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Our Common Home: Reflections on the Pope’s Encyclical, Climate Justice, and the Call to Hope

January 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This panel event is sponsored by the Wake Forest University School of Divinity’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina.

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The world needs an ecological conversion.

That’s the core message of Pope Francis’ powerful encyclical letter Laudato Sí (Praised Be). The human species has managed to run up a sizeable ecological deficit on all our earthly accounts—soil, water, and climate. From the way we feed ourselves, power our buildings, and transport our bodies, the evidence is clear: we need to transition away from fossil fuels and start building a clean energy economy.

We need to work across disciplines to create a holistic way of approaching climate change. Pope Francis’s words speak to a growing hunger for religious leaders to model ecological leadership, and signals a generative role that the church can play in the larger society.

Join us as we convene a lively panel discussion on this topic featuring a theologian, a journalist, a climate scientist, and a local community activist. We invite your participation as we rethink how to achieve a flourishing economy while preserving this earth, our common home.