UWTSD hosts fourth International Interfaith Symposium


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David has recently hosted its fourth International Interfaith Symposium bringing together faith leaders and academics from Wales, the United Kingdom, and further afield.

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This year, the theme of the annual conference was “Practicing what is Preached: Practices of Justice in a Multi-Faith Context”. The event was an opportunity to bring together scholars and practitioners from diverse traditions and practices in order to discuss matters of multifaith and interfaith engagement, as well as themes of contemporary relevance that are vital for peaceful coexistence.

During the two-day conference participants delivered short presentations on the potential contribution that their own tradition can make towards inter-faith engagement and dialogue. There was also an opportunity to discuss some of the key problems and challenges facing the world today and to chart new directions in inter-faith thought and practice.

Dr Angus Slater, Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies and one of the conference organisers said:
“From the University’s perspective, the conference is the keystone aspect of a lot of the interfaith activities we do including things like our master level course in interfaith studies, our professional doctorate in interfaith studies and also our work in the community and our links to organisations like the Muslim Council of Wales and the Baha'i Council of Wales.

Personally, this conference is important because I have the opportunity to meet amazing and distinguished scholars from across the globe who are all important in this important and vital area of interfaith work. It’s an opportunity to have good quality discussions with them on matters like practices of justice.

This conference has seen high quality discussions on how we bring about justice as members of faith communities or people who aren’t attached to faith – so how do we make our communities more just, not only for ourselves, but for everyone within our society.”

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Professor Wayne Morris, Director of the School of Humanities and Professor of Contextual Theology, University of Chester opened the conference and officially welcomed delegates to UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. He commented:

“This is my third Interfaith Conference here at Lampeter and the whole question of interfaith engagement is one that I’ve been interested in for a very long time. One of the important questions that face our world today is how people of faith or no faith can live together peacefully. Having this excellent opportunity to explore all these questions with other scholars and practitioners is a really important thing for us to do.”

One of the delegates at this year’s conference was Belle Tindall who is currently enrolled on the Professional Interfaith Doctorate programme at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus. Belle is specialising in gender in Christianity. She commented:

“The conference is amazing – it brought up conversations that need to be had and this year’s particular theme of justice is so important and relevant. To be able to get so many people with so many points of view into one room, speaking about one thing is really valuable.”

UWTSD currently has three £15,000p/a Harmony scholarships available for the Professional Doctorate in Interfaith Studies Programme based in Lampeter. Dr Angus Slater added:

“If you’re interested in this academic field we are now looking to offer scholarships to three excellent scholars for our October 2019 intake. This is an opportunity to join a distinct and supportive community in the heart of rural Wales, engaging with a vibrant and diverse research community, and receive intensive supervision from world-class academic staff.

Currently the University has students enrolled on the Professional Doctorate Programme, studying subjects like interfaith marriages, African Christian/Muslim diasporas and inter-religious violence in Myanmar. The students are drawn from across the globe and a variety of religious traditions, but work side-by-side, living together and exploring vital questions in interfaith studies.”

Scholarships cover fees of £7,500p/an and a living expenses bursary of £7,500p/a - the course is also available for study without scholarship support.
Further information is attached to this email, can be found on our website (https://ifdialogue.com/interfaith-research-2/) or by contacting Dr Angus M Slater (a.slater@uwtsd.ac.uk)

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Further Information

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