December Religion & Ecology Events

Tara C. Trapani

Welcome to December and the closing weeks of what has been quite a rollercoaster of a year for our world. We wanted to highlight a few of the many upcoming events related to the field this month. These events are not organized by the Forum, so if you have questions about them, please contact the organizers of each individual event. All of the following events are virtual and online, due to the continuing global pandemic.


November 29-December 10
Virtual AAR Annual Meeting 2020
Join us for the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting! As an attendee, you can choose from more than 800 sessions taking place between November 29 and December 10. You can also engage with publishers, participate in workshops, and connect with colleagues from around the world—all from the comfort of your own home!
Fee for registration and workshops
Go here for more information and to register. 

Also see our previous blog post, listing ecology-related events at AAR and Sam Mickey's AAR preview Spotlights video this week. 

December 3, 8:30am-12:30pm EST
National Conference IRI-Columbia/2020: Uniting People of All Faiths to End Tropical Deforestation
Hosted by the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative  
Join us for the IRI Colombia 2020 national conference, where national and global experts will discuss the vital importance of the Amazon rainforest and the work IRI Colombia is doing to mobilize action across the country to protect forests and the rights of indigenous peoples.
Streaming live here on 12/3.

December 4-8
“The Infinite Within: Who We Are And What We Are Called To Be”
Annual conference of the Center for Christogenesis, Villanova University
Join us online for our third annual conference, as we seek to meet the infinite within and explore these depths together toward the future of our world and our God.
Speakers: Ilia Delio, Barbara Brown Taylor, Rami Shapiro, Catherine Keller, and Cynthia Bourgeault
Presentations: Friday pm-Sunday; Workshops: Monday & Tuesday
Fee for registration and workshops
Go here for more information and to register.

December 8, 7pm EST
Union of Concerned Scientists Conversation: Connecting Faith, Climate, and Justice
Join the Union of Concerned Scientists and faith leaders for a virtual discussion about how traditions can inform advocacy and action in response to climate change and racial justice.
Speakers: Ken Kimmell, Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, Rabbi Melanie Aron, Rev. Gerald Durley, and William Edelglass
Free, but requires pre-registration.
Go here for more information and to register.

December 10, 1pm EST
Climate Realities, Climate Change: Envisioning our Future
A webinar hosted by The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in conjunction with the publication of Eco Bible, Vol. 1: An Ecological Commentary on Genesis and Exodus.
Speakers: Rabbi Yonatan Neril, Dr. Laurie Zoloth, Dr. Chris Doran, and Dr. Mark Douglas
Go here for more information and to register.

December 10, 8pm EST
Harmony: Ecological Civilization as Communities of Communities
A webinar in the “Earth Charter and Ecological Civilization” series
This series is organized by Earth Charter International, University for Peace, Pace Center for Green Sci-Teck and Development, the Institute of Ecological Civilization, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF), and the Center for Process Studies.
Speakers: Klaus Bosselmann, Tian Song and Jinfeng Zhou
Go here for more information and to register.

December 18, 7pm EST (and beyond)
Paul Winter’s 41st annual Winter Solstice Celebration: Everybody Under the Sun
Every December since 1980, seven-time Grammy® winner Paul Winter and his colleagues have celebrated the Winter Solstice at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine with a feast of music and dance from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world. This year, more than ever, the winter solstice, with the rebirth of the sun, offers a time for healing and hope, a time to celebrate community and relatedness, and a time to honor the diversity and the unity of this great cornucopia of life on EarthWith their beloved cathedral forum closed for events during the pandemic, Paul Winter and the Consort extend the invitation, wherever you are in the world, to join a video celebration, “Everybody Under the Sun.” Available on-demand from 7:00 p.m. EST, on Friday, December 18, it will feature many pieces never seen outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and iconic performances from the first four decades of the event. 
Tickets $10-50. The $25 and $50 tiers include a signed CD by Paul Winter.
Go here for more information and to RSVP to be notified when tickets go on sale.


You will find additional listings for this month and beyond on the Events page of the Forum site. To have your upcoming religion and ecology-related event listed, please contact