Spiritual ecology is a 40-year old academic field in religious studies recognizing that there is a spiritual facet to all issues related to conservation, environmentalism, and actions that support the flourishing of the planet. This symposium will explore through interfaith dialogue, humanity’s underlying attitudes and beliefs that have led to the depletion of species, global warming, and over-consumption. Proponents of Spiritual Ecology assert a need for contemporary conservation work to include spiritual perspectives and for contemporary religion and spirituality to include awareness of and engagement in ecological issues. The symposium panel will consist of three speakers who represent Hindu/Vedantic, Islamic, and Indigenous perspectives on the subject.
11:00 am Welcome from FIU: John Stack, PhD, Founding Dean, Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs
Moderator: John Thomas Lopategui, Ed.D, Kriya Yoga Institute
11:05 am Opening Address: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Spiritual Leader, Kriya Yoga Institute
11:25 am Audience Question and Answer: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
11:30 am Melissa K. Nelson, PhD (Anishinaabe), Ecologist and Professor Indigenous Sustainability, Arizona State University
11:55 pm Audience Question and Answer: Dr. Nelson
12:00 pm Seyyed Hossein Nasr, PhD, University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
12:25 pm Audience Question and Answer: Dr. Nasr
12:30 pm Open Discussion: Audience and Speaker Question and Answer
12: 45 pm Closing Remarks: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
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Acharyas: Yogacharya John Thomas Lopategui
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