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A Night Roundtable on Religion & Environment

On 29 November 2022 (18:45 - 21:15) Foundation Academy of Amsterdam in collaboration with Amsterdam Centre for Religion & Sustainable Development (Vrije Universiteit) presents: A Night Roundtable on Religion & Environment with Dr. Jan Jorrit Hasselaar.

In the past few years the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become the umbrella to address the challenges of our times, for example environmental challenges and poverty. In many of these challenges, religion plays, or can play, a significant role. However, the specific contributions of religion, both in perpetuating certain problems and in overcoming them, are often less clear.

This round table focuses on religion and the environment. Environmental issues like climate change, for example expressed in the extreme drought of last summer in Europe, evoke easily fear and a sense of apocalypse. (Western) Christianity is often accused of contributing to the ecological issues by disconnecting humans beings from the earth, animals and trees. At the same time, someone like late Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and leading public intellectual, highlights, based on biblical narratives, a politics of hope instead of a politics of apocalypse on contemporary issues. In this Round Table we explore with one another insights from our religious and cultural traditions in relation to the earth, animals, trees and climate. Which insights perpetuate environmental issues and which help to overcome them. We will learn from another about green(ing) our churches and theology. Introduction lecture will be given by dr. Jan Jorrit Hasselaar, director of Amsterdam Centre for Religion & Sustainable Development (Vrije Universiteit).


Date: 29 November

Time: 18:45 - 21:15

Place: On site (Bijlmerdreef 1289 ~ 1103 TV Amsterdam) CEC Building, second floor (Foundation Academy)

Online: Via Zoom


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