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Spiritual Ecology Conference


All Day
Jun 29th 2024

Join us for a 1-day conference exploring the links between spirituality, ecology and peacemaking. With René August, Dekila Chungyalpa, Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and more. An event in our Faith and Moral Courage series.

For more information contact us.

Join us for a 1-day conference exploring the connections between spirituality, ecology and peacemaking.

 

How can we come together to love Earth in a time of unravelling? What does a faith-led response to the climate crisis look like in practice? How can spiritual ecology help us design pragmatic solutions that place care for Earth at the heart? What can we learn from listening to diverse faith, spiritual and non-religious perspectives, about how to live in kinship with creation? Where issues of climate and conflict intersect, how can spiritual ecology point a way forward?

What are the peace and security issues associated with different models of degrowth? How can we root values-led responses in clear-eyed pragmatism, recognising that there are painful moral dilemmas and inevitable trade-offs when it comes to environmental repair, adaptation, and climate risk mitigation? Where do faith and pragmatism meet?

This conference aims to give pragmatic tools for navigating the challenges of our time; inspiration for how to forge communities that can withstand difference; modes of being and seeing that restore deep kinship with Earth; and much more. Please join us for a transformational day that will bring diverse voices together. 

This will be a rich, interactive conference with keynotes, workshops, panel discussion and a delicious vegetarian meal. Held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Restored after a bomb blast, St Ethelburga’s is a symbol of renewal from the ashes.

Check back on this page soon for more details on the programme. You can also download the conference programme here.

This is an event in our Faith and Moral courage series. By bringing together diverse voices across religious and secular traditions, we’re exploring how faith can uplift courage in a time of unravelling. View other events in the series on our Youtube channel here.

Due to the popularity of our previous conference, you will need to apply for a place at this event. If you would like to apply, simply click the button below and fill in the application form.

Keynotes

René August is a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement. She is an Anglican priest and a reconciliation trainer with The Warehouse, a worshipping community organisation in Cape Town, South Africa that walks alongside churches as they seek to respond to the issues of poverty, injustice, and division in a city that struggles with some of the worst inequality in the world. René is also an image maker who sees and feels life through her visions and expressions. Her work is about the unseen and the beauty in the undiscovered, harnessing her ability to see both the light and the darkness.

Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee is an Emmy- and Peabody-nominated filmmaker and a Naqshbandi Sufi teacher. He is the founder and executive editor of Emergence Magazine and leads retreats and workshops on sufism and spiritual ecology worldwide. He has directed and produced numerous award-winning films including: Earthrise, Sanctuaries of Silence, The Atomic Tree, Counter Mapping, Marie’s Dictionary, Isle de Jean Charles, Elemental, A Thousand Suns and What Would it Look Like. He lives and teaches in Inverness, California.

Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of the Loka Initiative. She is an accomplished environmental programme director, with 20+ years of experience in designing and implementing global conservation and climate strategies and projects. Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of an award-winning capacity building and outreach programme at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for faith leaders, religious institutions, and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions.

Clare Martin is one of our conference facilitators. Clare is Co-Director of St Ethelburga’s. Previously Development Director, Clare created and led on the Radical Resilience programme and went on to be the strategic lead on our viewpoint diversity work, before stepping up to co-lead the centre alongside Tarot Couzyn. She brings more than 20 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change, and is interested in how contemplative practices can play a role in cultural repair.

More speakers TBC.

Panel Discussion

Unpacking Degrowth

Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of the Loka Initiative. She is an accomplished environmental programme director, with 20+ years of experience in designing and implementing global conservation and climate strategies and projects. Dekila Chungyalpa is the founder and director of an award-winning capacity building and outreach programme at the University of Wisconsin–Madison for faith leaders, religious institutions, and culture keepers of Indigenous traditions.

Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete is the Executive Director at the Organisation for Rehabilitation and Development in Amhara. He attended Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia (now Haromaya University) where he received a forestry degree in 1992. He then joined the Ministry of Natural Resources & Environmental Protection as forestry expert, soon becoming head of the district (Woreda) office. Far beyond his academic research, Dr Alemayehu is also a writer in the world of literature. He has published ‘Emegua, Ziguara & Merbebit’ mystic nobles in Amharic that many readers witnessed for his gifted literary skills and contents.

Mary Harrington is Contributing Editor at UnHerd. In the past, Mary has been a janitor, a communard, a marketing executive, an internet founder, and a psychotherapist, among other things. In recent years, her work has also been published by the Times, the Mail on Sunday, the Spectator, the New StatesmanFirst Things, and American Affairs among others. She is the author of Feminism Against Progress, which addresses the challenges AI and biotech pose to women.

More speakers TBC.

Apply for your place at the conference

To apply for a place at St Ethelburga’s Spiritual Ecology Conference, please click the button below and fill in the form provided. Places for this event are limited and highly sought after. We will be in touch shortly to let you know if there is a place available.

If your application is accepted, the following tickets will be made available to you…

Feeling Generous: £100, Standard: £70, Concession: £50.

**we do not want cost to be a barrier for participation in this event, and we do have some bursary places available. If you would like to apply for a bursary place, please select ‘bursary application’ on the application form linked above and a member of our team will be in touch.**

Why faith and moral courage?  

This conference forms part of a longer event series exploring what faith and moral courage look like in an age of polycrisis. Where does extraordinary courage come from? What can we learn from people who’ve risked everything to live up to their values? What forms of courage are especially needed in our age of unravelling, uncertainty and risk? How can we inspire ourselves and each other to grow our capacity to brave our limits? Are there insights from the world’s spiritual and faith traditions that can help us grow our courage?

Facilitators

Mishal Baig is one of our conference facilitators. She helps with visioning and designing conferences and events coalescing from the themes of spiritual ecology, faith and moral courage, viewpoint diversity and bridging divides. She also helps with designing language and imagery for communications put out by the Centre. Her interest is especially attuned to Spiritual Ecology research and uses it as a guide and reference for her creative approach in work. Mishal has been at the Centre since 2018, first as an intern for a year and a bit, and then as a staff member since 2020.

Clare Martin is one of our conference facilitators. Clare is Co-Director of St Ethelburga’s. Previously Development Director, Clare created and led on the Radical Resilience programme and went on to be the strategic lead on our viewpoint diversity work, before stepping up to co-lead the centre alongside Tarot Couzyn. She brings more than 20 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change, and is interested in how contemplative practices can play a role in cultural repair.

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**we do not want cost to be a barrier for participation in this event, and we do have some bursary places available.

 

Contact harriet@stethelburgas.org for more information.**

Photography by Gheorghe Popa