Edited: Whitney Bauman
Whitney Bauman is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He is also co-founder and co-director of Counterpoint: Navigating Knowledge, a nonprofit based in Berlin, Germany. His publications include Religion and Ecology: Developing a Planetary Ethic andEnvironmental Ethics and Uncertainty: Tackling Wicked Problems (co-written with Kevin O’Brien).
Edited: Karen Bray
Karen Bray is Associate Professor of Religion, Philosophy, and Social Change and Director of the Honors Program at Wesleyan College. Her recent publications include Grave Attending: A Political Theology for the Unredeemed and the co-edited volume Religion, Emotion, Sensation: Affect Theories and Theologies.
Contributions: Christopher Key Chapple
Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and founding director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. A specialist in the religions of India, he has published more than twenty books, including the recent Living Landscapes: Meditations on the Five Elements in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Yogas (SUNY Press, 2020). He serves as advisor to multiple organizations including: the Forum on Religion and Ecology (Yale); the Ahimsa Center (Pomona); the Dharma Academy of North America (Berkeley); the Jain Studies Centre (SOAS, London); the South Asian Studies Association; and International School for Jain Studies (New Delhi). He teaches online through the Center for Religion and Spirituality (LMU) and YogaGlo. Recent book: http://www.sunypress.edu/p-6860-
Contributions: Philip Clayton
Philip Clayton holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology, where he directs the PhD program in comparative theologies and philosophies; he is also affiliated faculty at Claremont Graduate University. A graduate of Yale University, he has also taught at Williams College and The California State University, as well as holding guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. He has published two dozen books and some 350 articles. Philip is president of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv.org), which works internationally to support multi- sector innovations toward a sustainable society through collaborations between governments, businesses, policy experts, and NGOs. He is also president of the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, which works with universities and government officials to promote the concept of ecological civilization through conferences, publications,
educational projects, and ecovillages. He has previously served as dean, provost, and executive vice president of a small university. In 2018 he helped to organize the Justice track for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.
Edited: Heather Eaton
Heather Eaton is Full Professor at St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of Introducing Ecofeminist Theologies, co-editor, with Lauren Levesque, of Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation, and editor of The Intellectual Journey of Thomas Berry: Imagining the Earth Community.
Contributions: John Grim
John Grim is a senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale School of the Environment, Yale Divinity School, and Yale’s Religious Studies Department. He co-directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. He has published, The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing Among the Ojibway Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 1983) and “Shamans and Preachers, Color Symbolism and Commercial Evangelism” in American Indian Quarterly (Nebraska, 1992). With Mary Evelyn Tucker, he edited the series, “World Religions and Ecology,” (Harvard University Press, 1997–2000). In that series he edited Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community (Harvard University Press, 2001). With Mary Evelyn Tucker he edited: Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis Books, 1994, fifth printing 2000); Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (Daedalus, 2001); The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis Books, 2009); and Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Orbis Books, 2016). They are executive producers of the Emmy Award-winning film, Journey of the Universe, broadcast on PBS (journeyoftheuniverse.org). They published Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014), and with Willis Jenkins, they edited Handbook of Religion and Ecology (Routledge, 2017). They published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019). John is former president of the American Teilhard Association (1987–2020).
Contributions: Matthew Hartman
Matthew Hartman is a doctoral candidate in ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His research engages critical ethical questions at the intersection of religion, identity, and culture within the broader environmental humanities. Matthew’s dissertation examines the cultural implications of climate change denial in environmental imaginaries, with particular attention to the role of religion and race in shaping identity construction and maintenance on the American right. He is lead managing editor of the Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology, and along with Devin Zuber and Rita Sherma, co-editor of Sustainable Societies, Religious Ethics, and Planetary Restoration: Visions for a Viable Future (Springer Nature, Forthcoming 2023).
Contributions: Graham Harvey
Graham Harvey is emeritus professor of religious studies at The Open University, UK. His research largely concerns “the new animism,” especially in the rituals and protocols through which Indigenous and other communities engage with the larger-than-human world. His publications include Food, Sex & Strangers: Understanding Religion as Everyday Life (2013), and Animism: Respecting the Living World (second edition 2017). He is editor of the Routledge series “Vitality of Indigenous Religions” and the Equinox series “Religion and the Senses”.
Contributions: Christopher Ives
Christopher Ives teaches in the area of Asian Religions and in his scholarship he focuses on modern Zen ethics. In 2009, he published Imperial-Way Zen (University of Hawaii Press, 2009), a book on Buddhist social ethics in light of Zen nationalism, especially as treated by Buddhist ethicist Ichikawa Hakugen (1902–86). Currently he is engaged in research and writing on Zen approaches to nature and Buddhist environmental ethics. His other book publications include Zen on the Trail: Hiking as Pilgrimage (Wisdom, 2018); Zen Awakening and Society (University of Hawaii Press, 1992); a translation of philosopher Nishida Kitaro’s An Inquiry into the Good (co- translated with Abe Masao, Yale University Press, 1990); a translation of Hisamatsu Shin’ichi’s Critical Sermons of the Zen Tradition (co-translated with Tokiwa Gishin, University of Hawaii Press, 2002); The Emptying God (co-edited with John B. Cobb, Jr., Orbis Books, 1990); and Divine Emptiness and Historical Fullness (edited volume, Trinity Press International, 1995).
Contributions: Elana Jefferson-Tatum
Elana Jefferson-Tatum, PhD, is an independent practitioner-scholar of Africana religions, a hypnobirthing coach, and a full-spectrum doula. She received her Masters in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD from Emory University. She also spent several years teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Tufts University. In addition to her scholarship, she has centered her commitment to the embodied materiality of Africana traditions around supporting her clients, especially BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ birthing people, through the initiatory process of pregnancy, labor, and parenthood.
Contributions: Catherine Keller
Catherine Keller is professor of constructive theology at the Theological School of Drew University. In her teaching, lecturing, and writing, she develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming. Her books reconfigure ancient symbols of divinity for the sake of a planetary conviviality—a life together, across vast webs of difference. Thriving in the interplay of ecological and gender politics, process cosmology, poststructuralist philosophy, and religious pluralism, her work is both deconstructive and constructive in strategy. She is the author and editor of many publications including, Cloud of the Impossible (2014) and Facing Apocalypse: Climate, Democracy, and Other Last Chances (2021).
Contributions: Kimerer L. LaMothe
Kimerer LaMothe is a dancer, philosopher, and scholar of religion, with a PhD in Theology of the Modern West from Harvard University, who taught at Brown and Harvard before following a dream to a small farm in upstate New York. A pioneer in the field of religion and dance, Kimerer is the author of six books, including: Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia University Press, 2015); Nietzsche’s Dancers: Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and the Revaluation of Christian Values (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); Between Dancing and Writing: The Practice of Religious Studies (Fordham University Press, 2004); and A History of Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Dance (Brill Research Perspectives, 2018). She edited a special issue “Dancing on Earth” for the Journal of Dance, Movement, and Spiritualities (2017), and has received fellowships for her work from the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions, and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (twice). She regularly lectures, teaches, and consults on the subject of religion and dance, and writes a monthly blog called “What a Body Knows” for Psychology Today.
Contributions: Sam Mickey
Sam Mickey, PhD, is an educator and writer working at the intersection of religious, philosophical, and scientific perspectives on human-Earth relations. He is an adjunct professor in the Theology and Religious Studies department at the University of San Francisco. He is the Reviews Editor for the journal Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology, and he is an author and editor of several publications, including On the Verge of a Planetary Civilization: A Philosophy of Integral Ecology (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2014), and Coexistentialism and the Unbearable Intimacy of Ecological Emergency (Lexington Books, 2016).
Contributions: Kevin Minister
Kevin Minister is associate professor of religion and participating faculty in environmental studies at Shenandoah University. Minister’s research examines how we cultivate resilient environments with attention to religious and cultural differences, including how interreligious cooperation fosters resilient community environments and how we create resilient classroom environments.
Contributions: Sarah Pike
Sarah M. Pike is professor of Comparative Religion at California State University, Chico. She is the author of Earthly Bodies, Magical Selves: Contemporary Pagans and the Search for Community (University of California Press, 2001), New Age and Neopagan Religions in America (Columbia University Press, 2004), and For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism (University of California Press, 2017) and co-editor of Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Ritual and Democracy: Protests, Publics and Performances (Equinox, 2020). She has written numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary Paganism, ritual, the New Age movement, the ancestral skills movement, Burning Man, spiritual dance, California wildfires, environmental activism, climate strikes, and youth culture. Her current research focuses on ritual, spirituality, and ecology in several different contexts, including a project on ritualized relationships with landscapes after wildfires.
Contributions: Joerg Rieger
Joerg Rieger is distinguished professor of theology, the Cal Turner Chancellor’s Chair of Wesleyan Studies, and the founding director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University. Previously he was the Wendland-Cook endowed professor of constructive theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. Rieger’s work brings together the study of theology and of the movements for liberation and justice that mark our age. Author and editor of twenty-six books and more than 180 academic articles, a selection of his books includes: Theology in the Capitalocene: Ecology, Identity, Class, and Solidarity (Fortress, 2022); Jesus vs. Caesar: For People Tired of Serving the Wrong God (Abingdon, 2018); No Religion but Social Religion: Liberating Wesleyan Theology (Wesley’s Foundery, 2018); Unified We are a Force: How Faith and Labor Can Overcome America’s Inequalities (with Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, Chalice, 2016); and Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (with Kwok Pui-lan, Rowman & Littlefield, 2012).
Contributions: Terra S. Rowe
Terra Schwerin Rowe is associate professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of North Texas. She received a PhD in Theological and Philosophical Studies from Drew University as well as two master’s degrees in the Protestant tradition and theology. Her current research focuses on energy, extraction, and religion. She is a member of the Petrocultures Research Group and co-director of the AAR Seminar on Energy, Extraction, and Religion. Her most recent book, Of Modern Extraction: Experiments in Critical Petro-theology (Bloomsbury / T&T Clark) was released in 2022.
Contributions: Mary-Jane Rubenstein
Mary-Jane Rubenstein is professor of religion and science in society at Wesleyan University, and is affiliated with the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She holds a BA from Williams College, an MPhil from Cambridge University, and a PhD from Columbia University. Her research unearths the philosophies and histories of religion and science, especially in relation to cosmology, ecology, and space travel. She is the author of Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (Columbia University Press, 2018); Worlds without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse (Columbia University Press, 2014); and Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and the Opening of Awe (Columbia University Press, 2009). She is also co-editor with Catherine Keller of Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, and New Materialisms (Fordham University Press, 2017), and co-author with Thomas A. Carlson and Mark C. Taylor of Image: Three Inquiries in Technology and Imagination (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Her latest book is titled Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race (University of Chicago Press, 2022).
Contributions: Kevin Schilbrack
Kevin Schilbrack teaches and writes about the philosophical study of religions. A graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, he is the author of Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto (Blackwell, 2014) and is presently interested in the relevance of embodied cognition and social ontology for understanding what religion is and how it works. If you share these interests, feel free to contact him at [email protected] and/or follow him on academia.edu.
Contributions: Mary Evelyn Tucker
Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at the School of the Environment and the Divinity School at Yale University. She is co-director with John Grim of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. With Grim, she organized ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard, and they were series editors for the ten resulting volumes. In that series, she co-edited Confucianism and Ecology; Buddhism and Ecology; and Hinduism and Ecology. With Grim, she co-authored, Ecology and Religion (Island Press, 2014) and co-edited Thomas Berry’s books, including Selected Writings (Orbis Books, 2014). Tucker and Grim published Thomas Berry: A Biography (Columbia University Press, 2019). With Brian Thomas Swimme, Tucker and Grim created a multi-media project “Journey of the Universe” that includes a book (Yale University Press, 2011), an Emmy Award-winning film, a series of podcast conversations, and free online courses from Yale/Coursera. Tucker was a member of the Earth Charter Drafting Committee and the International Earth Charter Council.
Contributions: O'neil Van Horn
O'neil Van Horn is Assistant Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophical and Theological Studies from Drew University and is a former Louisville Scholar (2021–2023). He has published various works in the fields of theopoetics, constructive ecotheology, and environmental philosophy.
Contributions: Carol Wayne White
Carol Wayne White is Presidential Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Bucknell University. Her books include Poststructuralism, Feminism, and Religion: Triangulating Positions (Humanities, 2002); The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631-70): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism (SUNY Press, 2009); and Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism (Fordham University Press, 2016), which won a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Titles. White has published many essays on the creative intersections of critical theory and religion, process philosophy, science and religion, and religious naturalism; her work has also appeared in Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science, The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Philosophia Africana, and Religion & Public Life. White is currently finishing a book manuscript exploring a trajectory of modernist racial discourse that intimately conjoined White supremacy and speciesism in promoting views of Black animality and doing research for a new book project that explores the insights of religious naturalism expressed in contemporary North American nature poets and writers.