The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology

The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology

The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology

In the midst of the ecological challenges around us, there is a critical need to understand how we have arrived at this dilemma and the impact that Western culture has had on the health of the planet and all of its inhabitants. We are becoming increasingly aware of the many ways humanity has set itself apart from the rest of the planet’s ecosystems, how Western culture has lost both its roots in Earth and an appreciation for the sacredness of creation.

Theology is uniquely positioned to address these concerns. Drawing on sources from scripture, tradition, experience and scholarship, and offering critical analyses, hopeful visions and spiritual practices, it speaks to the heart of both the issues and its listeners. The Elliott Allen Institute for Theology & Ecology (EAITE) is one way that the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College is responding to these challenges. The EAITE is a collaborative institute rooted in theology (including ecotheology, ecospirituality, ecoethics, ecofeminism, ecojustice and gender justice) and partnered with science (including ecology and evolution) and the humanities (including religions, social sciences, economics, geography, politics and the arts). Through its association with the other member schools of the Toronto School of Theology (TST) as well as the School of the Environment and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, it offers a specialization in theology and ecology. Interdisciplinary by design, the Institute facilitates serious contact between theological disciplines and the cultural paradigm shifts that are seeking to reinvent the human in ways that are mutually enhancing for humans and the rest of the planet.

The work of the EAITE is significantly informed by the insights of cultural historian and geologian Thomas Berry (1914-2009). A close associate of the founder of the EAITE, Stephen Dunn, and a frequent speaker at EAITE events, Thomas Berry’s scholarship and support have been instrumental in the success of the Institute.

Mission Statement

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Goals

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History of EAITE

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EAITE Founder

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Current Director

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Earning a Certificate in Theology & Ecology

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Contact

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