The Academy for the Study of Religion to host inaugural Conference, April 25–27 at the UWI Regional Headquarters in Mona.
April 18, 2018 /JamaicaPressReleases/ --
The recently launched Academy for the Study of Religion (ASR) is set to host its first academic conference from April 25 – 27, 2018 at the UWI Regional Headquarters in Mona.
Set to start at 9 a.m. each day, the conference, under the theme “The Twelve Major Religions Of The World And Their Social And Cultural Impact On Societies” aims to advance the understanding of and the interconnectedness among faiths and thereby promote a deeper appreciation of the faith traditions of all peoples everywhere.
Presentations will be given by scholars of the twelve major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zorastrianism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’i. The religious philosophy of Marcus Garvey and Rastafari will also be presented. All presenters have distinguished themselves in their academic disciplines and are affiliated with top-tier Universities in the US, and Canada and the University of The West Indies.
Dr. Phyllis Green, Founder and CEO for the ASR sees the conference as a necessary development for the Academy stating that “religion, faiths and belief systems are interwoven in the very fabric of many social norms, values, attitudes, behaviours, and habits of people everywhere. Jamaica, being predominantly a country with a Christian background does have multiple faith traditions and belief practices that every person should be aware of to facilitate greater understanding and harmony among our citizens as well with persons globally. The conference facilitates the exploration, study, and learning of this emerging field of the study of all religions.”
While religion has historically been used to dominate societies economically, politically, socially and culturally, Green believes that they are all equal in their intention and practice as they all believe in a Supreme Being. Thus the Academy’s stance of “unity in diversity” is integrated into the conference agenda to ensure fairness in the articulation of all religious forms. The Founder noted that the study of all religions is important as individuals have a right to choose, espouse and practise the religion of his or her choice. At the same time, it is the duty of every individual to respect the rights of others to practise their religion however they choose.
Launched on January 24, 2018, the ASR seeks the widest possible collaboration with the representatives of all forms of religion, with academic and non-academic institutions and organizations, both locally and internationally, for the purpose of bridging the artificial barriers that have historically separated people because of their faith beliefs and traditions.
For more information on the Conference, please visit the Academy’s www.academyofreligion.org or make contact via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone or WhatsApp 399-4412 and 816-9446.