virtual conference

The Center for Religion and Environment at the University of the South will host a virtual conference Friday and Saturdya.

All interested are welcome to join in at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 and at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. Conference activities will include presentations, contemplation and worship.

The conference is titled “Deep Green Faith: Earth-Hearted Hope amid Crisis,” and will feature Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas as the keynote speaker.

Bullitt-Jonas, co-editor of "Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis" and a noted activist and retreat leader, notes that we are each called “to stabilize the climate and re-weave the web of life."

To be healers and justice-makers, Billitt-Jonas says we need to be emotionally and spiritually resilient and take care of our inner lives.

She will be joined by Rev. Walter Brownridge, an Episcopal priest in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, Collin Cornell, Ph.D., visiting instructor at the School of Theology, Amy Patterson, Ph.D., professor of international affairs at the University of the South, and John Gatta, Ph.D. and Robin Gottfried, Ph.D., professors emeriti of the University.

The event will explore the question: What grounds for hope, faith, and perseverance might we find to sustain us during this troubling period, when an accelerating climate crisis, together with a global pandemic and renewed challenges to racial justice in the U.S., have left many engulfed in what’s been called “a tsunami of sadness?”

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