Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses

Friday, April 28th 2017 to Saturday, April 29th 2017

Registration for our Sustainable Societies Conference on April 28-29, 2017, is closed, but you can watch live streaming video of most conference sessions here. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event! For additional information about conference registration, please contact You can also download an updated conference schedule with a complete list of presenters.

Conference description:

The devastation of the ecosphere is inextricably linked to unsustainable economic, societal, racial, geopolitical, and cultural relationships. To enable the restoration and flourishing of the ecosystems of the biosphere, human societies need to be reimagined and reordered in terms of economic, cultural, religious, racial, and social equitability. The epistemic paradigms that have led to climate change and the ravaging of the earth, are not likely to lead the healing of the same. As such, ways of knowing that are embedded in religion, culture, and tradition are essential resources for the human transformation necessary for environmental regeneration and renewal. Sustainable nature require sustainable societies.

Join us for this two-day conference exploring interreligious approaches to building sustainable societies. The event will feature panel conversations and presentations from a host of renowned educators, including more than twenty scholars from across the GTU and its member schools and centers. Plenary speakers include internationally known scholar of ecology and religion Dr. Mary-Evelyn Tucker of Yale University, and Dr. Anantantand Rambachan of St. Olaf College.

Register to attend on Eventbrite. (The conference is free, but space is limited. Registration required.) 

Friday events will include panel discussions featuring experts from the GTU and beyond addressing the following themes:

  • Virtue Ethics for a Sustainable World
  • Ecovillages & Environmentally Conscious Living
  • Art, Literature, Ritual & Ecology
  • Religious & Ethnic Diversity: Empowerment and Emancipation

Conversations will continue on Saturday with panels addressing: 

  • Theology, Sustainability, and the Natural Sciences
  • Dharma and Right Relationships

The closing portion of the conference will focus on Hindu Ecophilosophy and Ecotheology, and will feature a keynote by Dr. Anantanand Rambachan (who offered the GTU's 2015 Surjit Singh lecture), and panel conversations on Advaita Vedanta and Vaishnava Vedanta.