Theology International Conference 2024

Faculty of Theologi, Universitas Sanata Dharma

March 19, 2024 – March 20, 2024

International Seminar on "Faith in Action: Theology for a Changing World"**

Considering the role of theology in appreciating cultural diversity and promoting social cohesion amid cultural tensions.

19-20th March 2024


Faith in Action: Theology for a Changing World

The International Seminar on "Faith in Action: Theology for a Changing World - Embracing Cultural Diversity, Fostering Social Cohesion" aims to explore the dynamic relationship between faith, theology, and our rapidly changing global landscape. With our world becoming increasingly interconnected, the role of theology in appreciating cultural diversity and promoting social cohesion amid cultural tensions becomes ever more crucial. This seminar seeks to unlock the transformative potential of theology, acting as a unifying force that inspires positive action and nurtures an environment where diverse communities can coexist harmoniously.

At the core of faith lies theology, the systematic study of religious beliefs, rituals, and practices. It provides a framework for understanding the relationship between humanity, the cosmos, and the divine, guiding ethical conduct and social engagement. Embracing the wisdom found in theological insights, we uncover commonalities that transcend differences, fostering a sense of interconnectedness and shared humanity among diverse communities.

Cultural diversity enriches human existence, showcasing a vibrant tapestry of traditions, languages, and customs. Theological perspectives that appreciate cultural diversity recognize that each community interprets religious teachings through their unique cultural heritage. This acknowledgement fosters theological discourse that encourages interfaith dialogue, mutual respect, and inclusive approaches to societal challenges.

In a world where cultural tensions and conflicts may arise from misunderstandings about the "other," theology offers a pathway to foster social cohesion. By emphasizing shared values such as compassion, justice, and love, theology encourages dialogue and mutual understanding. Engaging with theological principles nurtures empathy and respect, breaking down barriers that divide us, and promoting an environment where diverse communities can coexist harmoniously.

The transformative role of theology extends to addressing contemporary social challenges, such as poverty, environmental degradation, discrimination, and religious conflicts. By analyzing religious teachings in light of these issues, theology inspires faith communities to be proactive agents of positive change. The seminar will explore how theology can advocate for justice, equality, and human rights, fostering an environment where faith becomes a force for positive social transformation.

Faith communities, as custodians of theology, possess unique influence. This seminar seeks to empower faith communities to proactively address cultural tensions and social problems. By harnessing theological principles and promoting interfaith cooperation, these communities can become beacons of compassion, peace, and social justice, contributing to a more equitable and inclusive world grounded in shared values rooted in faith.

This seminar offers an enriching platform to explore the transformative potential of theology. Through engaging discussions and thought-provoking presentations, participants will gain insights into how theology transcends boundaries, bridges cultures, and fosters harmony. Let us renew our commitment to faith in action, using it as a guiding force to inspire compassion, empathy, and solidarity among all peoples, creating a more inclusive, interconnected, and compassionate world for generations to come.


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