Religion and Ecology Summit

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, USA

Building on the momentum the fall’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, and the summer release of the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si’, it is ever more clear that religions have a great deal to contribute to discussions about climate change and environmental degradation.

To ground these global trends in our local Bay Area community, and to explore how faith groups, spirituality, and environmental conservation can work more effectively together, we are convening a one-day Religion and Ecology Summit on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:00am – 5:30pm at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, sponsored by CIIS and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). 

We are inviting scholars, practitioners, and academics, representing both religious traditions and environmental expertise, to discuss synergies and shared interest, to devise ways to be effective collaborators in theory and practice.

The Summit will explore themes including: the role of affect, including spirituality and emotion, in environmental conservation; religion and environmental justice; and intersections between academia and engaged projects. In addition to talks and panels, we have built in time for discussion and networking to begin to establish a religion and ecology network in the Bay Area.

The Summit will open with a keynote address by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, and the Department of Religious Studies.

Dr. Brian Thomas Swimme, Professor of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, will give a closing keynote address.

Other confirmed speakers include:

* Dr. Richard Norgaard, Professor of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley
* Dr. Robert McDermott, President Emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion program at CIIS
* Dr. Sean Kelly, Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies
* Dr. Faith Kearns, Academic Coordinator, California Institute for Water Resources
* Dr. Melissa Nelson, Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University
* Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco
* The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President and Founder of Interfaith Power and Light
* Eijun Linda Cutts, Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center
* Alena Coons, Doctoral Candidate in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies
* Laura Dev, Doctoral Student in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at UC Berkeley
* Heidi Quante, Founder of Creative Catalysts

For more information, including the draft of the schedule, visit here


Please RSVP by February 25, 2016 here