As theologians rooted in Judeo-Christian religious traditions have responded to the complex nexus of the injustices of ecological crises and social inequities, a variety of critical and constructive theologies have emerged. This course explores how ecotheologies, including ecofeminist, ecowomanist, queer ecotheologies, and Native American theologies of creation, have engaged the major issues in ecotheology, and in what ways these theologies address contemporary environmental/ecological issues. Each student will research one current ecological issue as a conversation partner for the theologies we will study. We will also be asking questions about the implications of these theological projects for liturgical practices, congregational mission, and the students’ own constructive theological work where applicable.
Weekly reading and regular online participation in Moodle’s discussion board, weekly group work via synchronistic online tools, two synthesis papers, and a final project are required. Prior coursework in theology helpful but not required.
Intended for M.Div., MASC, MA, and certificate students.
The course relates to SKSM’s Thresholds 1, 2, 6 and MFC Compentencies 3, 4, 7. The online course is asyncrhonous with synchronous small group work.