On behalf of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), we are privileged to invite you to participate in our annual Interfaith Symposium scheduled for 17-19 July 2018 in Lampeter. At UWTSD, we have established a Centre for Interfaith Studies, and we believe that this is an opportune moment to bring together academics and religious leaders to engage in critical reflection on interfaith work.
This year, the theme of the annual conference is ‘Spirituality: Multifaith and Interfaith Perspectives’ and we hope to bring to the forum a range of approaches and experiences that commit to various interfaith engagements.
Dates: July 17-19
Time: 9.00 – 17.00
Location: Lampeter Campus, Old Hall and Founders Library
The Complete Schedule
17 July 2018 9.00 -12.30
Session 1: How does spirituality inform the approach of traditions to interfaith harmony?
Religious leaders from different faith traditions offer their perspectives on interfaith encounters. What can a member of the Jewish community, for example, learn from one who adheres to a Hindu community? Where do we see overlap and where do we differ in our approaches?
- Reverend Dr. Taikyo (David) Morgans, Buddhist Council of Wales
- Alexander Goldberg, Jewish Chaplain to the University of Surrey
- Prof. Saleem Kidwai, Muslim Council of Wales
- Dr. Swami Suryananda, Skanda Vale
- The Revd. Canon Enid R. Morgan, The Church of Wales
- Venerable Master Chin Kung
17 July 2018 13.30 – 17.00
Session 2: Visual Aspects Of Spirituality
When we think of interfaith encounters, we often think of dialogue. But aesthetics, art and visual items evoke many thoughts and reflections and can contribute to interfaith communication in a unique way. What can we learn, for example, when a Muslim and a Buddhist look at the same image or artistic representation?
- Dr. Alana Vincent – Senior lecturer in Jewish Studies University of Chester
- Dr. Martin Crampin – Research Fellow, The Cult of Saints in Wales
- Rachel Parker – Lecturer in Wellbeing and Mindfulness at UWTSD
- Prof. Bettina Schmidt, Professor in Study of Religions, UWTSD
- Guy Hordern MBE, Chair of the Birmingham Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education
- Paul Davies, Producer and Managing Director, VYKA Ltd
18 July 2018 9.00 – 12.30
Session 3: Contemplative Religious Practices
In addition to dialogue and visual aspects of spirituality, we can also share religious contemplative rituals and practices. How do different traditions contemplate their faith? And what role does prayer play in religious traditions as indiviudal practitioners enter into dialogue?
- Prof. Kajsa Ahlstrand – Professor of Theology, Church and Mission Studies, World Christianity and Interreligious studies at Uppsala University, Sweden
- Dr. Abdul-Azim Ahmed, Assistant Secretary General Muslim Council of Wales
- Tim Ihssen – Professional Doctorate student in Interfaith Studies at UWTSD
18 July 2018 13.30 – 17.00
Session 4: Spirituality and Wellbeing
Our spiritual life sometimes needs some nurturing. How can we do this? In this session we will explore counselling, coming closer to nature, and neurobiology as ways to enhance spiritual wellbeing. The session is organised in collaboration with the Religious Experience Research Centre and the Alister Hardy Trust.
- Prof. William West – Visiting Professor at the University of Chester and Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester
- Mark Seed – Children’s services consultant at Child’s World
- Dr. Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen – Lecturer in Religion in Antiquity at UWTSD
19 July 2018 9.00 – 17.00
Session 5: Interfaith Encounters in Wales
On this final day of the symposium we focus on the context of Wales. What are the distinctives of Welsh faith and spirituality, and what does interfaith encounter mean in Wales and from a Welsh perspective? This final day will close with a friendship dinner which is open to all conference participants organized and sponsored by the Academy of Sinology, Chin Kung Foundation.
- Prof. Wayne Morris – Head of Theology and Religious Studies and Associate Dean of Humanities
- Dr. Angus Slater – Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at UWTSD
- Dr. Wendy Dossett – Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Chester
- Rev. Aled Edwards – General Secretary of Cytun
- Rev. Dr. Noel Davies – Formerly General Secretary of Cytun and retired Congregationalist minister
- Ms. Amira Bahadur-Kutkut – Chaplain, Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Dr. David Morgans – Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWTSD