Radical Ecological Conversion After Laudato Si'. Discovering the Intrinsic Value of all Creatures
Pontifical Gregorian University
P.zza della Pilotta, 4 – 00187 Rome, Italy
7-8 March 2018
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Wednesday 7th March 2018
10:00-10:30 - Welcome: Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Ambassadors.
Messages from H.H. Pope Francis and H.H. Patriarch Bartholomew.
10:30-10-55 - Inaugural Lecture: “Radical Ecological Conversion” by H.E. Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
10:55 - “Embracing and Emboldening Change” by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Theological Advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on the Environment.
11:20 - “Seeking Wisdom: Theology & the Intrinsic Value of Creatures” by Prof. Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, University of Notre Dame, USA; Chair European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment.
11:45-12:00 – Discussion
12:05-12:45 - A Celebration of Creatures
Chair: H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Holy See.
"Nature's bounty: why we need all other species on earth" by Dr. Enric Sala, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, United States.
12:45-13:05 – Discussion
13:05-14:30 – Break
14:30-15:50 - The Suffering of Creation: Human and Nonhuman Migration
Chair: Dr. Mark Lawrence, Managing scientific director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany.
“A new era of human and non-human migration” by Dr. Martina Grecequet, Institute on the Environment (IonE) University of Minnesota, USA.
“Reflections on migration of species in response to climate change” by Rev. Dr. Chris Southgate, Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Theology, University of Exeter, UK.
Dr. Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Thought and Practice, Durham University, UK.
Dr. Mark Lawrence, Managing Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Potsdam, Germany.
15:50-16:15 - Coffee break
16:15-17:45 - Care for the Common Home of Creatures and Peoples
Chair: Rev. Dr. Prem Xalxo SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
“Indigenous Peoples, Land Rights and Care for Creatures” by Rev. Prof. Dr. Michael Northcott, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Dr. Loreen Maseno, Senior Lecturer, Department of Religion, Theology and Philosophy, Maseno University, Kenya.
Rev. Dr. Alberto E. Alejo, Sacred Springs: Dialogue Institute of Spirituality and Sustainability. Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, Philipppines.
Thursday 8th March 2018
09:00–10:15 - Conversion towards recognition of intrinsic value of all creatures through Ecclesial practices (Panel, papers, response and discussion)
Chair: Mr. Tebaldo Vinciguerra, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
"Could Eating other Creatures be a Way of Recognising their Intrinsic Value?" by Prof. Dr. Ernst M. Conradie, Head of Department of Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
“The community of creation in the local church” by Dr. Alice Hague, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, UK
Respondents to both:
Dr. Carmody Grey, Department of Theology, University of Bristol, UK.
Mr. Tomás Insua, Executive Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement.
10:15-10:30 - Coffee break
10:30-11:45 - Fundamental Arguments for Creaturely Care
Chair: Rev. Dr. Gerry Whelan SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Rev. Dr. Prof. Louis Caruana, S.J. Dean of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Dr. Oliver Putz, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany.
Respondent to both:
Ms. Clair Linzey, Deputy Director, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, UK.
11:45-11:50 – Short break
11:45-13:00 - Radical Conversion in the Economy with a view on non-human life
Chair: H.E. Annette Schavan, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See.
Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.
Dr. Sarah Molly Scot Cato, MEP, UK.
Dr. Hans Diefenbacher, Alfred-Weber-Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
13:05-13:45 - Break
14:00-15:00 - The Psychology of Ecological Valuation
Chair: Dr. Oliver Putz, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany.
Dr. Katharina Beyerl, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany.
Rev. Dr. Nick Austin SJ, Department of Theology, Heythrop College, UK.
15:00-15:05 – Short break
15:05-16:20 - Workshops: Communication and Networking for Radical Ecological Conversion
Chair and respondent: Msgr. Tomasz Trafny, Head of Science and Faith Department, Pontifical Council for Culture, Vatican.
“Radical Ecological Conversion after Laudato Si: a practical exploration of the possibilities and challenges from a grassroots perspective” by Ms. Linda Jones, Head of Theology Programme, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).
“Radical Ecological Conversion for Urban Communities” by Mr. Kailean Khongsai, A Rocha, India.
Radical Conversion in Human Development – Rev. Dr. Augusto Zampini Davies, Director of Faith & Development, Dicastery for Promoting Human Integral Development, Vatican.
16:20-16:30 - Coffee break
16:30-17:30 - New Strategies for Spiritual Practices and the Intrinsic Value of All Creatures
“Evangelical spirituality and ecology” by Rev. Peter Harris, President and co-founder, A Rocha International.
“Ignatian spirituality and ecology” by Rev. Dr. Prem Xalxo SJ, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
17:30-17:35 - Short break
17:35-18:20 - Reflections from Science, Ethics and Religion
Chair: H.E. Tamara Grdzelidze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Holy See and to the SMOM.
Prof. Dr. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, University of Notre Dame, USA; Chair European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment.
Prof. Dr. Jennifer Tank, Director, Environmental Change Initiative, University of Notre Dame, USA.
18:20-18:30 - Final Remarks by Ambassadors.