Special Invitation to Catholics and Ecology Dialogue

ESA2014-catholics&ecologyOrganizer: Dan Misleh, Catholic Climate Covenant

Co-Organizers: Greg Hitzhusen, The Ohio State University; Katie Hirschboeck, University of Arizona; Leanne Jablonski, University of Dayton & Marianist Environmental Education Center; Glenn Juday, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

6:30 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Aug 13 at ESA Sacramento Meeting (& Ongoing Initiative)

Ecologists and others interested in faith-environment dialogue are invited to a dinner to learn about the anticipated, ground-breaking encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment, to explore the implications of Catholic perspectives on the environment, and to seek ways in which ecologists might collaborate more intentionally with Catholic communities on issues of mutual concern.

Bishop Jaime Soto will welcome participants to Sacramento and the dialogue. Former ESA president, Terry Chapin, will share his thoughts on stewardship, the importance of including values in the application of science, and what ecology has to learn from faith communities.

We hope that participants can benefit from collaboration, advance the understanding of climate change and its impacts and generate greater activity within the faith community born out of a deeper understanding of humankind’s place in sustaining and enhancing Earth’s life-support systems.

The dinner and dialogue is sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization dedicated to sharing Catholic teaching on climate change and caring for the environment (catholicclimatecovenant.org), and the ESA Environmental Justice Section (http://www.esa.org/enjustice2/). It builds upon ESA’s Earth stewardship focus, calling for interdisciplinary collaboration and a new ethic of environmental citizenship.

We are particularly trying to identify ecologists connected to the Catholic tradition who can attend this gathering or be part of the ongoing initiative.

To learn more and to register your participation in the dinner and dialogue, please go to: http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5256/p/salsa/web/questionnaire/public/?questionnaire_KEY=1126

PLEASE NOTE: The first 50 registrants will enjoy a sit-down dinner at the Sacramento Meeting. Beyond this number, we cannot guarantee a meal but will welcome your participation.

The Catholics and Ecology Dialogue is preceded by IGNITE 10 – Ecology & Religion: How Should Ecologists Engage with Faith Communities, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 313 Sacramento Convention Center. It will be followed by the ESA Speaker’s Bureau/Faith Community Outreach Strategic Planning Session SS18 from 8 – 10pm also in the Capitol View, Hyatt Regency Hotel.

We invite you to attend all three. Thank you for your interest in this important event!

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