Aug
24
10:30 AM10:30

10th YCRI Conference: “How to Strengthen Sustainable Development Implementation with Global Partnerships”

The Latin American Yoko Civilization Research Institute (IPCY), with representatives from Brazil, USA, Peru and in partnership with the University of São Paulo, invites everyone to reflect on the latest and most effective of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 17 that deals with goal achievements with Partnerships. Let's try to put aside theoretical and philosophical discussions and propose actions and solutions in order to deliver a better world to the next generations, combining technologies with well-being and a flourishing nature. Here is a link to the flyer.


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Jul
15
10:30 AM10:30

The Annual Kofi Annan Faith Briefings: Empowering People and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality-The role of the UN and Multi-Faith Collaboration

Forum 21 Institute is being invited to be part of the panel titled, “The Role of Multi-Faith Partnerships to Combat Climate Change and its Impacts.” Panelists are being asked to talk about: “What are some successful flagship programs of interfaith or multi-faith collaboration around climate change and its impacts?” 

Here is a link to the site: https://www.unenvironment.org/events/conference/annual-kofi-annan-faith-briefing-2019


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Jul
5
10:00 AM10:00

Sustainability Conference: “Religions, the Amazon and Climate Change”

Sustainability Conference “Religions, the Amazon and Climate Change” is being hosted by the Catholic University of Lima, Peru and sponsored by the Institute of Natural Science and Renewable Energy (INTE-PUCP). The goal of the conference is to bring together leaders of different religious traditions, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders to discuss how they can collaborate to help protect the Amazon basin and thus help to mitigate climate change.


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Jun
12
10:30 AM10:30

Sacred Sites Work

In May 2018 a research trip was made to Mt. Etna Sicily, Italy to determine the exact location of the Sacred Sites Work as part of Phase One of the Sacred Sites Work (done in partnership with UNESCO, Center for Earth Ethics and Forum 21). Since the exact location at Mt. Etna was determined, Kogi and Otomi elders will go to Mt. Etna and the surrounding areas to carry out the Sacred Sites Work on June 12, 2019.


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May
28
to May 30

The Loka Initiative

This gathering will bring together senior faith leaders from different religious traditions, scientists, academics, policy-makers, economists and thought leaders to collaborate on solving local and global environmental problems. The symposium will include a public forum, inviting discussions with the public on how to enrich and transform societal aspirations, values, and lifestyles to create more compassionate, sustainable and spiritually principled communities.

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Apr
29
to Apr 30

Indigenous-Vatican Dialogue

  • Union Theological Seminary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Center for Earth Ethics is hosting an intimate gathering at Union Theological Seminary, which will bring Indigenous leaders from Africa and North, Central, and South America together with a representative of the Vatican to explore how the Catholic Church can partner with Indigenous Peoples to support the care of the Earth. We will look at three primary areas that we believe are critical to restoring balance: (1) restoring land rights and self-determination to Indigenous Peoples; (2) carbon markets; commodification and privatization of nature (3) protecting and restoring sacred sites around the world. We must also recognize the role the papal bulls that informed the Doctrine of Discovery have played in the displacement and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. These topics will inform the conversations had during the dialogue, and will serve as a framework for outcomes and next steps.  


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Mar
20
to Mar 21

The Gounded Summit

The inaugural summit will bring a diverse community together to cross-pollinate transformative ideas and scalable solutions. The three goals of the summit are: To provide a platform to share and generate new ideas that elevate the critical connection between human and planetary health. To raise money for organizations that are furthering change to support climate change solutions. And, to create a community that educates and inspires.

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Mar
7
to Mar 10

Gathering of Indigenous Spiritual Elders of South America and the Abya Yala

The process of unification of spiritual leaders around the world is taking place. In order to take the next step among the Latin American peoples, we propose a four days private gathering, to bring together native intellectuals and Spiritual Elders from Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica and Guatemala. This unique meeting aims to reveal insights about the state and future of Mother Earth, and to share knowledge, ideas and actions through the unification process. The Gathering of Indigenous Spiritual Elders of South America and the Abya Yala, will be an expression of dialogue and reciprocity to heal Mother Earth for present and for future generations. It promises meaningful discussions, as well as the development of pragmatic action plan. Here is a link to the flyer.

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Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

25th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference, Examining Tropical Changes: Resilience in the Context of Disturbance and Transgression

  • Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“Building Eco-spiritual resilience with traditional environmental knowledge” 

In June 2017, religious and indigenous leaders from around the world came together in an unprecedented joint effort to bring spiritual attention and commitment to tropical forest protection. At the first summit of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative in Norway, the Minister of Climate and Environment said, “There is a dimension to [stopping deforestation] that will require a global, tectonic shift in values. It is not the realm of policy, commerce or science, but of spirit, faith and moral conviction.” Many spiritual communities around the world also advance an understanding of interconnectedness and a profound respect for life. And leaders of major world religions are waking up to the ways they can leverage their tremendous moral authority and spiritual influence for good, to stand behind communities that are leading the path forward on forest protection. The Pope’s environmental encyclical — Laudato si’ -- is just one example of this. By inspiring people in new ways, appealing to their core values, and making the ethical case for rainforest protection, spirituality may be a key element for building resilient communities and ecosystems, and promoting environmental justice. Here is a link to the flyer.

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Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

Parliament of the World's Religions: Major Speaker Session "Integral Ecology and Justice"

Panelists: Vandana Shiva, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Father Joshtrom Kureethadam (Vatican representative), Ken Kitatani

The Parliament’s Major Speaker sessions are designed to bring well-known leaders into dialogue around pressing global issues. This Major Speaker panel, as part of the Justice track, will be the principal place for discussing the systemic nature of injustice and the challenges and successes involved in addressing it. The world recognizes that religion cannot remain silent about Justice ― the leaders of the world’s religions cannot convene as a Parliament of the World’s Religions without addressing injustice in the world. As Pope Francis states, "We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature." Such is the heart of Integral Ecology. This session will explore the interconnection of environmental and social problems, and the most promising ways religions can work for integral justice.


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Oct
12
to Oct 14

International Conference for Ecozoic Culture 2018 “Ecological Transformation on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia”

The conference has two goals it hopes to achieve. First, to examine the efforts of various areas of global environmental protection, social economics and sustainable cities as parts of the “big forest” called ecological civilization, and to discuss shared goals. Second, to link the changes in East Asia, especially the Korean peninsula, China and Japan to the values and practices of the ecological civilization, and in turn creating an opportunity for global citizens to establish a “fellowship of light.”

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Sep
8
to Sep 10

Crestone Leadership Convergence and Four Corners Sacred Sites, Crestone Colorado

In July 2017 a research trip was made to Crestone Colorado to determine the exact location of the Sacred Sites Work in the Four Corners as part of Phase One of the Sacred Sites Work (done in partnership with UNESCO, Center for Earth Ethics and Forum 21). Since Mt. Blanca was determined to be the specific location, Kogi, Otomi and Lakota elders will go to Mt. Blanca and the surrounding areas to carry out the Sacred Sites Work. A smaller convergence leaders retreat will also be carried out in collaboration with Unity Earth and local Crestone community leaders.

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Jul
9
to Jul 18

Sustainable Development High Level Political Forum, United Nations Headquarters

In New York from July 9 to July 18, Forum 21 will participate in the HLPF meetings as participants and observers. The High-level Political Forum, United Nations central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.

 

 

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Jul
5
to Jul 6

Laudato Si' Conference

“Laudato Si’ Saving our Common home and the Future of Life on Earth”  on July 5, 6 that was hosted by Pope Francis and the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Forum 21 Institute was invited to attend the “Laudato Si’ Saving our Common home and the Future of Life on Earth” Conference to be convened on July 5, 6 by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and chaired by Cardinal Turkson. This marks the 3d year anniversary of the launch of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ “Our Care for our Common Home.”    
 

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May
31
to Jun 2

Eco Ministry Training at the Center for Earth Ethics

Forum 21 will be participating in "On Water and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change. The Center for Earth Ethics is once again partnering with the Climate Reality Project to train 30-50 faith leaders from around the country to better address the ecological crisis in their own communities. Ministry in the time of Climate Change requires an open hearted approach that embodies the diversity of our country. 

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May
25
to Jun 1

 2018 Rome and Assisi Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability

This will be the second consecutive Rome and Assisi Conference on Spirituality and Sustainability. This year Forum 21 Institute will be Co-Convening the conference with St. Thomas University of Florida. The conference will focus on: 1) the ecological convergence of diverse spiritual and religious traditions; 2) the sensibilities and practices of ecological spiritualities; 3) transformative movements such as the Earth Charter and the United Nations Agenda 203 on Sustainable Development; and 4) paradigm shifts in key institutions (e.g. science, law, and education). We are also inviting and supporting young ecological leaders to contribute to our deliberations.

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May
23
to May 24

Sacred Sites Research Trip

Forum 21 representatives and Mindahi Bastida, director of the Original Caretakers Program of Center for Earth Ethics will research Mt. Etna (Sicily, Italy) in preparation for the Sacred Sites work to be carried out in 2019. Collaborating with academics of Sicily-experts in the ancient history and culture of Mt Etna, the research team will explore and determine the specific locations for the work to be carried out (for more information please go to: link to programs, sacred sites).

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Feb
2
to Feb 3

Beyond GDP, lessons from Indigenous Cultures and Faith Traditions for Improving our Economic Measurements and Protecting Our Planet

  • Union Theological Seminary, NYC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class will focus on the flaws of current economic measurements such as Gross Domestic Product and the ways in which Indigenous cultures - along with voices from faith communities - are contributing to alternative ways of measuring the success and well-being of a society. Topics to be covered include the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, the impact of colonization on the bio-cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, the conflict at Standing Rock, the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si: On Care For Our Common Home, and the role of religion in development policy.

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Nov
15
to Nov 17

The State of American Democracy, A National Conversation

Political dysfunction is impairing our national ability to deal with clear and present dangers to our survival as a nation and to the habitability of the Earth.

     Our focus is neither conservative nor liberal but on democracy which is to say, the set of mutually agreed upon rules by which we conduct the public business. Our Constitutional history and the long evolution of the ideals of self-governance require open and free elections, inclusivity, fairness, transparency, and accountability of officials. To meet this standard, democracy requires a free and fair press, broad civic intelligence, a fair and robust judicial system, and a reasonable distribution of economic costs, benefits, and risks throughout society.

     The core idea is that robust democratic institutions are necessary to making real progress on climate change, sustainable prosperity, and security broadly defined.

We intend to further a national conversation about the state of American democracy and to advance the cause of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Specifically we propose a national discussion focused on two overriding issues but with special attention to those of voting rights and citizenship:

1.      The Constitutional and historic origins of our present crisis; and the

2.      Long-term changes necessary to accommodate the principles of self-governance to the realities of the 21st century

     Oberlin College in collaboration with the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, the Schwarzenegger Institute and other organizations will launch this national conversation about the future of American Democracy on November 15-17. Subsequent events will occur in Denver, Los Angeles, and other cities.  

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Nov
7
to Nov 8

Toward Ecological Civilization in Korea

  • Claremont School of Theology (Center for Process Studies,) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This fall, key leaders from Korea will gather in Claremont to collaborate with US leaders around the shared vision of an ecological civilization, and the steps needed to initiate the transition on a global scale. Participants represent leaders in national and local government, NGOs, universities, journalism, and religions. Each participant and key speaker brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and achievements, critical to ushering in a new ecological paradigm. Inspired and guided by the work of John B. Cobb, Jr. whose vision was at the heart of the 2015 Claremont conference “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization,” we will examine big ideas toward a new paradigm for the future and how this vision is already being actualized by scholars, activists, governments, and politicians, in Korea. Forum 21 Institute will give a presentation on “Yoko Civilization (Kotama Okada’s vision) and Integral Ecology.” 

 

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Oct
17
to Oct 18

Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education: Implications for Teaching, Learning and Seminary Life

  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Keynote speaker: Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Senior Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center at The Ohio State University

Forum 21 Inter-religious panel 

When: Tuesday, October, 17 (afternoon starting with registration at 1pm) to Wednesday, October 18 (full day)
OPTIONAL: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10am tour of Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State (details below)

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Sep
21
7:00 AM07:00

United Nations and Civil Society Interactive Dialogue

As a continuation of the UN SDG's and spirituality Workshop carried out on July 17, Forum 21 and the Center for Earth Ethics will convene an interactive dialogue between UN staff members and civil society representatives. We will discuss and share with one another the many successes and challenges of working with and within the UN system and the future direction and role of religion and spirituality at the UN.

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