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2020 Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in Washington, DC

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Call For Papers and special conditions for members of Societas Ethics

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics is scheduled to begin the evening of Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. 

As part of a reciprocal, pilot program started  in 2017 aimed at encouraging a more global exchange of ideas, members in good standing of Societas Ethica are eligible to submit proposals to this conference without becoming members of  the Society of Christian Ethics. Should this proposal be selected for inclusion in the SCE conference,  the Societas Ethica member may register at the member level for the SCE conference (again without becoming a member), though of course they would be responsible for their own travel related expenses.

If you are interested in learning more about this about this annual conference and the SCE proposal submission process, a list of relevant documents is posted at Proposals for papers, panels and posters are due Monday, March 18, 2019.  The conference language is English.

Open Research Assistant Position at the Institute for Christian Social Sciences, University of Muenster / Germany

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Am Institut für Christliche Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Münster / Deutschland, ist eine WMA-Stelle mit dem Schwerpunkt „sozialethische Genderforschung“ ausgeschrieben (

Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am 4. November 2016.

At the Institute for Christian Social Sciences, University of Muenster / Germany, the position of a research assistant is vacant (research area: social ethical research on gender issues).

Applications are expected up to the 4th of November 2016.

Faith and the Future: Religious and Interfaith responses to Ecological Crises

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The 12thin a series on Alternative Perspectives & Global Concerns


Conference call for proposals

Faith and the Future:

Religious and Interfaith responses to Ecological Crises

La Salle University, Bogota, Colombia

May 22-23, 2017

“When we can see God reflected in all that exists, our hearts are moved to praised the Lord for all his creatures and worship him in union with them”. This marvelous statement by Pope Francis on Care for our Common Home, opens our mind to the necessity of including a faith perspective in the struggle for the preservation of our ecological systems. This timely Papal encyclical on ecology was quickly welcomed by environmentalists, critical thinkers, ethicists, non-catholic believers (such as the Anglican faith, which has also issued several declarations on the topic of the environment), as well as non-Christian believers among them Muslims.  Interestingly, as the Pope himself has indicated in the encyclical, mystical Islam has a deep history of discovering God in all visible things. Interestingly, at around the same time, several Islamic institutions issued the “Islamic Declaration on Climate Change” urging action on this issue. Finally, indigenous peoples in every continent have called for the preservation of ecosystems from a religious perspective: for example, the Mamos of the Colombian Sierra Nevada prophesy that the environmental destruction wrought by the “little brother” (meaning western civilization) will cause him to seek help from the “big brothers” (indigenous peoples).  How much common ground could be found among Pope Francis’ encyclical, the Islamic declarations, and indigenous ecological spirituality?

This conference will explore the common ground and overlapping beliefs regarding the unity of humanity and nature. Hence, it aims at discussing and presenting this mystical unity for the future of humanity. The topics to be explored include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.     Faith and resilience to environmental disasters

2.     Recovering the unity of humanity and nature

3.     Faith and solidarity in the face of the economic impact of environmental disasters

4.     Faith as the language of the oppressed, in the face of environmental inequality and racism

5.     The current ecological disasters affecting the oneness of humanity with nature

6.     Expression of mystical Oneness: from the sacred texts to real life

7.     Interfaith dialogue, perennial philosophy, and the common wisdom

8.     Interfaith dialogue and solidarity

9.     Humans and the mystery of the universe

10.   Common destiny in an era of globality

11.  Spirituality and voluntary simplicity

12.  The role of academia in achieving human and ecological oneness

13.  Spirituality and global development

14.  Cases from Latin America

15.  Non-theistic Spirituality and the Environment

We invite proposals for 30-minute individual presentations. We also encourage panel submission of three papers (each panel totaling 105 minutes). Please include a brief description of the panel as well as individual abstracts for each of the papers. 

For individual papers, please send an abstract, maximum length of 300 words and a short bio of 150 words by December 30, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be made by the conference committee by the end of January, 2017.


Depending on budgetary availability, a selection of the conference contributions will be published in a volume with the working title: Interfaith and Ecological Concerns: Challenges and Pathways for Future Collaboration.


For information please contact

German Bula

Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Bogotá, Colombia


Mahmoud Masaeli

School of International Development and Global Studies

University of Ottawa


NEW ISSUE - De Ethica: Vol. 3, No. 2 (2016)

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Invitation Kick-off Meeting European Academy of Religion

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Invitation Kick-off Meeting European Academy of Religion


On December 5, 2016, the Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII in Bologna will host the kick-off meeting of the European Academy of Religion: a framework for research and the exchange of scholars and scholarship of religious studies from the Mediterranean and Europe.

Hon. Valerio Onida and Professor Alberto Melloni on behalf of the Foundation for Religious Studies, together with the Rector of the University of Bologna Francesco Ubertini and the Minister for Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini, are pleased to invite you to join the launch event of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, on December 5th 2016, under the patronage of the European Parliament.

Scholars, Representatives of Scientific Societies and Academies, Research Centers and Political Authorities are invited to the meeting, which will be honored by the presence and the keynote addresses of Commissioner Carlos Moedas and Professor Romano Prodi.

Several thousand scholars from Europe and the Mediterranean Countries participate in the Fall in the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Religion: they are esteemed scholars, working in the fields of law, history, philosophy, archeology, psychology, sociology, etc., concerning the religious experience in its variety and diachronic extension. Beginning in December, they will have another opportunity to learn together closer to home. 

Read more about it in the PDF

NEW MEMBER PUBLICATION: Ethics and Communication Global Perspectives Edited by Göran Collste

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Ethics and Communication
Global Perspectives
Edited by Göran Collste


"An outstanding volume that covers a wide range of issues at the intersection of ethics, communication and globalization. It covers not only many issues in the ethics of (intercultural) communication, but also fundamental issues at the intersection of ethics and culture and applied issues in the communication and teaching of ethics."
— Philip Brey, Professor of Philosophy, University of Twente, The Netherlands

June 2016 | HB 9781783485970 | $120.00/ £80.00 | PB 9781783485987 | $39.95 / £24.95 | eBook 9781783485994 | $38.99 / £24.99

How do we communicate morals and values in a world that is becoming increasingly interdependent? This collection of essays explores ethics and communication with reference to specific world views and religions, focusing on the challenge of globalisation for ethical communication in particular social arenas.

This important new text:

  • Provides insight into theoretical questions pertaining to ethics and communication in an age of globalisation.
  • Considers these questions with reference to specific world views and religions, and the challenge of globalisation for ethical communication in particular social arenas.
  • Pursues both the classical question of the universality/contextuality of ethics and values, but also new challenges for communication relating to how values and norms are communicated and shared across cultural and political borders.
  • Includes case studies and a particular focus on the meaning of intercultural ethics.

OPEN POSITION: Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

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Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Divinity

The Faculty of Divinity at Harvard University intends to make a tenured appointment to the Richard Reinhold Niebuhr Professorship of Divinity.  We seek a scholar whose work addresses issues of contemporary Christian morality, ethics, and values within the context of global religious pluralism and diversity.  Candidates may work in any discipline or field that engages such issues constructively, including those in the humanities and social sciences.  Candidates must be able to contribute to the design and teaching of a curriculum in religion, ethics, and politics.  They should employ forms of analysis that address race, gender, sexuality, and social location.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute more generally to the Divinity School’s degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity curriculum, while sharing in the School’s intellectual life.  The candidate will also teach undergraduate and Ph.D. students of the Study of Religion in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Harvard is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Letters of nomination may be sent to the Niebuhr Search Committee, c/o Traci Kasperbauer, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138, or via email to  Candidates should submit both a letter of application and a current curriculum vitae.  In these or in separate documents, they should describe plans for research and teaching.  Preference is given to submissions at, though applications may also be submitted by regular post or electronic mail to the addresses given above.  Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2016.