Climate Emergency: the search for hope beyond denial and despair
Conference Chair: Dr Christopher Southgate
Conference Secretary: Kenneth Wilkinson-Roberts
Conference Chaplain: Rev Helen Burnett
Speakers include: Anna Harper, Mike Hulme, Michael Northcott, Celia Deane-Drummond, Paula Fuller, Gaia Vince, Christopher Southgate.
The 2021 Modern Church Conference addresses the greater emergency that sits at present in the background of the 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.
First, we need the best current scientific information, which Anna Harper will provide. Mike Hulme will reflect on why it has been so hard for so many to accept the science. From Michael Northcott and Celia Deane-Drummond we shall gain frameworks for thinking through the issues from within Christian theology. This is complemented by input from Paul Fuller on the ecological contribution of Buddhism.
The conference than takes more interactive directions, with workshops on lament, contemplation, artistic response, and praxis, and poster sessions with students in the new MA programme at Roehampton University. Gaia Vince will offer positive stories that build courage for the era into which we are moving. Christopher Southgate will reflect further on what might mean to long for God’s Kingdom as that era unfolds. Finally, there will be further opportunities for us to reflect together through a panel discussion.