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Humboldt University and WECARE host Capacity Building Webinar

As part of the PaRD Virtual Annual Forum, the PaRD WECARE work-stream will host a capacity building webinar on “Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa” Tuesday, 1 September 2020 9 am – 1:30 pm (GMT +2)

The Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt University Berlin and the Water, Environment and Climate Action (WECARE) Work-Stream of the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD) are hosting a webinar on “Religious Communities and Ecological Sustainability in Southern Africa.” 

We cordially invite all PaRD members, religious leaders, staff of development organisations, academic researchers, and individuals engaged with ecological sustainability to participate in the event.

The webinar focuses on the role of religious communities for ecological sustainability in Southern Africa. Topics include water management, climate change, agriculture and eco-feminism. The webinar will provide insights into ecological sustainability from a theological perspective as well as into the engagement of religious leaders and faith-based organisations. It seeks to equip PaRD members and other participants with knowledge and tools for effective engagement with ecological sustainability.

The webinar will feature expert inputs as well as interactive discussions on the specific themes. Speakers and facilitators include: Prof. Francois Engelbrecht, University of Witwatersrand; Rev. Rachel Mash, Green Anglicans South Africa; Dr. Tanya van Wyk, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Dr. Loreen Maseno, Maseno University, Kenya and Dr. Mohammad Gallant, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

On the basis of the webinar inputs and discussions, a comprehensive report will be drafted by the organizers. Participant’s contributions will be greatly appreciated and will be included in the report.

Kindly register for the webinar until the 28th of August by sending an email to We kindly ask you to indicate your name, country, position, organisation, and field of activity/interest.

Working Groups:

1 Eco-theology: Dr. Loreen Maseno, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Maseno-University, Kenya  

2 Eco-Feminism: Dr. Tanya van Wyk, Senior Lecturer in Spirituality, University of Pretoria, South Africa 

3 Local multi-faith action: Kate Davies, Southern African Faith Communities Institute (SAFCEI), South Africa 

4 Water: Dr. Esper Ncube, Water Quality Specialist at Rand Water, South Africa

5 Sustainable Agriculture: Nicta Lubaale Organization of African Instituted Churches, Kenya

6 Preserving Water from an Islamic perspective: Dr. Mohammad Gallant, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, University of Western Cape, South Africa and founder of the Environmental Affairs Department of the Muslim Judicial Council (SA)