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Ecology & Theology

Explores the relationships between one or more religions, the natural world, and environmental issues

A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future
Author: Gottlieb, Roger S. Gottlieb's approach to A Greener Faith is ecumenical, encompassing Jewish and Christian theologians who have found a powerful biblical call to stewardship of God's creation, and Buddhist teachers who are prompted by their belief in compassion to extend care to the natural world.
A Sustainability Journey
by Rev. Alan Storey. A Methodist pastor in South Africa, Rev. Storey's ministry had always focused on justice issues, particularly apartheid. After a chance meeting with Earth Ministry at Holden village, Rev. Storey began to fold the environment into his understanding of justice and theology. In this video, Alan explains the framework of his faith and then shares with us his new way of reading the scriptures in light of environmental degradation.
Animal Rights; Lecture and Discussion by Andrew Linsey
Dr. Andrew Linsey, British animal rights activist, discusses attitudes toward animals from a Christian perspective. Lecture at St. Mark's Ecology-Spirituality group.
Assisi Declarations: Messages on Man and Nature from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam & Judaism
Author: Rinpoche, Lungrig Namgyal.
At Home in the Cosmos
Author: Toolan, David. Retells how religion and science have shaped Western attitudes toward the environment; he gives a more sophisticated account of biblical and classical Christian theologies of nature than is usually reflected in environmentalist rhetoric.
Biblical Foundations of Christian Environmental Concern
Presentations by Dr. Calvin DeWitt: "Biblical Foundations of Christian Environmental Concern" as part of the Frontiers of Environmental Theology Lecture Series.
Buddhism and Ecology
Author: Batchelor, Martine and Kerry Brown, editors. Buddhism exists in many different forms in many different countries. In this book Buddhists from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tibet and the West offer their approaches to ecology and tell of practical activities as well as Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Stories, pictures and poems add to the picture of Buddhism and ecology and the book finishes with a message from the Dalai Lama.
Celebration of St. Francis, 1995: "An Evening of Nature, Spirituality & the Creative Voice"
The video features Betsey Beckman in an interpretive dance based on "The Creation," by James Weldon Johnson; Brenda Peterson, Northwest nature writer with a particular interest in animals and spirituality; Bill Dietrich, Seattle Times science reporter, author of The Final Forest and Northwest Passage, the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill; Mara Grey & Peter Berry in a Celtic harp performance.
Celebration of St. Francis, 1996: "An Evening of Nature, Spirituality & the Creative Voice"
This video features Richard Nelson, award-winning author, naturalist, and anthropologist; Pattiann Rogers, poet and winner of a Pushcard Prize and the Hokin Prize for Poetry; Betsey Beckman, one of the finest liturgical dancers in the country; Dana Lyons, a dynamic singer, story teller and humorist.
Choices for the Future, 1992; Living the Sacred Circle: Healing Time
The video features the Reverend Carla Berkedal, speaking on the environmental crisis and spirituality; Chung Liang, Al Huong, Peter Kater, piano; Mark Miller, saxophone; Dennis Weaver, actor and environmental activist.
Christian Frugality Rediscovered, with Dr. James Nash
Dr. Nash, one of the church's foremost environmental ethicists states that it is only in the last fifty years that we have separated our faith from the virtue of frugality. Earth Ministry's 1995 Fall Gathering, October 26, 1995.
Christian Nature Spirituality: What It is and Why We Need it.
Dr. Sallie McFague, Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, teaches and writes in the areas of feminist and ecological theology. Dr. McFague is a nationally-recognized leader in making connections between Christian faith/theology and care for all creation.
Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
Edited by: Dieter T. Hessel & Rosemary Radford Ruether What can Christianity as a tradition contribute to the struggle to secure the future well-being of the earth community? This collaborative volume, the third in the series on religions of the world and the environment, announces that an ecological reformation, an eco-justice reorientation of Christian theology and ethics, is prominent on the ecumenical agenda. The authors explore problematic themes that contribute to ecological neglect or abuse and offer constructive insight into and responsive imperatives for ecologically just and socially responsible living.
Creation Spirituality
Dr. Alexandra Kovats speaks on Creation Spirituality.
Discovering Celtic Christianity
This video features Carla Berkedal: "Celtic Christian Spirituality and Worship: Its Usefulness for Our Time"; Elizabeth Davis: "Celtic Christianity: Overview of Historical Roots"; Tom Cashman: "Celtic Christian Values: How These Address Care for the Earth, and the Modern Church"; Wendy Walsh, "Modern Celtic Mysticism and Environmental Activism"
Earth as the Body of God
Dr. Sallie McFague, theologian from Vanderbilt University, discusses God's presence in creation.
Earth From Space: Ambiguous Icon
Dr. Larry Resmussen's perspective is that the view of earth from space is changing our collective consciousness. Part of this change affects our sense of citizenship and responsibility, leading some to use the language of planetary or global "management." But are these changes for the better? This lecture presents an assessment of this management concept and offers an alternative.
Ecology and Religion: Ecological Spirituality in Cross-cultural Perspective
Author: Kinsley, David. Kinsley explores various cultural and religious understandings of how humans relate to Earth, and how these understandings impact the current ecological crisis. Readers will look at the views of indigenous peoples, Asian traditions, Christians, contemporary culture, and others.
Economics for Community: The Role of the Church
"Economics for Community: The Role of the Church." The workshop considers the kinds of communities the economy should serve and how it can serve them. Although the Church is not one of these communities, it is uniquely related to them.
Economism, Earthism, and the Christian Faith
Since World War II economic growth has replaced national power and well-being as the primary goal of society. The result of this "economism" is the exclusion of the poor and the rape of the earth. The strongest and most hopeful reaction has been a new devotion to the earth. Christians need to appraise "economism" and "earthism" and find their own contribution.
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