Reimagining Global Hospitality through Scripture and Politics

23 September 2021

What resources might Christian scripture bring to the political challenge of displaced persons in the world today? This question was explored at the symposium Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics, the title of a recent book by Mark and Luke Glanville positioned at the intersection of the disciplines of theology and international relations.

The symposium was hosted by the Religion & Global Ethics program of the Institute for Ethics & Society as part of a research initiative focusing on religious literacy in international relations. Showcasing a theme of global relevance for a global audience, the symposium drew over fifty attendees from across four continents, including postgraduate students in Uganda and Egypt.

The central themes of Refuge Reimagined were presented by A/Prof Mark Glanville (Regent College, Vancouver, CA) and A/Prof Luke Glanville (Australian National University), with responses provided by Dr Jayme Reaves (Sarum College, Salisbury, UK) and Marianne Rozario (St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK). An engaging Q&A session with symposium attendees followed. The event was moderated by Prof John A. Rees (Notre Dame Australia).

“Religious traditions bring unique resources to the global challenges of our time”, said Prof Rees, a recognized authority in the study of religion and international relations. “Enhancing religious literacy will ensure those resources are released effectively, and Notre Dame Australia is well placed to facilitate this.”

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