Laid Bare: Sacred Earth

Laid Bare: Vulnerabilities & Vitalities at the Nexus of Religion, Science & Technology
Episode 2: Sacred Earth

Wednesday, January 27, 2021  •  2:30pm MST  •  Online, via Zoom

The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any in recent memory. Yet even in this unprecedented time, Covid-19 has contributed to a somewhat ironic outcome: it has laid bare the cares, concerns, and contradictions that have long been present, re-establishing and re-framing everyday experiences and vulnerabilities intensified by the severity of our situation. Included in this reimagining is our relationship with the environment.

Although the pandemic did not cause our ecological crisis, it has brought it into sharper focus. Social ills already exasperated by the eco-crisis have become more unsteady—from food insecurities to racial disparities to fragile democracies. The novel coronavirus continues to proliferate, causing much suffering and devastation, and other natural phenomena, including droughts, floods, storms and fires continue to set records, altering lives and landscapes. As necessary precautions have disrupted the rhythms of daily life and social support systems, they have also significantly benefited the natural world.

This juxtaposition of environmental flourishing and human suffering raises questions about humanity’s relations with the natural world:

  • Must environmental flourishing be tied to human suffering or human isolation?
  • What is the role of religion or religious communities in constructing an environmental ethic?
  • What does it mean to hold the Earth as "sacred"—and is that necessary for a sufficient response to our current eco-crisis?
  • What are the limitations of religious environmentalism in responding to a pandemic or climate change?
  • Is a religious framework inclusive enough and robust enough for a convincing and efficacious planetary ethic?

Join us for our second conversation in the "Laid Bare" series as we discuss these and other questions with Mary Evelyn Tucker, the co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University, and Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism and director of the Center for Jewish Studies. Discussion will be moderated by Craig Calhoun, University Professor of Social Sciences at the School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures.

About the series:
Laid Bare: Vulnerabilities & Vitalities at the Nexus of Religion, Science & Technology is a series of conversations that will bring together unlikely pairings of guests from the worlds of science and religion, technology and public life to discuss the simple—but consequential—things of life that maybe didn’t get our shared attention, or not to the same degree, until the virus laid them bare.  

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 NOTE: Please follow the link to join this event via Zoom Webinar. Webinar participants will be able to pose questions via the Q&A function during the event.This event will also be live-streamed via YouTube Live & ASU Live

Wednesday, January 27th, 2020 • 2:30pm MST
Online, via Zoom (Link provided with registration)