Religions of the World and Ecology


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Christianity and Ecology

April 16-19, 1998

Opening Sessions and Plenary Addresses

Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, Conference Coordinators

Dieter Hessel, Rosemary Radford Ruether, and Richard Clugston, Conference Convenors

Welcoming remarks

Steven Rockefeller, Middlebury College

Plenary Address - Ethical Principles Underlying the Earth Charter - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Larry Rasmussen, Union Theological Seminary, and Jonathan Tucker, Park School


Plenary Addresses: Cosmology and Creation

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University


Thomas Berry, Fordham University

The Cosmological Dimensions of Christianity - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Tu Weiming, Harvard University


Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University

Losing and Finding Creation in the Christian Tradition - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Gordon Kaufman, Harvard University


Relation between Nature and Ethics

Michael McElroy, Harvard University

Opening comments

Chair - Dieter Hessel, Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge


James Nash, Churches Center for Theology & Public Policy

Seeking Moral Norms in Nature - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Cristina Traina, Northwestern University, and Douglas Sturm, Bucknell University

Concurrent Sessions:

The Spirit in an Ecological Context

Chair - Nancy Wright, co-author, Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision

Mark Wallace, Swarthmore College

Recovering the Spirit in an Age of Radical Ecology - ABSTRACT

Respondents -Eleanor Rae, The Center for Women, the Earth, and the Divine, and John Chryssavgis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology


Responses to Population and Consumption Growth

Chair - Harvey Cox, Harvard University

Daniel Maguire, Marquette University

Population-Consumption-Ecology: The Triple Problematic - ABSTRACT

Respondents - Susan Power Bratton, Whitworth College, and James Martin-Schramm, Luther College


Broadening the Scope of Ethics

Chair - Loyal Rue, Luther College


Daniel Cowdin, The Catholic University of America

The Moral Status of Otherkind and Christian Ethics - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Chai-sik Chung, Boston University


Calvin DeWitt, University of Wisconsin

Behemoth and Batrachians in the Eye of God: Responsibility Toward Otherkind in Biblical Perspective - ABSTRACT

Respondent - Paul Waldau, Oxford University


Ecology, Ecumenism, and Interreligions Dialogue

Chair - John Carman, Harvard University


Paul Knitter, Xavier University

Deep Ecumenicity vs. Incommensurability: Finding Common Ground on a Common Earth - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Lennard Swidler, Temple University


Peter Lee, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong Vancouver School of Theology

A Christian-Chinese View of Goodness, Beauty, and Holiness - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Heup Young Kim, Kang Nam University, Korea


Plenary Addresses

Chair - Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College


Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Ecofeminism: The Challenge to Theology - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Heather Eaton, St. Paul University, and Carol Wayne White, Bucknell University


Chair - Wesley Wildman, Boston University


Sallie McFague, Vanderbilt University

Ecological Christology: Does Christianity Have It? - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Kwok Pui-Lan, Episcopal Divinity School


Concurrent Sessions:

Human Vocation

Chair - Vittorio Falsina, former Weaver Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation


Theodore Hiebert, McCormick Theological Seminary

The Human Vocation: Origins and Transformations in Christian Traditions - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh, and Stephen Scharper, St. Paul University


Christian Influences in Nature Writing

Chair - John Grim, Bucknell University


Douglas Burton-Christie, Loyola Marymount University

The Word Incarnate: A Christian Theopoetics of the Natural World - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Lawrence Buell, Harvard University


Human Intervention in Natural Processes

Chair - Janet Nelson, Bucknell University


Roger Shinn, Union Theological Seminary, Emeritus

The Mystery of the Self and the Enigma of Nature - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Audrey Chapman, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Ian Barbour, Carleton College, Emeritus


Public Policies for Sustainability

Chair - Scott Paradise, Episcopal Divinity School


Timothy Weiskel, Harvard University

Doing Theology on a Small Planet - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Richard Clugston, Center for Respect of Life and Environment


William French, Loyola University of Chicago

A Christian Ethics of Restraint for Public Policy - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Preston Williams, Harvard University


Environmental Justice

Chair - Jamie Hoyte, Harvard University


Vernice Miller, Environmental Justice Initiative, National Resources Defense Council

The Environmental Justice Movement and the Church


Respondents - Joan Martin, The Episcopal Divinity School, and Jaycee Hanson, United Methodist Church



Chair - Kimberley Patton, Harvard University


Catherine Keller, Drew University

No More Sea: On the Lost Chaos of the Eschaton - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Mary Ann Hinsdale, Holy Cross College

Barbara Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology


Responses to Climate Change

Chair - William Moomaw, Tufts University


David Hallman, World Council of Churches

Climate Change: Ethics, Justice, and Sustainable Community - ABSTRACT


Respondent - William Somplatsky-Jarman, Presbyterian Environmental Justice Program


Environmental Virtues

Chair - Brennan Hill, Xavier University


Louke van Wensveen, Loyola Marymount University

Christian Ecological Virtue Ethics: Transforming a Tradition - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College, and Christine Firer Hinze, Marquette University


Plenary Address

Chair - John Berthrong, Boston University


John Cobb, Claremont School of Theology, Emeritus

Ecology and Economics: Reflections from Christian Theology - ABSTRACT


Respondents - Dean Freudenberger, Luther Seminary Northwest, Emeritus, and Neva Goodwin, Tufts University


The Engaged Community

Chair - Larry Shinn, Berea College


Marthinus Daneel, Zimbabwean Institute of Religious Research

Church and Eco-justice at the African Grass Roots - ABSTRACT


Respondent - Martin Robra, World Council of Churches


Panel on Praxis of the Churches

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University


Walter Grazer, U. S. Catholic Bishops Conference


Stan LeQuire, Evangelical Environmental Network


Patricia Mische, Global Education Associates


William Somplatsky-Jarman, Presbyterian Environmental Justice Program