World Religions Face the Climate Crisis (class at Harvard)

April 17-19, 2015

Harvard Extension School
One Brattle Square, Room 201
Cambridge, MA, USA

Registration deadline: March 27, 2015

In this interactive weekend course, students, faculty, and local religious leaders engage in a real-time simulation of the Parliament of World Religions. The task: to draft international protocols that address the climate crisis. Racing a deadline of Earth Day 2015, the delegates must uphold the beliefs and practices of their own faith traditions—Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Confucian/Daoist—while crafting policy guidelines for governments and their own denominations. Participants work in small groups and speak in larger plenary sessions to negotiate issues of technology, culture, nature and spirituality, economic justice, and the ethical roots of personal lifestyle. Pre-readings are included on the syllabus. (2 credits)