REL 3220 - Spirituality and the Environment

Since 1990, people of faith have become increasingly active in efforts to address climate change. They are developing programs to "care for creation", greening houses of worship, and marching for climate justice. These efforts are not, however, without precedent. Religion and spirituality, which affects cultural perceptions of the relationship between human and nature, have long played a role in efforts to address environmental issues. This course will explore interactions between the environment and spirituality (both formal religion and less formal personal spiritual experiences) in both the past and present, with particular attention to ways people adapt religious ideas to address their experiences with the natural environment in response to specific issues.

Credits: 4 hours

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