Navigating Ecological Tragedy
We invite you to join us for a journey beyond both hope and despair, where maps have yet to be drawn.
Now is a time between worlds, the one we have always known, and another beginning to unfold. On current trends, climate breakdown and mass extinctions could trigger the collapse of our civilisation. Even with resolute action, we stand to lose much that we cherish.
Our response to today’s ecological emergency will be the making of us, and of all life on earth. If we have the courage to face our grief and anxiety, we may find that beyond them lie self-transcendence, equanimity, even joy – and the power to act, whatever the future holds.
The evening will be opened by the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones. Our panel of speakers (detailed below) will provide a series of introductory statements and questions for exploration during the evening.
Karin Meyers - Visiting Assistant Professor at Smith College and Faculty Advisor, Rangjung Yeshe Institute.
Dr. Andreas Doctor - Editorial Co-Director at “84,000: Translating the Words of the Buddha”.
Paul Bodenham - Trustee and recent Chair of Green Christian, co-founder of Operation Noah and Borrowed Time.
Dr Jackie Turvey Tait - Honorary postdoctoral fellow in theological ethics,University of Chester. Lead scholar with Ethicists Without Borders.
Dr Stefan Skrimshire (Moderator) - Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds. Lead of AHRC Religion and Extinction Network.
We are delighted that Doncaster College is collaborating with us for this event making it truly inter-generational. We are currently engaged in discussions with the various departments to provide staff and students an opportunity to showcase the college and the students work, as well as a platform through which we can all grow, develop and change.
The catering department is already involved and coffee, tea and nibbles- following LOAF principles (Locally produced, Organically grown, Animal friendly, Fairly traded ) — will be available on arrival.
An extended weekend event is being held from 7-8 March, with residential and non-residential options, for Christians and Buddhists and those who wish to travel with them. This will be held at Gomde UK, Lindholme Hall, with an ambition to create suggestions, ideas and plans which will be applicable for the wider civic community to utilise. For further information and to book onto the weekend retreat please visit www.gomde.uk/navigating-ecological-tragedy.