Nature and Pagan Spirituality

Pagan spirituality is intertwined with an emerging re-examination of human relationships with the natural environment. This class provides students an opportunity to examine recent thought in eco-theology, environmental ethics, and nature spirituality as resources for reflection on Pagan spirituality, particularly as it concerns relationships with nature. Students will examine key writers, both those who write from a Pagan perspective and those who come from allied perspectives like deep ecology and ecofeminism, reflecting on the concepts developed by those writers. Students will assess the role of nature in their own ministry and that of their particular communities, and will produce critical and constructive writing on nature religion and nature spirituality. Prerequisite: None; C5141: Pagan Theology recommended.

Instructor: Stacy Brooks, PhD
Meeting Day/Time: Thursdays, 7:00 pm ET
Required Texts:

Michael York. Pagan Theology: Paganism as a World Religion. (New York University Press, 2003).

Bron Taylor. Dark Green Religion: Nature Spirituality and the Planetary Future. (Univ of California Press, 2010).

Ginette Paris. Pagan Meditations: The Worlds of Aphrodite, Artemis, and Hestia. (Spring Publications, 1986).

Ed., Theodore Roszak, Mary E. Gomes, and Allen D. Kanner. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. (Sierra  Club Books, 1995)

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