Laudato Si’ invites dialogue between Christians, Muslims

Emmanuel Nathan will deliver the livestreamed lecture (ACU)

Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Laudato Si’, is having a positive influence on the practice of interreligious dialogue between Christians and Muslims. Source: ACU.

From the historic signing of the Abu Dhabi Declaration on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, to the 2015 Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, the call for ecological conversion is resonating with two of the world’s major religions.

A joint lecture between ACU and the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies, to be held at the ACU's Rome campus and livestreamed to a global audience, will further explore how the landmark encyclical has found common ground among Christians and Muslims in Australia and beyond.

The lecture will be given by Dr Emmanuel Nathan, director of ACU’s Centre for Studies of the Second Vatican Council and Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Comparative Theology.

Associate Professor Zuleyha Keskin, from the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University, and Fr Patrick McInerney SSC, director of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Sydney, will both provide contributions and responses.

All three scholars will address the concept of human fraternity and ecological conversion from the context of Christian-Muslim dialogue. The event will also include an analysis of the Abu Dhabi Declaration from the perspective of Laudato Si’, Islamic perspectives on ecological challenges, and an interfaith response to the call to care for our common home.

Dr Nathan said Christian-Muslim dialogue in Australia was already “very active and robust” and that daily ecological realities were concerns for people from both faiths.

The lecture will be livestreamed from Rome on Saturday at 7-8.30pm (AEST).

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Laudato Si’ ideal for progressing respectful dialogue between Christians and Muslims (ACU)

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