Spirituality and Sustainability Conference Overview June 27 - July 4
ROME Papal Audience | St. Peter's Basilica & Sistine Chapel Tours | Lecture on Papal Ecology Encyclical Laudato Si' | Visits to Roman Spiritual Sites | Dinners at Roman Restaurants
ASSISI Thomas Berry, Saint Francis, and Saint Clare | Current Expressions of Ecological Spirituality & their Indigenous Roots | The Great Transition: Earth Charter Initiative, Ecological Civilizations, New United Nations Development Agenda, Protecting & Nurturing Sacred Places, New Paradigms of Science, Economics, & Law | Transformative Paths: Education, Policy, Movements, Lifestyles, Sustainable Communities | The Way Forward: toward a Just, Sustainable, & Peaceful Future within a Flourishing Earth Community
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE This Conference will bring together visionary people from a range of ecological-spiritual perspectives, centers, and movements. Participants will dialogue about transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability. They will also identify key recommendations for creating a spiritual and sustainable global future. The Conference will draw inspiration from eight previous Assisi conferences in the 1990s featuring Thomas Berry. It will also draw inspiration from St. Francis and St. Clare, from the papal encyclical on ecology Laudato Si', from the Earth Charter, and from the work of leaders in spirituality and sustainability. The Conference will focus on worldviews (our guiding stories) grounded in ecological spiritualities, on transformative paths for education, policies, movements, lifestyles, and communities, on current expressions of ecological spirituality and their indigenous roots, and on the great transition toward ecological civilizations with new paradigms of science, economics, and law. The Conference will explore strategies to deepen and implement the United Nations new development agenda, and to protect and nurture sacred places. Finally, the Conference will dialogue on how we can work together on the way forward toward a just, sustainable, and peaceful future that will support human development for all in a flourishing Earth community.
GOAL 1 – VISIONARY CENTERS & MOVEMENTS To network centers and movements seeking transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability.
GOAL 2 - VISIONARY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE To identify key recommendations for transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability.
GOAL 3 – VISIONARY YOUNG ECOLOGICAL LEADERS To support young ecological leaders seeking transformative global change based on spirituality and sustainability.
REGISTRATION For information on registration and participation please contact: CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT Saint Thomas University Center for Ethics 16401 NW 37th Avenue Miami Gardens, Florida 33054 USA Phone: +1 (305) 628-6581
CENTER FOR EARTH ETHICS Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York
CENTER FOR ETHICS Saint Thomas University, Miami Gardens, Florida
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida
EARTH CHARTER INTERNATIONAL San José, Costa Rica
FORUM ON RELIGION & ECOLOGY AT YALE New Haven, Connecticut
FRANCISCAN ACTION NETWORK Washington,
DC PAX ROMANA Catholic Movement for Intellectual & Cultural Affairs USA Washington,
DC SAINT THOMAS UNIVERSITY Miami Gardens, Florida
SUKYO MAHIKARI EUROPE Luxembourg
THOMAS BERRY FORUM FOR ECOLOGICAL DIALOGUE at Iona College, New Rochelle NY
WITH DEEP GRATITUDE TO
CONVERGENCE ACADEMY Of 1God.com & the Interspiritual Network Melbourne, Australia
FORUM 21 INSTITUTE New York, New York THOMAS BERRY FOUNDATION Woodbridge, Connecticut
Rev. Msgr. Terence E. Hogan, S.L.D., Chair Rick Clugston, Ph.D. Elizabetta M. Ferrero, Ph.D. Joe Holland, Ph.D. Arthur W. Kane, M.A.