Epiphany West 2010 Highlights Faith & Sustainability


EW2010; Sacred Elements--Creating Sustainable Earth Communities

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Now in it’s second decade, CDSP’s annual, ecumenical and interfaith conference, Epiphany West, is known for gathering a diverse community of scholars, writers, practitioners, and artists into vibrant conversation on the CDSP campus in Berkeley. The upcoming conference, which will be held from January 25-29, 2010, continues this tradition with an engaging rosters of speakers and conference workshop leaders who will facilitate engagement with issues of economic and environmental sustainability as they are influenced by religious belief and action. Sacred Elements: Creating Sustainable Earth Communities, coordinated thematically by CDSP Associate Professor of Theology Marion Grau and directed by Elizabeth Drescher, director of the Center for Anglican Learning & Leadership, offers an interreligious and interdisciplinary exploration of approaches to sustainability in the context of religious faith.

Conference details and green, online registration is available on the CDSP website.



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One Comment on “Epiphany West 2010 Highlights Faith & Sustainability”

  1. Katherine Ellis Says:

    “Is it possible,” Mary asks, “that ‘perfection’ is a mistranslation, or an anarchism?” My little Pocket Latin Dictionary gives “complete” and “finished” as meanings of the word “perfectus.” I’m reading an interesting book called A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren in which he argues that the equation of “perfect” with unchanging stasis is not a Jewish idea but was brougt in through Greek and Roman philosophy, particularly Plato’s idea of the real as the invisible and unchanging. Creation was perfect and uinchanging from Day Six on, so the fall brought about change, and therefore destroyed forever what God had done.
    The Latin root of the word suggests making, going all the way to the end, carrying something through as far as possible at any given time. Our God is either static, and Jesus is pointing us in that direction, or he is inexhaustibly making, carrying through, and Jesus is urging us to do that. I of course adopt the latter reading.
    I don’t go along with the idea that anything short of striving for the impossible produces nothing but middle class complacency. This implies, to my way of thinking, that we are fundamentally flawed and always will be, that nothing we do can ever be good enough for God.
    I don’t think this view leads to loving behavior and peacemaking. In fact, I think it may be what lies behind so much Christian violence that we have seen over the centuries: a projection onto others of our own sense of imperfection and a determination to eliminate it–through violence if necessary.
    From my Buddhist medidation I have come to believe that only if we see ourselves as fundamentally good can we really love our enemies, as Jesus tells us to do. That goodness was planted in us, and in our enemies, by God, and though it has been, and is being covered over, it has not been exxtinguished.
    Okay, enough from me.

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