Healing Our World and Ourselves
Reflections on our first Conference, which was held February 15-16, 2013 at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
On February 15th and 16th we explored the transformational process of healing of our world and ourselves. Three Keynote speakers interacted with one another, with a panel of people active in specific causes, and with all 116 participants. Music, poetry, shared meals, and meditative exercises filled out the weekend. You can watch videos of part of the conferences: The Democracy Tree, Music and Poetry, Introductions, Keynote Speakers, and the Earth Rights song. The program from the event, including Problem & Solutions statements from each speaker and panel member can be found on our Facebook Group page or you can download the pdf here.
(Panel of persons involved with local “boots on the ground” groups, in conversation with keynote speakers about ways to impact both local issues and the larger concerns)
Healing of the Earth – Keynote Speaker
Patricia Siemen, Director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law, will discuss Earth Law and how care for the earth is integral to care for ourselves. Visit the CEJ Facebook Page.
Maintaining the Right to be Heard – Keynote Speaker
David Cobb, National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, will explain how this Amendment will preserve the individual’s right to vote, and remove civil liberties from Corporations, that have heavily influenced the electoral process, and promoted legislation that protects the rights of corporations over people and nature.
Healing of Ourselves – Keynote Speaker
Bruce Alexander, professor and author of Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs and The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit.
When we think of addiction in the broadest sense, we realize that two of the most damaging addictions in society are the addiction to money and to the media circus. Can we set ourselves free of addictions of all kinds to think clearly, without bias, and with compassionate action for all living beings? Can our society begin to restore its own health, with the help of each of us?
Humankind is 200,000 years old but compared to Mother Earth, we’re “the new kid on the block.” Yet, we have wreaked more havoc than any other species on earth. We’ve polluted waterways, caused the extinctions of whole species and exterminated ancient cultures. Can we save Mother Earth, indigenous peoples, and yes–capitalism, and transform our own lives as well? In this period of rapid social change, and climate change, can we protect human rights and the delicate ecosystems of nature, hopefully within a free market society?
Conference Co-Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brevard, Florida
and the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Florida. This ministry is funded in part by the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility
Hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Friday, 2:00 PM – 8:30 PM and Saturday, 9:00 AM. – 5:00 PM
All fees sliding scale. Affordable lodging available.
or call Rev. Gregory Wilson at 772-486-4029