On Friday, September 18th, from 1-3 pm Eastern time, the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII) will host “Ecology and Ecumenicity: Facing Division and Imagining Reconciliation in the Care of Our Common Home,” a free online roundtable with a distinguished panel of Christian theologians, ethicists and community leaders who will discuss overcoming social divisions to take better care of the planet we all call home. This special program is co-sponsored and co-organized by the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, the Church World Service, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University and the Zohrab Information Center.

The ecological crisis is a both an ecumenical crisis and opportunity. There can be no degradation nor restoration of the environment, of any scale, from local to global, that does not also present a challenge of communication with and commitment to one another. The home we share – however divided it may be – is and must be a home to us all. Yet our ecological vision and efforts are often themselves divisive or inattentive to divisions that shape our capacities for response.

This roundtable will take up urgent contemporary questions rising from the entanglement between social division – religious, political, ethnic, economic, and so forth – and ecological degradation. For instance:

  • How are we best to understand the causes and ethical entailments of our present ecological challenges through the lens and experience of our divergent traditions?
  • What role does the precarious state of ecology today play in the divisions – cultural, ethical, political and theological – within and among Christian communities?
  • How should religious communities and dialogue between communities contribute to society’s responses to ecological challenges – whether arriving at a common public vision of ecological integrity, or in facing concrete challenges like food security, environmental justice and the plight of climate refugees?
  • What ecumenical resources exist to promote engagement between religious communities with seemingly incompatible assessments of the present ecological situation?

Our panelists include:

  • John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean, Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary
  • Dawn Nothwehr, OSF, Professor, Catholic Theological Union
  • Chris Sheklian, Director, Zohrab Information Center of the Armenian Apostolic Church in America
  • David Vásquez-Levy, President, Pacific School of Religion

Ecology & Ecumenicity: Facing Division & Imagining Reconciliation in the Care of Our Common Home is free and open to the public. Click here to register now.

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