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Ethical Futures: Digital and Ecological

A multi-disciplinary network interested in developing theological responses to ecological challenges and digital technologies

Ethical Futures: Digital and Ecological is a multi-disciplinary network of theologians, philosophers, natural and social scientists, artists, practitioners, academics and activists with shared interests in developing theological responses to ecological challenges and new digital technologies.

The network emerged from conversations following the publication of a book in 2017 by Senior Research Fellow Rev’d Dr John Reader, entitled Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent. Examining the concepts of transcendence, human agency, and a New Enlightenment, Reader’s book also moves into more practical areas of aesthetics and technology and a response to the contemporary apocalyptic of climate change.

Following the launch of the book in Oxford, subsequent meetings and discussions have been held with a growing number of scholars and activists, interested to challenge and develop the themes it engages, particularly the ethical questions that lie at the intersections between our algorithmic society, the contemporary ecological crisis and religion.

This work follows in the tradition of William Temple, who was deeply concerned with, not only social justice, but also the environmental sustainability of our earth and the impact of technology.

“As a general principle upon which alone the solid foundations of peace can be built, we should recognise that the resources of the earth should be used as God’s gift to the whole human race, and used with due consideration for the needs of the present and future generations.”

Read more about the members of this network here.

Upcoming Meetings

April – 13th – Spaces of Trust in a Digital Age – Academic Input

First of two webinars reflecting on the nexus between disinformation, democracy, religion, and the digital.

Speakers: Dr Beth Singler, Homerton College, University of Cambridge; Rev’d Dr Eric Trozzo, Evangelical Lutheran Church & University of Divinity

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spaces-of-trust-in-a-digital-age-academic-input-tickets-145242168235

April – 20th – Spaces of Trust in a Digital Age – Grassroots Debate

Second of two webinars reflecting on the nexus between disinformation, democracy, religion, and the digital.

Speakers: Rev’d Dr John Reader, Senior Research Fellow, William Temple Foundation; Prof Maggi Savin-Baden, University of Worcester

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spaces-of-trust-in-a-digital-age-grassroots-debate-tickets-145246047839

May – 27th – Jeff Leonardi – 2pm

Jeff will present a summary of the contents of his recent co-edited book on ‘Spirituality and Wellbeing‘, with a particular focus on the nature and status of spiritual experience in the academic, medical and media culture of the UK and Brazil.

 
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