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03: The History of Mormon Environmental Ethics w/ George Handley

Bristlecone Firesides

Madison and Abbey sit down with former professor and current friend, George Handley. George is one of the leading Latter-day Saint environmental voices today. He is the author of many books including Learning to Like Life: A Tribute to Lowell Bennion and The Hope of Nature: Our Care for God’s Creation. They discuss the history and development of an Environmental Ethos within the Latter-day Saint community — beginning with Joseph Smith and his transcendentalist contemporaries, tracking through Brigham Young and mid-century Mormonism, to finish on the recent bloom of environmental thought within the Latter-day Saint community.Links: The Hope of Nature by George Handley Learning to Like Life by George Handley Cougar in Slate CayonMusic by Epidemic Sound (http://www.epidemicsound.com) Share Tweet The post 03: The History of Mormon Environmental Ethics w/ George Handley appeared first on Bristlecone Firesides.

1hr 18mins

24 Mar 2021

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354: The Spiritual Practice of Earth Care: Prof. George Handley

A Thoughtful Faith - Mormon / LDS

Eco-humanitarian and eco-theologian BYU Professor George Handley joins me to discuss his immense concern for the Earth and its future. Professor Handley argues that humanity must be seen in light of our intimate and dependent relationship with Earth’s natural systems.  The Earth sustains and nourishes life but it needs our reciprocal care to ensure that it can do its sacred work. Any theology that positions humanity as superior to the Earth or entitled to take what we like is why we face this current problem and insecurity over whether or not our home planet will last humanity’s trouble impact.

1hr 20mins

7 Feb 2021

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‘If Truth Were a Child,’ with George Handley [MIPodcast #105]

Maxwell Institute Podcast

We live in an age of polemics. Choices are presented as mutually exclusive and we are given little time to listen. You are either secular or religious. You either believe in the exclusive truth of your own religion or you believe that truth is everywhere—or nowhere. The battle over truth rages on. But what if truth were a child? What if we pursued a relationship with the truth and each other in more caring ways?Dr. George Handley joins us in this episode to talk about his book, If Truth Were a Child. If you’re a church leader who is looking to connect better with the flock, or if you’re one of the sheep who feels undernourished, George Handley has important things to share with you.About the GuestGeorge B. Handley teaches interdisciplinary humanities at Brigham Young University, where he also serves as the associate director of the Faculty Center. He received his BA from Stanford University and his MA and PhD in comparative literature at UC-Berkeley. His scholarly publications and creative writing focus on the intersection between religion, literature, and the environment. His books include the memoir Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River, the novel American Fork, and two collections of essays in the Living Faith series entitled If Truth Were a Child and The Hope of Nature.The post ‘If Truth Were a Child,’ with George Handley [MIPodcast #105] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

1hr 2mins

7 Apr 2020

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"The Tree of Life" (2011) with George Handley

Movies as Mirrors

Author, activist and humanities scholar George Handley shares the 2011 film "The Tree of Life" with Benjamin and guest-host Camlyn Giddins. We talk about the need for nuanced representations of environmental issues onscreen and the benefits of using an eco-theological approach in telling stories about our relationship with the natural world.


14 Nov 2019

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13. A New Story of Creation - A Conversation with Scholars George Handley and Jani Radebaugh

Faith Matters

In this Faith Matters Big Questions conversation, Faith Matters team members Kate Hargadon and Bill Turnbull speak with BYU humanities professor George Handley and planetary scientist and BYU professor Jani Radebaugh.They discuss, among other things, the integration of faith and science as pertaining to the earth and its creation, as well as our relationship to the earth and the responsibilities that we have to it as its stewards and as God’s children. We hope you enjoy this conversation!

1hr 7mins

3 Mar 2019

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7. Can Creation Heal Us? Terryl Givens with George Handley

Faith Matters

For George Handley, both our physical and spiritual natures are inseparably connected with the natural world. An important aspect of the Restoration, according to Handley, is restoring our awareness of this connection, treasuring that connection in our hearts and minds and allowing it to heal us.In his memoir Home Waters,  Dr.  Handley writes of his passion for creation this way: “Earth is an odd place to find myself, and this oddness is precisely what makes it so intoxicating. This is a onetime affair, never to be repeated again, and I want all of it.”In this Conversation, Terryl Givens and George Handley explore how we can enrich our spiritual lives as disciples of Christ through love and care for the natural world that surrounds and supports us.A popular Professor of Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brigham Young University, George B. Handley’s creative writing, literary criticism, and civic engagement focus on the intersection between religion, literature, and the environment. Links:American Fork (novel by George Handley)Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River (George Handley)What do Mormons Believe about Caring for the Environment? (Mormon Newsroom)Elder Marcus B. Nash’s address on Environmental Stewardship


30 May 2018

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MIConversations #1—George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?”

Maxwell Institute Podcast

Maxwell Institute Conversations are special episodes of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, hosted by Terryl Givens and created in collaboration with Faith Matters Foundation. You can also watch this episode on YouTube.In the beginning, God said “let there be light,” and there was light. God created this extraordinary world, the scriptures tell us, through the power of his word. It makes all the more sense, then, that a professor of comparative arts and letters like George Handley would spend so much time thinking about and enjoying creation.In this conversation, LDS author and Humanities professor George Handley speaks with Terryl Givens about connecting with the divine through nature; about being a good steward of the earth; about the tragic death of his brother and the history of a river. He’s consecrated his life and talents to discovering and sharing what is good and beautiful.About the GuestGeorge Handley is the associate dean in Brigham Young University’s College of Humanities. He is the author of several books, including Home Waters: A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River and the brand new novel, American Fork. The post MIConversations #1—George Handley and Terryl Givens, “Can creation heal us?” appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

27 May 2018

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Episode 46: The Delicate Art of Critical Judgment – George Handley

Latter-day Saint Perspectives

In November 2015, George Handley, associate dean of the College of Humanities at BYU, spoke on his journey of faith in an Education in Zion lecture that was later published in BYU Studies.Partially because of its timing and mainly because of its powerful message, his speech has been widely circulated since that time. Not only did he offer words of comfort to those who were struggling but also tools to be a more critical consumer.Handley suggests that the three crucial ingredients of criticism, compassion, and charity must work together to create a quality intellectual and spiritual life. These elements also work together to develop meaningful relationships and build communities.Exploring the humanities offer an incomparable opportunity to expand the soul, increase creativity, learn from others, and criticize our environment. Critical judgment allows us to step back and analyze a situation and to get out of ourselves emotionally; it is a deliberate and calm process of evaluation. We can’t experience all things so must look to others for deeper understanding of diversity in this complex universe.Handley has found that the major driver in one’s relationship with the church can be the relationship one has with the people within the church.  People who struggle stay because they feel loved and that they belong. A community cannot be realized without coming to terms and accepting difference through compassion and charity and realizing the natural ebbs and flows of any relationship.Join Laura Harris Hales of LDS Perspectives Podcast as she discusses with George Handley the importance of encouraging criticism, compassion, and charity in order to build community and find belonging.Extra Resources:Episode 46 TranscriptOn Criticism, Compassion, and Charity (Video)On Criticism, Compassion, and Charity (Article)George Handley (Personal Website)


26 Jul 2017

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#2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast]

Maxwell Institute Podcast

“The body is the cup in which to drink the world.”—George Handley George Handley‘s Home Waters is a deeply moving account of his personal relationships with God, family, and the environment. The BYU comparative literature professor’s book is a well-crafted combination of nature writing and personal memoir. In this episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, Handley describes his views on how Mormon theology of embodiment intimately binds humans to the earth. Mormon theology and environmental concerns is our topic. We also touch specifically on climate change, a topic about which Handley also blogged today.Recommended websites: LDS Earth Stewardship: http://ldsearthstewardship.org/. Utah Interfaith Power and Light: http://www.utahipl.org/. George Handley’s “Home Waters” blog: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/homewaters/. Handley’s blog post on Mormons and climate change. Handley being interviewed on The Mormon Book Review.As discussed in this episode, Elder Marcus B. Nash of the First Quorum of the Seventy recently participated in a panel discussion at the University of Utah called “Ecological Protection, Environmental Degradation—Perspectives of Faith.”  The interfaith panel was part of the annual Wallace Stegner Center symposium at the U. The symposium’s theme was “Religion, Faith, and the Environment.” A full video of Elder Nash’s remarks is available here.*Update, 11/7/2013: from the Church’s Newsroom, “Environmental Stewardship and Conservation.”The post #2- George Handley on Mormonism and the environment [MIPodcast] appeared first on Neal A. Maxwell Institute | BYU.

1hr 21mins

14 Aug 2013