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Renewing Hope:
Pathways of Religious Environmentalism

An interdisciplinary conference at Yale Divinity School
February 28-March 2, 2008

Organized by The Forum on Religion and Ecology

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Join us as eco-theologians and leading scholars of the world's religions come together with grassroots religious environmentalists to explore the obstacles and opportunities of religiously-engaged environmentalism.

The conference will feature panels and discussions that highlight the intersection of theology and practice, scripture and action in new and creative ways and raise questions regarding the various roles of religion in shaping ecological awareness and encouraging environmental activism.

The Renewing Hope conference is free of charge, but advance registration is required.

Priority registration: Until January 10, priority registration will be offered to all Yale faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni of the Yale Divinity School, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and invited guests of the Forum.

Open registration: If space remains at the end of priority registration, then open registration will begin January 11 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Sallie McFagueThere will be two events open to the general public:

•  Thursday, February 28, 6:30 pm:
Evening lecture by Sallie McFague:
"A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming"

•  Friday, February 29, 6:30 pm:
Screening of the new documentary by Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller
Renewal: America's Emerging Religious Environmental Movement

No pre-registration is necessary for these two events.

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Sponsored by:
The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University
The Food, Farming, and Faith Project of the Humane Society of the United States
Yale Divinity School
Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

For more information please contact:
Tara C. Maguire Knopick tcmk@aya.yale.edu
at the Forum on Religion and Ecology

To register, please e-mail: Tara C. Maguire Knopick tcmk@aya.yale.edu


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Preliminary Conference Agenda

Thursday, February 28, 2008

3:00 pm
3:15 pm
3:30 pm

Shuttle departs Courtyard by Marriott for YDS
Shuttle departs Omni for YDS (time approximate)
Shuttle departs New Haven Hotel for YDS (time approximate)

(Shuttle will make a second run, leaving the Courtyard by Marriott at approximately 3:50 pm)
3:30-6:30 pm Conference Registration
(Sarah Smith Gallery)

4:00-5:00 pm

Bookstore event:
Laurel Kearns and Catherine Keller (Drew Theological School), co-editors of Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth (June 2007, Fordham U. Press)
(Yale Divinity Student Book Supply)

4:15-6:00 pm
Graduate & Faculty Forum:
Religion, Science & Technology: Encountering the Environment

Yale students and faculty will present unpublished papers, research, and works in progress.

Hosted by the Yale Divinity School Initiative in Religion, Science, & Technology
(RSV Room-tentative)
5:00-6:30 pm Reception
(Common Room)
6:30 pm

Introduction and welcome from:
Harold Attridge, Dean of Yale Divinity School
Margaret Farley, Yale University

Evening lecture:
"A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming"
Sallie McFague, Vancouver School of Theology
(Marquand Chapel; lecture will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

*Please note that this event is open to the public and seating in the chapel is on a first-
come, first-serve basis, so please arrive early*

View live webcast of this event.

8:45 pm Shuttle departs YDS for downtown hotels
(Shuttle will make a second run, departing YDS at approximately 9:35 pm)
Friday, February, 29, 2008

8:00 am
8:15 am
8:30 am

Shuttle departs Courtyard by Marriott for YDS
Shuttle departs Omni for YDS (time approximate)
Shuttle departs New Haven Hotel for YDS (time approximate)

(The shuttle will make a second run to all 3 hotels, departing the Courtyard by Marriott at approximately 8:50 am)

8:00am-1:30pm Conference Registration
(Sarah Smith Gallery)

9:00-10:15 am

Open discussion on the Greening of Seminaries
Led by The Green Seminary Initiative

Facilitators:
Rick Clugston, Earth Charter Initiative; Food, Farming, and Faith Project of the Humane Society of the United States
Dieter Hessel, Program on Ecology, Justice, and Faith
Laurel Kearns, Drew Theological School
Beth Norcross, Wesley Theological Seminary
(RSV Room)

10:30-11:15 am

YDS Daily Chapel service
Sermon to be delivered by Rev. Dr. Janet Parker, Pastor for Parish Life at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington, VA, and the NCCC Eco-justice Sermon Award winner

(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

Chapel Coffee Break in Common Room following the service
Many thanks to the YDS chapel staff for welcoming our guests to their daily service and coffee break

11:15 am-1:15 pm

Greening of Seminaries Steering Committee meeting
Committee members will receive details in advance
(Jonathan Edwards Dining Room)

12:00 pm
12:15 pm
12:30 pm

Shuttle departs Courtyard by Marriott for YDS
Shuttle departs Omni for YDS (time approximate)
Shuttle departs New Haven Hotel for YDS (time approximate)

(Shuttle will make a second run to all three hotels, departing the Courtyard by Marriott at approximately 12:50 p.m.)
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch
(Niebuhr Hall)

1:30-2:00 pm

Opening Comments:

James Gustave Speth, Dean of Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Joseph Britton, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School
David Smith
, Director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project
Donald Green, Director of the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies

(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

View live webcast of this event.

2:00-4:00 pm

Panel: Reflections on the Past 20 Years of Religious Environmentalism: Where are We Now?
Chair: John Grim, Yale University

Carla Valentine Pryne, Co-founder Earth Ministry Seattle
Stephanie Kaza, University of Vermont
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University
Calvin DeWitt, University of Wisconsin, Madison
(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

View live webcast of this event.

4:00-5:00 pm

Viewing of the documentary
When Heaven Meets Earth: Faith and Environment in the Chesapeake Bay
Susan Drake Emmerich, Director of the Creation Care Program of The Center for Law and Culture
(Niebuhr Hall)

Also available:
Divinity School Campus Tour (including solar panels, weather permitting)
Led by YDS students
(Meet outside entrance to Marquand Chapel)

5:00-6:30 pm Evening Reception
(Common Room)

6:30 pm

Screening of Renewal: America 's Emerging Environmental Movement
With opening comments by filmmakers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller
(Niebuhr Hall; overflow will be accommodated in the ISM Great Hall)

8:45 pm Shuttle departs YDS for downtown hotels
(Shuttle will make a second run, departing YDS at approximately 9:35 pm)
Saturday, March 1, 2008

The ISM Great Hall will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. as a contemplative space for conference participants.  Background images, music and meditative texts will come from the new CD-ROM  “Ocean Psalms” (by Teresa Berger, Institute of Sacred Music & Yale Divinity School, and Lorna Collingridge, MysticWaters Media) which invites people into the world of maritime mystery as a way of deepening the life of the spirit

7:30 am
7:45 am
8:00 am

Shuttle departs Courtyard by Marriott for YDS
Shuttle departs Omni for YDS (time approximate)
Shuttle departs New Haven Hotel for YDS (time approximate)

(The shuttle will make a second run to all 3 hotels, departing the Courtyard by Marriott at approximately 8:20 am)
7:30-9:00 am Continental Breakfast
(Common Room)
7:45-8:45 am Shabbat Service
(Nouwen Prayer Chapel)

9:00-9:30 am

Opening Comments:
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Yale University
(Marquand Chapel)

9:30-11:00 am

Panel: Reflections on the Renewal film

Chair: Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

Stephen Kellert, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Ellen Bernstein, Hebrew College
Willis Jenkins, Yale Divinity School
Mohamad A. Chakaki, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumnus
Kenneth Kraft, Lehigh University
 (Marquand Chapel)

11:00-11:30 am Coffee Break
(Common Room)

11:30 am-1:00 pm

Breakout sessions:
Case studies of grassroots religious environmentalism

Indigenous Traditions
Facilitators: John Grim, Yale University
Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Smith College
(Latourette Hall)

Hinduism
Facilitators: Kelly Alley, Auburn University
Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University
David Haberman, University of Indiana
(Bushnell, S100)

Buddhism
Facilitators: Christopher Ives, Stonehill College
Kenneth Kraft,
Lehigh University
(Jonathan Edwards Dining Room)

Judaism
Facilitators: Larry Troster, GreenFaith
Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center
(Refectory)

Islam
Facilitators: Mohammed A. Chakaki, Yale FES Alumnus
Tarek Elgawhary,
Princeton University
(Wood Seminar Room, S117)

Catholic:
Facilitators: John Rausch, Glenmary Home Missioners
Sarah McFarland Taylor, Northwestern University
Stephen Scharper, University of Toronto
(Marquand Chapel)

Protestant:
Facilitators: Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith
Nancy Wright,
Ascension Lutheran Church
(Niebuhr Hall)

Evangelical:
Facilitator:Peter Illyn, Restoring Eden
Matthew Sleeth, Executive Director, Blessed Earth
(RSV Room)

Inter-religious dialogue:
Facilitator:
Paul Knitter, Union Theological Seminary
Kusumita Pedersen, The Interfaith Center of New York
(S104 Seminar Room)

1:00-2:00 pm

Lunch
(Common Room; additional seating available in Refectory)
YDS and FES alumni interested in discussing the formation of a Special Interest Group (SIG),and further networking possibilities beyond the conference, will meet over lunch in the Refectory

2:00 pm-3:30 pm

Breakout sessions:
Themes in religious environmentalism

Animals
Facilitators: Laura Hobgood-Oster, Southwestern University
Paul Waldau, Tufts University
(S101 Seminar Room)

Earth Charter
Rick Clugston, Earth Charter Initiative; Food, Farming, and Faith Project of the Humane Society of the United States
Nicholas Robinson, Pace University School of Law

Ecodesign
Facilitators: Stephen Dunn, University of Toronto
Jonathan Rose, Planner and Developer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Leadership Council
(Wood Seminar Room, S117)

Ecofeminism
Facilitators: Heather Eaton, St. Paul University, Ottawa
Lois Lorentzen, University of San Francisco
(Bushnell, S100)

Ecojustice
Facilitator: Dieter Hessel, Program on Ecology, Justice and Faith
Mark Wallace
, Swarthmore College
(S104 Seminar Room)

Ecological Restoration
Facilitators: Rebecca Gould, Middlebury College
Gretel Van Wieren, Yale University
(location TBA)

Energy and Climate Change
Facilitatos: Katy Hinman, Georgia Interfaith Power and Light
William Somplatsky-Jarman, World Council of Churches
James Gustave Speth
, Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Niebuhr Hall)

Food and Farming
Facilitators: Christine Gutelben, Food, Farming, and Faith Project of the Humane Society of the United States
Whitney Sanford, University of Florida
Norman Wirzba, Georgetown College
(Refectory)

Ritual
Facilitators: Joan Brown, Partnership for Earth Spirituality
Christine Loughlin, Crystal Spring Center
(Latourette Halll)

Water
Facilitator: Teresa Berger, Yale Divinity School, Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Christiana Peppard, Yale University
Martha Smith, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
(RSV Room)

Youth Education
Facilitators: Thomas Collins, Annie Wright School
Nili Simhai, Teva Learning Center
(Library Seminar Room)

3:30-5:00 pm

Panel: Theory and Practice: Ideas in Action
Chair: Heidi Hadsell, Hartford Seminary
Clare Butterfield, Faith in Place
Roger Gottleib, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
John Hart, Boston University
Bobbi Patterson, Emory University

(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

5:00-7:00 pm Break
5:15 pm

5:15-7:30 pm
Shuttle departs YDS for downtown hotels
**Please note that the shuttle will make only one departure from YDS**
Shuttle will make a continuous loop between the three conference hotels

7:00 pm

Dinner:
A celebratory vegan dinner will be held at the
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple Street

Musical performance by special guest, Paul Winter

Keynote Speaker: James Gustave Speth,
  Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

The dinner is being sponsored by the
Food Farming and Faith Program of the Humane Society of the United States
based on Earth Charter principles

(Omni Hotel, Ballroom, Mezzanine level)

9:15-11:00 pm Shuttle will make a continuous loop, transporting guests from the Omni to the New Haven Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott
Sunday, March 2, 2008
The ISM Great Hall will be available from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. as a contemplative space for conference participants.  Background images, music and meditative texts will come from the new CD-ROM  “Ocean Psalms” (by Teresa Berger, Institute of Sacred Music & Yale Divinity School, and Lorna Collingridge, MysticWaters Media), which invites people into the world of maritime mystery as a way of deepening the life of the spirit.

8:00 am
8:15 am
8:30 am

Shuttle departs Courtyard by Marriott for YDS
Shuttle departs Omni for YDS (time approximate)
Shuttle departs New Haven Hotel for YDS (time approximate)

(The shuttle will make a second run to all 3 hotels, departing the Courtyard by Marriott at approximately 8:50 am)

8:00-10:00 am

Continental Breakfast available
(Common Room; food provided by Claire's Cornercopia Vegetarian Restaurant)

9:00-10:00 am

Interfaith eco-service organized and led by
Students from Yale Divinity School, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and Yale College
(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

10:30 am-12:00 pm

Panel: Next Steps: Ways Forward
Chair: Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Matthew Riley, Yale Divinity School MAR '08
Joshua Ashton Hill, Yale Divinity School MAR '08
Rachel V. Holmes, Yale Divinity School MDiv, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies MEM ‘09
Erin Lothes Biviano, Columbia University
John Grim, Yale University
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

(Marquand Chapel; will be simulcast in Niebuhr Hall to accommodate overflow)

12:00 -2:00 pm

Light lunch
(Common Room; food provided by Claire's Cornercopia Vegetarian Restaurant)

1:30 pm Conference closes

The Renewing Hope conference thanks our generous sponsors:

The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University
Yale Divinity School
Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Yale University Interdisciplinary Bioethics Center
Office of the Provost, Yale University
Yale University Department of Religious Studies
The Food, Farming, and Faith Project of the Humane Society of the United States

And with special thanks for generous support from:
V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation
Germeshausen Foundation
Kendeda Fund

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