Last June I was invited by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to participate in a seminar on Halki, an island across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul. Bartholomew hoped for a conversation driven by his commitment to theology and ecology, but specifically one that would take off in a new direction through engagement with the arts. Might the arts, he wondered, succeed in moving hearts and opening minds to the realities of climate change, ecological degradation, and the depletion of natural resources?

Although I was invited as a conversation partner rather than as a speaker, I ...


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