From the genesis of to the current challenges in the area of peace and sustainability

Who is it aimed at?

Teachers and professors from the area of religion, natural sciences, philosophy and ethics, from Primary and Secondary Education.  It is especially aimed at people who want to look in greater depth into the relationship between science and faith in the light of the recent encyclical from Pope Francisco entitled Alabado seas (Be Praised).


The aim of the course is to reflect on current significant ethical challenges such as new forms of slavery, violence, the technocratic paradigm and the lack of sustainability on our planet. A look will also be taken at the ideas that contribute to peace and sustainability through education.


The course has a clear leitmotiv.  Based on a reflection on the first chapters of Genesis and social teachings from the most recent Popes (Evangelium vitaeCaritas in veritate) and the latest encyclical Laudato si', the aim is to ground the dignity of the individual so as to know how to find ethical responses to the moral challenges of a techno-scientific and globalised culture.  There will be talks given by university professors from different disciplines, as well as workshops.

Participants who want to give an academic workshop on the topic for this conference must send their proposal by 13 October.


Friday 13 November 2015

Creation and limitations

  • 6-7:15 p.m. - Creation and the Big-Bang. Analysis from a biblical and quantum physics point of view.  Dr Miquel Ramon. The Faculty of Theology of Catalonia
  • 7:30 p.m. - Awareness of the limits of paradise and feeling like a child.  Carmen Arrufat. The La Farga nursey school.

Saturday 14 November 2015

Cooperators or dominators?

  • 9:30 a.m. - Does the right to create human life exist?  Biological foundations and ethical challenges at the beginning and end of human life.  Dr Josep Argemí. Faculty of Medicine, UIC Barcelona.
  • 10:45 a.m. - Coffee break.
  • 11:30 a.m. - The mystery of sin in the work of Gaudí.  Dr José Manuel Almuzara. Architect.  Expert in Antoni Gaudi.
  • 12:30 p.m. - The temptation to be like God in origin and in the current moment.  The tree of life and of good and bad science.  Dr Joan Costa. The Faculty of Theology of Catalonia
  • 1:45 p.m. - break
  • 3:45 p.m. - Dominators of or co-operators in creation? Dr Silvia Albareda. Faculty of Education, UIC Barcelona.
  • 5 p.m. - Coffee break.
  • 5:30 p.m. - Peace and forgiveness in the persecuted church.  Ariadna Blanco. Help for the Church in Need. 
  • 18:30 p.m. - Comprehensive human development and no to the culture of "rejection".  Monseigneur Sebastià Taltavull. The Archdiocese of Barcelona.

Price: €60

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