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Center for Religion and Environment

THE CENTER FOR RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENT WEBSITE HAS MOVED. Please follow this link for the most current information.


The Center seeks to transform individuals and society by helping them integrate their faith with care for the environment.

Goals of the Center

The Center for Religion and Environment seeks to:

  • Address the role of the natural environment in the Church’s and other faith communities’ beliefs and spiritual practices
  • Strengthen collaboration with local organizations, such as St. Mary’s Sewanee Retreat Center and the Community of St. Mary, and regional and national organizations [note: OBN is an example of the latter]
  • Encourage eco-theological reflection and integration of faith perspectives with natural and social scientific analysis
  • Motivate change in the concrete ways people live through reflection, study, and spiritual practice
  • Engage The Episcopal Church and other faith communities in transformative learning and practice in relation to the environment, including an informed commitment to ecojustice
  • Publicize ongoing campus events, programs, and existing course offerings that are relevant to the Center’s mission

The Center makes the most of Sewanee’s unique situation, which brings together a first-rate environmental studies program offering both scientific and humanities/social policy dimensions, the diverse resources of a theological seminary and a liberal arts college, the specifically Anglican and more widely inter-confessional and inter-faith engagements of All Saints’ Chapel, and the practical benefits of an enormous land-laboratory base coextensive with the campus. The Center facilitates the interaction and coordination among all of these, and devises programs in which our own academic community, in consort with others, can explore the connections between the environment and religion, both in study and in practice, from a variety of faith perspectives.   While welcoming contributions from those representing diverse religious traditions, the Center draws particularly on Sewanee’s clear faculty interests in Christian and Buddhist links to environmental spirituality.

Contact the Center via e-mail.


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Sewanee: The University of the South735 University Ave, Sewanee, TN 37383931.598.100035.204826-85.921674