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Cultivating Hope and Joy in the Anthropocene

August 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT

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In “Cultivating Hope and Joy in the Anthropocene” Dr. Jeff Crane will closely examine the role of community farming as a strategy that builds community and ecosystem resilience while providing mitigation. The benefits of this strategy including food justice and sovereignty, carbon sequestration, habitat creation, and increased ecosystem services are relatively well known. Dr. Crane intends to delve deeper to analyze the ways in which community farming can contribute to a narrative of hope while also providing joy for individuals and the community.

It’s easy to feel despondent with daily reports of ecological crisis in the news – from wildfires, to droughts, to floods & more. The dismal facts threaten to overwhelm us. But doom and gloom never did any good nor made any positive change. And, there is reason for real optimism — not wishful thinking — with a clear-eyed focus on solutions ready to hand and well within reach. Join our eminent speakers in this virtual lecture series to learn where they find hope — and why you should, too, — that empowers us all to respond to the ecological crisis. Our speakers include:  Phoebe Barnard, PhD, CEO of the Stable Planet Alliance & Professor of Biodiversity and Environmental Futures at the University of Washington, Jeff Crane, PhD, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Humboldt University, Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch, Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Jaclyn Bringuez, Senior Director of Development & Mallory Henig, Senior Manager, Individual and Planned Giving, both at Conservation International, and Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D., Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics & The Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Ethics at Catholic Theological Union. Details for each lecture are given below.  Attend all five lectures, or just one.  All lectures are recorded with recordings distributed to all registrants. Register on www.eventbrite.com at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stories-of-hope-amid-ecological-crisis-tickets-669424595987.  Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com for more information.


August 17, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Event Category:


online (zoom or other)
virtual/online United States


Christ the King Lutheran Church