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.
Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education: Implications for Teaching, Learning and Seminary Life
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)
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.”
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.
Beyond GDP, lessons from Indigenous Cultures and Faith Traditions for Improving our Economic Measurements and Protecting Our Planet
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.