GEF will host a conference to conclude its project ‘Green Values, Religion and Secularism on 1 July in Dublin, with the support of Green Foundation Ireland and the Irish School of Ecumenics.
The project Green Values, Religion and Secularism
Following the successful implementation of the project Green Values, Religion and Secularism over the past two years, and the publication of a book under the same name, this conference will address themes which arose from the seminars held during the past year to promote the book, and which were outlined in the concluding project report at the end of 2016.
In an era of trending populism, the conference intends to remind a wide audience of both academia and Green activists of the necessity to consider the values underpinning European democracy and civil society and to engage in a dialogue to educate a wide public on Green viewpoints on how these values can be practiced in the world today. The event aims at engaging in dialogue with academics on and religious communities on Green values and with Greens on the topic of religious and philosophical values. Therefore, the debate will build on the following themes, which emerged during the project activities over the past two years:
The green critique of modernity approaches a religious critique of humanism, understood as humans being the measure of all things. Green values are also critical of the idea of the isolated individual as the basis of social and economic life. What are the core values which inspire ecological and social activism?
Andreas Weber (Author and journalist): What is life, what role do we play in it, and what is our relationship to the natural order?
Erica Meijers (Editor in chief De Helling magazine, Board Member of the Green European Journal): We need to supplement, not substitute, rational thinking and empirical observation with empathy and meaning from our cultural and spiritual heritage.
Dr Cathriona Russell (Dungannon and Beresford Assistant Professor in Theology): Can there be a rapprochement between enlightenment philosophies rooted in human rights and more ancient concepts of the good life and how to live it?
Catherine Devitt (Environmental Justice Officer, Jesuits Ireland): How can we achieve justice in the global economy and respond to the issues of the poor and marginalised being most affected by ecological degradation?
Dr John Feehan (Geologist, Botanist, and environmental philosopher): Science, Spirituality and the Tao: Inching towards a Deeper Consilience
In western philosophy since antiquity, spirit has been conceived as superior to the earthbound and the carnal. Moreover, spirit has been located in the male mind and sexuality and materiality in the female body. Has the papal encyclical ‘Laudato si’ begun to change the location of sin in the western tradition from sexuality and carnality to the desecration of the material world?
Dr John Dillon (former Regius Chair of Greek at Trinity College, founder and Director Emeritus of the Plato Centre), Dr Mary Condren (Trinity College, Director of the Institute for feminism and religion)
The interventions will be followed by a discussion.
Registration: For more information, contact the Green Foundation Ireland.
Date & Time: 1 July 2017, 9:30-17:00
Venue: Trinity College Dublin, Irish School of Ecumenics
Dublin, Leinster D2 Ireland