Japan Multi-Religious Conference for Climate Justice: Religious and spiritual leaders from across Japan, and followers of diverse religions, are coming together to learn about the climate crisis and what they can do to turn Japan into a leader for climate justice. WHEN: 21 April, 2-4 pm JST Read more

7th International Conference on Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics: Ecothee 22 will be held at Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolympari, Chania, Greece, from 26-29 October 2022. This conference is under the Auspices of His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and with the support of the World Council of Churches (WCC) – Care for Creation, sustainability and climate justice (Ecological and Economic Justice). There is a call for Abstracts. Read more

Providing Spiritual Support in the Face of Climate Change How could a climate emergency affect the work of pastoral caregivers, or people who provide emotional, social, and spiritual support? That timely question was at the heart of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education’s 2020 pastoral mental health counseling conference, held on March 6 at the Rose Hill campus. Read more

Master of Arts in Eco-Justice: United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities this week announced the addition of an Eco-Justice concentration to its master of arts degree program. The concentration will uniquely prepare students to be faith and spiritual leaders and academics in the areas of environmental ethics, ecological justice, and eco-theology. Students will be equipped, through the lens of a religiously-formed and scientifically-informed framework, to address pressing issues facing our planet: climate change, environmental crises, and ecological harm Read more

Eco-Anxiety and Pastoral Care: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Suggestions: The environmental crisis is producing an increasing number of both physical and psychological impacts. This article studies the challenge of eco-anxiety for pastoral care, drawing from both interdisciplinary research and ecological theology. The aim is to help both practitioners and researchers to encounter eco-anxiety more constructively. Read more

Following climate activist’s self-immolation, Buddhist leaders release statement: “If we had known about his plans, we would have stopped him in any way possible,” the statement reads. “That would be our spiritual, moral and legal responsibility.” Read more

The UN Biodiversity Conference: the road to a bold new agreement for nature: First and foremost, the conference later this year needs to culminate in countries finalizing negotiations and adopting an inclusive post-2020 framework. The current draft framework includes 21 action targets to be completed by 2030. Read more

Los Angeles Ordinance to Reduce Plastic Waste Requires Single-Use Dishes, Cutlery to Be Compostable or Fully Recyclable: In Los Angeles County, California, the Board of Supervisors has given the green light for a new ordinance aimed at reducing plastic waste. The ordinance will require all takeout items, such as takeaway containers and other dishes and cutlery, to be either compostable or fully recyclable by 2023. Read more

Certificate in Climate Justice and Faith 2022/23 This Certificate Offers: a cohort-based, online trans-continental curriculum which empowers participants to cultivate moral, spiritual, and practical power for leadership in the work of climate justice in communities of faith and in collaboration with others. Read more

“Earth Day 2022: Life Force” During Earth Week, Union Theological Seminary’s Center for Earth Ethics wove a rich tapestry of creative offerings and thoughtful reflections into an Earth Day event titled “Earth Day 2022: Life Force.” Read more


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