January Talk: What is Ecotheology?: Religion, Spiritualism, and Nature
2021 ended with a much needed thunderstorm on the peninsula, and hopefully the rain will change the dry desert scenery in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to document this change.
Unfortunately, because of the rising concerns over a new wave of COVID and the recent strain of new restrictions, we have to put our rambles on hold until further notice, but we invite you to enjoy responsibly some family outings. Please, don’t hesitate to share your discoveries.
To start 2022, we’re very grateful to have our members Alan Weber and Diana Woodcock as speakers on a deep and meaningful topic.
All the best,
Date & Time: Wednesday, January 12th, video Conferencing Starting at 7 pm.
Speakers: TAlan S. Weber, Professor of English, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar
Diana Woodcock, Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar
Venue: Video conference via Zoom
Registrations: Zoom Link to register for the talk: Register Here
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Synopsis of the talk
This talk by humanities scholar Alan S. Weber (Cornell University) and poet Diane Woodcock (Virginia Commonwealth University), provides an introduction to Ecotheology and a poetry reading to illustrate how a spiritual orientation towards nature can be embodied in art. Ecotheologians from all faith traditions and spiritual orientations today examine such questions as animal rights, climate change, the moral rights of nature, and humankind's stewardship of natural resources. The field of Ecotheology is now well established as a research area, with thousands of books, articles, research centers, and conferences. The talk concludes with a poetry reading by poet Diana Woodcock that illustrates the intersection between spiritualism and the environment.
Dr. Alan S. Weber, Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, and Dr. Diana Woodcock, Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar, have jointly edited a collection of essays on the topic of Ecotheology for the Orthodox Academy of Crete and the World Council of Churches (2016). Dr. Weber has also published widely on environmentalism in Russian Shamanism, Buddhism, Haitian Vodou, and Sunni Islam.
Dr. Woodcock is an American poet whose latest poetry collection, Facing Aridity, was a finalist for the 2020 Prism Prize for Climate Literature and was just published by Homebound Publications/Wayfarer Books. Her forthcoming book, Holy Sparks (a finalist for the 2020 Paraclete Poetry Prize) is due out later this year.