The theme of the 2020 Things that Make for Peace Conference II is “Peace Within, Peace Without: Theological and Philosophical Explorations”
The 2017 Islamophobia Report revealed that over 50% of Australian have a negative view of the role religion plays in contemporary society. Underwriting that statistic is the perception that religion is responsible for much of the violence in the world, a perception that ignores the reality that religious people are most commonly the victim, rather than perpetrators of violence. This conference seeks to counter that perception, exploring texts and traditions that might promote the growth of peace.
The conference will feature two keynote speakers: Prof Mona Siddiqui (The University of Edinburgh) and Dr Joshua Ralston (The University of Edinburgh). Both are highly credentialed with regards to inter-faith dialogue and commitments to peace.