Skip to comments.Kennedy to speak at Festival of Faiths (Environmentalism as religion)
Posted on 11/03/2003 5:32:34 PM PST by wheelgunguru
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has led legal battles to protect New York State waterways, will talk Sunday about the relationship between spirituality and environmental activism in the keynote address to open this year's Festival of Faiths.
The 10-day festival a set of interfaith dialogues and activities that has gained national attention in its eight years of existence also will include talks on nonviolence by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson and Police Chief Robert White will speak on faith and community activism, Catholic priest-activists Daniel Berrigan and John Dear will talk about nonviolence and evangelical Christian author Ron Sider will speak on the problem of hunger amid wealth.
The common theme, said Terry Taylor, executive director of the sponsoring Cathedral Heritage Foundation, is the relationship of faith to justice. Kennedy's talk will focus on environmental justice, he said.
"It's only been in the last several decades that people in the various religions have come to think of concern for the environment as part of their spiritual practice," Taylor said. "We're really excited that we can bring this forward for people. There are a lot of people who are environmentalists and there are a lot of people who are spiritual, but helping people see the connection is, we hope, a good service."
Kennedy, president of the activist Waterkeeper Alliance and son of the slain U.S. senator, will open the conference with a talk about how his spirituality has motivated his environmental activism. Kennedy is credited with taking legal action to halt pollution in areas such as the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, arguing cases to expand citizen access to shorelines and suing sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act.
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"It's only been in the last several decades that people in the various religions have come to think of concern for the environment as part of their spiritual practice," Taylor said.
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