Ecology and Ecumenicity: Facing Division and Imagining Reconciliation in the Care
of Our Common Home
Friday, June 5
The Interchurch Center, Sockman Lounge
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
The ecological crisis is, no less, an ecumenical crisis and an ecumenical opportunity. There can be no degradation nor restoration of the environment, on any scale from local to global, that does not also present a challenge of communication with and commitment to one another. The “home” (oikos) we share—however divided and acrimonious it may be—is and must be a home to all. Yet our ecological vision and efforts are often themselves divisive or inattentive to divisions (economic, racial, ideological, and so forth) that shape our capacities for response.
This roundtable of ecologically-attentive theologians, ethicists, and leaders from a diverse array of Christian churches will take up the questions rising from the entanglement between religious division and ecological degradation. For instance:
- How are we best to understand the causes and ethical entailments of our present ecological challenges through the resources offered by our (different and often disagreeing) traditions?
- What roles are played by ecological precarity in the divisions (cultural, ethical, political, theological) between and within Christian communities?
- How should religious communities (and conversations between differing religious communities) contribute to society’s responses to these challenges—whether at the level of a public vision of ecological integrity, or at the level of concrete local challenges like food security and environmental justice?
- What ecumenical resources exist for engagement between religious communities with apparently incompatible assessments of the present ecological situation?
Each panelist will speak for roughly 20 minutes, interspersed with conversation between the panelists and with the public.
A light lunch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.