About CRLE Center for Respect of Life and Environment CRLE ID-3411f736-7e75-4490-adeb-0801b27c58ef CRLE was founded in 1986 ... Richard M. Clugston Executive Director Karen L. Allanach Associate Director Christine Gutleben Food, Farming, and Faith Program Director Ellen C. Truong Office Coordinator The Humane Society The Center is an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. 3359a0ee-8b58-4448-97a2-b7315171bb1d To foster an ethic of compassion toward all sentient beings and respect for the integrity of nature. ID-fc502950-be94-4cbb-98e5-fcfe73f143f1 Compassion ... compassion toward all sentient beings and respect for the integrity of nature. This ethic urges each of us to expand our moral concern to future generations; to poor, oppressed and disenfranchised human beings; to animals, plants and the earth as a whole. Nature Humanity Sustainability Humanity & Sustainability Promote a humane and sustainable future for all members of the earth community. 220874c3-3b0d-4ea7-a482-db8a5b7bbdee Higher Education Religious Institutions Future Generations Poor Human Beings Oppressed Human Beings Disenfranchised Human Beings Animals Plants The Earth With a particular focus on higher education and religious institutions, the Center promotes a humane and sustainable future for all members of the earth community... The following major programs seek to awaken people's ecological sensibilities and to transform lifestyles, institutional practices, and social policies to support the community of life. Greening Higher Education Transform college and university operations, curricula, research, and outreach to embody and teach sustainability through University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. ID-a687a386-ba0b-4d71-bf99-703645dc98c5 1 University Leaders Colleges Universities Greening Higher Education seeks to transform college and university operations, curricula, research, and outreach to embody and teach sustainability through University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. 3b3bc4ee-bd0f-4792-bd99-15e2c541012f Global Earth Ethics Promote ecocentric ethics and values. ID-72040837-e244-42bf-8ac0-0a6e92042eea 2 Global Earth Ethics promotes ecocentric ethics and values to guide development policies and professional practices. c3484d52-22cb-4272-b02c-a83c4dfe3cb8 Religion in the Ecological Age Assist religious leaders, academics and institutions to express their concern for animals and the earth. ID-050d41cc-b898-47b8-83a1-40bbce88928d 3 Religious Leaders Academics Institutions Religion in the Ecological Age supports initiatives to assist religious leaders, academics and institutions to express their concern for animals and the earth. 402f5692-3495-4946-921b-916f4daea1ce Animals & Society Courses Expand the number of college courses concerned with animal ethics, animal rights, and/or animal welfare. ID-f1b3473c-076f-42d7-9fe5-9b35bb08e613 4 Colleges Animals The Animals and Society Courses and the annual Course Awards aim to expand the number of college courses concerned with animal ethics, animal rights, and/or animal welfare. 2acce7a6-2b7a-46ab-9dc3-0f64718a193d Thomas Berry Award & Lecture Host annual symposiums in celebration of major contributors to mutually enhancing human-earth relationships. ID-643461fb-3dc1-4f0b-a9b0-8c754ebdac99 5 Thomas Berry From his academic beginning as a cultural historian, Thomas Berry has evolved over the last thirty years to become a historian of the earth. He sees himself not as a theologian but as a geologian. The movement from human history to cosmological history has been a necessary progression for Berry. In his own lifetime he has witnessed the emergence of a planetary civilization as cultures have come in contact around the globe, often for the first time. At the same time, the very resources for sustaining such a planetary civilization are being undermined by massive environmental destruction. Thomas Berry began his academic career as a historian of Western intellectual history. His thesis at Catholic University on Giambattista Vico's philosophy of history was published in 1951. Vico was trying to establish a science of the study of nations comparable to what others had done for the study of nature. Influenced by Vico, Berry has developed a comprehensive historical perspective in periodization, an understanding of the depths of contemporary barbarism, and the need for a new mythic wisdom to extract ourselves from our cultural pathology and deep alienation. Berry has described contemporary alienation as especially pervasive due to the power of the technological trance, the myth of progress, and our own autism in relation to nature. With the New Story and the Dream of the Earth, Berry hopes to overcome this alienation and evoke the energies needed to create a viable and sustainable future. This effort to create a new basis for human-earth relations he is calling the Great Work. When Berry set out for China in 1948, he met Wm. Theodore de Bary on the boat leaving from San Francisco. De Bary was on his way to China as the first Fulbright scholar of Chinese studies. Berry intended to study language and Chinese philosophy in Beijing. Their time in China, while fruitful, was cut short by Mao's Communist victory in 1949. After they returned to the States they worked together to found the Asian Thought and Religion Seminar at Columbia. Berry's friendship with Ted and Fanny de Bary has lasted nearly 50 years. Discussions with Ted spurred Berry's interest in Asian religions, especially Confucianism. Likewise, Fanny has supported Berry's ecological thought through her work with the American Teilhard Association of which Berry was President for the decade of the 1970s. The Thomas Berry Award & Lecture: Honoring the great work and vision of Thomas Berry, CRLE has hosted annual symposiums in celebration of major contributors to mutually enhancing human-earth relationships. c3f90d50-0070-40fe-be40-49d644fc3d1a 2014-01-02 http://www.crle.org/about.asp Submit error.