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On Care For Our Common Home

Engaging Laudato Si, Pope Francis’s Ecological Justice Encyclical

March 17 - 18, 2016

Project Abstract

In his recent encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home (May 24, 2015), Pope Francis explicitly addresses “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about humanity’s role in the present and future condition of Earth. The pope describes the ecological situation as urgent. Picking up on both that note of urgency and encouragement for dialogue, “On Care for Our Human Home” will be a series of events in spring semester 2016, bringing expert scholars to campus, stimulating interdisciplinary conversations across the University, making available reflective and spiritual opportunities, and inviting engagement with the wider Metro Nashville community.

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Lecture: The Ecological Common Good and the Globalization of Indifference delivered by Kevin Ahern, Ph.D. (Religious Studies Dept., Manhattan College) with responses from Carwil Bjork-James (Anthropology) and Michael Vandenbergh (Law)


Lecture: Our Sister, Mother Earth : Promise and Challenges in an Ecological Vision of Family" delivered by Nichole Flores, Ph.D. (Religious Studies Dept., University of Virginia) with responses from Emilie Townes (Divinity) and Douglas Perkins (Peabody)