University of South Carolina
Date(s) - 04/01/2016 - 04/03/2016
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The Greening of Religion: Hope In the Eye of the Storm is a two and a half day event in Columbia, South Carolina, held at the University of South Carolina. Attendees come from all over North America and beyond at the most beautiful time of year, enjoying the spring bloom of azaleas and dogwoods on this historic campus. We anticipate approximately 75-100 participants, among them activists, sociologists, bioethicists, anthropologists, seminarians, clergy, planners, philosophers, scholars and students from across the continent and beyond. Each of these participants may be expected to return to their religious groups, communities, classrooms and organizations with a fresh message and strategies to share.
At The Greening of Religion: Hope in the Eye of the Storm we will probe the ways that our society is changing because of the environment. Papers represent an array of religious frameworks, including Theravadan Buddhist, Druid, Jewish, Hindu, Christian and others. The keynote presenter, Bron Taylor, brings an interdisciplinary approach which blends religious studies, activism and the application of nature’s lessons to a rapidly-shifting societal landscape. Participants will ponder what is the meaning of hope in such an approaching storm, how to face its challenges in a hopeful way, and how our ministries and spiritual lives will adapt to the needs of a world out of balance from climate change.