Partnerships

January 9, 2009
This report surveys the contributions of faith-inspired organizations to the global fight against malaria and suggests ways to increase their...

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111116internationalinterfaithdialogue

November 16, 2011

An International Interfaith Dialogue on a Shared Response to the Environmental Crisis

Preservation and care for the natural environment hold high significance for the world's major faith traditions. Both through theological teachings and service, faith communities play important roles in shaping attitudes and action towards environmental protection and policy. An understanding of the theological underpinnings inspiring and driving care for the environment, and of how, in practice, faith communities mobilize around sustainable development, can help inform effective environmental policies, at the local, national, and international levels.


On Wednesday, November 16, at the initiative of the United States Embassy to the Holy See, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and World Faiths Development Dialogue, and the Embassy met via live video feed for a conference that explored the intersections of religion and the environment, with a focus on implications for policy. The event falls under a broader State Department initiative to engage religion in policy dialogue. It brought together a group of environmental experts representing the Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim faith traditions, and representatives from the US government and the World Bank, along with international and inter-religious graduate students from three Pontifical universities in Rome, and Georgetown and other universities in the United States. Five panel presentations and a student led dialogue explored how different faith traditions view the environment, help to shape social action, and engage in the policy process more broadly.

The exchanges highlighted how much is at stake, for young and old alike, on environment and climate change issues. Spiritual wisdom is a rich source to draw on, as is the mobilizing power of communities. Participants came to the discussion with this understanding but came away in some awe of the richness of ideas that could emerge in two short hours and a gnawing sense that there is far more to do, together.

*View a summary report of the meeting here

Participants

Phillip Assis

Phillip Assis

Phillip Assis is the Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy to the Holy See. Previously, Phillip served as Vice Counsul at the US Embassy in Guyana. He previously spent two years as a Rural Development Agent in Togo with the Peace...
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin is Chief of the United States Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, which focuses on promoting UN efforts in the fields of emergency food aid, agriculture, fisheries, forests, and rural development financing....

Dr. Marian Díaz

Dr. Marian Díaz is a former professor of Theology at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota.
Yahya Hendi

Yahya Hendi

Imam Yayha Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, the first American university to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain. As chaplain he leads Qiyamul-lail and Friday prayers, counsels students, and offers retreats for both Muslim and...
Kanta Kumari Rigaud

Kanta Kumari Rigaud

Kanta Kumari Rigaud has more than 25 years professional experience in natural resources management, environment management, and climate change/adaptation issues. She is currently the Lead Adaptation Specialist and World Bank coordinator of the...
Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership...
Warren Stone

Warren Stone

Rabbi Warren Stone has served as rabbi of Temple Emmanuel in Kensington, Maryland since 1988 and is nationally recognized for his work in the field of faith-inspired environmentalism. He is the co-chair of the National Religion Coalition on...