Touch the Earth lightly: meditation and the future of the planet

Published 21st of January 2020

When: Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th of June, 2020

Where: The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, DE55 1AU

"The 2020 annual conference of the UK Christian Meditation Community invites all who want to deepen their understanding of the ecological emergency and find a contemplative response. Revisit the Christian understandings of creation. Explore how meditation and contemplative practice can:

  • awaken us to a more sustainable life
  • help us to respond to the crisis
  • bring hope and courage in the face of the uncertain future for civilisation as we know it.

  • The conference will seek to inspire meditators in their continuing practice of meditation but also extends the warmest of welcomes to all who would like to participate.

    Timothy O'Riordan OBE is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. His books, research and advice to public bodies has covered institutional aspects of global environmental change and the transition to sustainability. He has a particular interest in the interface between morality, science, personal ethics and community behaviour.

    Dr. Carmody Grey has degrees in theology and in conservation biology. She is Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology at Durham University, working in philosophical theology and theological ethics, with a focus on science, nature and environment. She also teaches and speaks publicly and is a columnist for The Tablet.

    Patrick Woodhouse was Precentor of Wells Cathedral and Social Responsibility Adviser in two Anglican dioceses. Author of several books and a past leader of our conference when he spoke on the writings of the Jewish diarist Etty Hillesum. A particular interest is the practice of contemplation in dark times."


    The talks will be integrated into a rhythm of meditation, workshops, opportunities for discussion/questions – and social time. The agenda will be sent in advance. Registration is from 16.00 Friday; the conference ends with Sunday lunch at 12.30pm.

    Conference administrator: John Roberts
    tel: 07970039007

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