Interfaith Care of Creation Series: Learn from Swami Shivatmananda about Hinduism and the importance of caring for creation.

Thursday, October 13th, 2022 from 3:00pm to 4:15pm (CT)
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Hinduism is the oldest of the world's major religions, and currently the third largest with about 1 billion followers. The US population includes 1 million Hindus. (Source: Hindu American Foundation 

Date: Thursday, October 13th, 3 – 4:15 pm

Location: Gorman Building 119, Univ. of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, SA 78209.                                  


Join us on as we learn from Swami Shivatmananda about Hinduism and the importance of caring for creation.


Swami Shivatmananda, formerly Brahmachari Girish Chaitanya, is the resident spiritual guide of Chinmaya Mission Austin. Swamiji graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon completing his degree he worked as an environmental chemist and as an electrical engineer for more than 10 years in Northern California. In 2002 Swamiji left for Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai to join the 12th brahmachari batch. He studied under the guidance of Swami Tejomayananda and under the tutelage of Swami Ishwarananda. Upon completing the brahmachari course he served Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles for more than four years, after which he was asked by Guruji to serve in Austin. In February 2015 Swami Shivatmananda was initiated into sannyasa in Mumbai, India on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri. He is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and English. He enjoys giving discourses on Vedanta.                                                                                                                            

Part I on the essentials of Hinduism, Oct. 13 and the date of part 2 on creation and food will be announced soon.

Co-sponsored by SUSTAIN, Our Student Sustainability Organization with opportunities to act, connect, and educate others on the most pressing issue of our time: preserving the world for generations to come. Follow Sustain on Instagram.                                                                                                                                                                                 

The United States will be the most religiously diverse country in the history of the world. Now is the time to  build bridges to create a diverse democracy of compassion, justice, and sustainability.  

See a 5-minute animated film  for the heart of Laudato Si, the invitation to care for our “common home” the earth.    

UIW has signed on to the 7-year action plan which outlines seven categories of sustainability goals: care for the Earth; care for the poor; develop ecological frameworks for economics, education and spirituality; adopt a sustainable lifestyle; and encourage community engagement. Learn more

A 3-minute song with dance created by Catholics in Mumbai, India, conveys main ideas of the Laudato Si,

The Letter, a film telling the story of Laudato Si’ and featuring voices of those most impacted by the climate crisis  – youth, indigenous, poor, and nature – will be released on October 4 by LSM and in partnership with Off the Fence (Oscar-winning producers of My Octopus Teacher) and the Vatican. For information, contact Katie Mylenbusch, 

As background for this whole series sponsored by UIW, you are invited to watch this short film “Interfaith Care of Creation” connecting with the Catholic emphasis on human dignity  GMT20220829-000505_Recording                                                                                                                                                         

Questions: Sister Martha Ann Kirk, and the Interfaith Care of Creation Grant Team, Ben Miele, Sheen Connell, Deepti Kharod, Sandy Guzman Foster, Kevin Salfen, partnering with Interfaith America 


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