Religion in Times of Earth Crisis: The Practice of Wild Mercy: Something Deeper Than Hope

Monday, Mar 04, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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This is the fifth event is a six-part series that will take place live on Zoom and is free and open to the public. Attendees must register for each event separately.

Can personhood be granted to mountains, lakes, and rivers? What does it mean to be met by another species? How do we extend our notion of power to include all life forms? And what does a different kind of power look like and feel like? Wild Mercy is in our hands. Practices of attention in the field with compassion and grace deepen our kinship with life, allowing us to touch something deeper than hope. Great Salt Lake offers us a reflection into our own nature: Are we shrinking or expanding?

Speaker: Terry Tempest Williams, HDS Writer-in-Residence
Moderator: Diane L. Moore, Diane L. Moore, Associate Dean of Religion and Public Life

Terry Tempest Williams joined HDS as a writer-in-residence in 2017. She is the author of numerous books, including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. Her most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, which was published in June 2016 to coincide with and honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. While at HDS, Williams has taught seminars on the spiritual implications of climate change, apocalyptic grief, centering the wild and non-human voices, among others.

For more information on the full series, "Religion in Times of Earth Crisis: A Series of Public Online Conversations," visit….

​​​​​​​Note: Due to scheduling challenges, we will no longer be able to offer the follow-up conversations.


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