Religious Responses to Climate Change – Web

Call for Papers – Inter-religious Conference

Date: Call for Papers is open till February 15th, 2022

Religious Responses to
Climate Change

An Academic & Community Conference
VST Inter-Religious Studies Program

Conference Theme
Climate change, global warming, fossil fuel dependence, ecojustice, and threats to biodiversity call us to urgent social conversations. Spiritual and religious traditions can be important voices in the conversation. Many traditions teach about ecology and ethics through scriptures, rituals, and contemplative practices. They inspire communities of action, providing opportunities for study, advocacy, and support. How can the resources of our traditions be helpful in this conversation?

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Randy Woodley
Author of Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision


Call for Papers

Possible Paper Topics
Including but not limited to: creation and creatures; theologies of stewardship, dominion, or care; Indigenous teachings on sustainability; ecojustice and environmental racism; eco-feminism; concepts of “nature” and “environment”; sustainability as a spiritual practice; theology of human and non-human relationships; faith, science, and climate change; Laudato si’;  religious visions of doom or hope; critiques of consumerism.

Conference papers can draw on multiple disciplines, including theology, religious studies, Indigenous studies, sociology, political science, legal studies, philosophy, literature, history, the arts. Papers can explore dynamics within one tradition or society, or common to multiple traditions or societies. They can be grounded in any spiritual or non-theistic tradition. Our aim is to create a helpful conversation.

Paper Preparation Guidelines
Initial abstracts outlining the context and argument of the paper should be 150-200 words. Completed papers should be approximately 3,000 words. Papers should be clearly written, accessible to those outside the author’s discipline and religious tradition. Conference sessions will be of varied formats, and oral presentations may be shorter than 25 minutes. A volume based on conference papers will be published in the Pickwick Publications series “Inter-Religious Discussion and Public Life.”

Submission and Notification Schedule
Abstract, a 50-word bio and phone/email/postal contact information due February 15 to LDKaplan@vst.edu. We will notify presenters of acceptance no later than March 1. Completed papers due by May 15.

Graduate Student Essay Contest
Accepted papers by graduate students will automatically be entered into an essay contest. If you are a graduate student, please note that on the cover page of your completed paper.