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What are the connections between the Ecological Crisis, social justice, our cultural worldview, and the power of story? How can we build a movement that puts social justice at the center of cultural transformation for the future of the planet? This talk will examine the vision of Thomas Berry, the wisdom of Indigenous and African traditions, the worldview of Martin Luther King Jr., and emerging movements for social and ecological justice as examples of what Dellinger calls “a cosmology of connection.” Drawing on the speeches, sermons, and writings of Dr. King, Dellinger will explore ecological and cosmological dimensions of his vision that have been largely overlooked in previous scholarship. Dellinger will also discuss connections between ecology, justice, and cosmology, and ways to build movements using the power of dream, story, art, and action.


Drew Dellinger, PhD, is an internationally known speaker, writer, poet, and teacher who has lectured and taught extensively across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He is author of the award-winning poetry collection, Love Letter to the Milky Way, and the upcoming book, A Cosmology of Connection: Martin Luther King – Ecological Thinker. Dellinger has lectured at numerous colleges and universities and has taught at Prescott College, Schumacher College, Naropa University–Oakland, the Sophia Center, CIIS, and John. F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology.