Part of the 2014 Sustainability Lecture Series
Social Ecology Doctoral Program at the University of California, Irvine
CUSA research associate and co-recipient of the center’s 2013 Human Security Fellowship, Nora Davis, will be giving a talk on Religion and Sustainability on January 29th at 9pm in St. James Church. The talk is to mark the beginning of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs’ Sustainability Speaker Series of 2014, in addition to being a part of UCI’s inaugural Peace Week, which will span from January 27th to the 31st.
Researchers do not commonly characterize the relationship between sustainability and religion as particularly positive; however, closer study reveals a far more complicated relationship between the two. As the specific goal of achieving environmental sustainability is often addressed purely by technological, economic, and efficiency-oriented solutions, this lecture will focus on an area given comparatively little attention: the overlap between religious experiences and environmental sustainability. In solutions-based discussions, this overlap plays are surprisingly small role, especially given the common action item that concludes nearly every environmental conversation: “we need to change people’s values; we need to change culture.” When paired alongside the similarly-common narrative that value-based institutions (religions) are incompatible with environmentalism, we are left with quite a gap to close. This lecture will explore the relationship between sustainability and the history, practices, and sacred texts of major world religions to ask the question: How can these theologies, concepts, and experiences be leveraged to strengthen the relationship between religion and sustainability?
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