Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action

Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action

by Erin Lothes Biviano


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This book asks (and answers) an important question: How do we encourage and empower activists and scholars to work for environmental sustainability?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626981638
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 03/23/2016
Series: Ecology & Justice
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,149,101
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Introduction: From Ideally Green to Really Green xix

Chapter 1 Seven Patterns in Green Spirituality 1

Seven Patterns in Green Spirituality 2

Scientific Literacy 2

Awareness of Global Interdependence 15

Commitment to Social Justice 22

Reverence for Creation 27

Interfaith Connections 29

Expanding Religious Visions of God, Neighbor, and Self 32

Independent Thinkers 34

Igniting the Fire 37

The Spark That Starts It: Noticing Something 38

Bringing on the Heat: Influential Information 40

Stoking the Flame: Leadership 42

Following Friends: Models Make It Possible 44

Hope and Realism 47

Chapter 2 Engaging Head, Heart, and Hands to Get Over the Gaps 53

Identifying the Gaps 58

The Knowledge Gap: Climate Change-Really? 59

Literacy Limitations 61

Built-in Cognitive Limitations 64

Moral Limitations 79

The Caring Gap: I'd Love to but … 84

Consumerism 87

Defeated by "Hidden" Values 88

Progress 91

Disinterest 93

The Action Gap: Just-Do It! The Armchair Environmentalist 94

Being Busy 95

Being Comfortable 98

Being Habituated 102

Being Overwhelmed 108

Chapter 3 Finding Strength in Numbers 111

The Power of Group Energy 111

Renegotiating Worldviews: Creating New Doctrinal Syntheses 113

Integrating Experiences in Nature with Spirituality 116

Reinforcing Shared Values 123

Social Norms Give Values Traction 127

Worship and Celebration 128

The Silent Side of Groups: Congregational Complicity in Society 129

The Risk of Political Framing 131

The Divisiveness of Environmental Politics 133

Political Issues Trump Doctrine 137

Pastoral Priorities 139

Conclusion: Collective Conversion 144

Chapter 4 The Courage to Continue 146

Fallibility as Disproportion: A Description of Existential Unease 149

Perspectival Knowledge as Limited Openness 161

Perspectival Feeling as Particular Preferences 163

Perspectival Motivation as Variable Desires 167

From Fallibility to Fault 168

From Perspective to Bias 168

From Preference to Attachment: Identity and Consumption 170

From Will to Whim 177

Bridging the Gaps: The Balancing Act of Cooperation 180

Intellectual Hospitality: Connecting Limited Knowledge 180

Prioritizing Values: Embracing the Conflicts of Feeling 182

The Gift of the Possible: Empowering Action 185

Chapter 5 Renewal and Community Spirit 187

Moving from the Green Blues toward Green Possibility 189

The Depth of Hospitable Knowing: Knowing Oneself as Related to All Life 192

Invitation to Deeper Awareness of Interrelation 195

From Understanding Interrelation to Compassion 200

Diagnosing Delusion, Prescribing Simplicity 201

Evagrius and Prayer: Prioritizing the Passions 204

The Battle: Thoughts and Demons 206

The Weapon of Focused Prayer 210

Community Support 213

Holy Companionship: The Gift of the Earth and What Is Not Possible 216

The Complex Vocation of Adam One and Adam Two 220

The Gift of Technological Reason Is Not Absolute 223

The Earth Is a Gift That Isn't Free 225

The Vocation for Wonder and Holy Companionship 227

Chapter 6 Spiritual Community and Shared Self-Giving 229

Interexistent Sacrifice: Shalom 235

Afterword 241

Research Design and Methods 243

Summary Description of Method 243

Theoretical Sources of Method 244

Influences 244

Coherence of Green Blues Method with Grounded Theory 244

Correlation of Grounded Theory and Liberation Theology Method 244

Developing Green Blues Method as a Liberation Theology 248

Intersection with Environmental Decision Theory 250

The Framework of the Study 250

Research Participants (See Appendix B) 250

Strategies 252

Ethnography 252

The Advantage of Focus Groups 253

Strategies for Increasing Objective Assessment of the Data 255

Verification 256

Justification for Strategy of Ranking Codes 257

Methods Not Used 258

Summary 260

List of Appendices 261

Appendix A Focus Group Questions 263

Appendix B Research Participants 267

Appendix C Topic Charts 271

Appendix D Hypotheses 279

Index 281

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