Sunday Meeting - John Ankele: The Ethical & Spiritual Dimension of Our Relationship to "Mother Earth"

Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Ceremonial Hall - 4th floor

The new head of the EPA is a climate change skeptic and his mission is to roll back the regulations that are meant to protect us from the catastrophic breakdown of our bio-system. How did we get here? What can we do? Where can we look within our spiritual/ethical traditions and practices for guidance and empowerment as we resist the policies that threaten to end our human “adventure” on this planet that is our only home?

John Ankele holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (’67) and was ordained in the Presbyterian Church.  He is a student in the Zen tradition,  a teacher of Shambhala Buddhism and has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue.  As a documentary filmmaker, his early subjects included prophet-healers in marginalized communities in Africa, the underground church in China, and the impact of women’s empowerment on health care in India.  Twenty-five years ago, John teamed up with co-producing colleague Anne Macksoud to form Old Dog Documentaries ( with a mission to create films that inspire dialogue and action around issues involving social, economic and environmental justice. Their most recent film The Wisdom To Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism and Community is being seen widely in the U.S. and Canada.  And John has just finished a short film, One Body One Heart, about how Bob Gunn, a psychotherapist, Jungian scholar,  Zen priest and Christian minister is dealing with pancreatic cancer.