Laudato Si'

Reflect on the insights and compassion shared in this papal encyclical released on June 18th, 2015.
by Pope Francis, the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church


Laudato Si' Official Release Announcement

In this video, official Vatican presenter & CHN Contributor, John Schellnhuber, introduces the release of Laudato Si'. For more on Schellnhuber's thoughts on climate change & democracy, see his post below.



An Integrating Story for a Sustainable Future: A Way toward New Human-Earth Relations

Explore how the next stage of evolutionary history will require the expansion of our worldview and ethics.
with Mary Evelyn-Tucker, co-director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale & Brian Swimme, Director of the Center for the Story of the Universe.

The Blue River Declaration: An Ethic of the Earth

Consider how our ecological reality can inform "...an ethic that is of, rather than against, the Earth."
with the Blue River Quorum, whose members include, Kathleen Dean Moore and J. Baird  Callicott


Making the Earth Covenant in Chicago

Contemplate a widening of the circle of moral community to include nature.
with J. Ron Engel, Professor Emeritus at Meadville Lombard Theological School, University of Chicago

Conservation and the Catholic Imagination

Reflect on the connections between Catholic Creation Care and a Leopoldian Land Ethic.
with Marybeth Lorbiecki, Director of the Interfaith Ocean Ethics Campaign

Inhabiting Eden: A Biblical Vision of Nature

Examine the difference between dominion and domination of the Earth.
with Patricia K. Tull, A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary

The Ethics of Adaptation to Global Warming

Grapple with "why it's wrong to wreck the world."
with Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Emerita, Oregon State University

On Not Needing to be Omnipotent

Contemplate what it means to be human and embrace humility in an age of climate change.
with Mary Midgley, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University

Morality Is in Our Brain, in Our Genes, and Even in the Structure of the Universe

Explore the idea that a Natural Law might be universal after all.
with Nicolas Baumard, Cognitive Sciences, École Normale Supérieure


Expanding the Democracy Universe

Examine how climate change calls for a worldwide rational and concerted action.
with Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber, Founder & Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research


What is the Single Greatest Virtue of Our Species?

Reflect on the virtues our species brings to today's ecological crisis.
with Brian Doyle, Editor, Portland Magazine


What Can Ecology Tell Us About the Nature of Reality

Consider that humans are not the only storytellers among us. 
with Brooke Hecht, President, Center for Humans and Nature


Reflections on the Entanglement of Principled Compassion, Morality, & Mind

Experience reverence and compassion for all of life.
with Joan Halifax, Founder & Abbott, Upaya Institute and Zen Center


The Necessity of Harmony for a Sustainable Planet

Be inspired by movements centered on peace, forgiveness, healing, and love.
with Jacqueline Patterson, Director, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program


Returning the Gift

Contemplate Potawatomi teachings on how to reciprocate the gifts of Mother Earth.
with Robin Wall Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, SUNY


Re-wilding Our Urban Ethics and Politics

Examine the creation of conceptual and actual spaces that promote ethics of caring for place.
with Anja Claus, Program Associate, Center for Humans and Nature


Love as Ethical Insight

Probe the reality of love and our connection with other humans and nature as a whole.
with Arthur Zajonc, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Amherst College


Center for Humans and Nature's Manifesto

Be inspired by the Center's mission to explore and promote our human responsibilities in relationship to nature - the whole community of life. Our Manifesto shares our values, beliefs, and intentions.

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