Lenten Bible "Detox": Climate Change Deniers' Use of the Bible

Lenten Bible "Detox"

February 28, 2023, 7:30PM Eastern Time

Each Lent, CLBSJ focuses our attention on the misuse of the Bible to promote and justify violence and oppression. All are welcome on this journey of healing and reclaiming.

Dr. Gale Yee will start our session out with an overview of the roots, whys and wherefores of Climate Change Denial, a position which is so often couched in biblical terms. What is the political and ideological history of this stance, and where does the Bible fit into this? Dr. Yee will provide an overview of science skepticism, religious fundamentalism and right wing political movements, and will explore the role that toxic biblical misinterpretation plays in keeping these ideas in play.

Dr. Yee will be joined in dialogue with Rev. Laurel Dykstra from the Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community, who will share perspectives rooted in participation in the Wild Church Network.

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Dr. Gale Yee is a Hebrew Bible Scholar who has opened pathways for the interpretation of the Bible from feminist, postcolonial and Asian American perspectives. In 2019, she served as the first Asian American and first woman of color president of the Society of Biblical Literature. She currently lives at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community in Claremont, CA, known for its social activism. Her publications include Towards and Asian American Biblical Hermeneutics: An Intersectional Anthology (2021). Poor Banished Children of Eve: Woman as Evil in the Hebrew Bible (2003), and others. In 2020 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary. Click here to read Full Bio

Rev. Laurel Dykstra is an Anglican priest, environmental activist, and amateur naturalist who lives in the lower Fraser watershed on Coast Salish territory near Vancouver British Columbia. Laurel leads Salal + Cedar Watershed Discipleship Community, a tiny church that worships outdoors and builds skills for climate justice. They have a background in intentional communities and Christian resistance movements and have written books and articles and edited anthologies mostly at the intersection of Bible and social action with occasional helpings of parenting and racial justice.