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Drew Theological and GreenFaith Announce Partnership

18 Dec 2014 3:06 PM | Anonymous
Theological seminaries – where religious leaders are trained - should educate leaders to meet the environmental crises we face.

This belief is at the heart of the Green Seminary Initiative, a network which has worked with more than 50 seminaries, divinity schools and schools of theology to address caring for creation through academic, spiritual, and practical steps.

Now, GreenFaith and Drew Theological School have announced that the Green Seminary Initiative is becoming a joint program of both institutions. "Environmental interest in theological schools is at an all-time high," said Dr. Laurel Kearns of Drew Theological School, a GSI co-founder and long-time seminary environmental leader. “Through this partnership, GSI aims to help these schools reach our considerable potential as leaders for creation.”

On its website, the Green Seminary Initiative maintains an extensive array of resources for seminary faculty and leaders, including a collection of sample curricula and guidelines and profiles of these schools’ environmental efforts. “Seminaries around the world are seeking to integrate care for the earth into the core of their identity,” said the Rev. Dr. Javier Vera, Dean at Drew Theological School, based in New Jersey. “GSI represents a critically important initiative.”

The first project for this new initiative is the development of an environmental certification program for seminaries. Modeled on GreenFaith’s Certification Program for congregations and utilizing GSI’s experience and network of relationships, this program will offer specific standards and guidance to seminaries to launch or further their efforts to protect the earth and to prepare their students for environmental leadership.

“More than any other group of institutions, these schools influence the future of the faith community,” said GreenFaith’s Fletcher Harper. “The Green Seminary Initiative will shape generations of religiously-inspired environmental leaders who can make an enormous impact.”

About the Green Seminary Initiative
The Green Seminary Initiative was launched in 2007 when six leading eco-theologians - John Cobb, Cal Dewitt, Norman Habel, Sallie McFague, Larry Rasmussen and Rosemary Reuther – called on theological schools to prepare religious leaders to meet the ecological crisis. Building on the work of Theological Education to Meet the Ecological Challenge (TEMEC), GSI was originally housed at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, where co-founder David Rhoades taught, and moved to Drew in 2010 upon his retirement. GSI has held joint programs with GreenFaith and Drew for over five years.
To learn about the Green Seminary Initiative, see the link below:


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