The ECOTHEE Symposia held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) were held under the auspices of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to bring people of faith together with scientists to form an eco-justice community to address the environmental crisis and eco-justice.
Ecothee 08 was the first academic conference I attended. The title of my paper was Protecting the Priceless Earth: Lessons from the Magdalene Stories.
My paper draws insight from David Suzuki, Asian women, Orthodox thought, and ecofeminism to develop a connection between the Gospel Lesson of the Rich Person and Jesus and the related stories of Mary Magdalene to illustrate how authoritative hegemony has divided the Spirit and her Story into parts.
This conference was also held at the OAC under the Auspices of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The title of my paper was Biofuels: Wild Plants among the Wheat.
The purpose of this paper was to explore the potential benefits and risks of biofuels as an energy option for humanity, with a careful nuanced look at the complexity of energy options and their impacts....To serve this end, this paper focused on second generation biofuels and used the Parable of Weeds among the Wheat as an analogy to move beyond a dualistic world view analysis. It called attention to the ancient practice of gleaning that protected women's rights and included all in the harvest. Subtly it shed light on the relationship of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, because tradition depicts her as a weed.
My Paper title for ECOTHEE 11 was Living Our Faith: How Can We Go and Sin no More? I chose this title to show how the relationship of Jesus and Mary Magdalene matters to the environment and women's rights.
In 2012, I initiated an INTER-ECOTHEE Symposium at Bethany-Newton United Church in Surrey British Columbia.
In the fall, I returned to the Orthodox Academy (OAC) for SAPREJ 2012: Sustainable Alternatives to Poverty and Eco-Justice.
My Paper was Remember--Never Forget the Woman with the Alabaster Jar. I chose to talk about poverty and the environment in the context of Mary Magdalene and Jesus the Teacher.
Singer, Songwriter, DonStewart and several other Canadians accompanied me to this Conference. The title of my paper presentation for this conference was The Christian Story: God's Promise to Creation.
Dr Lucas Andrianos initiated another SAPREJ in his home country of Madagascar. The title and theme of this symposium/conference was Forgiveness. My paper was The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: The forgiven Sinner
ECOTHEE 15 brought me back to Crete. My paper Mathematics and the Holy City emphasized the need for ecumenism to see and uplift the vision of a New Jerusalem as a global city, adorned as a bride who is blessed and loved by her husband and all their relations.
My papers draw on faith stories of Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus to rally support for eco-justice and gender and race equality.
Protecting the Priceless Earth: Lessons from the Magdalene Stories speaks to the domination of women and the earth. It lifts up the story of Jesus and the Rich Person to illustrate how Jesus looked at her, loved her, and asked her to sell all that she possessed to follow him. The Good News is she didn't. Mary Magdalene remained faithful to the Cross. (pdf)Download
Biofuels wild plants among the wheat is about inclusivity and moving beyond the dichotomy of good and evil. Jesus and Mary Magdalene exemplify the relationship between the Gospel parable of the wheat and the weeds. The orthodox and the non-orthodox challenge the other to seek new ways to be together, so that all may shine like the sun and give glory to God. (pdf)Download
Living Our Faith- How Can We Go and Sin No More? Adultery can be like a toxic oil spill. Good people in Jesus' day brought forward a woman many say is Mary Magdalene caught in the act of adultery. Nicodemus a renowned teacher has been talking with Jesus at night. So he suggests that Jesus be brought in for questioning. An Affair, a toxic oil spill is brought to light. (pdf)Download
The Christian Story looks at the importance of Song to the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. It examines Psalm 23, the Song of Songs, the Madonna’s Song and the lyrics of DonStewart (http://www.donstewart.ca), a singer and songwriter from Vancouver to illustrate how songs can be spiritual conversations that shepherd people, to the Gate where love waits, to forgive and renew all Creation. (pdf)Download
The Woman with the Alabaster Jar: The Forgiven Sinner brings Jesus the Teacher and Simon the Pharisee into a relationship with the Woman who they both claim is a sinner. Tradition says this Woman is Mary Magdalene. Today, many biblical scholars say there is no explicit evidence. My thesis Mary Magdalene: Her image and relationship to Jesus refutes this claim. Her tears betray how much they have hurt her. Yet she loves and forgives them. (pdf)Download
Mathematics and the Holy City is more about sacred geometry than Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Yet, it shows how the story tellers who told the Creation Story and the Noah's Ark Story, knew geometry and how to multiply. In the Book of Revelation the earth is the New Jerusalem. Heaven and earth are renewed. The holy city, the new Jerusalem comes down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (pdf)Download