Care for Our Common Planet: A Catholic-Muslim Earth Day Conversation


Location: Zoom Webinar

The COVID-19 global pandemic has shattered our collective complacency and accentuated widespread inequality. It reminds us of the need to cooperate as we confront shared threats to our global human family—at the forefront of which is ecological breakdown.

How can we create a truly “green” recovery that prompts continuing dialogue and joint action among faiths and communities? How might our response to ecological and societal challenges draw on compassion and justice, recognizing the valuable contributions of religion? And how can believers across the world join hands to create a global culture of peace, fraternity, and reverence for both the Creator and creation?

In this conversation, recorded on Earth Day 2021, hear from leaders, scholars, and faith practitioners from the Muslim and Catholic traditions. Learn how multifaith engagement can lay the foundation for mutual understanding between traditions and communities, creating common ground and inspiring joint action as we work together for peace and human flourishing on the planet we share.

English transcripts are available for remarks delivered by Sheikh Ali Gomaa, former Grand Mufti of Egypt, and Dr. Mohamed Bechari, Secretary-General of The World Muslim Communities Council. Both Gomaa and Bechari delivered their remarks in Arabic. 

Transcript of Sheikh Gomaa's remarks

Transcript of Dr. Bechari's remarks


This event was presented by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion and The World Muslim Communities Council and co-sponsored by the World Religions World Church graduate program, part of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Theology. 

Opening Remarks

Scott Appleby Email

Scott Appleby
Marilyn Keough Dean
Professor of History
Keough School of Global Affairs
University of Notre Dame


Ali Nuaimi

Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi
The World Muslim Communities Council



Keynote Speakers

Sheikh Ali Gomaa Email

Sheikh Ali Gomaa
Former Grand Mufti of Egypt
Professor of Islamic Jurisprudence, Al-Azhar University (Egypt)



Bishop Kevin Rhoades Email

Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend



Panel 1: Scriptures and Sustainability

Islamic and Catholic Perspectives on Humanity and the Planet

Rev Ehrman Email

Rev. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C.
Visiting Assistant Professional Specialist
Department of Theology
University of Notre Dame



Fachruddin Mangunjaya Email

Fachruddin Mangunjaya
Environmentalist, Author and Senior Lecturer
School of Graduate Programs, Universitas Nasional (Indonesia)



Panel 2: Green Faith and Green Recovery

Theory and Practice of Climate Commitment and Sustainable Development

Syed Iqbal Hasnain Email

Syed Iqbal Hasnain
Pro-Chancellor, Jamia Hamdard University (India)
Managing Director, Desert Side Training Institute (UAE)
Former Vice Chancellor, University of Calicut (India)
Former Professor of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)


Carol Mullaney Email

Carol Mullaney
Senior Director
Office of Sustainability
University of Notre Dame



Shaojin Chai Email

Shaojin Chai
Senior Researcher
The World Muslim Communities Council 



Charles Powell 4

Charles Powell
Affiliated Faculty Member, Ansari Institute
Adjunct Professor of Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Holy Cross College