ecotheology intensive for academic credit or audit 14-18 November
Join us for a week of intensive engagement in the connections between ecology and faith, at the beautiful Centre for Ministry in North Parramatta.
You can audit, or study for undergraduate credit through CSU.
People of any denomination or none are very welcome to join us.
The official subject outline for this course is due for significant updating to reflect the course as it is now taught.
A draft description (work in progress) of the course as it will be experienced in 2016 is:
The course begins with a fast paced but wide ranging review of the state of the world- its ecology, and human equality, and some of the patterns which have degraded both. In the light of this, we reread the Scriptures, including their stories of creation and salvation, with the help of various scholars. We then listen to other aspects of the Creation story coming from other sciences like cosmology and evolutionary biology. As a way of beginning to create our own response to what we have encountered in days 1-3, we listen to a range of other responses; First Nation, Pacific Islander, the Pope, and cosmologist, evolutionist and environmentally engaged Christians. Finally, we bring head and heart together as we prepare ourselves to help our communities move forward with hope.
We had great numbers, including several audit students, and lots of positive feedback for the 2014 course.
Come and join our temporary community as we inspire each other to live as better members of the Earth community.
A draft outline:
Mon: Science and theology, cosmology, evolution, bodies and ecology, brains, sex.
Tues: Ecology (climate change, world, australian and human ecology, "stuff," consumption, other animals)
Wed: The Scriptures through ecological eyes, and a tiny bit of early church tradition
Thurs: Responding theologically: Aboriginal, Pacific Islander, Laudato Si, eco/evolutionary theologies, ecological peace
Fri: Pursuing Active Hope.
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