(Friday) 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Interchurch Center
61 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10115
Join us virtually on September 18, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern, for GEII’s Autumn event: “Ecology & Ecumenicity” An online colloquium with ecologically-attentive theologians, ethicists, and community leaders
Join us virtually on September 18, 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern, for GEII’s Autumn event:
“Ecology & Ecumenicity”
An online colloquium with ecologically-attentive theologians, ethicists, and community leaders from an array of Christian traditions.
Free and open to the public: REGISTER NOW.
The ecological crisis is, no less, an ecumenical crisis and an ecumenical opportunity. There can be no degradation nor restoration of the environment, on any scale from local to global, that does not also present a challenge of communication with and commitment to one another. The “home” (oikos) we share—however divided and acrimonious it may be—is and must be a home to all. Yet our ecological vision and efforts are often themselves divisive or inattentive to divisions that shape our capacities for response.
This roundtable will take up the urgent contemporary questions rising from the entanglement between social division (religious, political, ethnic, economic, and so forth) and ecological degradation. For instance:
- How are we best to understand the causes and ethical entailments of our present ecological challenges through the resources offered by our (different and often disagreeing) traditions?
- What roles are played by ecological precarity in the divisions (cultural, ethical, political, theological) between and within Christian communities?
- How should religious communities (and conversations between communities) contribute to society’s responses to these challenges—whether at the level of a public vision of ecological integrity, or at the level of concrete challenges like food security, environmental justice, and the plight of climate refugees?
- What ecumenical resources exist for engagement between religious communities with apparently incompatible assessments of the present ecological situation?
This special program has been generously co-sponsored and co-organized by the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary; the Church World Service; the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University; and the Zohrab Information Center.
The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis:
Fr. Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was born in Australia, studied theology in Athens, and completed his doctorate in Oxford. He taught theology in Sydney and Boston, and currently serves as theological advisor to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, “the green patriarch.” His latest book is Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality(Bloomsbury, 2019). He lives in Maine.
Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy:
serves as President of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California –a progressive, multidenominational seminary and center for social justice that prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders to work for the well-being of all. A committed Lutheran pastor, a nationally recognized immigration leader, and a sought-after speaker, Vásquez-Levy leads at the intersection of faith, higher education, and social change. He is currently engaged in a series of public conversation with various State Attorneys across the country in an effort to reframe our national conversation about immigration.
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute