Leading Into the Future and the Thomas Berry Award

Tara C. Trapani

On March 22 & 23, St. Paul University in Ottawa will be holding a launch event for the new School of Leadership, Ecology, and Equity titled “Leading Into the Future: Green and Hopeful.” The event will begin Friday evening with a celebration, followed by panels and discussion on Saturday and remarks by our own Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim. It will not be available to stream online, but for those in the Ottawa area, more information and a link to register can be found here. 

From the St. Paul's site:
The School of Leadership, Ecology and Equity is committed to sustainable, thriving communities. We teach ecological knowledge skills through innovative scholarship and practice-based learning. Our faculty has research expertise in: ecological literacy; environmental justice; equity, diversity and inclusion; feminist, anti-racist, decolonial, and intersectional analyses; Indigenous solidarity; engaged spiritualities; nonviolent social change. Our programs are relevant, engaging, and exciting. If you are an activist, a community developer, working in international or grassroots initiatives, education or the NGO sector, this program is for you.

The School of Leadership, Ecology, and Equity offers two programs: 
-A Graduate Diploma in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
-A Master's Degree in Leadership, Ecology, and Equity 

Find out more about the school on their site and at their YouTube channel

As part of this event, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will be presenting the Thomas Berry Award to Heather Eaton on Saturday morning for her dedication and work towards the flourishing of the Earth community. Heather is a Forum advisor and has been a friend to the Forum for decades. See this video interview with her as part of our Living Earth Community vlog series and watch an episode of Spotlights featuring Heather, below. 

Heather is Professor of Conflict Studies at Saint Paul's. Her research focuses on religion/theology and ecology; ecological, gender/feminist, and religious dimensions of peace and conflict studies; theories of conflict; social justice; nonviolence; and animal rights. Her books include: Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation (with Lauren Levesque, Equinox 2016), The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry (Lexington Press 2014), Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics (with Sigurd Bergmann, LIT Verlag 2011), Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies (T&T Clark 2005); and with Lois Lorentzen, Ecofeminism and Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield 2003). Find more multimedia of, and writings by, Heather at her faculty page