On the Significance of Religion for the Sustainable Development Goals

November 13, 2023
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Dr. Christine Schliesser's book, On the Significance of Religion for the Sustainable Development Goals: An Introduction (2023), opens up a sequence of innovative inquiries into the impact of religion in current global challenges. The ambitious United Nations Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—agreed upon by the world community in 2015—serve as the framework for this volume’s exploration, which is part of the Routledge book series Religion Matters: On the Significance of Religion in Global Issues. This webinar considered questions addressed by the book, including: What role does religion play in poverty and poverty alleviation? How does religion inspire people in combating gender inequality? What is religion’s role in fuelling conflict, and which resources can religion offer for peace and reconciliation?

Based on the conviction that not one single faith tradition or discipline can adequately address the complexity of current global issues, this volume unites the perspectives of different faith traditions and different disciplines. While the main author, Christine Schliesser, comes from the perspective of Christian ethics, various guest authors bring in the voices of other religious traditions, cultural and geographic backgrounds ranging from Buddhism and Islam to Indigenous religions and Judaism, as well as interfaith perspectives. This concise and accessible volume helps to build bridges between these different actors and their engagement in global issues.

Dr. Schliesser was joined by Dr. Elisa Leroux and volume contributors Dr. Sandra Pertek and Dr. Azza Karam. Berkley Center Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari moderated the conversation.

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