Program

For the first time, you can join us at the Elijah Interfaith Summer School and Interreligious Leadership Seminar without leaving your home. All sessions will be live-streamed on Zoom.

Interreligious Perspectives on Global Solidarity and Caring for the Other
Live from Jerusalem

What are religions supposed to do: on what domains of life do they impact and what do they achieve? 
What happens in times of crisis? Do crises enhance the functioning of religion, undermine it or both?
 
The recent COVID-19 pandemic allowed us to study the function of religion at a moment of global crisis.
 
We will hear from scholars of religion what they understand about the way that religions operate and we will hear from some of the world’s most prominent religious leaders about how they dealt with challenges during COVID-19, through a unique series of interviews carried out by the Elijah Interfaith Institute, titled “Coronaspection”.

Topics include:

  • the spiritual basis of human and global interconnectivity and the moral and theological foundations for social responsibility
  • the religious mandate to do good and values of charity, justice, responsibility;
  • rethinking charity in a global age, in light of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals;
  • Pope Francis as social theorist: study and responses to his epistles
  • care for society and care for creation
  • global solidarity – the post-national and transnational world and the implications for religions; challenges of migration
  • promise and limitations of a theory of global ethics

Summer school activities include

  • Academic lectures
  • Panels of scholars and religious leaders from 6 different faiths
  • Analysis of Encyclicals of Pope Francis
  • Small group textual study
  • Prayer and meditation
  • Bibliodrama workshop
  • Guided group discussion
Day 1
01 Aug 2021

Welcome and introductions

(including introduction to the topic)
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Peta Jones Pellach

The Spiritual basis of our interconnectivity

(pt 1: Judaism and Sikhism)
Ahluwalia
Professor Pal Ahluwalia
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

The Spiritual basis of our interconnectivity

(pt 2 Christianity and Hinduism)
Neelima
Professor Neelima Shukla-Bhatt
Prof David Ford

The Spiritual basis of our interconnectivity

(pt 3 Buddhism and Islam)
Prof Karma Lekshe Tsomo
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Reflections on the day

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Day 2
02 Aug 2021

The Religious Mandate to do Good

(pt 1: Jewish and Sikh case-studies)
Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Micha Odenheimer
Micha Odenheimer

The Religious Mandate to do Good

(pt 2: Muslim and Hindu case-studies)
Swamini Adityananda Saraswati
Swamini Adityananda Saraswati
Plemon
Imam Plemon al-Amin

Bibliodrama

The Drive to do Good
Peta Jones Pellach
Day 3
03 Aug 2021

Text study “chavruta”

excerpts from encyclicals

Responses and reflections

from religious leaders and scholars
Imam Yahya Pallavicini
Dr Anantanand Rambachan

Reflections on the day

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Day 4
04 Aug 2021

Text study “chavruta”

excerpts from encyclicals

The Teachings of Pope Francis

(guest scholar)
James Puglisi
Fr. Prof. James Puglisi

Reflections on the day

Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Day 5
05 Aug 2021

Praying Together in Jerusalem

Myriam RENAUD
Professor Myriam Renaud
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Peta Jones Pellach

Review of the week

summary of key lessons and evaluation
Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein
Peta Jones Pellach