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Sacred Commerce: A Conversation on Environment, Ethics, and Innovation

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In June 2012, a group of distinguished religious leaders, environmentalists, and businessmen met to share together their respective understandings and assessments concerning the present and future conditions of our planet. During what is now called the Halki Summit, Jane Goodall, a well-known anthropologist, discusses biodiversity, while Costa Carras, a leading environmentalist in Greece, responds to several presentations. Bill McKibben, founder of, offers sobering statistics and a call for restraint, and James Hansen, professor of environmental science at Columbia University, addresses the present and future effects of climate change. Gary Hirshberg, former president of Stonyfield Farm, relates by example how a business can be successful and environmentally responsible, while Amory Lovins, cofounder and chief scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute, reveals how the same may be done with the energy demand that fuels our businesses. Richard Chartres, bishop of London for the Church of England, discusses how we must exchange our economic calling, grow first, and clean up later, for a new religious calling, one human race and one whole world. Lastly, Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of PergamonåÊseeks to answer the question: From here to where? Sacred Commerce makes available their presentations, in which the creativity of business, the evidence of science, and the understanding of religion unite for the welfare of not only industrialized countries but also for all human communities living things now present, and in our future.

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis is a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America who serves in the Ecumenical Office as Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and environmental advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He has authored numerous books and articles on medieval history, theology, and spirituality, as well as religion and ecology.

Dr. Michele L. Goldsmith is an Associate Professor of Science at Southern New Hampshire University. She received a MA/PhD in biological anthropology and conducts studies examining the behavioral and ethical implications of mountain gorilla tourism in Uganda. She has coauthored Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Michele is concerned with conservation and the ethical treatment of all animals.


Preface - His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

p. vii

Foreword - Vandana Shiva

p. xi

Introduction - The Editors

p. xix

Part I: Conversation and Communion

1. Biodiversity and Conservation: A Conservation with the World of the Spirit - Jane Goodall

p. 1

2. Eucharist and Economy: Corporations and the Church - Costa Carras

p. 19

Part II: Math and Science

3. Doing the Math: The Scale of Global Warming and the Urgency of Self-Restraint - Bill McKibben

p. 31

4. The Science of Climate Change: Where We Are and Where We're Headed - James Hansen

p. 47

Part III: Commerce and Conscience 

5. Myth and Market: Transforming the Corporate Mind - Gary Hirshberg

p. 51

6. Making the Right Choices: Innovation and Inspiration in Energy and Economics - Amory B. Lovins

p. 71

Part IV: Religion and Science

7. Keynes and Faust, or China and Christianity: Narratives in Conversation - Richard Chartres

p. 89

8. Religion and Science on Climate Change: From Here to Where? - Metropolitan John of Pergamon

p. 97

Conclusion - Recollections of a Conversation - Krista Tippett

p. 105

Photo Section

p. 109


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124 Pages


Holy Cross Orthodox Press



Product Dimensions:

9 x 6


Michele L. Goldsmith, John Chryssavgis

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