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

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In June of 2012, a group of distinguished religious leaders, environmentalists, andåÊbusinessmen 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, 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 communitiesåÊand 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 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.

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Holy Cross Orthodox Press
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