This collection gathers contributions, resources and perspectives on eco-theology, climate justice, and food security from Christian, Churches, and/or other religious traditions. It also contains the Global Survey on Ecotheology, Climate Justice and Food Security in Theological Education and Christian Leadership Development, the presentations and report of the follow up consultation on the same subject held at the Academy of Volos, Demetriades Diocese of Church of Greece, 10-13 March, 2016.

Recent Submissions

  • Sowing Hope in a Polarized Agricultural Debate

    Smit, Peter-Ben; Hasselaar, Jan Jorrit; Pattberg, PH (Brill, 2022)
  • The Réseau de l'Économie Alternative et Solidaire (REAS) : militant practice, commitment and political project in the movement for an alternative economy in France (1990-2000)

    Cultures et sociétés urbaines (Cresppa-CSU) ; Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris (CRESPPA) ; Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (UP8)-Université Paris Nanterre (UPN)-Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)-Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis (UP8)-Université Paris Nanterre (UPN)-Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint Denis; Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris; CSU (Cultures et sociétés urbaines); Yves Sintomer; Ros, Elodie (HAL CCSD, 2017-06-27)
    This work is the result of empirical research conducted on a French network for an alternative economy named REAS and its defenders. The aim is to study the origins of its program usingthe history and backgrounds of its campaigners as a starting point. From 1990 to 1998, the REAS has tried to bring together various initiatives of solidarity-based economic systems inorder to push its political program to the forefront of the public debate. We have wondered whether this program and the militancy which characterizes it were but the translation of a propensity for activism truly Christian in origin or whether it rather stemmed from the coming together of various traditions of militancy. A reconstruction of the individual backgrounds of activists from the REAS was possible thanks to field research, based on a close study of the archives and the periodical which thenetwork published but most importantly on about sixty interviews held with members of theREAS. The research has proven that each age group (under 35, aged 35 to 45 and over 45years old) was characterized by its own specific dynamics and form of militancy.The older members bring with them a left wing Christian dimension which the intermediate age group politicizes while the younger members contribute to daily awareness and local integration. The political program of REAS and its members’ militancy can therefore bedefined as an elective affinity bringing together three originally distinct groups. Therefore, if the influence and dynamics of each group may be felt, the program for REAS can only be defined through their combination. Nevertheless, elective affinity theoretically only happens between two elements. The possibility of elective affinity happening between three elements seems unprecedented and would deserve closer inspection.
  • Negotiating societal crises through eschatological narratives in Yoruba gospel music: Notes from evangelist J. A. Adelakun’s “Amona Tete Maa Bo”

    Ajose, Toyin S. (Bureau for the Development of African Musicology, 2022-12-19)
    Scholars have discussed how gospel music offers a framework for responding to the religious, social, and economic experiences of people in the society. Beyond performing religious and evangelistic purposes, how gospel music illuminates societal crises–politics and ecology–is yet to be known. This study examines the role of gospel music as a tool to facilitate religious experience while articulating social concerns. Specifically, it discusses the approaches employed by Yoruba gospel musicians in evoking spirituality in their discourse on societal problems. Reference is made to the musical performance of a popular Yoruba gospel music album titled “Amona Tete Maa bo” by Evangelist J.A. Adelakun which was accessed on YouTube. Further information is gathered from other internet sites including blogs, social media as well as periodicals which provided the secondary sources of data for the study. Through textual and musical analyses of the first and longest track in the album, and relying on critical discourses from musicology, religion and cultural studies, this paper demonstrates how gospel musicians deploy musical and theological approaches to reference and negotiate their social, political and environmental ‘salvation’ through eschatological narrative. The article explains the extent to which these approaches in gospel music and by extension Yoruba gospel musicians are evocative of the general spiritual dimension to almost every social, political and ecological crisis in Africa.
  • A page from Russian cosmology in the Trinitarian story of creation

    Buitendag, Johan (Centre for Ministerial Development of the Dutch Reformed Church (Exelsus) - University of Pretoria, 2022-01-01)
    This article approached the doctrine of the Trinity from the vantage point of the science and religion dialogue, because the issue of faith and reason is integral to this concept. This approach requires humility and silence. A page from the cosmology of the Russian Silver Age sheds light on the notorious schism of 1054 between the Western and the Eastern theologians on the Filioque issue, which manifests the lack of an apophatic and antinomistic approach. The issue is thus whether God is intrinsically part of nature and yet is its Creator and Redeemer. This question touches upon God's transcendence and immanence, cataphatic and apophatic theology and even the complementarity of the two. Two protagonists of the 'Russian Religious Renaissance', Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) and Sergius Bulgakov (1871-1944), presupposed Christian faith and belief by giving theology preference to philosophy in this debate. Reality is seen as an antinomy and placed within the broader context of human cultural activity. Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: A socially oriented worldview was pursued that underscored the ontological priority of relationality. The conclusion was drawn from the Russian Orthodox theology that the doctrine of the Trinity has its roots in the God-human relationship in Christ by the (Holy) Spirit and it interprets the homoousios of the Godhead as Sophia and antinomianism as the most crucial features of this belief.
  • How Would we Know what God is up to?

    Conradie , Ernst M.; University of the Western Cape; Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia; Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Eaton, Heather; Saint Paul University; Kerber, Guillermo; Adult Faith Formation Service; Maseno, Loreen; Maseno University; Solano Miselis, Jocabed R.; Memoria Indígena; Oh, Jea Sophia; West Chester University of Pennsylvania; Talia, Maina; Charles Sturt University; Zachariah, George; Trinity Methodist Theological College (AOSIS Scholarly Books, 2022-12-19)
    This second volume in the series on "An Earthed Faith" will address the following question: "Given what we know about the Anthropocene, how does one even begin to answer the question: What is this God up to, and how ought humans respond?” This is a question of theological method, including the sources and interlocutors of Christian theology, its aims and starting points, social theories shaping it, and presuppositions grounding it. Addressing this question is the classic task of doing contextual theology, namely describing and analysing a particular context and considering how this context may best be addressed theologically and practically. The question highlights the need for prophetic theology to discern the “signs of the time”, to recognise a “moment of truth” (Kairos) and to discern counter-movements of the Spirit. The question of method opens the door to constructive critique of how theology has been done and should be done.
  • “Green” Islam and social movements for sustainability: socio-ecological transitions in the Muslim world

    Vincenti, Donatella; Maffettone, Sebastiano; Vincenti, Donatella (Luiss Guido Carlicountry:ITA, 2017-07-12)
    Sustainability is an overused term in global politics. Yet, deciding on what to sustain indefinitely, and over time, in the face of the current ecological crisis is essentially a matter of moral-ethical concern. The primary objective of this dissertation is to investigate whether Islam, as a religion and spiritual tradition, has something to say about present-day sustainability problems. A secondary, but no less important objective of the present work is to examine the cultural, social, and political aspects of sustainability mobilisation and activism in predominantly Muslim contexts. The qualitative ethnographic study, which is based on fifteen semi-structured interviews and two focus groups conducted between 2015 and 2016, focuses on permaculture and eco-justice movements presently operating in Arab-Muslim countries (namely, Morocco and Tunisia) and uses methodological triangulation of frame and narrative analysis. Its main purpose is to empirically detect whether, among the motivational framing strategies deployed by sustainability movement actors to provide reasons for sustainability engagement and action, there is indication of moral-ethical motives that are consistent with the “eco-Islamic” worldview. The study shows that, especially in the Moroccan case, some religious-spiritual motives echo “eco-Islamic” wisdom and its foundational tenets. Overall, however, the normative and performative nature of Islamic ‘eco-tradition’ is unorthodox and syncretic.
  • The bride as a 'locked garden': An eco-sustainability retrieval of nature metaphor in Song of Songs 4:12-15

    Kavusa, Kivatsi J. (Centre for Ministerial Development of the Dutch Reformed Church (Exelsus) - University of Pretoria, 2022-01-01)
    Song 4:12-15 depicts the body of the bride as a 'locked garden' filled with fruits, exotic and medicinal plants and abundant freshwater. These luxuries are said to be plentiful and appealing but carry with them the threat of spoiling. In this way, the garden is ready for enjoyment, but forbidden (locked) at the same time. The geo-metaphor of the bride fits perfectly with the ancient belief of Mother Earth and resists the dominion drive of the Anthropocene. Dominance is alien to Canticles. The Book pledges that we can rediscover the lost paradise of Genesis 2 through love and partnership, not dominion. This article investigates which assumptions about nature are reflected in the author's use of nature metaphors to describe the sensual body of the bride. It makes use of insights of ecological sustainability, the principle of intrinsic worth from the six eco-justice principles of the Earth Bible Project and elements of historical-critical approaches to retrieve the ecological significance of Song 4:12-15. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: This article explores whether the insights of eco-sustainability can be fruitfully used to retrieve ecological wisdom from the metaphor of Song 4 depicting the bride as a locked garden. It involves the disciplines of biblical exegesis, elements of ecological hermeneutics and insights from sustainability theories.
  • Implementasi Maqashid Syariah dengan Pengembangan Ekonomi Hijau Melalui Urban Farming

    Yusvita Nena Arinta (Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo Semarang, 2020-02-01)
    The trend of conventional economic in emerging countries raises problems in other sectors with systematic. This results in inconsistencies with the main objectives of carrying out economic activities. Economic goals are not only oriented towards wealth, but also protect the living ecosystem (hifdzu-n-nafsi) and also protect offspring (hifdzu-n-nasli). Fundamental corrections are needed to find new ways of economic development. Green economy as a new way to solve economic problems applying Maqashid Shariah. Green economy through Maqashid Shariah focuses on 3 concepts: 1) the quality of economic growth, 2) environmental efficiency, and 3) social growth. As a paradigm that is able to maintain sustainable ecosystems in achieving social economic growth by supporting welfare improvement. Urban farming is becoming a new path of discovery to develop the prosperity of implementing a green economy in Indonesia. Urban farming is an industrial cycle that produces, processes and sells food and energy to meet the needs of city consumers. All activities are carried out by the method of using and reusing natural resources and urban waste. Besides fulfilling the basic needs of every family that is the basis of a measure of money, urban farming is needed to get money with other household needs. The idea of returning to nature shows that urban agriculture is able to meet economic quality growth targets, save energy and social interaction in accordance with Islamic economic principles.
  • Θεοτόκος και οικοφεμινισμός

    Bebis, Vassilios; Μπέμπης, Βασίλειος (Aristotle University Of Thessaloniki (AUTH)Αριστοτέλειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλονίκης (ΑΠΘ), 2020)
    The dissertation "Theotokos and Ecofeminism" approaches the western, Christian, eco-feminist theology (an ecological theology from a feminist point of view that understands as interconnected the issues of the environmental crisis and the social inequalities caused by sexism) from an Orthodox perspective, focusing on the participation of the Theotokos in the Divine economy for the salvation of the world. It attempts to construct an Orthodox Christian theological proposition, useful for dialogue with representatives of western Ecofeminism who appreciate the importance of the Theotokos in the broader "theology of liberation."In its introduction, the dissertation describes the characteristics and the development of western feminist, ecological and eco-feminist theory and theology. Then, it outlines the Orthodox theological positions, in dialogue with different positions. After the introduction, the topic of the dissertation is developed in three chapters, corresponding to the three main chapters of Dogmatics (Creation - Separation from God - Redemption). The first chapter, entitled "Creation and the New Eve", starts with a presention of the western eco-feminist and the Orthodox positions on the creation, the Creator and the destination of humankind. Then it focuses on the personality of the Virgin Mary as the “New Eve'' according to patristic theology. The "New Eve '' achieves the spiritual re-creation of the world, bringing universal salvation through the birth of Christ in the cave of Bethlehem, in the manger of animals. The second chapter is entitled "Separation from God and Return to Him through the 'Land of Egypt'". It starts with a presention of the western eco-feminist and Orthodox positions on the separation of people from God through the original sin and the sins after the fall. Then it focuses on Herod (a paradigm of this separation), and his persecution against the Theotokos, leading to her flight to the "Land of Egypt". Finally, it emphasizes the return of Theotokos and Christ to Judea, as a return from the "Land of Sin" to the “Promised Land ”. The third chapter is entitled "Redemption and the Theotokos". It starts with a presention of the western eco-feminist (secular) and Orthodox (Christocentic) positions on the concept of "Redemption". Then it focuses on the person of the Theotokos and her role in the redemption plan of God. A reference is made to the presence of the Theotokos at the wedding of Cana (where the mystery of the Divine Eucharist is typologically revealed) and to the presence of the Theotokos in Golgotha where Christ was sacrificed on the Cross. At the end of the dissertation, a recapitulation of its main positions is made. It is stated that the theological significance of the Theotokos will be sufficiently understood by Western eco-feminist theology, only if the Orthodox theological positions on the differences between the uncreated world and God and the distinction between Divine essence and Divine energies become understood and appreciated. This assessment is also a proposal for the writing of a more specific academic research that will further promote the dialogue between Western eco-feminist and Orthodox theology.
  • حلال سرٹيفکيشن ميں آڈٹ کے نظام کا شرعی جائزہ

    Marghoob Ahmad; Muhammad Mehrban Barvi (National University of Modern Languages (NUML), 2022-06-01)
    A Muslim, by consuming Ḥalāl food, wants to fulfill his/ her requirement but it's difficult for him to differentiate between Ḥalāl and Haram products. Because items are now in abundance, and they are manufactured using complex technologies; it alters the composition of products. Also, compound products are more common than simple products. In compound products, one can find a blend of hundreds of ingredients that are imported from different corners of the world. Therefore, after manufacturing, no product remains local. Owing to these reasons, it's difficult for a Muslim to identify Ḥalāl products. Here comes the role of a state. In order to ensure the supply of Ḥalāl food items, government establish some institutions under its supervision to regulate and control food items. These institutions are known are Ḥalāl certification institutes. In this scheme, the Audit process plays a fundamental role because it differentiates between the Ḥalāl and Haram products.  Due to the sensitivity, importance, and complexity of this audit process, it is essential to supervise this whole process under Shari‘ah's instructions. Keywords: Accreditation of Food, Food security, Ḥalāl industry, Health security, Shari'ah Accreditation
  • Jerry And Sally Alves

    Virginia Warren; Craig Clohessy (Camas-Washougal Post-Record, 1994-06-28)
    An article about Jerry and Sally Alves and their active roles in Camas, especially historic preservation. This article appeared in the 40 People Who Shaped Camas-Washougal insert to the Camas-Washougal Post-Record Jun. 28th, 1994.
  • Rainbow Serpent anthropology, or Rainbow Spirit theology, or swamp serpent sacrality and marsh monster maternity?

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Rainbow Serpent anthropology, or Rainbow Spirit theology, or swamp serpent sacrality and marsh monster maternity?
  • 'The Earth is the Lord's, and its inhabitants' The Psalmists' environmental theologies

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    'The Earth is the Lord's, and its inhabitants' The Psalmists' environmental theologies
  • God's and nature's nation John 'the Baptist' Muir and US national parks

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    God's and nature's nation John 'the Baptist' Muir and US national parks
  • Pilgrim's Progress through the Slough of Despond and the Valley of the Shadow of Death

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Pilgrim's Progress through the Slough of Despond and the Valley of the Shadow of Death
  • Theology of wetlands and marsh monsters

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Theology of wetlands and marsh monsters
  • Theology of watery monsters Leviathan and crocodiles

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Theology of watery monsters Leviathan and crocodiles
  • Theology of dragons and monstrous serpents

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Theology of dragons and monstrous serpents
  • In the beginning - was the wetland

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    In the beginning - was the wetland
  • Looking back on destruction and being at home in one's time, body and place Lot's wife and the Angels of History, Geography and Corporeality

    Rod Giblett (14180669) (2018-01-01)
    Looking back on destruction and being at home in one's time, body and place Lot's wife and the Angels of History, Geography and Corporeality

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