Academic Programs 

Changing Our Perception of God: Environmentalism and Justice (TH-659)
Summer 2007

Changing our perception about human life and its connections to all the complex web of life is the key for changing our perception of God. It is from our simple daily experiences, from our body, our relationships, our gender and our social location that we can begin a process of new education of our perception. From this perspective, we are invited to reflect on the different ways or forms that enslave human perception. In the same direction we want to introduce a reflection on how some values can change or liberate our perception. It is from this orientation that the value of Justice will be introduced as a direction regarding personal, social and environmental changes. The new perception of God and the reflection on it will be a consequence of this complex and passionate process in which we are.


Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Monday, June 4 – Friday, June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Yvonne Gebara
Adjunct Professor of Theology and Ethics, author of “Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation,” and former faculty member at the Theology Institute of Recife, Brazil

Contact Information:
(860) 509-9500


Course Syllabus


1. Gebara Ivone, Longing for running water. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1999.

Read: Introduction, Chapter 1: Knowing our knowing: the issue of epistemology; Chapter 2: The human person from an ecofeminist perspective.

2. Eisler Raine, Sacred Pleaseure. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1995.

Read: Chapter 19: The new Eves and the new Adams: the courage to question, the will to choose and the power to love.

3. Roach, M. Catherine, Mother/Nature. Popular Culture and Environmental Ethics. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2003

Read: Chapter 1: Wilderness - within and without.

4. McFague, Sallie, The body of God - an ecological theology.

Read: Chapter 4: Anthropology - at home on earth.

Methodology for the readings
The students are asked to please read the readings in advance of the beginning of the class. The readings are on reserve in the library.  The books are also available from the bookstore.  In preparation for class students are also asked to bring their written answers to the following questions.  Please answer all five questions for each author. 
  1. What is the author’s perception of the world present in the text?
  2. What values the author is proposing and why?
  3. From what perspective is the author interpreting the different problems of the world that are presented? What is her or his focus?
  4. Are the arguments of the author well connected? Why?
  5. What questions do you want to address to the author?
If you have questions please contact the Teaching Assistant for this course, Molly James via email:  




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