Interfaith Ecology Seminar In Birmingham

Published: 11.12.2005
Updated: 22.03.2010

On 19th November 2005, Dr. Chris Hewer, an advisor on Inter-Faith Relation to the Bishop of Birmingham, UK, has been convening a group of people occupied with questions of ecology, environment, and sustainability from the standpoint of different faiths.

Dr. Hewer had approached Arvinder Jain, secretary of International Mahavir Jain Mission of Birmingham, for finding a suitable Jain speaker. After being unable to find another person, Arvinder took this challenge and decided to deliver the lecture himself. Inspired by Acharya Mahaprajna, and supported by
Dr. Renuka Jain from Umea University, Sweden, Arvinder prepared a presentation with some scientific insights of the Jain religion concerning the subject, as given by Lord Mahavir about 2500 years ago, being far ahead of his time.

The following scholars attended the seminar on ecology at the Jain Ashram:

  • Chris Philpott, a Zen Buddhist ecologist from Leamington Spa
  • Claire Francis, ecology adviser for the Church of England in London
  • David Shreeve, chairman of the Conservation Foundation
  • Mary Williams, retired theologian and natural scientist from Solihull
  • Toby Howarth, successor of Chris Hewer as Inter-Faith Adviser
  • Muhammad Imran, development education manager for Islamic Relief
  • Mohammed Amin, Muslim scholar
  • Sadaf Ali, Muslim student
  • Gopinder Kaur, Sikh teacher from Soho Road, Gurudwara
  • Peter Creagh, Lecturer from Wolverhampton University

The Muslim friends prayed during the lunch-break inside the Jain Temple, and they all enjoyed a vegetarian meal afterwards.
Dr Chris Hewer commented that the seminar was brilliant, thoroughly enjoyable, and educational.

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