Religion Matters: A Conversation on Religion and Sustainable Development Goals

July 6, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

A new book series, Religion Matters: On the Significance of Religion in Global Issues, published by Routledge, examines the role of religion in current challenges by using the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the overarching framework. The aim of this series of short books is to assist academics, policymakers, and practitioners in better understanding the role of religion in matters of global and public relevance, including conflict, development, and climate change. It takes an interreligious, interdisciplinary, and international approach and is written by and for academics, practitioners, and policymakers by teams of two to four authors representing different religions, disciplines, and contexts.

A panel of authors who are contributing to the series introduced Religion Matters and elaborated on the different volumes. Christine Schliesser analyzed religion both as a contributor of conflict and a constructive resource for conflict resolution and reconciliation. Philip McDonagh argued that the sustainable development goals are a global roadmap, our guide to a just transition in response to climate change, and that diplomacy has everything to gain from engaging more creatively with religions, worldviews, and human values. Ruby Quantson Davis explored the complex relationship between religion and deliberative democracy, and Elisabet le Roux explained how she and co-author Sandra Pertek unite the perspectives of two different faith traditions (Christianity and Islam) in an analytical and practical exploration of how religion matters in the safety and vulnerability of women and girls. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana provided an introduction, and Senior Fellow Katherine Marshall moderated the conversation.

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