Exploring Environmental Theology- CRES Day 18th November 2023

Exploring Environmental Theology- CRES Day 18th November 2023

Exploring Environmental Theology- CRES Day 18th November 2023

Our next CRES in-person day (open to all) is on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Ripon College Cuddesdon (RCC) near Oxford. We have two great speakers: Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, and our recently retired CRES external examiner; and Dr. Tim Middleton, Tutorial Fellow in Theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. We are currently aiming at being a group of about 25-35. So book early with Lynda to ensure your place (details below).


10.00-10.30 Arrive and Coffee.

10.30-10.45 Welcome and Introductions (Martin Hodson)

10.45-12.15 Celia Deane-Drummond will speak on “Ecological Virtues and the Pathway to Ecological Conversion.”

12.15-12.25 Break

12.25-12.40 CRES News (Martin Hodson)

12.40-13.00 Remembering John Reader

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Tim Middleton will speak on “Images of Crisis: Theology and Ecological Trauma?”

15.30-15.45 Short Service

15.45-16.00 Tea and depart.

Booking For CRES students, tutors, and steering group, the day is included in student fees. The fee for those not associated with the CRES course will be £25. But EVERYONE wanting to come MUST book with the CRES Administrator, Lynda McKeown, by 6th November at the latest. Email cres@jri.org.uk Further details will be sent out to those who have booked in early November.

Cover Image by RÜŞTÜ BOZKUŞ from Pixabay

Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond is currently Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford and Associate member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion. She was previously Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana from 2011-2019. She is also honorary visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Durham, UK. Her work at the interface of theology, ethics and the biological and human sciences, including particularly ecology, genetics and anthropology stems from her prior academic experience as a researcher in plant physiology as well as theology. She is a trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). She was chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment from 2011-2018. She was founding editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences from 2014-2023. She received the Civitas Dei award for contributions to Catholic theology from Villanova University in 2020. She is widely recognised internationally as a public speaker and has published hundreds of academic, pedagogical or popular articles/chapters and either written or edited 33 books.

Dr. Tim Middleton is a Tutorial Fellow in Theology at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. His research focuses on the intersections of theology and religion with science, nature, and the environment. Specifically, he is interested in religious approaches to the contemporary ecological crisis, and much of his work is in the field of Christian ecotheology. His recent research draws on trauma theology to explore how the category of trauma might be applied to issues of nonhuman suffering in the context of mass extinction and catastrophic climate change.