UWTSD Lampeter to host sixth International Interfaith Colloquium


17.05.2021

This Summer, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David will host its sixth International Interfaith Colloquium (July 8 and 9) bringing together faith leaders and academics from Wales, the United Kingdom, and further afield.

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Delegates at the 2019 Interfaith Colloquium held in Lampeter 

Due to the current restrictions this year’s event will once again be held online. The Interfaith Conference is a joint venture between the University and the Chin Kung Foundation, and the generous support of the Venerable Master Chin Kung. This year, the theme of the annual conference is “Peace and Conflict in an Interfaith Context.” 

The annual conference is 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 will deliver short presentations on the potential contribution that their own tradition can make towards inter-faith engagement and dialogue.

There will also be 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.

There’s a real vibrancy to religion in Wales at the moment – there’s a real push from a variety of religious organisations to talk with each other better and to come to a better understanding of each other as well.  The theme of this conference is very timely and I feel that it’s important that we have this opportunity to bring so many distinguished scholars from across the globe together for this discussion.

Although this year’s conference sessions will be held online once again, we still expect to have the same high quality discussions. Everybody is welcome to join us for what promises to be a fascinating couple of days.”   

Through this year’s workshops and discussions, the subject of interfaith will be brought into close conversation with other relevant topics such as race, politics, war, colonialization and much more.

Call for Papers

This year our conference is providing an opportunity for scholars to present a 30 minute paper on interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, or the the overlap between them.

If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please send a 500 word abstract and a preliminary title of your paper to interfaith@uwtsd.ac.uk by Friday June 4th June.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Rabbi Jack Bemporad, Director of the Centre for Interreligious Understanding.

Fr. Joshua Thomas, Episcopal Priest and Executive Director of Seeds of Peace.

Huqa Abuarquob, Co-founder Center for Transformative Education.

Dr Mark Owen, Director Centre for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace University of Winchester.

Dr Laila Kadiwal, Lecturer in Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education.

Once again, the conference will be taking place via Microsoft Teams and is free of charge and open to all. Please RSVP and send any further queries to interfaith@uwtsd.ac.uk. Once you have confirmed that you would like to attend, we will gladly add you to the Microsoft Teams channel.

For further information about the University’s Religious Studies provision please visit our website: https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/religious-studies/

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 07384 467076 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk