EVENT: Professor Douglas Pratt speaks on “Religious Fundamentalism and Extremism”

Monday 26 June 2017, at the Religious Diversity Centre, University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street,  Auckland, in the RDC’s classroom, 7:00-9:00pm.  This Seminar is open to the public with a $10 koha. For more information please contact the RDC at <info@rdc.org.nz>.

Prof. Douglas Pratt

Professor Pratt holds appointments as Adjunct Professor (Theology & Interreligious Studies) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Waikato, and Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. A former President of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) and the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions (NZASR), Professor Pratt is the New Zealand Associate of the Australian-based UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations – Asia Pacific. He is also an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Doug’s areas of expertise are: Christianity, Islam, Christian-Muslim relations and dialogue, religious fundamentalism, religion and terrorism, religious diversity and interfaith engagement.

EVENT: Interfaith Social Justice Theology Seminar

Wednesday 14 June 2017, Te Ara Hou, 100 Morrinsville Rd., Hamilton. This Seminar is jointly sponsored by the Anglican Action Centre for Social Justice, the Religious Diversity Centre (RDC), the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO) and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group. This Seminar is free and open to the public.

While different religious and secular traditions hold unique and distinct doctrines, they also share some very powerful values. Social justice is one such value that can bring together people of all faiths and no faith to join forces and make the world a more just and humane place for this generation and generations to come. In this light Anglican Action’s Centre for Social Justice, in conjunction with the Religious Diversity Centre, the Waikato Interfaith Council, and the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, is holding a seminar on ‘The Theology of Social Justice’ aiming to bring experts from different religious backgrounds together to discuss the particular social teachings of a variety of faith and belief traditions, with the possibility of joining forces to take a joint action in promoting social justice both locally and globally. This first seminar (of an expected series of seminars) will focus on the particular theologies of social justice from among a variety of traditions and their implications for our time.

This seminar is free and open to the public.  Prior registration is not required although an RSVP would be appreciated for catering purposes. Morning Tea is being provided by Anglican Action. Times listed are approximate. To RSVP, or for additional information, please contact Dr Mortaza Shams at <mortaza@anglicanaction.org.nz>.

EVENT: Conference on “Spirit Possession: Global and Multidisciplinary Perspectives”

A Conference in Association with The George Sainsbury Foundation and Theological and Religious Studies, School of Humanities, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 6-8 July 2017.

The conference brings together thirteen international and New Zealand speakers who will address the subject of spirit possession from a range of disciplinary perspectives including  psychiatry, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy and law. The conference is also open to participants from interested public bodies such as government and public agencies and religious communities who find themselves dealing with claims of spirit possession in our increasingly plural society.

Details on Conference speakers, abstracts, registration and programme details can all be found on the Conference website at: <https://spauckland2017.wordpress.com>.