Soul Care in a Time of Climate Crisis

Date(s) - 01/08/2022
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Soul Care in a Time of Climate Crisis
Saturday, January 8, 9:00 am to 1:45 pm (Central Time)
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225

Climate crisis with its attendant ecological ruin is the defining challenge of our era. While the material effects of climate change are frequently reported and well known—i.e., warming temperatures, melting glaciers and sea level rise, frequent and destructive wildfires, the extinction crisis, etc.—the psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects are less well recognized. What implications are there for the work of soul care in a time of climate and ecological crises?  How do we nurture resilience and hope in our spirits in this time? What do pastoral and spiritual caregivers need to attend to persons and communities experiencing the effects of climate change? In the words of the writer Terry Tempest Williams, “How do we find the strength to not look away from all that is breaking our hearts?” while remaining engaged in meaningful action? In this workshop, we will explore our grief and anxiety while reflecting on the possibilities for resilience and hope. Drawing on recent work in climate emotions, trauma studies, ecoanxiety studies, and ecotheology, we will establish frameworks for understanding the human experience of climate crisis in its material and spiritual dimensions while learning practices for tending to the work of soul care in this time.

Timothy Robinson serves on the faculty of Brite Divinity School as Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Associate Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines.  He teaches courses on the history and practice of Christian spirituality, ecotheology, and climate justice. His publications include Spirit and Nature: Studying Spirituality in a Time of Ecological Urgency, a book he co-edited, and he is currently working on a book about Howard Thurman’s ecological theology. He holds a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and is an ordained clergyperson in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).