Catholic University law school Professor Lucia Silecchia was among the invited participants in a discussion by theologians and practitioners on “Climate Change and the Church in the Southeast: Exploring Moral and Theological Resources and Principles.”
The Nov. 29 gathering was co-sponsored by Duke Divinity School, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, and the Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. It presented theologians and clergy members from other institutions with the opportunity to discuss strategies for engaging religious communities in discussing and leading efforts to fight climate change.
Earlier in November, Silecchia also served on the planning group for a conference on Pope Benedict's ecological vision that was co-hosted by Catholic University and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and held at CUA.
The two events reflect Silecchia’s interest and expertise in the intersection of environmental issues and church teaching about how ethics and morality should be manifested in human stewardship of the earth.
In recent years she has published and presented frequently on the subject, and in 2007 was one of nine Americans to participate in a Vatican conference on Climate Change and Development, organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.