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Where Does Sustainability Meet Spirituality?


"The Earth is being devastated before our own eyes, primarily due to the unsustainable economic, ecological, societal, geopolitical, cultural, and ethical decisions of human civilization. As a result of the injury to our collective home, a complex web of trauma is affecting humanity, frequently in new and unforeseen ways. While there are many who ignore or even profit from our unsustainable consumption, there are little sustainability efforts that rely on technology and even the shared wonder about nature shared by the world’s multiple religious traditions."

In this GTUx Original course: Ecospirituality: Environmental Pathways to Healing, Dr. Rita Sherma is joined by guest speakers Valerie Miles-Tribble and Debashish Banerji in a discussion about how healing the innate connections between humans and their ecosystem requires new definitions of the relationships between ecology, therapy, spirituality, and sustainability. The course is divided into 11 modules

  • Module 1: What is Ecospirituality?

  • Module 2: Ecopsychology

  • Module 3: The Biophilia Hypothesis

  • Module 4: Contemplative Ecopraxis, Part 1

  • Module 5: Contemplative Ecopraxis, Part two

  • Module 6: Intentional & Aspirational Eco-communities, Part One.

  • Module 7: Intentional & Aspirational Eco-communities, Part Two.

  • Module 8: Intentional & Aspirational Eco-communities, Part Three.

  • Module 9: Intentional & Aspirational Eco-Communities, Part 4;

  • Module 10: Ethics of Ecospirituality, Part 1

  • Module 11: Ethics of Ecospirituality, Part 2

Rita D. Sherma is founding Director and Associate Professor at the Center for Dharma Studies; Core Doctoral Faculty; and Co-Chair of Sustainability 360 Initiative at GTU The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.


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