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Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30-8pm

This program is Free and open to the public.

Donations gratefully accepted online or onsite.

Location: Whidbey Institute

Address: 6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236, USA

Contact: [email protected]

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Climate Anxiety and Spiritual Resilience

With Suzanne Crawford O'Brien

May 28, 2024

When recently asked about climate change, conservationist Terry Tempest Williams responded: “Do we have the courage to understand that this is not just an ecological crisis or a political crisis or even an economic crisis? Because it is all of those things, but at its heart, it is a spiritual crisis.” While many of us are deeply concerned about climate change, we may also feel overwhelmed by grief, anxiety, and the sheer scope of the problem. This lecture brings the psychology of climate grief into conversation with lessons from Indigenous traditions and comparative religions, finding guidance for how we can process grief and move forward to cultivate purpose, courage, and hope.


Suzanne Crawford O’Brien
Suzanne is professor of Religion and Culture at Pacific Lutheran University, where she also teaches in the Native American and Indigenous Studies and Environmental Studies programs. Her teaching and writing considers the intersection of environmental justice, healing, and sacred traditions, particularly among Native communities in North America. She is the author of Religion and Culture in Native America (Rowman and Littlefield), Coming Full Circle: Spirituality and Wellness Among Native Communities in the Pacific Northwest (University of Nebraska Press), Religion and Healing in Native America: Pathways for Renewal (Praeger), and Native American Religious Traditions (Routledge).
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