A Rocha Talks: Alone in a World of Wounds – Living with Ecological Grief

Date(s) - October 1, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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A Rocha Canada invites you to join our ongoing series of A Rocha Talks.

For those of us who observe the planet closely, too often the news is discouraging. At A Rocha rather than focusing on the frightening trendlines we seek to demonstrate practical ways we can better attend to the positive transformation of people and places. However, at some point we need to be honest about the ways we are facing the deep troubles of our planet and the effect this has on us. In a 2014 Guardian article, Jo Confino asked, “Why aren’t we on the floor doubled up in pain at our capacity for industrial scale genocide of the world’s species?” The truth is that some of us are – and it is having a toll on our mental and emotional well-being. Increasingly, young people report feelings of helplessness, anger, grief, and disconnection as they face the uncertain future of a planet in trouble.

This panel explores the lived experience of ecological grief and seeks to foster conversation on how we might engage in this grief in ways that promote sustainability and well-being as humans who care for Creation. We bring together the collective wisdom of scholar, activist, academic, minister, counselor, and spiritual director to begin this rich conversation. Hope you will join us!

Our Panelists:

Anupama Ranawana is a theologian and writer based in Oxford. Her work focuses on decolonial theology, feminist religious thought, faith and international development and ecological justice.

Brent Unrau is a Registered Clinical Counselor and Spiritual director, he lives in intentional community on Kingfisher Farm in Surrey, B.C. Canada.

Hannah Malcolm is training to be a priest in the Church of England and writing a PhD on climate and ecological grief. In her spare time, she writes and organizes around the theology of climate justice.

The Panel Discussion will be hosted by Matthew Humphrey, Director of Theological Education at A Rocha Canada.

This event is free and open to the public.


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