Integral Ecology – Faith and Environment

September 29, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)
Online (via Zoom)
Event series: Earth Laws Month 2023

As we face the impacts of the human and the ecological crises, we recognise that faith communities and the ecological sciences have much to learn from each other in the common interests of healthy flourishing Earth communities. This webinar will share some of the practices that diverse members of faith communities are engaged in as we listen, learn, reflect and engage in caring for biodiversity.


ANNE LANYON is the volunteer Co-ordinator of the Faith Ecology Network and has been involved since it began as a work of the Columban Mission Institute's Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice in 2003. She has a strong belief that now is the time for the faith traditions and the ecological sciences to listen and learn from and collaborate with each other as we move rapidly into the technological age.

SUE MARTIN is passionate about loving Earth and seeking justice for Earth. Sue is working from the Ignatian charism and is active with the Faith and Ecology Network. It is about responding to Laudato Si’, connecting people to their local place, finding God in the other and caring for our common home together.

DAVID LOW is a member of the Australian Native Bee Association and North Shore Temple Emanuel, a progressive Jewish synagogue. He lives and works with his family and hive of stingless bees on Dharug and Guringai country. He also convenes the Envirohub for his kids’ primary school.

JESSICA YUILLE is currently managing the Brahma Kumaris Blue Mountains Retreat Centre at Leura. She leads retreats and meditation classes there and incorporates meditation into their garden maintenance. She has long been involved in interfaith activities in the Blue Mountains as well as in bush regeneration.

LIESJE BARRATT is a social ecologist, and the Mission Formation and ecological animator at Catholic Mission. She believes that a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of our world, and of sacred respect for spiritual values, is an essential part of re-establishing authentic human communities that value the inherent worth of all creation. Her work focuses on embodied spirituality, integral ecology, and creative practices that reconnect people with the natural world.


Dr Michelle Maloney is the Co-founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) and holds undergraduate degrees in politics and law (ANU) and a PhD in environmental law and regulation from the Griffith Law Futures Centre. Michelle’s books, journal publications, interviews, podcasts and speaking events can be accessed on her profile page: