Please enjoy this video of a recent event facilitated by the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue at Iona College, featuring Agape Mission Council members Edgar Hayes and Jim Robinson.
On February 24, 2021, Professor Silmilly Toribio hosted “Embodying Eco-Justice at Freedom Farm: A Conversation with Edgar Hayes” in her Columba Cornerstone course at Iona. The event was facilitated by the Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue. Sr. Kathleen Deignan, Ph.D. and Br. Kevin Cawley, Ph.D. provided an introduction to the Berry Forum’s work and welcomed Jim Robinson, Ph.D., of the Berry Forum and Edgar Hayes, co-founder of Freedom Farm. Jim offered an overview of eco-justice and its relevance to the present moment before inviting Edgar to offer a presentation on Freedom Farm as a community that actively incarnates eco-justice. Jim entered into dialogue with Edgar on these themes, and a number of students and attendees joined into the conversation, sharing their questions and insights. Throughout the event, Edgar fleshed out the history of Freedom Farm and its eco-justice efforts, highlighting the community’s daily rhythms of prayer and work, their commitment to fostering a dynamic farm-to-city relationship, and their efforts to build community by growing, teaching about, and sharing sustainably grown food.