Martha Saunders – Resisting Structural Evil: A Spirituality of Resistance

New member Martha Saunders giving workshop through Earth Literacies

Martha joined UCV this fall. All are welcome at this workshop. Stay tuned for a related session at UCV. (Or better yet, approach Martha and tell her you’d attend!)

Resisting Structural Evil: A Spirituality of Resistance with Martha Saunders

What do “good” and “evil” mean in a world enmeshed in human-caused ecological devastation and huge economic disparities among earth’s people? How can economically privileged people who seek to develop a meaningful spirituality and ethic resist the political and economic systems that create and sustain our advantages?

This workshop will explore some key insights of Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Lutheran Minister and professor at Pacific Lutheran University , and a longtime social and environmental justice advocate and activist. In her work, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation she defines structural evil as “evil that inhabits our lives by virtue of the economic policies, practices, institutions, and assumptions that shape how we live.” How do we recognize the structural evil in which our lives are enmeshed? What is our individual responsibility for this evil which is so much greater than ourselves? How do we resist? Moe-Lobeda proposes love as the only answer, the only way to bring about the economic and ecological transformation that is demanded . Love she says is our vocation, but what does this love mean in a practical sense?

Working together with Canadian Memorial United Church.

Date: Jan 20, 2018 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $70.00 Please bring lunch, refreshments are provided.
Location:  Canadian Memorial Church, Centre for Peace, 16th & Burrard St. Vancouver

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Martha Saunders Ph.D., taught religious studies and women’s studies for many years at Concordia University, Montreal, and at the University of Toronto, specializing in religious and environmental ethics.
Since 1995 she has been one of the long-time leaders of an independent eco-spiritual community in Toronto, called Ruah. This community lives and celebrates a spirituality inspired by the works of Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme, and others, based in love of the earth and exploring what it means to “reinvent the human” (Thomas Berry) in the evolving cosmos. We believe that an Earth-based spirituality must include a spirituality of liberation that challenges us into right relationship with all other creatures.


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