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“Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti “

The countdown to the conference has begun! GMU is collaborating with the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) and State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia in the “Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Fratelli Tutti ” international interfaith conference. The central hub of the conference will be located at Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya, with other hubs in Rome, Indonesia, and California. GMU will be hosting the “Hub of the Americas” in California.

The Hub of the Americas plenaries:

  • Fr. Patrick Ryan, SJ, Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, will speak on Islamophobia and Catholic-Muslim Relations. GMU faculty and doctoral candidates will respond.

  • Fr Michael Agliardo, SJ, Executive Director of United States China Catholic Association, presents on the Climate Crisis, responding to the video of former California Governor Jerry Brown and California Air Resource Board Chair Mary Nichols’ presentation for the US China Climate Institute at the University of California Berkeley.
    The Hub of the Americas workshops:

  • Addressing Structures of Racism and Building Human Solidarity in the United States with moderator Susan Gunn, Director, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, and Simone Grudzen, producer of “Black Voters Matter” films

  • Voices from India and Africa on the Impact of the Coronavirus on the Health, Economy and Politics of the Global Community with Father Augustine Pamplany, Ph.D., Director of the Institute of Science and Religion, Little Flower Seminary, Aluva, Kerala, India, and Managing Editor of the Indian Journal of Science and Religion; and Sterling Harwood, Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, San Jose City College, San Jose, CA

  • “Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor” with moderator, Marita Grudzen, Chair, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose, “Stewards of Our Common Home”
    GMU is entering into a collaboration with the Journal of Social Encounters, a digital publication based both in Nairobi, Kenya and Collegeville, Minnesota. One JSE’s editors, Doctor Joseph Okumo, has agreed to write an article on the Fratelli Tutti conference which will be published in August. The latest issue of this Journal has several good articles on Fratelli Tutti.

    Pope Francis is expected to address the conference, and other religious leaders will share their interpretations of Fratelli Tutti from the perspectives of their own faith traditions.

    August 19, 20, 21, 2021

    The 3-day conference will be conducted interactively with participants on Zoom but global reports from the “hubs,” and recaps, will be live streamed on YouTube and Facebook so that everyone around the world can view the proceedings.

    There will be no charge for the event, but donations are welcome.



    August 19, 2021 - August 21, 2021