Schedule

Opening Ceremony 9:30 AM
Will Moreau Goins, Exec. Dir. of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of South Carolina

Welcome
Holli S. Emore, Executive Director, Cherry Hill Seminary
and
Jonathan Leader, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Chair, S.C. Office of the State Archaeologist

Panel One – The Business of Climate Change
1)  Contemporary Paganism as a Third Basin:  A Complex Systems View of a Potential Alternative to Modern Industrial Civilization
Barbara Jane Davy and Stephen Quilley, University of Waterloo
2) The Paradox of Surrender: Religion, Business and the Environment
Manuel J. Tejeda, Barry University
Respondent: Jonathan Leader, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Chair, S.C. Office of the State Archaeologist

Box Lunch

Panel Two –Theology 1:00
1)  From the Land as Sacred in Biblical Theology and Practice to the Earth as Sacred in Jewish Responses to the Climate Crisis.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center
2)  Creation Care this Side of the Resurrection
Christopher D Doran, Pepperdine University 
3)  Hindu Moral Ecology in an Era of Climate Change
Mari Jyväsjärvi Stuart, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Dept. of Religious Studies
4)  We Are the Earth: A Pagan Responds to Pope Francis on the Environment
John Halstead, Independent Scholar
Respondent: Carl Evans, University of South Carolina-Columbia, Chair Emeritus, Dept. of Religious Studies

Reception at Clarion Hotel 6:00 – 8:00 PM (dinner on your own)

Saturday

Welcome – A New Telling 9:30 AM
Wendy Griffin, Academic Dean, Cherry Hill Seminary

Panel Three – Theology II
1) An Extraordinary Gift
Jim Kukula, Independent Scholar
2) An ADF Druidic Perspective on Climate Change
Rev. Kirk S. Thomas and Rev. Melissa Hill, Ár nDraíocht Féin
3) The Theravada Buddhist Teachings on the Three Marks of Existence and Their Significance for Re-envisioning Human-Nature Relationship
Fr.  Anthony Le Duc, St. John’s University, Bangkok, Thailand
4) Christian Theological Responses to Ecological Crises: Environmentalist Jesus, Cosmic Christ, and Parabolic Incarnation
Becky Copeland, Emory University
Respondent: Shawn Arthur, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Box Lunch

Keynote Address 1:15 PM
Bron Taylor, University of Florida

Panel Four – Taking Action
1) Temporality and Christian Environmental Activism
Jeremy Kidwell, University of Edinburgh
2) To Turn the World Upside Down”: Exploring Salvationist Dimensions of (Eco)holiness
Matthew Seaman, University of Queensland
3) Joining Our Voices in Defense of the Web of Life: A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment
John Halstead, Independent Scholar
Respondent:  Wendy Griffin, Cherry Hill Seminary

Dinner at Green Olive (you must make your own reservation, call 803-764-3740 (see March 8 memo to registrants)

Sunday 9:30-12:30

Environmental Leadership Workshop, Wendy Griffin, Ph.D.

Participants will explore the reasons why this work is so important: what our spiritual traditions and science tell us, the reasons behind climate change denial, and how to handle it, as well as some of our own personal experiences with the topic. We will look at what needs to be done and compare that to what actually can be done.  Together, we will discuss how to create the kind of political environment where positive changes may be made. This will include the best methods for individual and group communication, methods that inspire hope rather then foster disagreement. We will view different organizations working for positive change and discuss their strategies and tactics. Finally, we hope to help participants identify the particular skills they bring to this work and where and how they might best employ them. Program, including short presentations, discussions, exercises, and videos, will address how to dialogue with climate change deniers, changing our language to achieve change, inventory of personal and community assets and identification of a selected strategy and steps for implementation after returning home from conference.