Approximately 50 delegates from more than 40 religious institutions will gather in Istanbul, Turkey on May 31 to discuss how to incorporate environmental awareness in Orthodox institutions of higher learning worldwide.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will host Halki Summit III from May 31 to June 4. The summit will convene dozens of representatives of Orthodox theological schools and seminaries from all over the world to focus on the theme of “Theological Formation and Ecological Awareness.”
Summit participants will hear addresses by prominent environmental theologians from various faiths — Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant. Participants will also discuss courses and similar environmental awareness programs that can be implemented into Orthodox education.
The first two Halki Summits convened academics, journalists, business leaders and theologians. Halki Summit I was held in June 2012, and focused on the theme of “Global Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability.” Halki Summit II took place in June 2015 and assembled experts from around the world in a conversation on environment, literature and the arts.
The Halki Summit aims to promote environmental sensitivity in the core curricula of theological institutions. It also highlights the Patriarchate’s ongoing efforts over the past three decades to protect the environment.
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