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Steven Rockefeller is a Professor of Religion at Middlebury College in Vermont where he formerly served as Dean of the College. He received his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Columbia University. He is the author of John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism (Columbia, 1991), and Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue (Beacon, 1992). His essays have been published in a number of books and journals. Over the past decade, his work has given special attention to the interrelationship of democracy, ecology, and religious faith. He is currently coordinating the drafting of the Earth Charter for the Earth Charter Commission and Earth Council.

Abstract of paper given at Buddhism and Ecology conference:
Buddhist Contributions to the Earth Charter

A worldwide effort is underway to create an Earth Charter that would set forth in clear, simple language a vision of fundamental ethical principles for the 21st century. This presentation will describe the Earth Charter project and will invite dialogue on Buddhist contributions to the charter.

Abstract of paper given at Christianity and Ecology conference:

Ethical Principles Underlying the Earth Charter

The presentation will consider the significance of the Earth Charter with reference to the international debate over global ethics. It will review the goals and progress of the Earth Charter consultation process and plans for the period 1998-2000. The relation of the religions, and especially Christianity, to the Earth Charter will be considered. The principles of the Earth Charter will be discussed with special reference to the current debate and new proposals stimulated by the Benchmark Draft.

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