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Grace Forum Online with Dr. Philip Clayton: Climate Change and COVID-19

May 27, 2020

6:00 pm

Join us for Grace Cathedral’s flagship conversation program online with the science, philosophy and theology scholar and activist Dr. Philip Clayton who is working toward a genuinely ecologically sustainable civilization.

Could COVID-19 help us win the fight against climate change? The pandemic has elicited a global response unlike anything we’ve seen before, and carbon emissions have dropped worldwide. This crisis also presents an opportunity, so how can we all―scholars and activists, secular and religious leaders, the private sector as well as the public―begin to live and think right now the way our grandchildren will have to live and think, impacted by the climate crisis? Join us to hear from teacher, speaker, author and activist Philip Clayton in conversation with Dean Malcolm Clemens Young as he reflects on what actions we can take to shift the structures of human life on this planet toward a genuinely ecological civilization. As a scholar, Clayton (Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology) works at the intersection of science, philosophy and theology. As an activist (president of, and the Institute for Postmodern Development of China), he works to convene, facilitate and catalyze multi-sectoral initiatives toward ecological civilization.



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About the guest

Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology and an affiliated faculty member at Claremont Graduate University. The author or editor of some 24 books and several hundred articles, Clayton received a joint doctorate in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University and has held guest professorships and fellowships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. Within the natural sciences, his publications have focused on emergent dynamics in biology and the neural correlates of consciousness. As a theologian, he has defended a trinitarian panentheism, an emergentist theory of human personhood, and a theory of freedom influenced by Karl Rahner. Clayton launched the Comparative Theology and Philosophy PhD program at Claremont and works closely with thought leaders from across the world’s religious traditions. In recent years he has been concentrating on ecotheology and now serves as the President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization ( Clayton’s publications include the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science; Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness; The Reemergence of Emergence; In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World; Adventures in the Spirit; The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith; Religion and Science: The Basics; and Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society

About the host

The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young is the dean of Grace Cathedral. He is the author of The Spiritual Journal of Henry David Thoreau and The Invisible Hand in Wilderness: Economics, Ecology, and God, and is a regular contributor on religion to the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner.

About The Forum

The Forum is a series of stimulating conversations about faith and ethics in relation to the important issues of our day. We invite inspiring and illustrious people to sit down for a real conversation with the Forum’s host, Malcolm Clemens Young, the dean of Grace Cathedral, and with you. Our guests range from artists, inventors and philosophers to pop culturists and elected officials, but the point of The Forum is singular: civil, sophisticated discourse that engages minds and hearts to think in new ways about the world.


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