Recent Events

November 15, 2016

Religious Freedom and the Common Good: A Symposium of the Religious Freedom Project

This conference explored the wide-ranging political, economic, and social dimensions of religious freedom and their enduring impact on the global common good. The RFP's 13 associate scholars and other experts from across the academy addressed a range of key questions about the broader implications of religious freedom.

November 11, 2016

Nuclear Disarmament: Next Steps from the Perspective of the Holy See

For many decades, the Holy See has advocated nuclear disarmament. In 2012, the Vatican declared that the strategy of nuclear deterrence is an obstacle to disarmament, and in 2014 at the Humanitarian Consequences Conference in Vienna, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi presented an extended argument for the Holy See’s position. At a time when the prospects for disarmament seem dim, Archbishop Tomasi…

October 3, 2016

Mapping Religion and Development

How do religious institutions and beliefs approach the challenges of modernization and development? And how do religious and secular actors engage on the relevant policies and programs? The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are completing a three-year research project that has explored the complex ways religious institutions and practices intersect with…

September 30, 2016

Colloquium on Ethics in Environmental Policymaking

In his 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si (“On Care of Our Common Home”), Pope Francis called for the peoples of the world to take responsibility for the Earth. In response, the Berkley Center hosted a day-long program exploring the under-examined role of ethics in the formulation of environmental policy in the branches and agencies of the federal government.

September 27, 2016

2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference

In 2013, the U.S. State Department established the Secretary's Office of Religion and Global Affairs (S/RGA). The office advises Secretary of State John Kerry on policy matters as they relate to religion, supports U.S. diplomatic missions overseas in assessing religious dynamics and engaging religious actors, and serves as the first point of entry for those seeking to engage the State…

September 22, 2016

Sixth Annual President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge National Gathering

The President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge is an initiative led by the U.S. Department of Education's Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the White House, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. 2016 marked the second year that international participants were invited to attend as part of the International Higher Education Interfaith Leaders Forum thanks to the…

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