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Karenna Gore Addresses Care of Earth in Peacemaker Week Keynote


From left, Br. Kevin Cawley,  Karenna Gore, Esq.,  Sr. Kathleen Deignan,  Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D.,  stand around the Thomas Berry Forum poster.
Karenna Gore Addresses Care of Earth in Peacemaker Week Keynote

Karenna Gore, Esq., addressed a packed Romita Auditorium at Iona College for her keynote address during the Week of the Peacemaker 2017.

Gore was invited by Br. Kevin Cawley of the Berry Forum after a meeting in July 2017 at a conference on Sustainability and Spirituality in Assisi. Br. Cawley and Sr. Kathleen Deignan had been invited to speak in Assisi on a panel commemorating the work of Fr. Thomas Berry. Karenna and Sr. Deignan spoke at-length during a stopover in Rome where they shared faith-based perspectives on care of Earth.

At Iona, Gore touched on several facets of our planet’s current challenges, including the concerns of Pope Francis in Laudato Si. She challenged prevailing policy in Washington regarding climate change; reviewed concerns around the Doctrine of Discovery and indigenous rights; and opened up a discussion on a jurisprudence for the rights of nature. During the discussion period, after her remarks, she encouraged Iona students to keep open the dialogue needed for working through our predicament to set right the human-earth relationship. The event proved to be a stirring tribute to Thomas Berry, whose birthday was November 9.

Karenna Gore is the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. She is an attorney, advocate, writer and educator. She worked on the editorial staff of Slate magazine and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America (2006). Gore is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. She is the eldest child of Al and Tipper Gore, and lives in New York City with her three children.

(Photo by Claudia; from left: Br. Kevin Cawley; Karenna Gore, Esq.; Sr. Kathleen Deignan; Carl Procario-Foley, Ph.D.)