Religion, Medicine, and the Ecological Imagination

Conversation with Fred Bahnson and Dr. Anna O’Malley


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~Co-sponsored by Natura Institute for Ecology and Medicine and the Mesa Refuge~

At a time when our precious, life-sustaining planet is in peril and we are already experiencing the adverse effects of climate change, how can healers and health care providers advocate for healing on a personal, societal and planetary level? What role can religious traditions and spiritual practice play in effecting such a personal and societal paradigm shift? Join us for a  conversation between Fred Bahnson and Dr. Anna O’Malley about how both religion and medicine can be renewed through engaging our ecological imaginations.

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Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson is the Director of the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-being Program at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in North Carolina. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of ecology, sustainable agriculture, and contemplative spirituality. Fred is the author of Soil and Sacrament and co-author of Making Peace With the Land.  He is currently working on a book about climate change and Christianity’s ecological vocation, and is a writer-in-residence at the Mesa Refuge this fall.

Anna O’Malley

Anna is an Integrative Family and Community Medicine physician, a lover of Nature, a mother of two incredible daughters, and a believer that human beings can find their way back to the Medicine of being in reciprocal relationship with this beautiful Earth. On moving to Northern California many years ago to train at UCSF, she found her way into permacultural and environmental circles. From that moment she has nurtured a vision of having a healing center grounded in the tenets of permaculture, where individuals and community come together around nourishing body, mind and spirit while listening to the wisdom of nature. Her practice of Integrative Family and Community Medicine in West Marin allows her the profound privilege of embodying the healer archetype in the village, exploring innovative models applying Community as Medicine, and honoring the mysterious and beautiful cycles of Life.

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