Season of Creation Interfaith Webinar:
Jubilee in the three Abrahamic traditions
The concept of Jubilee is of regeneration and reconciliation. The land is given a rest, debts are forgiven, and sold land is returned. Economic activities are set within the limits of creation and the wellbeing for all members of society. The flourishing of all life is given priority to replenish and restore.
These concepts play an important role in the three Abrahamic traditions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They also underlie the principles of Plastic Bank’s model to help stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities.
Our speakers, Mark Bryant from Ifees Eco Islam, Rabbi Yonatan Neril from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, and Caroline Bader from Greenfaith will discuss regeneration through the lens of their faith tradition and their practical applications.
Join us online on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4pm GMT
Kamran Shezad is the Co-Director of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology & Environmental Sciences. He is the Climate Change Advisor to the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) in the United Kingdom and the Sustainability Lead for the Bahu Trust. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Sustainability (Strategy & Management), has been awarded ‘chartered environmentalist’ status by the Society for the Environment (SocEnv), and is a full member of the Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). He has developed a number of faith based community toolkits, video messaging campaigns and resources to promote sustainability and positive environmental behaviour for various faith communities.
Caroline holds a Diploma in Religious Education and Community Development and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Organizations Management with the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She served for 5 years as Youth Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) where she organised climate justice advocacy training around the world, accompanied youth climate projects in 30 countries and led the LWF delegations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2018, Caroline started to work with GreenFaith as the Director of the Multifaith Sustainable Living Initiative “Living the Change” and now also serves as the coordinator of “GreenFaith International”. She has been vegetarian for 25 years, loves her bicycle and has just switched to renewable energy at her family home in Germany.
Rabbi Yonatan Neril
Rabbi Yonatan Neril is the founder and Director of The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. Raised in California, Yonatan completed an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford University with a focus on global environmental issues, and received rabbinical ordination in Israel. He has spoken internationally on religion and the environment. He co-organized ten interfaith environmental conferences in Jerusalem and the US. He is the lead author and general editor of three books on Jewish environmental ethics including Eco Bible: An Ecological Commentary. He lives with his wife, Shana and their two children in Jerusalem.
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