Climate Crisis, Faith and Witness Reading Group

4th January 2021 - 28th February 2021


This is an opportunity to read or re-read texts about the climate crisis and discuss them in small groups. Over 8 weeks we will look at:

  • Costing not less than everything, Pam Lunn, Swarthmore Lecture 2011 – this lecture was part of a process of reflecting on how Quakers should work towards sustainability that led to the Canterbury Commitment. What is our testimony in the time of climate crisis? How can we work together?
  • Silent Spring Rachel Carson, 1962 – this seminal text brought about a groundswell of reaction to the use of chemical insecticides. What made it so powerful? What does it have to say to us today?
  • Deep Adaptation: A Map for Navigating Climate Tragedy, Jem Bendell, 2018 – Jem Bendell believes societal collapse to be inevitable. However, he is not hopeless. While the scientific basis for his approach has been challenged, his response to the climate crisis is a powerful one. How do we remain hopeful when things seem hopeless? What are we prepared to let go?
  • Various texts on climate change by spiritual and faith leaders and groups – over the past few years many spiritual leaders and faith communities, including Quakers, have made statements about the the climate crisis. What do spiritual and religious teachings have to offer in this time of climate crisis? Where are the similarities we can draw on to work together?

At the end of each 2-week period there will be an opportunity to join small online discussion groups on Zoom to share your response to the texts through guiding questions.

These sessions will take place fortnightly on Thursday, 19:00-20:30 with the first session on Thursday 14 January.

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This course will involve:

Live discussionPrivate discussionWritten and visual

Accessibility info:

On the booking form, there is a chance for you to let us know about any accessibility or communications adjustments that will enable you to participate more fully in the course. Unfortunately, we cannot offer closed captions on any live sessions for this course.

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