Public talk | NEW DATE: 18.01.2017 | 16:00 - 17:30 | Uni Freiburg | Tennenbacher Str. 4, 79106 Freiburg, Germany | Herderbau, Room 400.
About: Khushwant Singh was born in India and has been living in Germany since his childhood. He studied Ethnology, Educational Sciences and Social Anthropology with a focus on migration, intercultural issues and religion. Singh finished his M.A. in Heidelberg and M.Res. in London both with distinction. Since 2006 he has been working for German development cooperation in various positions. He was programme coordinator on international migration and know-how transfer, and then worked for the federal welcome initiative "Make it in Germany". Currently, he is an advisor on religion and development. In addition to his professional activities, Singh volunteers as the president of the Council of Religions Frankfurt and is one of the founding members. The council fosters dialogue between religions, political representatives and society as a whole, and is the largest interfaith body in Germany, bringing together delegates of nine religions. Additionally, Singh publishes articles on the Sikh Religion/Gurmat with a focus on spirituality, ethics, behavioral change, sustainability and the global challenges we face today.
Talk: In his talk, Khushwant Singh will present key findings of the book "Voices from Religions on Sustainable Development", published by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The idea for this book took shape during UN consultations on development and faith in July 2015 in New York. Since religion is sometimes seen as a hindrance to development and peace, the book project aimed to demonstrate that religion can be part of the solution to the global challenges we face. It brings together the multifaceted wisdom of religions and indigenous traditions on sustainable development. More than 25 inspiring followers, theologians, practitioners and academics from the Bahá’í Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Indigenous traditions, Islam, Judaism, and the Sikh Religion share their spiritual and religious insights on the five dimensions of the new Agenda 2030: Planet, People, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. Without claiming any form of representative authority, their contributions increase our knowledge of religions and describe how religious actors promote development. The book demonstrates that common spiritual values are at the heart of all religious and indigenous traditions – and that bringing these virtues to life can contribute to overcoming environmental destruction, poverty, forced migration, corruption, terror, discrimination and injustice.
Further information: www.giz.de/Werte-und-Religion | www.partner-religion-development.org
This 'mind-and-environment' project is organized by scientific staff and former graduate school members of the University of Freiburg
in Germany at a voluntary basis, inviting doctoral students and any other interested people from science and practice to exchange and reflect upon the link between mind and environmental
sustainability. The seminar is supported by the Graduate School 'Environment Society
and Global Change' of the University of Freiburg.