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Saturday, November 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Breakout 3.02: Ecology and Environmentalism in Religious Education

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Educating for Ecological Conversion: An Ecstatic Pedagogy for Catholic/Christian Higher Education amid Climate Crisis
Christiane Lang Hearlson (Villanova University)
Dr. Timothy Hanchin (Villanova University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] This paper, co-written by a Protestant religious educator and a Catholic religious educator, proposes pedagogies for ecological conversion appropriate to Catholic/Christian higher education in an age of environmental crisis. It acknowledges a cultural milieu marked by polarized discourse, skepticism of facts, fear of religious intolerance, and failure of encounter between rich and poor and humans and the earth. Drawing on theological and religious studies of conversion, as well as transformative pedagogies, it suggests use of narrative, personal encounter, and rituals of lament and praise.

Healing our Divide with the Non-Human World: Ecclesiological Trends Within the Wild Church Network
Wanda Stahl (Boston University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] A growing number of new faith communities in North America are emerging as part of the Wild Church Network. These outdoor church expressions seek to re-aquaint, re-cover, and re-member their faith communities as loving participants of the larger community of creation. This paper explores theological foundations and spiritual practices grounding the ecclesiologies of these communities. This study is based on data gathered from site visits, surveys, and interviews with Wild Church leaders and participants. Implications for faith formation in this era of climate change will be explored.

Cooperative Coexistence for Co-creation
Nathanael Thadikonda (Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] What does it cost to appreciate the differences and yet live in harmony as being Imago Dei- valuable lives created in the Image of God? Does it cost more than the lives killed in all such incidences throughout history to just let go of our own ego. How can we as religious educators, educate the educated illiterates? Where do we see the value in our society as we educate? What are the pedagogical practices that we are willing to adopt in out teaching methodologies that would impact the present and the future generations?

Keywords: alternative faith communities, attention, beloved community, bridge., co-creation/co-creators, co-educators, creation, eco-system, ecological conversion, environmentalism, faith formation, lonergan, neighbor, symbiosis, undergraduate pedagogy.

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Randy Litchfield

Professor of Christian Education, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

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Wanda Stahl

Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology & Practice, Boston University School of Theology

Saturday November 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
Algonquin A
  Breakout, Research Interest Group