The Ecumenical Patriarchate has launched a new Web site for the visit of Bartholomew I to the United States from Oct. 20 to Nov. 6. The detailed schedule of the patriarch’s visit is heavy on meetings with U.S., Greek and United Nations officials.
The trip begins on Oct. 20, with the arrival of His All Holiness in New Orleans for the start of the environmental symposium, which runs through Oct. 25.
A patriarchal “audience” and meeting with SCOBA hierarchs is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York.
On Oct. 29-30, the patriarch visits the headquarters of the Coca-Cola Co., where he will meet Muhtar Kent, president and chief executive officer.
On Nov. 3-4, Patriarch Bartholomew will offer lectures in Washington at John Podesta’s liberal-leaning Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.
Podesta is also arranging a meeting between President Barack Obama and the patriarch, but no exact time has been announced. Other politicians on the schedule include Vice Presdent Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Watch the new, 42-minute video The Green Patriarch.
Like Al Gore, who named him the “Green Patriarch,” the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church is a prominent leader in the environmental movement. Since 1997, he has been bringing principal scientists, environmentalists, religious leaders from all faiths, and policy makers from all over the world together to work on the ecological crisis.
This film looks at the ecological consequences of the historical split between science and religion, how we came to see ourselves as separate from nature, and how our consumer based economy found its moral justification in a Judeo-Christian view that humans have dominion over the planet’s resources. At the same time it also explores how Bartholomew’s activism is inspired by the Orthodox position that we are part of nature, and that God’s intention for humans is to be stewards, or caretakers, of all creation.
In a world of unprecedented consumption of the earth’s natural resources, Patriarch Bartholomew shows by example how saving the planet is finally a moral issue, not solely a technological one. And as this film follows him on his trips to the most ecologically threatened areas of the planet, it also illustrates why these views are so controversial.