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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

 

Eschatology

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