Past Events

November 22, 2021
The Thomas Merton Contemplative Initiative invites you to engage in A Vow of Conversation on things that matter with Sufi scholar Dr. Rachana Umashankar and Merton scholar Dr. Kathleen Deignan, CND, and students of Sufism at Iona College. Merton understood the essence of the world's great spiritual traditions and explains them in ways all...
November 18, 2021
Notes of Rest is an online musical mini-retreat hosted by artist-theologian Julian Reid. This ministry fuses reflections on the Bible with hymns on solo piano for the sake of cultivating rest, contemplation, and creativity in all who gather. In partnership with the Center for Religion and the Environment, Notes of Rest for the Sake of Earth is...
November 16, 2021
In this webinar, we will trace the connections between the ecological crisis in the state of California and the attempted genocide and removal of Indigenous peoples from their ancestral lands. Christian denominations are beginning to acknowledge and seek to make amends for the role of the Church in sanctioning this destruction under the...
November 16, 2021
The effects of climate change on health are many — directly, such as poor air quality from wildfire smoke, to indirectly, such as increasing rates of zoonotic infections, and food insecurity with variations in regional agriculture. The Inland Northwest will need to adapt to these inevitable changes, and this presentation will provide both...
November 9, 2021
Dr. Joe Holland, Thomas Berry scholar in residence at Iona College for fall 2021, and a panel of ecozoic practioners will explore the pivotal role of actual, thriving eco-communities within the wider global ecological renaissance. These communities — Agape Community, Hardwick, Massachusetts; Benincasa Community, Guilford, Connecticut; and...
November 4, 2021
Renewal is a particularly important theme, and we all need renewal after the seemingly endless COVID and its variants. After St. Francis’ conversion, he repaired and restored an ancient church. He renewed it. While most scholars focus on different themes in the...
November 2, 2021
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE within the project of the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU) "Church and NGOs for environmental education in national parks"  Venue and time of the Conference: Ukraine, Trankarpathian region, Khust district, village of Synevyr-Ostriky, 1626, visit — center of Synevyr National Nature Park, November 02-06, 2021....
November 1, 2021
On Nov. 1, Catholics around the world celebrate All Saints Day by lighting candles, remembering all saints and celebrating the faithful and loving witness of our ancestors in the communion of saints. Nov. 1 is also the second day of COP26, the critical gathering of global leaders brought together to combat the climate crisis. Meanwhile, in the...
October 29, 2021
Karenna Gore, executive director of the Center for Earth Ethics, and Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio, of Villanova University, will deliver the opening and closing addresses, respectively, at “...
October 28, 2021
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who was not able to offer the commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will receive an honorary degree Oct. 28 from the university at an academic convocation and deliver an address on environmental stewardship. ...
October 26, 2021
We welcome Dr. Paul Pearson, Director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky, who brings to the Brother Kenneth Chapman Gallery at Iona College Merton's trove of "Zen Photography."   A celebrated Merton scholar and author, Dr. Pearson will be our guest for "A Vow of Conversation" with Kathleen Deignan, CND,...
October 22, 2021
All are invited as the Catholic and Greek Orthodox communities of greater Chicagoland join together at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for an ecumenical service to give thanks for God’s gift of creation and to recognize the conservation efforts of His disciples. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will preside at this service and is honored to be...
October 21, 2021
This webinar hosts a conversation between Susan Varlamoff and Brian J. Savoie about the Archdiocese of Atlanta's Action Plan. Pope Francis issued Laudato Si’ in June of 2015, as a call to humanity to care for the earth and one another. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta responded by...
October 21, 2021
In the year of St. Ignatius and amidst the Laudato Si Action Plan rollout, the Lane Center is hosting a speaker series on pertinent themes related to integral ecology. On October 21, from 1 pm - 2 pm, Cecilia Titizano will present and guide a reflection on Biodiversity and God in All Things, exploring the...
October 19, 2021
Proponents of the rights of nature argue that the environmental regulatory system – which treats nature as merely property to be owned – has failed to protect nature and our own life support systems, and that a radical change in the law is needed which re-positions humanity in the role of a guardian or trustee of the best interests of those...
October 19, 2021
This event will be a theological foundation of faith leaders addressing the sacredness of water especially as it relates to Louisiana. We will bring together a diverse group of leaders of faith-based organizations and faith leaders to examine our physical, spiritual, cultural and socioeconomic dependence on this life-sustaining resource....
October 15, 2021
Faith communities are building power for climate action. Join us Friday, October 15 at noon for a conversation on how faith communities organize around environmental concerns, including helping launch the environmental justice movement. Local and national faith leaders will discuss what is working in faith organizing and what lessons faith...
October 13, 2021
Please join us for "The University of San Diego: The University of Laudato Si?" A Conversation with President James T. Harris and Dr. Michel Boudrias, Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time in the Founders Hall, Ministry Center, or virtually via Zoom. Sponsored by...
October 12, 2021
THOMAS BERRY FORUM for ECOLOGICAL DIALOGUE COP15 of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Focus A virtual session via Zoom, from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. TuyesdaUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 Join the Iona College learning community to better understand the growing crisis of...
October 12, 2021
Join the Fransican Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for the tenth Lunch & Learn in the Eco in Action series: “What Catholics should know about the COP26 U.N. climate conference,” presented by Barbara Fraser, Editor for National Catholic Reporter's EarthBeat on Oct. 12. Join us as we learn some of the key issues that Catholic activists will be...
October 9, 2021
You are invited to "A Spirituality for Our Times," the fifth in a series of mornings of prayer and reflection with a creation-centered focus informed by the work of Passionist Fr. Thomas Berry. It is free and open to the public. Creation has long been central to the work of the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM). It informs its method and...
October 7, 2021
Please join the University of San Diego and its Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture for "Climate Change and the Catholic Church Today," the latest event in its Humanity's Urgent Challenges Series. The event will feature Erin Lothes, senior program manager, Laudato Sí Animators Program, Laudato Si' Movement, Associate...
October 4, 2021
S.r Pamela Smith, SS.C.M., Ph.D, will give an overview of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Guidebook: Care for Our Common Home, of which she was the principle author.  This webinar will be hosted  by Fr. Walter F. Kedjierski, USCCB, Executive Director, Secretariat of Ecumenial and Interreligious Affairs. Sr. Pamela Smith, SS.C.M., Ph.D, is the...
October 3, 2021
Gather in worship for environmental justice! At 3 pm Sunday, October 3, 2021, Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (https://www.massipl.org/) will convene Love. Earth. Justice.: A Multifaith Service of Prayer, Celebration, and Resolve in person at Old South Church in Boston (...
September 29, 2021
As stated in the Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality, we are at a crucial moment in the life of the Church and the world. The COVID-19 pandemic...

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