Interdisciplinary conference on sustainability and the climate

A farmer in El Salvador, showing the impact of prolonged drought on his crop of corn. LWF/C. Kästner 
A farmer in El Salvador, showing the impact of prolonged drought on his crop of corn. LWF/C. Kästner 

Faith leaders, educators and scientists explore the potential for practical cooperation

(LWI) – What is the potential for ecological sustainability to be a platform for dialogue and practical cooperation between people of different faiths and traditions? How can such efforts be implemented in religious and public education?  

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) is one of the co-organizers of an interdisciplinary conference on “Sustainability and Climate in Religion,” 12-14 February, in Bergen, Norway, during which these questions will be explored. 

The conference is organized by the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (Bergen Campus), Church of Norway and the Council for Religious and Life Stance Communities in Norway in cooperation with the LWF and the Al Mowafaqa Ecumenical Institute of Theology in Morocco. The event will bring together scientific researchers, faith leaders and people engaged in climate related education and advocacy around the world.

Through the data and experience shared by participants, the conference aims to provide new knowledge an inspire commitment among people who see a critical role for religion and belief in deepening reflection and action on sustainability and the climate.

Topics such as eco-theology, environmental ethics, dialogue and teaching methods will be explored through keynote presentations, thematic group work and excursions around Bergen, voted as the best Norwegian city for climate research.

The Lutheran communion has been involved for decades in theological reflection and advocacy work related to climate justice and care for creation as part of its commitment to put faith into action. This includes the active engagement of the LWF youth delegation at the annual United Nations climate conferences and participation in the “Season of Creation” campaign.

Deadline for registering as a participant to the interdisciplinary conference is 10 January 2020. More information, including logistics and registration information can be found on the website.