2016 ESR Spirituality Gathering

“Justice Lives in Relationship”:
The Poetry and Practice of Eco-Spirituality

February 27, 2016

Featuring Keynote Speaker Philip Clayton Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology

We have tried arguments for environmental concern, doctrines, and of course moralizing and guilt-trips. None seem to transform human action. So in our time together let’s explore a more fruitful route: ecospirituality. This will not be an abstract analysis of theories. Instead, we will seek to experience the world as many of the new (and ancient!) ecospiritualities experience it. Our case studies and exercises will include (time allowing) Native American, ecofeminist, Jewish kabbalistic, Christian mystical, Hindu panentheistic, Franciscan, and poetry-based approaches. Environmental ethics grow organically out of these thoughts and practices, not out of the lofty realms of theory.

See the agenda, workshops, and registration form.

Clayton Workshop: Interreligious Approaches to the Sacredness of the Earth

In this workshop we seek to step into the minds and the hearts of practitioners across the world’s major religious traditions. The relationship between humans, animals, all living things, and the earth itself is understood in radically different ways across the traditions: how similar are we? How unique are humans? Should we seek compassion for this world or to escape it; to merge with it or to “cultivate” it? This workshop on comparative spiritualities will include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Confucian and Taoist texts. Although examining the texts will bring out marked differences, will it also surface common beliefs, attitudes, and practices?

Philip Clayton is the Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. He specializes in unanswered questions at the boundaries of science and religion, of values and ethics, and of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions. A member of the Religious Society of Friends., Clayton works to formulate constructive responses to developments in contemporary science, philosophy, and culture. He has also been a leading advocate for comparative studies of spiritual traditions and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. As P.I. of the “Science and the Spiritual Quest” program and as Provost of a multi-faith university, he worked to expand these fields to include Muslim and Jewish scholars, the Dharma traditions of India, and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia.Clayton is the author of several dozen books, including The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (2011); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society (2009); and In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World (2009). He also edited The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006). A member of the Religious Society of Friends., Clayton works to formulate constructive responses to developments in contemporary science, philosophy, and culture. He has also been a leading advocate for comparative studies of spiritual traditions and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. As P.I. of the "Science and the Spiritual Quest" program and as Provost of a multi-faith university, he worked to expand these fields to include Muslim and Jewish scholars, the Dharma traditions of India, and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia.

Event Date: 02/27/2016 - 8:00am - 5:00pm