Religion, Science and Ecology: Shared Responsibility for the Future

A Conference in Support of the Coalition of Massachusetts Religious Leaders and Scientists

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About the Conference

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
Merrimack College Campus | Directions
Cascia Hall and Rogers Center for the Arts |

In February 2018, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, convened an ecumenical and interfaith group of religious leaders in Massachusetts together with leading climate scientists from the Woods Hole Research Center, the University of Massachusetts and other institutions. Merrimack College, represented by its Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations, joined Cardinal O’Malley in this effort.

Our conference supports the goal of the coalition to bring religious leaders and scientists into dialogue to amplify the urgent call for ecological responsibility. 

Students and faculty are welcome to attend and may RSVP for portions of the program. 

Meet the Speakers

Rev. Antal

The Rev. Dr. James Antal

Special Advisor on Climate Justice to UCC General Minister and President
Author, Climate Church, Climate World
Retired Mass. Conference UCC Minister & President
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Rev. Lee Bluemel

Rev. Lee Bluemel

Senior Minister, The North Parish of North Andover,
a Unitarian Universalist congregation

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Dr. Roger Gottlieb

Dr. Roger Gottlieb

Professor of Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Author and editor

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Gina McCarthy

Prof. Gina McCarthy

Former EPA Administrator
Director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE)
Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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Dr. Richard Miller

Dr. Richard Miller

Director of the M.A. in Theology
Professor of Philosophical and Systematic Theology
Professor of Sustainability Studies
Creighton University
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11:30 Registration | Cascia Hall

Noon - 1 p.m. | Welcome and Opening Keynote: Catholic Initiative and Response to Climate Crisis with Dr. Richard Miller.

1 - 2 p.m. | Lunch with guided conversation

2 - 4 p.m. | Panel Discussion | On the Front Lines: In the Street, In the Pulpit and In the Classroom with the Rev. Dr. James Antal, Rev. Lee Bluemel and Dr. Roger Gottlieb

4:10 - 5:15 p.m. | Screening Emmy Award Winning “Journey of the Universe

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. | Dinner and guided conversation
RSVP REQUIRED; space is limited. Students should ask your professor or adviser to contact us if you would like an invitation to the dinner.

6:30-7 p.m. | Rogers Center for the Arts | Dessert reception

7 - 8 p.m. | Rogers Center for the Arts
Closing Keynote: Climate Science and Climate Policy with Prof. Gina McCarthy

This program is made possible by the the McLaughlin Martin Family Environmental Innovation Fund 

Sponsored by

Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations and the Center for Sustainability and the Environment at Merrimack College.

Free and open to the public | Attend any portion | RSVP appreciated


Climate Science Links


NASA: Global Climate Change, Vital Signs of the Planet: Evidence

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): Useful Links from the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change

Scientific American: The View from the Insurance Industry

US Department of Defense, Center for Climate & Security: Exploring the Security Risks of Climate Change