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Seminar: “Collapse: from anxiety to hope”

14 August 2022 - 19 August 2022

We live in anxious times. Loss of biodiversity, climate change, environmental problems… How do we live with these upheavals? How should understand them? And what hope can Christians have and bring?

The ecological crisis gives rise to a feeling of imminent catastrophe. Some predict the collapse of our societies. What can Christians say at this time? They speak of hope, but what do they mean? Especially since they also speak of the apocalypse and the end of time.

For a long time, Christians have interpreted wars, natural disasters and epidemics as events that herald the end of history. In this seminar we will discuss ideas about the apocalypse, and how, when and why Christians have seen it as a sign of the end times. We will look at what happened to the churches when they felt that the apocalypse was imminent. We will also examine the impact of these ideas on culture in the West. Can an understanding of Christian history contribute to an understanding of the future?

Graeme Murdoch is associate professor of history at Trinity College Dublin. He will be giving the talks in English with simultaneous translation into French.

Details of the week can be found here in French, summarised below.

The mornings will be talk, study and discussion around the theme of the week. Afternoons will be free for walks, outings or just relaxing in the surroundings of Courmettes. Evenings could include a night walk, star-gazing, dancing…

Other practical information: bed linen is provided but not towels; food is organic and mostly vegetarian; participants are asked to help with clearing and washing up meals; Courmettes is at 850m so please remember it can be cool in the mornings and evenings, even in summer!


Reduction of 25€ for all registrations before 15 June!

Annual subscription to A Rocha France (obligatory): 5€/person

Full board and activities (price per person for the week)

  • 200€ Camping
  • 275€ Dormitory
  • 320€ Shared double room with facilities on the same floor/partagée avec sanitaires à l’étage
  • 365€ Shared double room with private shower/WC
  • Supplement of 105€ for people wanting an individual room
  • Apartment available with reductions for families: ask us

For those wishing to participate but not stay at Courmettes, we suggest 75€ per person

Fill out the registration form (in French)

To confirm your registration, please send a deposit of 150€/adult by bank transfer (RIB/IBAN), by cheque made out to A Rocha France or by HelloAsso.

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14 August 2022
19 August 2022