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Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion

The ecological challenges of the 21st century represent a crisis of values and consciousness. The twin threats of climate change and biodiversity loss are among the greatest existential threats humanity has seen. Graduate study in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion allows students to cultivate the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological crisis from integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. Students gain skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in the service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing planetary future.

The program's uniquely integrated curriculum explores such questions as:

  • What are the roles of spirituality, philosophies, and religions in generating and responding to ecological global challenges?
  • What ecological insights do the world's religious heritages offer?
  • How can exploring worldviews help us to understand and address ecological trauma?

This program is centered in nurturing a community who are engaged in revitalizing relationships to our earth and exploring intersections of eco-spirituality, eco-justice, indigenous traditions, and eco-feminism. Core faculty are founders in the field of religion and ecology, shaping global dialogue linking spirituality and cosmology with ecology and sustainability. Faculty include: Elizabeth Allison, Robert McDermott, Jacob Sherman, and Brian Swimme. Watch an introduction to the program by ESR chair Elizabeth Allison:

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