Faith, Contemplation and the Land
On Tuesday, March 28 from 6:00-7:30pm ET, Join Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary the Rev. Dr. John Thatamanil and Tim Lilburn for a virtual conversation entitled “Faith, Contemplation and the Land.”
A growing realization is emerging in a variety of fields that human beings have become profoundly inattentive to and disconnected from place and the land. The consequences for human and natural life are profound. What might be some of the causes of this separation, and what are the upshots? On the other hand, there has been considerable resurgence of attention to contemplation. Only this resurgence has had little impact on the former problem. What might contemplation and place/the land have to do with each other? What might Evagrius say about this question? How might contemplative life reconnect us once more to place and the land? Join the distinguished Canadian Poet and Essayist for a conversation on these vital themes for an age of ecological peril.
Tim Lilburn lives in the Bowker Creek watershed in W̱SÁNEĆterritory on Vancouver Island. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Harmonia Mundi, The House of Charlemagne, Assiniboia, Orphic Politics, Kill-site, and To the River. His work has received the Governor General’s Award, The Canadian Authors’ Association Award, the European Medal of Poetry and Art (the Homer Prize) and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. His poetry has been translated widely. Lilburn is also the author of three essay collections, Living in the World as if It Were Home, Going Home and The Larger Conversation: Contemplation and Place, and editor of two other influential books on poetics. A new essay collection, Numinous Seditions: Interiority and Climate Change, will appear from the University of Alberta Press in September, 2023. He has taught at the University of Victoria, the University of Saskatchewan and Middlebury College and worked with the dance troupe New Dance Horizons as a writer and performer.