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World Religions and Ecology
  c.

Native American/Indigenous Traditions (Cont.)

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Roundtable on Native American Spirituality
Sacred Ground
The Sunrise Dance
An Understated Sacredness
White Shamans, Plastic Medicine Men: A Documentary
The World in Our Eyes: A Native American Vision of Creation

 

Title Roundtable on Native American Spirituality
Series None Listed
Publisher Tahlequah, Okla.: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Northeastern State University, 1996;
Tahlequah, Okla.: Center for Tribal Studies, 1996(?)
Credits Writers: Jerry Tahsequah, Richard Grounds, Crosslin Smith, Julian Judd
Others responsible for the production of this video include: Northeastern State University (Okalahoma)
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Center for Tribal Studies
Symposium on the American Indian, Tahlequah, Okla., 1996
Format VHS; discussion guide
Length Approximately 54 minutes
Abstract A panel discussion from the 24th Annual Symposium on the American Indian, "Drumbeat Echoes: Voice of Our Generations," presented by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Northeastern State University, and the Center for Tribal Studies. With Jerry Tahsequah serving as moderator, Reverend Julian Judd addresses the issue of Native and Christian syncretism, Crosslin Smith discusses the Red Christ legend, and Dr. Richard Grounds speaks about scholarly misrepresentations of Native Americans.
Title Sacred Ground
Secondary Title American Indians, Sacred Ground
Publisher Huntsville, Tex.: Educational Video Network, 1997, c1976
Credits A film by Freewheelin' Films Ltd.
Writer, Narrator: Cliff Robertson
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract From the original motion picture of 1976, this film examines various Native American sacred sites across the continent and reflects on the relationship between Native North Americans and the land.
Title The Sunrise Dance
Series None Listed
Publisher New York, N.Y.: Filmakers Library, 1994
Credits Producer, Writer: Gianfranco Norelli
Director of Photography: Ettore Botta
Editor: Luca Biavati
Narrators: Gianfranco Norelli, Daniel Elias
Format VHS
Length 28 minutes
Abstract Maureen Nachu, an adolescent who lives on the Fort Apache Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona undergoes the traditional rite-of-passage ceremony by which Apache girls become women.
Title An Understated Sacredness
Series Colores!
Publisher Albuquerque, N. Mex.: KNME-TV, 1992
Credits Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Rina Swentzell
KNME-TV (Albuquerque, N. Mex.).
Format VHS
Length Approximately 20 minutes
Abstract Discussing the importance and meaning of sacred space for Native Americans, Rina Swentzell of the Santa Clara Pueblo tribe, considers the relationship between spirituality, human modes of living and dwelling, and the environment.
Title White Shamans, Plastic Medicine Men: A Documentary
Secondary Titles White Shamans and Plastic Medicine Men
Series None Listed
Publisher Bozeman, Mont.: Native Voices Public Television, 1995
Credits Writers: Terry Macy, Daniel Hart
Format VHS; color with some black and white sequences
Length 26 minutes
Abstract Documents and discusses the commodification and popularization of Native American spiritual and cultural traditions.
Title The World in Our Eyes: A Native American Vision of Creation
Series None Listed
Publisher Tucson, Ariz.: MonteVideo, 1994
Credits Author: J. Reuben Silverbird
Music: Perry Silverbird, Mark Lineberry
Cameraperson: Steven Michael Valdez
Others responsible for the production of this video include: MonteVideo
Format VHS
Length Approximately 103 minutes
Abstract Contends that despite their differences, Native Americans from the Navajo, Zuni, Tohono O'Odham, Pima, Santo Domingo, Hopi, Apache, Tewa Onondaga, Blackfoot, Chippewa, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Paiute, Sioux, Choctaw, Cherokee, Seminole, Chickasaw, Creek, and Nez Perce nations share common beliefs, myths, legends, and a fundamental respect for the earth and its creatures.

 

World Religions and Ecology
  d. Judaism
   

A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal the World
Visions of Eden: A Jewish Perspective on the Environment

     

Title A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values To Help Heal the World
Series none listed
Publisher

Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), 2007

Credits Producer: Lionel Friedberg
Format DVD
Length 60 minutes
Abstract This documentary presents a Jewish response to the environmental crisis.  By applying Jewish teachings, it offers simple, practical measures for reducing our impact on the planet, emphasizing a shift toward vegetarianism.  This documentary includes a number of interviews with rabbis, Israeli environmentalists, and prominent activists.  The movie can be viewed in its entirety at http://asacredduty.com/.  It is also available to educators as a free DVD. 
Title Visions of Eden: A Jewish Perspective on the Environment
Series None Listed
Publisher New York: Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1997, c1995
Credits Coproduced with The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL).
Writer: Debbie Friedman
Music: Debbie Friedman, Oren Rudavsky Productions
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Information not available

 

World Religions and Ecology
  e. Christianity
   

At One with Creation: A Guide for Reflection and Action
Chaple Address: Healing Persons by Healing God's Creation: Earth-Caring Responses to our Planet's Health Crisis
Christians for the Earth
The Church as a Creation Awareness Center: Justice and Care for the Earth
Concern for Creation: A Franciscan Response
The Environment: Who's Responsible, Anyway?
Faith and Science: Partners for the Future
From Stewardship to Domination: How We Lost Touch with Nature
God's Earth: A Call for Environmental Stewardship
God's Earth Team
The Greening of Faith: Why the Environment is a Christian Concern
Hands Caring for Creation
Living Choices: Stewardship of the Environment
Reclaiming the Garden: Caring for an Environment in Crisis
Reconstructing A Christian Theology of Nature: Reformed Perspectives
Theology of the Environment: Problems and Possibilities
Together in the Garden: A Christian Response to UNCED

     

Title At One with Creation: A Guide for Reflection and Action
Series None Listed
Publisher Louisville, Ky.: Congregational Ministries Division, Presbyterian Church (USA), 1993
Credits Writer, Narrator: Richard Cartwright Austin
Animators: Jeff Tull, Fredrick Hagan
Others responsible for the production of this video include: Presbyterian Church (USA)
Mission Interpretation and Promotion
Congregational Ministries
Format VHS; study guide
Length 12 minutes
Abstract Introduces a Christian conception of environmental stewardship to a wide audience via animation.
Title Chaple Address: Healing Persons by Healing God's Creation: Earth-Caring Responses to our Planet's Health Crisis
(November 8, 1994)
Series Norton Lectures on Science and Philosophy, 1994–1995
Publisher Louisville, Ky.: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
Credits Writer: Howard John Clinebell
Format 3/4 inch VHS
Length Information not available
Abstract Information not available
Title

Christians for the Earth

Secondary Titles A New Story of the Universe and Ourselves
God and Country
Christianity and Ecology
Series None Listed
Publisher Laurel, Md.: Lou Niznik, 1987
Credits Producers: Lou Niznik, Steve Smith, Stan Howard
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
North American Conference on Christianity and Ecology
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Information not available
Title The Church as a Creation Awareness Center: Justice and Care for the Earth
Series The Biblical Call to Earthkeeping Series
Publisher Madison, Wisc.: Audio-Visual Associates, 1994
Credits Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Justice and the Care of the Earth Task Force
South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Format VHS; one page study guide
Length 20 minutes
Abstract Information not available
Title Concern for Creation: A Franciscan Response
Series None Listed
Publisher St. Bonaventure, N.Y.: The University, 1990
Credits Author and Moderator: Kenneth R. Himes
Format VHS
Length 67 minutes
Abstract Pressing environmental issues are discussed by the Franciscan faculty of St. Bonaventure University.
Title The Environment: Who's Responsible, Anyway?
Series None Listed
Publisher Richmond, Va.: Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 1988
Credits Writer: Richard A. Carpenter
Format VHS
Length 93 minutes
Abstract A lecture by Presbyterian elder and environmental policy leader Richard A. Carpenter, discusses the need for churches and spiritual communities to construct an environmental ethic.
Title Faith and Science: Partners for the Future
Series Part of the Directions Television Series
Publisher New York: ABC News, 1979
Credits Produced in cooperation with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
Producer: Sid Darion
Director: Robert DeLaney
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
ABC News
National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America
World Conference on Faith, Science, and the Future at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1979
Format VHS
Length 30 minutes
Abstract Discussing the World Conference on Faith, Science and the Future, held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ABC News reporter Herbert Kaplow interviews Dr. Jonathan King, an MIT biologist, and Rev. Paul Deats, a professor of social ethics at Boston University. Exploring the relationship between theology and science, they consider the risks and benefits of technology and the emerging partnership between faith and science.
Title From Stewardship to Domination: How We Lost Touch with Nature
Series

Ecology, Technology, and the Creation of Jobs
This series is also titled:
St. Mary's University President's Peace Commission on Ecology, Technology, and the Creation of Jobs

Publisher San Antonio, Tex.: St. Mary's University Learning Resources Center, 1995
Credits Writers: Steven Calogero, James Sauer, Thomas Guderjan
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
President's Peace Commission Program, San Antonio, Texas (October 24-26, 1995)
Format VHS
Length 57 minutes
Abstract Dr. Steve Calogero and Dr. Jim Sauer, philosophy professors at St. Mary's University, engage in a discussion hosted by Dr. Tom Guderjan, member of the President's Peace Commission and director of archaeological programs and professor of sociology at St. Mary's University.
Title God's Earth: A Call for Environmental Stewardship
Series None Listed
Publisher Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998, c1997
Credits Producer, Director: Paul Schneller
Editor: Lile Judickas
Writers: Paul Schneller, Paul Collins
Cameraperson: Paul Costello
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV Religious Unit
Format VHS
Length 57 minutes
Abstract Based on his book, Catholic priest and ecologist Paul Collins critically assesses the biblical mandate that humans are to subdue the earth and its creatures by focusing on the issues of population growth and pollution. Urges modern western religions to adopt a stewardship model of human-earth relations instead of a dominion model.
Title God's Earth Team
Series Creation Series
Publisher Chicago, Ill.: Moody Institute of Science, 1995
Credits Producer, Director: Jay Torres for Fugitive Films
Writers: Laurie A. Knox, Wayne Lewis
Editor: Jay Lizarraga
Director of Photography: Brian Pratt
Graphic Design: Shimooi Hui-Torres, Mark Wilkinson
Music: Chuck Barth
Post-Production Advisor for MIS: Carolyn Rafferty
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Moody Institute of Science (MIS) in association with EquiKnox Film
Format VHS
Length 30 minutes
Abstract Todd Fraser, Katrina Varian, and Damen Liebling discuss the model of human dominion over creation, the interconnected nature of reality, and the criteria for responsible ecological stewardship.
Title The Greening of Faith: Why the Environment is a Christian Concern
Part 1: Theology and Spirituality
Part 2: Ethics
Series None Listed
Publisher Westlake Village, Calif.: Cathedral Films and Video, 1993
Credits Producer, Director: Jim Friedrich, Scott Miller
Video, Still Photography: J. Friedrich
Music: Peter Kater, R. Carlos Nakai, Chris White
Authors: James K. Friedrich, Scott A. Miller
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Earth Ministry, Seattle, Washington
Format 2 VHS videocassettes; study guides
Length Approximately 30 minutes each
Abstract Information not available
Title Hands Caring for Creation
Series None Listed
Publisher Chicago, Ill.: Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1994
Credits Produced by Olive Leaf Ltd. in association with Dimension Association for Mission Action Committee, Southeast Michigan Synod, Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Writers: Karen O. Lund, David M. Strang
Format VHS; discussion guide
Length 8 minutes
Abstract Addresses the following topics: Whose world is it anyway?; You have the whole world in your hands; Your hands can find ways to rebuild the earth and restore creation; Your hands can join with other hands; Your hands can also vote; and Let's get this straight: it is God's world, it is on loan to us.
Title Living Choices: Stewardship of the Environment
Secondary Titles Catch the Spirit (Television Program)
Living Choices from Catch the Spirit
Stewardship of the Environment
Series None Listed
Publisher Nashville, Tenn.: EcuFilm, 1990
Credits A UMCom Production.
Producers: Beverly Judge, Ed Gossard
Director: Jay Voorhees
Author: Jay Voorhees
Format VHS
Length Information not available
Abstract Using examples from Catch the Spirit, a weekly television program produced by the United Methodist Church, this video reviews and assesses national environmental policy and ecological practices from the perspective of the United Methodist Church.
Title Reclaiming the Garden: Caring for an Environment in Crisis
Series Careing for God's World Series
Publisher Colorado Springs, Colo.: David C. Cook Publishing, 1992
Credits Others responsible for the production of this video include:
World Vision, Inc.
Format VHS; study guide
Length Approximately 30 minutes
Abstract Discusses the relationship between economics, population, and the environment.
Title Reconstructing A Christian Theology of Nature: Reformed Perspectives (April 3, 2000)
Secondary Titles Is There A Natural Theology in the Reformed Tradition?
Series None Listed
Publisher Richmond, Va.: Institute for Reformed Theology, Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 2000
Credits Writer: Anna Case-Winters
Format VHS
Length 49 minutes
Abstract Refuting the claim that the Reformed Church lacks a theology of nature, Dr. Anna Case-Winters, argues that both Luther and Calvin espoused a theology of nature that holds potential for the contemporary context.
Title Theology of the Environment: Problems and Possibilities
Series Provost's Lecture Series 1992-1993: "Perspectives on the Environment"
Publisher Muncie, Ind.: Ball State University, 1993
Credits Writer: Philip J. Budd
Format VHS
Length 60 minutes
Abstract Lecturing at Ball State University, Philip J. Budd addresses the relationship between theology and the environment.
Title Together in the Garden: A Christian Response to UNCED
Series None Listed
Publisher Geneva, Switzerland: World Council of Churches, 1991
Credits Producer: Countrywise Communication
Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Countrywise Communication
World Council of Churches (WCC)
Format VHS
Length 20 minutes
Abstract Addressing issues raised at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, international figures urge churches to take responsibility for the future and make suggestions about how Christians can help to create a more healthy, just, and sustainable future.

 

World Religions and Ecology
  f. Buddhism
   

Buddhism, Christianity, and Global Healing
Buddhism in the Modern World
Embrace (Documentary Film on Tibetan Folk Buddhism and Ecology)
Sacred Wildness: The Teachings of Rocks and Water

     

This documentary presents the complex reciprocal saturation of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma, and natural landscape marked with religious significance. Through the narratives of a father and a son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings. The juxtaposition of the cinematic narratives of the father and the son brings the audience a new sublime height of eco-spiritual reflections on the present and future states of our Planet Earth.
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Title Buddhism, Christianity, and Global Healing (August 5–12, 2000)
Part 1: Introduction to the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
Part 2: The Nonviolent Struggle for Economic and Social Justice
Part 3: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on the Earth Charter
Part 4: Concern for Global Healing
Part 5: Gender, Justice, and Oppression in Buddhism and Christianity
Part 6: Consumerism and Ecology in Buddhist and Christian Perspectives
Part 7: Closing Service for Global Healing
Series Buddhism, Christianity, and Global Healing
Publisher Tacoma, Wash.: Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, 2000
Credits Others responsible for the production of this video include:
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies
Paul O. Ingram
Format 7 VHS videocassettes; program guide
Length Total of approximately 875 minutes (approximately 2 hours each)
Abstract President of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in 1999, Paul Ingram hosts the Buddhist-Christian conference at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Issues addressed include: Buddhist and Christian perspectives on social and economic justice, the earth charter, solutions to global problems, gender, consumerism, and ecology.
Title Buddhism in the Modern World
Series Sangharakshita in Conversation
Publisher Manchester, England: Clear Vision, 1991
Credits Produced by Mokshapriya.
Writers: Bhikshu Sangharakshita, Dhammaloka, Mokshapriya
Camerapeople: Bryan Stephens, Tim Crowe
Format VHS
Length Approximately 60 minutes
Abstract Sangharakshita and Dharmachari Dhammaloka discuss a range of issues, including Buddhism in the East and West, the relationship between Christianity and Buddhism, Buddhism and modern science, materialism, ecology, simple living, right livelihood, altering personal lifestyles, changing society, Western art, and various other topics.
Title Embrace (Documentary Film on Tibetan Folk Buddhism and Ecology)
Publisher Dan Smyer Yu, 2011
Credits Directors: Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi
Cinematographer: Sonthar Gyal
Sound/music: Dukar Tserang
Pre-production ethnographic work: Dan Smyer Yu
Format DVD. Watch free online at: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/50479/Embrace
Length 55 minutes
Abstract This documentary presents the complex reciprocal saturation of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma, and natural landscape marked with religious significance. Through the narratives of a father and a son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings. The juxtaposition of the cinematic narratives of the father and the son brings the audience a new sublime height of eco-spiritual reflections on the present and future states of our Planet Earth. More information is available at: http://www.mmg.mpg.de/index.php?id=878 The film is available online: http://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/50479/Embrace
Title Sacred Wildness: The Teachings of Rocks and Water
Secondary Title Sacred Wildness
Zen Teachings of Rock and Water
Series Born as the Earth Workshop Series
Publisher Mount Tremper, N.Y.: Dharma Communications, 1996
Credits Produced by Dharma Communications.
Director, Editor: Sean Murphy
Executive Director: John Daido Loori
Writers: Sean Murphy, John Daido Loori
Cameraperson: John Daido Loori
Music: Daitaro, Sean Murphy
Format VHS
Length 31 minutes
Abstract Focusing on Zen Mountain Monastery, this video documents a series of workshops in which Abbot John Daido Loori's words of wisdom complement outdoor activities such as wilderness, canoe, and rock-climbing retreats, to present a moving depiction of the human place in the wider ecosystem.

 

World Religions and Ecology
  g. Hinduism
   

Bali: Island and Universe

     
Title Bali: Island and Universe
Series None Listed
Publisher Manchester, England: Hart Sprager, 1971(?)
Credits None Listed
Format 16 mm film
Length 27 minutes
Abstract Exploring the island of Bali, this video focuses on the centrality of religion, community, and the environment in present-day life. Bali is depicted as a place where traditional customs remain relatively intact in the face of modernization and globalization.