Loving Our Earth - SKSM Symposium 2013

Wednesday, August 28th 2013 to Thursday, August 29th 2013

An Urban Retreat on Environmental Justice

Join us for 2 days of study, dialogue, ritual celebrations, food, music, art and community-building celebrating the Spirit of Life. Our Annual Symposium connects all Starr King School's students, faculty, staff, trustees, graduates and communities as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive,  just and sustainable communities.

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Starr King's 2013 Symposium features Joanna Macy, Ph.D. Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.

Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age (New Society Publishers, 1983); Dharma and Development (Kumarian Press, 1985); Thinking Like a Mountain (with John Seed, Pat Fleming, and Arne Naess; New Society Publishers, 1988; New Society/ New Catalyst, 2007); Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory (SUNY Press, 1991); Rilke's Book of Hours (1996, 2005) and In Praise of Mortality (2004) (with Anita Barrows, Riverhead); Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown, New Society Publishers, 1998); Joanna's memoir entitled Widening Circles (New Society, 2000); World as Lover, World as Self (Parallax Press, 2007), A Year With Rilke, (with Anita Barrows, Harper One, 2009); and Pass It On: Five Stories That Can Change the World (with Norbert Gahbler, Parallax Press, 2010).

Joanna travels widely giving lectures, workshops, and training's in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She lives in Berkeley, California, near her children and grandchildren.

Dr. Macy is a Research Scholar at Starr King School for the Ministry.


Symposium will be held at the following locations:
First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California - 1433 Madison Street., Oakland CA 94612 

"Loving Our Earth" is organized by Starr King School for the Ministry, a member of the Graduate Theological Union, with support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. It is convened by Dr. Gabriella Lettini, SKSM Dean of Faculty.

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