During the Laudato Si’ Online Conference, which happened during Laudato Si’ Week (June 13-17, 2016), prominent speakers from different backgrounds dialogued about the crisis affecting our common home and reflected on the Pope’s Laudato Si’ message on occasion of its first anniversary. Four webinars covered four key sections of the encyclical document, following the Pope’s “urgent appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet” (LS, 14).
WEBINAR #1: “What is happening to our Common Home” (Chapter 1)
Expert panelists reflect on Chapter 1 of Laudato Si and the state of scientific knowledge about the environmental crisis and its impacts on the poor.
- Dr. Marcia McNutt, Editor in Chief of Science Magazine
- Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences
- Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego
- Michel Roy, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis
Moderator: Patrick Carolan, Executive Director of Franciscan Action Network
WEBINAR #2: “Why is this Happening to our Common Home” (Chapters 2, 3, 4)
This panel explores the encyclical’s analysis of the causes of the current ecological crisis, the responsibility of humankind, and the invitation to embrace an integral ecology; all the while keeping dialogue with philosophy and human sciences.
- Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Franciscans Minor
- Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, Co-Director at the Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale University
- Fr. Sean McDonagh, SSC, Eco-theologian
- Dr. Vincent Miller, Professor at University of Dayton
Moderator: Fr James Martin, Editor at large of America magazine
WEBINAR #3: “What Should We Do For Our Common Home” (Chapters 5)
This chapter addresses the question of what we can and must do. This panel will explore proposals “for dialogue and action which would involve each of us individually no less than international policy”.
- Jeffrey Sachs, Bestselling Author & Director of UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- Bernd Nilles, Secretary General of CIDSE
- Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services
- May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org
Moderator: Tomás Insua, Founding Coordinator of GCCM & Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University
WEBINAR #4: “Interfaith Panel: Ecological Education and Spirituality (Chapter 6)
The final chapter invites everyone to the heart of ecological conversion. The roots of the cultural crisis are deep, and it is not easy to reshape habits and behaviour. Prominent faith leaders will comment on the perspective of their faith traditions about ecological education and spirituality of each faith tradition, and will reflect on the Laudato Si message and the Pope’s contribution.
- Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism
- Rev. Kyoichi Sugino, Deputy Secretary General of Religions for Peace
- Dr. Din Syamsuddin, Leader, Muhammadiyah, Indonesia
- Dr Bill Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace
- Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith
Moderator: Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia & GCCM Steering Committee member.
WEBINAR #5 – EN ESPAÑOL: “A UN AÑO DE LAUDATO SI'”
- Mons. Julio Bonino, obispo de Tacuarembó
- Hna Xiskya Valladares, Cofundadora de #IMisión
- Dr. Pablo Canziani, Profesor de Ciencias Físicas de la UBA.
Moderador: Gabriel López, Administrador de Paz y Bien