Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology

Green Sisters: A Spiritual Ecology

by Sarah McFarland Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674024400

ISBN-13: 9780674024403

Pub. Date: 04/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Listen to a short interview with Sarah McFarland TaylorHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & CraneIt is perhaps the critical issue of our time: How can we, as human beings, find ethical and sustainable ways to live with one another and with other living beings on this planet? Inviting us into the world of green sisters, this book provides compelling

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Listen to a short interview with Sarah McFarland TaylorHost: Chris Gondek | Producer: Heron & CraneIt is perhaps the critical issue of our time: How can we, as human beings, find ethical and sustainable ways to live with one another and with other living beings on this planet? Inviting us into the world of green sisters, this book provides compelling answers from a variety of religious communities.

Green sisters are environmentally active Catholic nuns who are working to heal the earth as they cultivate new forms of religious culture. Sarah Taylor approaches this world as an "intimate outsider." Neither Roman Catholic nor member of a religious order, she is a scholar well versed in both ethnography and American religious history who has also spent time shucking garlic and digging vegetable beds with the sisters. With her we encounter sisters in North America who are sod-busting the manicured lawns around their motherhouses to create community-supported organic gardens; building alternative housing structures and hermitages from renewable materials; adopting the "green" technology of composting toilets, solar panels, fluorescent lighting, and hybrid vehicles; and turning their community properties into land trusts with wildlife sanctuaries.

Green Sisters gives us a firsthand understanding of the practice and experience of women whose lives bring together Catholicism and ecology, orthodoxy and activism, traditional theology and a passionate mission to save the planet. As green sisters explore ways of living a meaningful religious life in the face of increased cultural diversity and ecological crisis, their story offers hope for the future--and for a deeper understanding of the connections between women, religion, ecology, and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674024403
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     viii
Preface     ix
Introduction: Planetary Call and Response     1
The Green Catholic Imagination: Varieties of Companion Planting     22
Standing Their Ground: From Pioneering Nuns to Bioneering Sisters     52
It Isn't Easy Being Green: Habitat, Habits, and Hybrids     78
"Changeless and Changing": Engaged Monasticism in the Ecozoic Era     115
Nourishing the Earthbody: Sacramental Foodways and Culinary Eucharist     161
"The Tractor Is My Pulpit": Sacred Agriculture as Priestly Practice     183
Saving Seeds: Heirloom Conservation and Genetic Sanctuaries     210
Stations of the Earth: Body Prayer, Labyrinths, and Other Peripatetic Rituals     231
Conclusion: Stepping into the Future     260
Critical Mass: Earth Ministries in the United States and Canada     289
Notes     293
Acknowledgments     351
Index     353

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