Navigating ecological tragedy: a collaborative inquiry with Buddhists and Christians: 6-8 March

Navigating ecological tragedy: a collaborative inquiry with Buddhists and Christians

6-8 March 2020 at Gomde Lindholme Hall, nr Doncaster

In partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Doncaster Climate Commission

The climate crisis has only just begun, but it confronts us with ancient questions – the ultimate questions of faith.  What is asked of us, as humanity faces the difficult times ahead?

Green Christian is collaborating with Gomde UK Buddhist Centre, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and others in a ground-breaking weekend for Christians, Buddhists and those who travel with them.  We will explore:

  • What we can learn from our own tradition, and from each other’s, that will help humanity to enter a radically uncertain future
  • What skills emerge from what we have learnt together, which might help our communities to prepare for change.

As a starting point we will take the notion of deep adaptation to climate breakdown, as proposed by Dr Jem Bendell.  We will meet others who are asking the same questions, even if they find different words for their answers – those in our faith communities, in Extinction Rebellion, or now entering honest doubt.

Green Christian hope that those of us who are Christians will discover new gifts in the Gospel for dark times.  Friends from Buddhist traditions will likewise share what they learn from the Dharma.  We are honoured to be joined by the elected Mayor of Doncaster, the Council’s Chief Executive, members of the city’s Climate Emergency Commission, and people from other faiths.  They will hold us to account in our task and learn alongside us.  Our moderator will be Dr Stefan Skrimshire, who leads the Religion and Extinction project of the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Many people, Christians and Buddhists among them, are awakening to the profound spiritual challenges of today’s climate predicament.  Join us for a journey beyond unrealistic hope and unfounded despair, where maps have yet to be drawn.

Please read on for further information.  You will find more details and a booking form on the website of Gomde UK Buddhist Centre.


Friday 6 March (Evening) and the ensuing weekend 7-8 March:

Navigating ecological tragedy: a collaborative inquiry with Buddhists and Christians

In partnership with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Doncaster Climate Commission

Friday 6th March: Doncaster College University Centre, The Hub, Chappell Dr, Doncaster DN1 2RF

Saturday-Sunday 7th – 8th March: Gomde UK, Lindholme Hall, Lindholme Bank Rd, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, DN7 6DT


Green Christian are delighted to be working with friends from the Buddhist tradition, the city of Doncaster’s Mayor and Chief Executive, and its Climate Emergency commission, to bring you this ground-breaking event.

Join us on a journey where maps have yet to be drawn

Booking now open: visit gomde.uk/navigating-ecological-tragedy

Now is a time between worlds: the one we have always known, and another beginning to unfold. On current trends, climate breakdown and mass extinctions could trigger the collapse of our civilisation. Even with resolute action, we stand to lose much that we cherish.

Our response to today’s ecological emergency will be the making of us, and of all life on earth. If we have the courage to face our grief and anxiety, we may find that beyond them lie self-transcendence, equanimity, even joy – and the power to act, whatever the future holds.

Navigating Ecological Tragedy will feature time for Christians to meet with each other, with Buddhists and people of other faiths, and with civic leaders in Doncaster, a city no stranger to flooding, to map out a common future in the face of uncertainty.

If you would like to be involved as a Christian facilitator in the weekend’s dialogue, please contact Paul Bodenham, trustee of Green Christian and co-ordinator of our Borrowed Time project.

Overview of Programme

An evening of talks and discussions on Friday 6th March 6.30pm at Doncaster College University Centre. Open to all – the wider religious and civic community.

The weekend programme 7th–8th March, with residential and non-residential options, is for Christians and Buddhists and those who wish to travel with them.  It will be held at Lindholme Hall, a beautiful 180-acre estate and Buddhist Centre in the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve.

Speakers include:

Dr. Karin Meyers

Visiting Assistant Professor at Smith College and Faculty Advisor, Rangjung Yeshe Institute.

Dr. Andreas Doctor

Editorial Co-Director at “84000: Translating the Words of the Buddha”.

Paul Bodenham

Trustee and recent Chair of Green Christian, co-founder of Operation Noah and Borrowed Time, and officer for social action in the Diocese of Nottingham.

Dr Jackie Turvey Tait

Honorary postdoctoral fellow in theological ethics at the University of Chester and a lead scholar with the US based think tank Ethicists

Without Borders.

Dr Stefan Skrimshire (Moderator)

Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, and leads the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Religion and Extinction Network.

Click to download the flier for this weekend

navigating ecological tragedy text

For further details and a booking form, please visit gomde.uk/navigating-ecological-tragedy


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