|Gretel Van Wieren presentation - 3:30 p.m., SB 010|
|CEAP Poster Session following the presentation (refreshments provided)|
|Slide show of the Calvin Ecological Restoration Talk|
"Ecological Restoration as Public Spiritual Practice"
--Gretel Van Wieren
The practice of ecological restoration is the attempt to repair ecosystems that have been damaged or degraded, most often by past human activities. Restoration includes everything from removing dams to planting native trees and wildflowers to controlling invasive species to recontouring land. This presentation argues that one of the ways in which restoration practice reconnects humans to nature is in a spiritual-moral sense. In addition to performing ecological work, restoration performs sacred work and serves as a form of public witness.
Gretel Van Wieren is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University, where her courses focus on religion, ethics, and the environment. She received her M.Div. and her Ph.D. in Religious Ethics from Yale University. She is author of Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013), as well as numerous articles on the human relationship to the natural world. Van Wieren has served as a pastor and worked on environmental issues in the Reformed Church in America.