Religion and Ecology

Please note, this M.A.R. Concentration is separate from the Joint Degree in Religion and Ecology offered in cooperation with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES). Learn more about the Joint Degree in Religion and Ecology here.


The concentration in Religion and Ecology is an interdisciplinary program based in the YDS curriculum. The Religion and Ecology concentration draws on faculty resources in biblical studies, ethics, liturgical studies, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, and world religions and ecology. 

It spans the study of eco-theology, eco-spirituality, eco-feminism, theologies of embodiment, place, land, race, and indigeneity, environmental ethics, liturgy and creation, and cosmology and ecology. At least fifteen credit hours must be taken in the area of religion and ecology, as well as six credit hours from the School of Forestry.  In addition, fifteen credit hours of study in Bible, theology and/or history are required, with a minimum of three credit hours of each.

Planned courses (taught every three years, unless otherwise noted):

  • Spirituality and Ecology—Ruffing—F ’17 or F ‘18
  • Doctrine of Creation—Jennings—F ’17
  • Body and Land—Jennings
  • Ecofeminist Theologies—Turman
  • Race, Gender, and Ecology—Turman
  • Environmental and Social Ethics—Granby
  • Liturgy and Cosmology—Berger
  • Land, Ecology, and Religion in American History—Wenger
  • Environment and Christian Conscience: Recent Work in Normative Ethics—Eitel
  • Animal Ethics—Herdt

Existing Courses:

World Religions and Ecology

Cosmology and Ecology

  • Journey of the Universe: The Unfolding of Life - Grim/Tucker
  • Journey of the Universe: Weaving Knowledge and Action - Grim/Tucker
  • The Worldview of Thomas Berry: The Flourishing of the Earth Community - Grim/Tucker

Interdisciplinary Course between YDS, FES, and YLS

  • A Communion of Subjects:  Law, Environment, and Religion—Grim/Kysar/Tucker