“Nothing prepares us for the kind of environmental/geological changes that loom.” (The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis, 2015)
The Anthropocene, the name for our present age of human-induced global warming and climate disruption,confronts everyone and everything with a new reality, a new geological regime of existence for the Earth and a new human condition.
This Colloquy asks us to formulate in our own lives well considered ethical and spiritual responses to the reality of the Anthropocene. We discuss selected short readings by major writers such as Thomas Berry, and Thich Nhat Hanh. To this we combine experiential learning practices such as mindfulness training and journaling.
After a long teaching career at Bates College, Denis Sweet now lives in Blue Hill. At Bates he pioneered interdisciplinary courses that coupled philosophical and ecological investigations with an experiential component.
Week One: Drew Dellinger’s poem “Hieroglyphic Stairway”
Week Two: Thomas Berry,” Earth as Sacred Community “, in Thomas Berry, Evening Thoughts, p. 43-58
Week Three: Thomas Berry, “The World of Wonder,” in Thomas Berry, The Sacred Universe, p. 170-77
Week Four: Thich Nhat Hanh, “Caring for the Environmentalist,” in Thich Nhat Hanh, The World We Have, p. 69-78
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