"Ecotheology: Caring for and Connecting with Our Earth"

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An Interfaith Panel Discussion

Religious Leaders to Discuss Relationships Between Religion and the Environment

In honor of Earth Day, the Friends of the Bethel Public Library is presenting an interfaith panel discussion on the relationships among God, humanity and the natural world. This unique program, “Ecotheology: Caring for and Connecting with Our Earth,” will be held at the library on Earth Day, April 22, beginning at 2 p.m.

“Major religions have much to say about the sanctity of Earth and the natural world,” says Jenny Tesar, President of the Friends. “Though this has been true for thousands of years, today there is a heightened consideration by people of faith of their religious history, norms and values in light of environmentalism, as well as a rethinking of what their responses to today’s environmental crises can or should be. As part of this development, we are increasingly seeing religious communities and interfaith groups addressing issues such as sustainable development, climate change and biodiversity.”

The panelists include Geshe Lobsang Dhargey, resident teacher at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace in Redding; Jane Ellingwood, Ph.D., of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Bethel; and Ms. Eman Beshtawii, founder and director, of the Al Hedaya Islamic Center in Newtown.

The speakers will discuss principles and practices from their faith traditions of caring for and respecting Earth, of the interconnectedness of living beings and all aspects of nature, and of the integrity or worth of the non-human world. The role of human beings in endangering Earth and its inhabitants on the one hand, and in working to protect Earth and in trying to achieve sustainable human-Earth relationships on the other hand, also will be considered. Questions from attendees will be encouraged.

Registration for the program is required. Register through the Bethel Public Library’s online calendar at click for details or by calling 203-794-8756 x4.

For additional information contact Jenny Tesar, 203-792-8237

Tags: Library Events, Earth Day Ecotheolgy Interfaith

Event Details

Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Bethel Public Library
189 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, Connecticut 06801
Jenny Tesar

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