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The Greening of Religions: Hope in the Eye of the Storm


Cherry Hill Seminary and the University of South Carolina announce

“The Greening of Religions: Hope in the Eye of the Storm”

a symposium to be held on the USC campus in Columbia, SC, April 1-4, 2016

 

Laurie Zoloth, bioethicist and president of the American Academy of Religion, has called climate change the greatest moral issue of our time.  Increasingly, voices from a variety of religious and spiritual traditions are bringing the link between religion and climate change to national and international notice, from the Green Seminary Movement, to the expected Papal encyclical, to conferences ranging from the purely academic to those like the World Parliament of Religions, and to the growing emphasis on environmental justice. 

This conference welcomes proposals that go beyond acknowledging climate change as a moral challenge to explore if and how religious and spiritual traditions and their practitioners engage with this challenge, its effect on their behavior and thinking, and if theological reflections have been modified in any way to adjust to the climate changes that confront us.

We are looking for proposals from a broad understanding of religion, including the Abrahamic, the Dharmic, the contemporary Pagan and the Earth-based, as well as from diverse methodologies: theoretical and practical, qualitative and quantitative, normative and descriptive. Abstracts should be limited to 600 words and are due by September 30, 2015.

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Wendy Griffin, Ph.D. Academic Dean Cherry Hill Seminary blog: www.wendygriffinonline.com