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A Pilgrimage for Gaia

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This is the second event in the Cosmology, Ecology and Theology series organised by the Institute for Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester. It is not necessary to have attended/ to attend all three events.

A Pilgrimage for Gaia
with Dr Helena Kettleborough,
Centre for Connected Practice & Manchester Metropolitan University School of Management

This will be an interactive workshop which aims to engage participants in bearing witness to the sixth global extinction event taking place all around us, encourage a contemplative response and culminate in empowering participants to take action, whether at individual, family, community or institutional level.

A multi-media experience, it will stimulate creativity and introduce approaches to God’s creation from the major world faiths as a means for participant’s to engage emotionally and intellectually and to reach a spiritual response to the anger, grief and helplessness which affect so many of us as we consider the challenges facing Gaia, our home.

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Cosmology, Ecology and Theology and the Cosmic Walk

New for 2018, the Institute for Theological Partnerships will be hosting three events exploring how our understanding of the origins of the Universe can be enhanced through these three disciplines.

ITP is home of the Cosmic Walk – an ongoing research project of Professor Lisa Isherwood FRSA. Located at the West Downs Campus, the Cosmic Walk is an invitation for you to put your feet on the ground and walk the Universe Story, to reflect on the incarnational theology which underpins the Christian faith and to realise your own experience of it.

Captured by the artwork of Dr Megan Clay, planting and sculptures (various), the CW offers a space to reflect upon the themes of creation, eco-justice, the Divine and our place in the world. Rooted in the academic disciplines of Feminist and Liberation theologies, with accompanying research papers and resources by Professor Isherwood on the academic work which underpins the CW, you are invited to come and visit the Cosmic Walk for yourselves!

The Cosmology, Ecology and Theology Series will introduce and explore themes of relationship – with each other (human and non-human); with the world (sustainable and nourishing); with the Divine using the approaches/ methodologies found in these three disciplines.

The New Cosmology - the Universe is a conscious,dynamic, energetic event, within which we are all connected and related and of this time.

“The creation story unfurling within the scientific enterprise provides the fundamental context, the fundamental arena of meaning, for all the peoples of the Earth. For the first time in human history, we can agree on the basic story of the galaxies, the stars, the planets, minerals, life forms, and human cultures. This story does not diminish the spiritual traditions of the classical or tribal periods of human history. Rather, the story provides the proper setting for the teachings of all traditions, showing the true magnitude of their central truths.”
From Canticle to the Cosmos Swimme, B 1995, audio recording by Sounds True

Ecology – for humanity. An ecological civilisation of sustainable and nourishing life systems.

(Christian) Theology – its role and influence on our past, present and for the future; why it matters and reading modern theologians

It is not essential to attend all three events (although we hope you might!), we simply invite you to attend if you are interested in finding out more. Free to attend and all are welcome. For further details and resources, please contact Joanna.Wilson@winchester.ac.uk



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