Green Sisters

Author: Sarah McFarland Taylor
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674027108
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Green Sisters. Green sisters are environmentally active Catholic nuns working to heal the earth as they cultivate new forms of religious culture. Inviting us into their world, Taylor offers a firsthand understanding of the experiences of women whose lives bring together orthodoxy and activism, and whose lifestyle provides a compelling view of sustainable living.

Spiritual Ecology

Author: Leslie Elmer Sponsel
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313364095
Size: 22.46 MB
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Spiritual Ecology. A prominent scientist and scholar documents and explains the thoughts, actions, and legacies of spiritual ecology's pioneers from ancient times to the present, demonstrating how the movement may offer the last chance to restore a healthy relationship between humankind and nature. * Clear, concise, and captivating essays on well-known, as well as little-known, pioneers in spiritual ecology * Chapter-long treatment of each individual's contributions, allowing for in-depth coverage * An extensive resource guide, including films and websites * An appendix listing approximately 100 pioneers in spiritual ecology

Grounding Religion

Author: Whitney Bauman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136931465
Size: 59.87 MB
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Grounding Religion. How do religion and the natural world interact with one another? Grounding Religion introduces students to the growing field of religion and ecology, exploring a series of questions about how the religious world influences and is influenced by ecological systems. Grounding Religion examines the central concepts of ‘religion’ and ‘ecology’ using analysis, dialogical exchanges by established scholars in the field, and case studies. The first textbook to encourage critical thinking about the relationships between the environment and religious beliefs and practices, it also provides an expansive overview of the academic field of religion and ecology as it has emerged in the past forty years. The contributors introduce students to new ways of thinking about environmental degradation and the responses of religious people. Each chapter brings a new perspective on key concepts such as sustainability, animals, gender, economics, environmental justice, globalization and place. Discussion questions and contemporary case studies focusing on topics such as Muslim farmers in the US and Appalachian environmental struggles help students apply the perspective to current events, other media, and their own interests.

Routledge Handbook Of Religion And Ecology

Author: Willis J. Jenkins
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131765532X
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Routledge Handbook Of Religion And Ecology. The moral values and interpretive systems of religions are crucially involved in how people imagine the challenges of sustainability and how societies mobilize to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field. It encourages both appreciative and critical angles regarding religious traditions, communities, attitude, and practices. It presents contrasting ways of thinking about "religion" and about "ecology" and about ways of connecting the two terms. Written by a team of leading international experts, the Handbook discusses dynamics of change within religious traditions as well as their roles in responding to global challenges such as climate change, water, conservation, food and population. It explores the interpretations of indigenous traditions regarding modern environmental problems drawing on such concepts as lifeway and indigenous knowledge. This volume uniquely intersects the field of religion and ecology with new directions within the humanities and the sciences. This interdisciplinary volume is an essential reference for scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities and for all those looking to understand the significance of religion in environmental studies and policy.

Natural Environments And Human Health

Author: Alan W Ewert
Publisher: CABI
ISBN: 1845939190
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Natural Environments And Human Health. The role natural environments play in human health and wellbeing is attracting increasing attention. There is growing medical evidence that access to the natural environment can prevent disease, aid recovery, tackle obesity and improve mental health. This book examines the history of natural environments being used for stress-reduction, enjoyment, aesthetics and catharsis, and traces the development of the connection between humans and the environment, and how they impact our personal and collective health.

Conscience And Calling

Author: Anne E. Patrick
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1441144528
Size: 54.19 MB
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Conscience And Calling. This volume probes the meaning and ethical implications of the powerful symbol of vocation from the vantage of contemporary Catholic women, with particular attention to the experiences of women religious. Intended as a follow-up to Liberating Conscience: Feminist Explorations in Catholic Moral Theology, the new book will benefit many readers, including Catholic leaders, laity, and religious, as well as persons interested in Christian ethics and American religious history more generally. The work treats twentieth-century history and more recent developments, including tensions between the Vatican and progressive Catholics, the development of lay ministries, and the movement to ordain women deacons, priests, and bishops.

Ragbag Theologies

Author: Miranda N. Pillay
Publisher: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
ISBN: 1920338160
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Ragbag Theologies. “It is Denise Ackermann’s work towards the humanity of all which prompted this particular collection of essays in her honour. The idea of honouring Denise with a Festschrift for her 70th birthday was first discussed in 2005 among members of the Cape Town Chapter of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians who met at Denise’s home at the time.” – Editors

Commun Icat Ing Bodies

Author: Alexander Darius Ornella
Publisher: Theologischer Verlag Zürich
ISBN: 3290220273
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Commun Icat Ing Bodies. As a basic medium of human interaction, the body is fundamental to socio-cultural communication systems, in particular the communication system «religion». Over time, religious traditions – in all their various cultural and historical forms and incarnations – have developed elaborated symbolic systems with the body at their center. This volume proposes to study these systems and the role that body plays in their organization through the perspective of the concept of body as a medium and by drawing on media and communication theory. The papers collected in this volume explore this perspective in relation to different religious traditions, historical periods and theoretical as well as theological themes. They also engage in specific theoretical frameworks in order to discuss the scope and limitations of thinking of the body as a medium in religious symbol systems. Topics covered range from ancient mythology to contemporary Parsi rituals to the boundaries between body and technology.

Ecotheology And The Practice Of Hope

Author: Anne Marie Dalton
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 1438432984
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Ecotheology And The Practice Of Hope. Looks at how ecotheology has created a new vision of the natural world and the place of humans within it.

The Blue Sapphire Of The Mind

Author: Douglas E. Christie
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199986649
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The Blue Sapphire Of The Mind. "There are no unsacred places," the poet Wendell Berry has written. "There are only sacred places and desecrated places." What might it mean to behold the world with such depth and feeling that it is no longer possible to imagine it as something separate from ourselves, or to live without regard for its well-being? To understand the work of seeing things as an utterly involving moral and spiritual act? Such questions have long occupied the center of contemplative spiritual traditions. In The Blue Sapphire of the Mind, Douglas E. Christie proposes a distinctively contemplative approach to ecological thought and practice that can help restore our sense of the earth as a sacred place. Drawing on the insights of the early Christian monastics as well as the ecological writings of Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, and many others, Christie argues that, at the most basic level, it is the quality of our attention to the natural world that must change if we are to learn how to live in a sustainable relationship with other living organisms and with one another. He notes that in this uniquely challenging historical moment, there is a deep and pervasive hunger for a less fragmented and more integrated way of apprehending and inhabiting the living world--and for a way of responding to the ecological crisis that expresses our deepest moral and spiritual values. Christie explores how the wisdom of ancient and modern contemplative traditions can inspire both an honest reckoning with the destructive patterns of thought and behavior that have contributed so much to our current crisis, and a greater sense of care and responsibility for all living beings. These traditions can help us cultivate the simple, spacious awareness of the enduring beauty and wholeness of the natural world that will be necessary if we are to live with greater purpose and meaning, and with less harm, to our planet.