Friday, July 31, 2009

Sewanee launches Center for Religion and Environment

From Episcopal Life Online-

The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, has announced the creation of the Center for Religion and Environment, which connects its College of Arts and Sciences, School of Theology, and All Saints Chapel in a partnership to strengthen its mission in education, church and society.
The center and the public programs it will offer reflect Sewanee's commitment to sustainability and its mission as an institution of the Episcopal Church.

Dr. Robin Gottfried, the center's founding director and professor of economics, notes that there is a need to change minds and hearts, to bring together the resources of the university to address the challenge he calls "environmental formation" -- integrating "faith, practice, and the understanding of environmental issues for our students."

The center offers several environmental majors in the sciences as well as one in environmental policy and related humanities courses, all drawing on the expertise of 30 faculty members. It also seeks to serve the surrounding community, the wider Episcopal Church and other faith communities in addressing environmental challenges.

In an interview with ENS, Gottfried mused about the kind of programs the center might offer that could help dioceses and congregations involved in creation care. One possibility could be to provide resources for best practices, he said. The center might also foster environmental formation at various levels, such as for Bible study leaders and youth ministers seeking to strengthen eco-spirituality in their programs.

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