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 evening symposium panel will consist of four speakers who represent Hindu/Vedantic, Islamic, Catholic, and indigenous perspectives on the subject.
Moderator: John Thomas Lopategui, Ed.D, Kriya Yoga Institute
11:00 am: FIU Welcome and Acknowledgements
11:05 am: Opening Address: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Spiritual Leader, Kriya Yoga Institute
11:25 am: Father Augusto Zampini Davies, PhD, Director of Development and Faith, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican, Rome
11:45 am: Audience Question and Answer
12:00 pm: Melissa K. Nelson, PhD, Ecologist/Professor of American Indian Studies, San Francisco State University
12:20 pm: Seyyed Hossein Nasr, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
12:45 pm: Audience Question and Answer
1:00 pm: Closing Remarks: Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
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Acharyas: Yogacharya John Thomas Lopategui
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