Common Ground: Science and Religion in Dialogue for a Sustainable Future

With James Hansen

Sunday, May 3, 2009 03:00 PM to
Monday, May 4, 2009 06:00 PM


Given what scientists confirm is the state of our planet, it is critical that science and religion engage each other and share their diverse approaches to understanding our interdependence and our impact upon the earth. Creating such dialogue is essential for understanding the earth as not only a biophysical home, but also as the common ground for the interdependence and unity of all life.

Though science and religion may speak differently about value or meaning, the earth figures centrally for both modes of knowledge. Our common cause motivates our need to understand our effects upon the earth and each other, and calls for global collaboration to sustain the living world.

On Sunday and Monday, May 3 and 4, 2009, The Center for the Study of Science and Religion at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, in collaboration with the Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan, is holding a public dialogue between science and religion on sustainability.
Join us as scholars, leaders, and activists from diverse perspectives meet to describe and plot a path toward a sustainable and equitable future. We look forward to exciting conversations as our distinguished speakers explore these topics.


Sunday, May 3rd, 3:00pm

Keynote Address: James Hansen – NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Panel I: Sustainable Business
Creating A Vision For Sustainable Business, Science And Religion
Moderated by Devin T. Stewart – Global Policy Innovations Program/Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Kevin Knobloch, Union of Concerned Scientists
Fletcher Harper, GreenFaith
George Pohle, MediaBound / Suasoria

Monday, May 4th, 10:00am

Keynote Address:
Mary Evelyn Tucker – Yale/Forum on Religion and Ecology

Panel II: Education
Educating for Partnership With Science And Religion
Moderated by Robert E. Pollack – Center for the Study of Science and Religion/Columbia University

Laurel Kearns, Drew Theological School
Jim Mihelcic, University of South Florida
Joan Anderson, Soka Gakkai International

12:30pm Break for Lunch. Resume at 2:00p.m.

Keynote Address:
Peter Mann – World Hunger Year/Global Movements Program

Panel III: Best Practices
Empowering Eco-Justice Advocacy Through The Resources Of Science And Religion.

Moderated by Lois Barber – EarthAction

Pedro Sanchez, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Lawrence Troster, GreenFaith
Harlem Eco-Mappers

Low Rotunda, Columbia University

This program is the fourth in a series of symposia sponsored by the Fetzer Institute with the Center for the Study of Science and Religion. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Cynthia Peabody:

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