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Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education

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First United Church

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ASTE Presents: The Spirituality of Ecology Evolving Meaning in a Changing World with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow

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The Spirituality of Ecology: Evolving Meaning in a Changing World.

This planet has been changing drastically due to the influence of humanity's actions and attitudes. We see the destruction of habitat and the introduction of multiple pollutants to the land, sea and air. The effects of Global Climate Change are becoming ever more apparent with the increasing number of natural disasters and extreme weather events. Humanity's impact on the environment is shown by the destruction caused by larger wildfires and more powerful hurricanes. How long can this continue before we understand we must make drastic changes to save ourselves from disaster?

Spiritual ecology calls us to recognize that there is a spiritual facet to issues of conservation, environmentalism and the proper way to care for this planet. There is a need for current conservation work to include spiritual elements. Religion today must also recognize and engage in the ecological issues we face.

The U.S. advisor for climate change, James Speth makes the need for spiritual change clear:

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation.”

We will have two presenters for June 2019, Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow. The Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor and sustainable communities organizer, bestselling eco-theologian, and pro-science evangelist. Connie Barlow is an author of popular science books and articles, and developer of The Great Story website. (www.thegreatstory.org) No longer writing science books, Barlow has retired into full-time forestry-climate activism.

Please join us as we explore this question with guest presenters Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow at the 51st Atlantic Seminar in Theological Education.

SPEAKERS

The Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor and sustainable communities organizer, bestselling eco-theologian, and pro-science evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science writer, evolutionary educator, and fellow climate activist wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than 2,000 groups throughout North America since 2002.

CONNIE BARLOW is an author of popular science books and articles, and developer of THE GREAT STORY website. Connie's 2001 book, The Ghosts of Evolution (Basic Books), was Amazon.com's top-recommended science book for several months. Her previous books, Green Space, Green Time: The Way of Science (Copernicus Books), Evolution Extended: Biological Debates on the Meaning of Life (MIT Press), and From Gaia to Selfish Genes: Selected Writings in the Life Sciences (MIT Press), all explore the nexus of science, meaning, and inspiration.

She is founder and webmaster of Torreya Guardians, a community of botanists, naturalists, and others dedicated to ensuring the persistence in the wild of America's most endangered conifer tree: Torreya taxifolia. The group's efforts in moving this tree northward in a time of rapid climate change have been showcased in Orion and Audubon magazines. Science journals (e.g. Nature and Science) and national media (e.g., New York Times and The Economist) have reported on this group of citizen volunteers as leading the way for "assisted migration" of climate-endangered plants.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, June 9

2:00-5:00 Registration – First United Church

7:00 Welcome and Introduction of our Guest Speakers

Monday, June 10

7:30 Breakfast

8:45 Gathering Time

9:30 Lecture 1

10:30 Break*

10:45 Small Group Discussion

11:30-12:15 Question/Answer

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Lecture 2

3:00 Break*

3:15 Small Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:30 Question/Answer

5:00 Supper

FREE EVENING

Tuesday, June 11

7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Gathering Time

9:45 Lecture 3

10:45 Break*

11:00 Small Group Discussion

11:30-12:15 Question/Answer

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Lecture 4

3:00 Break*

3:15 Small Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:30 Question/Answer

5:00 Supper

7:00 'I. Judson Levy' Evening Forum

Wednesday, June 12

7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Gathering Time

9:45 Lecture 5

10:45 Break*

11:00 Small Group Discussion

11:30-12:15 Question/Answer

12:30 Lunch

FREE AFTERNOON

5:00 Supper

6:00 Doors Open

6:30 Lecture 6

7:30 Small Group Discussion

8:00 – 8:45 Question/Answer

8:45 Closing

Thursday, June 13

7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Gathering Time

9:45 Lecture 7

10:45 Break*

11:00 Small Group Discussion

11:30-12:15 Question/Answer

12:30 Lunch

2:00 Lecture 8

3:00 Break*

3:15 Small Group Discussion

3:45 – 4:30 Question/Answer

5:00 Supper

7:00 Fun Night

Friday, June 14

7:30 Breakfast

9:00 Gathering Time

9:45 A.G.M.

10:30 Break*

10:45 Speakers Closing Remarks

11:30-12:15 Questions and Wrap-Up

12:30 Lunch and Departure

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