Churches and Cosmologies: Religion, Environment, and Social Conflict in Contemporary Latin America


Friday, January 22, 2016
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

James Chapel of the Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway
New York, NY, USA

Organized by American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS), and co-sponsored by the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice and the Center for Earth Ethics.

Environmental issues–immediate issues such as land use, mining, and access to water, and long-term issues such as climate change—have been major sources of conflict in Latin America in recent years. What role has religion played in these conflicts?  Have religious beliefs inspired or supported environmental efforts?  Have church institutions played mobilizing or mediating roles?  What can we expect in the future about the role of religion as environmental conflicts continue to play out in the region?

Join CLALS, the Kairos Center, and the Center for Earth Ethics as we look at findings and examine key cases from a recently completed two-year project on the role of religious ideas and religious actors in shaping public debates about environmental issues and climate change throughout Latin America.

•    Robert Albro, Research Associate Professor at CLALS
•    Evan Berry, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University, and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master’s program
•    Paul Freston, Professor and CIGI Chair in Religion and Politics in Global Context at Wilfrid Laurier University
•    Cymene Howe, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rice University
•    Guillermo Kerber, Program Executive on Care for Creation and Climate Justice for the World Council of Churches
•    Mindahi Muñoz, General Coordinator of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico, and Center for Earth Ethics fellow

For more information, please contact Robert Albro (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). CLALS would like to thank the Henry Luce Foundation for their support for this project.