Timeline

2016


“Evolution, Consciousness and Altruism:  Steering Toward the Omega Point”.  New York City, the Adler Study, New York Society for Ethical Culture.  Kurt Johnson, Yanni Maniates with twenty other thought leaders. April 12, 2016.  https://evolution-institute.org/article/steering-toward-the-omega-point-a-roundtable-discussion-of-altruism-evolution-and-spirituality/

2015


Post 2015 UN SDG Strategy Meeting; New York, January 22, 2015

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Inter Faith Amity and Social Action Conference – May 22, 2015


“Voice of the Voiceless”, Interfaith Amity & Social Action Conference.  New York City, Sukyo Mahikari Center. May 22, 2015
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“From Self-Care to Earth-Care”.  Denver, Colorado: The Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality.  Kurt Johnson, David Sloan Wilson, Ken Wilber, Mac Legerton, Karuna, Ruel Walker, Greg Reitman, Jonathan Ellerby, Maikwe Ludwig, Elizabeth McLeod;
July 17-18, 2015  www.selfcaretoearthcare.com


“A Celebration of Sacred Earth and Spirit”.  Boulder, Colorado: The Starhouse.  
Kurt Johnson, Mac Legerton, Karuna, Colin Bigelow, Rory McEntee; July 19, 2015


“Music, Celebration and Town Meeting: Can We Make The Leap?”  
Carbondale,  Colorado: The DaviNikent Center for Human Flourishing.  Kurt Johnson, Mirabai Starr, Mac Legerton, Karuna, Brad Tyndall; July 24, 2015  


“From Spiritual Practice to Social Responsibility”.  Aspen, Colorado: The Aspen Chapel.  Kurt Johnson, Mirabai Starr, Mac Legerton, Karuna, Rory McEntee, Nicholas Vesey; July 25-26, 2015    


Parliament of World Religions October 15-19, 2015. 
Side-Events on Ecospirituality and Sustainability at the Parliament of the World’s Religions (Salt Lake City, October 2015).  Partnering with preparation for December’s World Climate Conference in Paris.  Forum 21, with the Interspiritual Network and other partners hosted nightly side-event discussions on preparation and synergy of the world’s religious communities looking toward strategic participation in the World Climate Conference.  The groups created a large display area in the major foyer of the Parliament hosting posting boards for messages and commitments to the delegates and working groups of the World Climate Conference.  Side event meetings and the major Parliament foyer action board are shown in the photos below.  http://parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/salt-lake-2015

The display area of the Interspiritual Network, Forum 21, Center for Earth Ethics and others initiatives for linking the October 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions to the December 2015 Paris Global Climate Summer in Paris. Each colored ribbon represents a group that made a specific commitment to particular participations at the Global Climate Summit.
Ken Kitatani, Rick Clugston, and Kurt Johnson of Forum 21 co-hosted, with numerous fellow travelers, side-meetings each night at the October 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions to discuss the direction of cooperation across constituencies for Eco-spiritual and Eco-ministry work, and the direction of the Interfaith community for the December 2015 Paris Global Climate Summer in Paris.

2014


Ethics and Spirituality Initiative meetings, February 4, March 2, April 2, 2014

The Ethics and Spirituality Initiative for Sustainable Development (ESI) began to take shape in December 2010 at the Earth Charter+10 Conference in Ahmedabad, India. The conference’s working group on religion and spirituality framed action steps, which included the development of a statement by religious and spiritual leaders aimed at preparations for the Rio+20 conference. A second action focused on developing educational experiences to help our constituencies understand how they can effectively act to bring about strong sustainability and transformative change.

ESI was engaged in 2011-12 in shaping both of the themes for the UN’s Rio+20 conference—a green economy and the institutional frameworks for sustainable development. In addition to lobbying efforts, ESI coordinated the drafting of the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty on Ethical and Spiritual Values for Sustainable Development. This document was one of fourteen Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties that were presented as alternative outcomes for Rio+20, www.sustainabilitytreaties.org.  After Rio+20, ESI began working on the UN process for developing a post-2015 development agenda (as the Millennium Development Goals expire).

The challenge is three-fold: (1) to be clear on those policy and practice priorities that need to be put in place by governments and other stakeholders, (2) to work effectively together to build a global citizens’ movement that will bring about the political will to adopt these policies and practices, and (3) to implement these policies and practices in our own lives, organizations, and spheres of influence.

From 2013 to 2014 the Forum 21 Institute collaborated with ESI to co-sponsor several meetings and conferences in New York City.


North America GNH Conference May 29- June 1, 2014

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GNH2014-Conference-Program

 

“Making the Leap– Sacred Earth and Global Shift”.  Boulder, Colorado:  The Starhouse; Carbondale, Colorado, the DaviNikent Center for Human Flourishing; Aspen, Colorado, The Aspen Chapel.  Ken Kitatani, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston, Karuna, and Rory McEntee, with Colin Bigelow (from Integral Life, Denver).  June 10-12, 2014

 

UN DPI NGO Conference August 27-29, 2014 http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference-2014/

(Full Conference Programme P28)

 

“Ethics and Spiritual Values, and Sustainable Development Workshop” (organized by the Spirituality and Ethics Initiative for Sustainable Development, a discussion on the United Nations campus as part of the United Nations annual meeting of NGO’s).  Ken Kitatani, Kurt Johnson, Rick Clugston, and Doug King; August 31, 2014


“The Spiritual Summit for Social Change”.  New York, NY: 
2nd Presbyterian Church and adjoining Alexander Robertson School, NY, NY, 6 West 96th– Central Park West between 95th and 96th. Twenty concurrent sessions of New York City transformational organizations strategizing for their 2014-2015 projects, events and plans. September 13, 2014 


Religions for the Earth Conference September 19-21, 2014

http://www.centerforearthethics.org/events/religions-for-the-earth

2013


Ethics and Spirituality Initiative meeting May 14, 2013

 

GIWA (Global Interfaith Wash Alliance with UNICEF) September 25, 2013

http://washalliance.org/see-our-work/

 

Dawn of Interspirituality Conference September 29-October 4, 2013

http://www.satyana.org/dawn_interspirituality_2013.html

The time has come for people of the world from different backgrounds and beliefs, through open-minded discussion, study and research, to discover the reality of common, universal principles and willingly agree to implement such integrated principles for humankind to live by.