The 2007-2008 Ignatian/Waterloo Catholic District School Board Lecture
In the past year, with the aid of Al Gore's sobering documentary and book, An Inconvenient Truth, and the rise of Stéphane Dion and Elizabeth May as leaders of the Liberal and Green parties, ecological concerns in general and climate change in particular have become unavoidable political and moral concerns. This talk explores some of the spiritual, religious, and ethical issues of
climate change, along with contemporary issues of poverty and social inequity. To Dr. Scharper, this is a "diagnostic moment" in our history, which contains some lineaments of hope amidst our current and impending ecological and social crises.
Stephen Bede Scharper
Dr. Stephen Bede Scharper is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and in the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto where he teaches courses on religion and ecology. He is author of Redeeming the Time: A Political Theology of the Environment (1997) and co-author of The Green Bible(1993). He is a frequent contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers, and writes a regular column in the Toronto Star.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Ignatian Lecture fund, which is endowed by the Upper Canada Province of the English-speaking Jesuits of Canada, and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.