is nothing new. Their first course tackling this critical subject matter occurred in 1926 with “Rural Sociology.” Since then a focus on Appalachian Studies has emerged and their first “Stewardship & Ecology” course was offered in 1994.
In the coming semesters, LTSG is continuing their Ecotheology tradition with the following course offerings:
EcoTheology in Northern Appalachia
Northern Appalachia is home to deeply-rooted local cultures in a beautiful landscape. Conflicts defined by environmental and economic issues are fierce for both
communities and churches. This seminar will give students an inside look and an opportunity to strategize for dealing with conflict in and around ministry. The environmental history of the landscape’s use and abuse, the shape of human cultures, and the history of tightly held religious traditions, will frame discussions with religious, environmental and industrial leaders from the region. The course meets at Lutherlyn in Butler, PA, and makes day trips in the region.
View the 2.5 minute video featuring last year’s course:
Ecology and Religion in Global and Interfaith Perspective
The course is an introduction to religious and theological approaches to ecology, with practical applications for faith and ministry. Participants gain a theological approach to ecological issues that will also orient them
for other issues of public concern. The course explores greening of religious institutions, interfaith public advocacy for ecojustice, and outdoor faith.
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