In December 2017 Campion Hall hosted the 'Connecting Ecologies Symposium' in Oxford. This symposium brought together politicians, theologians, ecologists, anthropologists and climate scientists for a discussion of how we might positively respond to climate change and ecological crisis.
The Symposium was held from 6-9 December 2017 and involved some forty scholars and experts from several countries who devoted their widespread learning and varied experience to seeking a shared dynamic approach to the ecological challenges facing humankind. Accepting the growing realisation and near-universal conviction that we are ‘all together now’ in our globe’s environmental and ecological crisis, and stimulated by Pope Francis’s acclaimed encyclical on the subject, Laudato Si’, Campion Hall determined that the time was ripe for a collective response. It decided to convene an international symposium of recognised authorities to call on all the human sciences and resources to identify and explore the numerous ecologies, material, physical, animal, cosmic, social and spiritual, which pervade God’s creation, and to attempt to integrate them into a single vision and a mission for the future which the human species could accept wholeheartedly on behalf of all creation.
As the Symposium’s organising committee explained, ‘while the encyclical’s forthright and urgent messages were widely welcomed by politicians, academics and scientists alike, there exists considerable space for interdisciplinary debate on how best to formulate and implement the new societal models that are needed to tackle the problems that face us and to develop a new mode of ecological thinking.’