Creation Care in the City
College: Wycliffe College
Course Code: 
WYT3671HF
Semester: 
First Semester
Section: 
4101
Online: 
No
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Hamilton
Description: 

Ecological concerns have begun to permeate our collective consciousness. Rapid species extinction, poisoned air, forest clear-cutting, ozone depletion, global climate change, "climate justice" and the impact of climate "chaos" on vulnerable communities, all weigh heavily on our personal, intellectual, and spiritual lives.
Christian communities are increasingly realizing that their faith and outreach must somehow speak to our present ecological crisis if they are to remain vital, and if they are to remain responsible, faithful, and relevant amidst these profound threats to the flourishing of creation.
This course examines how religious and spiritual concerns interface with contemporary environmental issues. While introducing students to concerns and debates in environmental ethics and ecological theology, the course pays particular attention to the challenges posed within a Canadian post-industrial context such as Hamilton, Ontario. In recent years, a growing social and ecological awareness has been emerging in Hamilton, with A Rocha recently opening a ministry there, urban agriculture groups (e.g. Victory Gardens) sprouting up, and church involvement in the True City movement. This course proposes to interface with such groups, including guest presentations from these organizations as well as site visits.
Through such interaction, as well as readings, films, class discussions, and course assignments, a variety of Christian responses to our present ecological and social challenges will be probed, including biblical andtheological notions of stewardship and creation care. As well Christian approaches to environmental racism, urban and community supported agriculture, and the nexus between the option for the poor and the option for the earth will be addressed.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Summer 2015
Start Time: 
9:30
End Time: 
15:30
Schedule: 
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Begin Date: 
Monday, May 25, 2015 to Friday, May 29, 2015
Minimum: 
0
Maximum: 
0
Enrolment Notes: 
last day to drop without penalty: May 26, 2015
Schedule Notes: 
This course will run at the John Perkins Centre, 1429 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON
Additional Notes: 
Please see the syllabus for pre course assigned readings. For more information about this course if you are not already a Wycliffe College or TST student please call the Wycliffe College Admissions Office 416 946 3547
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Seminars
Means of Evaluation: