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Course Description

EXPANDED
Religious Studies 180
Spirituality and Sustainability

General Information

Instructor: Judith Bishop
Class meetings: Monday through Friday*, 12:00-3:30 pm
*except for Friday, January 10, 8:00 am-5:00 pm—Class trip to Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. No class meeting on Monday, January 13.
Location: Vera Long, Room 140
Notes: This course may meet elective requirements for Environmental Science or Environmental Studies. In addition, for current undergraduate students, this course counts as an upper-division elective; graduate students can take the course for 100-level elective credit. Space for auditors is limited.
Credit: 1.0

Course Description

How does a sampling of world spiritual traditions illustrate the relation between human and non-human entities: i.e., non-human animals, the environment, and the cosmos. What are the implications of these relationships for our contemporary concepts of sustainability? How do these same religious traditions address what we understand today as personal sustainability? Although we understand contemporary society to be uniquely stressful, many of the ancient spiritual traditions regularly foregrounded the need to take time to be “apart”—to separate oneself from the stresses of daily life. From the Jewish Shabbat, to the concepts of pilgrimage, and Buddhist meditation: How have these ancient traditions addressed the need to recharge and refuel? This course explores the different ways ancient traditions have emphasized the need to develop practices that contribute to what we today might term personal sustainability.

This course is offered January 2014.

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P: 510.430.2080
F: 510.430.2067
E: ethnic_study@mills.edu

Last Updated: 10/11/13