In April 2011, Members of the Trinity House Catholic Worker and the “In the Land of the Living Collective” in Michigan are organizing a symposium with Ched Myers, John Zerzan and Layla AbdelRahi to be held at the University of New Mexico. This symposium will continue an ongoing dialogue between people of the Judeo-Christian faith and those interested in Anarcho-Primitivsm who—although seemingly different—are mutually invested in the survival of the earth and healthy cultures.
Having a conversation about environmentalism and a radical critique of the dominant culture in a public sphere, where it can be documented will surely be an important event and we are deeply interested in having a biblical perspective incorporated. Ched’s ability to stare unflinchingly at the darkness of the culture and explore what responsible biblical action means in the face of it sets him apart from most theologians and writers. His analyses help Christians who hope to be part of the solution, instead of the problem. Christians have a long history of violence, oppression and justifying vast environmental irresponsibility. We believe that conversations such as this, where prophetic Christian voices are being heard outside of the church setting, contribute to the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth and encourage folks around the world that Christians are relevant to creating environmental and social change.
John Zerzan and Layla Abdel Rahim are leading theorist concerning the civilization critique. They will be in conversation with Ched Meyers about many different issues. Is civilization sustainable? What can we learn from the tribal Jewish past? Can Social Ecology and Christianity work together?
When: April 1st 5:30pm and 2nd 3pm,2011
Where: UNM-Student Union Building 3rd floor
Rooms: Fri-LOBO a/b Saturday: Mirage/Thunderbird
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