Join us at the 5th Annual Religion and Ecology Summit

Indigenous Lifeways, Cosmologies, & Ecology: Connecting to the Past, Restor(y)ing the Present and Future

In partnership with local advisors and with the support of Fetzer Institute, Kalliopeia Foundation, and other anonymous donors, the graduate program of Ecology, Spirituality and Religion (ESR) presents a 5-day online summit to explore the restoration work of Indigenous communities in the Bay Area territories. Indigenous approaches to biocultural stewardship and sacred sites offer insight to the inquiry of Religion and Ecology, which explores how spiritual beliefs and practices affect the natural world. Other presentations will address environmental justice and the broader context of Religion & Ecology.

This year's presenters offer diverse perspectives on the theme, bridging worldviews and pedagogies to enrich our exploration of Religion & Ecology through the interconnected areas of food sovereignty, stewardship of ancestral lands, policy, and protection of sacred sites. Confirmed speakers include Gregg Castro, Melissa K. Nelson, Professor Seth Davis, Chairman Val Lopez, Beth Rose Middleton Manning, Tatjana Kochetkova, John Clammer, Natasha Deganello Giraudie, Michael "Pom" Preston, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Paloma Pavel, Carl Anthony, and others.

The DWI team is honored to be participating in this event. In addition to presenting at the Summit, DWI will be sponsoring a film screening of Gather, as well as joining a discussion of the film One Word Sawalmem.

Register for the Summit here!

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The Deep Water Initiative is inspired by the ecological importance of water as an all-pervasive element that sustains life on this planet.  The metaphysical importance of water as both a cleanser and regenerator has been upheld by many cultures throughout the world, and is celebrated within the creation myths of different religious and spiritual traditions.  The Deep Water Initiative has been particularly influenced by the significance of water as demonstrated within the Five Books of Moses.


*The Deep Water Initiative is classified as a private operating foundation that qualifies for tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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