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Religion & Environment: An Interfaith Exploration of Conservation and Environmentalism

October 26, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Due to today’s storm, the Land Trust and Interfaith Council have make the decision to postpone tonight’s Religion and the Environment Program. The storm is forecasted to get worse as the day goes on, which complicates travel for our out-of-town lecturers and panelists, and may causes power/internet outages for our virtual attendees.

While we were very much looking forward to gathering today, we feel it best to reschedule so that this important program can have the greatest reach and impact. The new program date will be announced as soon as possible.

Join the New Canaan Land Trust and Interfaith Council of New Canaan in an interfaith exploration of conservation and environmentalism. Centered around the three Abrahamic faiths, this program will explore the different ways that religion tasks us with protecting and stewarding the earth. We welcome community members of all faiths to join us either in-person or virtually.

The program will begin with a lecture from Drs. Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, professors at Yale University, and Co-Directors of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Their presentation will link conservation and environmentalism to the teachings of many of the world’s religions. Drs. Tucker and Grim will also help us to understand how different faiths interpret and and ask us to respond to the environmental issues that we face today.

Following the lecture, we will host a panel discussion with faith leaders from in and around New Canaan. The panel will be moderated by Reverend Stephanie Johnson, a former student of Drs. Tucker and Grim, who has spent many years working at the intersection of theology and environmentalism and facilitates faith-based environmental programs. Additional information about the panel is below.

Join us in-person at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, or online via a live stream. We kindly request that all participants wishing to attend in-person be fully vaccinated. We will have reduced capacity at the Congregational Church meeting house to allow for social distancing, and require that attendees wear masks for the duration of the program.

Featured Lecturers

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim teach at Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School. They direct the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, which arose from ten conferences they organized at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions. They are series editors of the Harvard volumes from the conferences on Religion and Ecology. Tucker specializes in East Asian religions, especially Confucianism. Grim specializes in indigenous traditions, especially Native American religions. Grim and Tucker have written a number of books including Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014) and edited the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology (2017). They are editors for the series on Ecology and Justice from Orbis Books.

They were students of Thomas Berry and collaborated over several decades to edit his books. They also wrote Thomas Berry: A Biography with Andrew Angyal (Columbia, 2019).



Panel Moderator
Reverend Stephanie Johnson, Rector, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenwich


Dr. Kareem Adeeb, Chairman of the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut
Part-time Imam at the United Nations in New York


Elizabeth Garnsey, Associate Rector, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan


Reverend Robert Kinnally, Pastor, Saint Aloysius Parish in New Canaan


Cliffe Knetchtle, Senior Pastor, Grace Church in New Canaan


Rabbi Jay TelRav, Rabbi, Temple Sinai in Stamford


October 26, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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New Canaan Land Trust
Interfaith Council of New Canaan


Congregational Church of New Canaan
23 Park Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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