Digital Conference – Climate Emergency: the search for hope beyond denial and despair

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Jul 13 - 14 2021


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Digital Conference – Climate Emergency: the search for hope beyond denial and despair

The 2021 Modern Church Conference addresses the greater emergency that sits at present in the background of the coronavirus pandemic – the progressive impact of climate change. But it will not be two days of doom and gloom. Grave
as the emergency is, we shall be looking for positive directions in which to think, act, and pray.

Due to the impact of Covid-19 the conference will be held online via Zoom. The dates are 13-14th July 2021, and each day will run from about 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, with appropriate breaks, and beginning and ending each day with prayer. There will be presentations by distinguished speakers on different dimensions of the theme and also a chance for conference delegates to respond via the Chat mechanism in Zoom.

Conference Chair: Dr Christopher Southgate
Conference Secretary: Kenneth Wilkinson-Roberts
Conference Chaplain: Rev Helen Burnett

The programme will include:

  • the best current scientific information – by Anna Harper (Univ. Exeter)
  • questions of disagreement and climate denial – by Mike Hulme (Univ. Cambridge)
  • theological dimensions in Climate discussions – by Celia Deane-Drummond (Univ. Oxford)
  • prophetic-political dimensions in Climate discussions – by Michael Northcott (Univ. Edinburgh)
  • a view from the Buddhist tradition – by Paul Fuller (Univ. Cardiff)
  • positive stories for the future – by Gaia Vince (freelance writer on science and culture)
  •  exploration in ‘godly longing and hope’ – by Christopher Southgate (Univ. Exeter)
  • ‘workshops’ on themes of lament, contemplation, and prayer
  • A final panel discussion

This is a full and high quality programme, and is very timely given the international UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) gathering in Glasgow in November.

The cost is £30.00 for the full or any part of the programme.
Please sign up for the conference using this link. Details on how to join the Zoom conference will be emailed to you closer to the date.

Click here to purchase a ticket.

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