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(p. xv) Contributors

(p. xv) Contributors

David Landis Barnhill is director of environmental studies and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. He has published translations of the Japanese nature poet Bashō (Bashō's Haiku and Bashō's Journey), edited an anthology of nature essays (At Home on the Earth), coedited the anthology of essays Deep Ecology and World Religions, and written articles on Gary Snyder. He is currently working on a book analyzing radical politics in American nature writing.

John Berthrong, educated in Sinology at the University of Chicago, has been the associate dean for academic and administrative affairs and associate professor of comparative theology at the Boston University School of Theology since 1989. Active in interfaith dialogue projects and programs, his teaching and research interests are in the areas of interreligious dialogue, Chinese religions, and comparative philosophy and theology. His publications include All under Heaven: Transforming Paradigms in Confucian-Christian Dialogue; The Transformations of the Confucian Way; and Concerning Creativity: A Comparison of Chu Hsi, Whitehead, and Neville. He is coeditor of a volume on Confucianism and ecology. In 1999 he published The Divine Deli, a study of religious pluralism and multiple religious participation in North America. Most recently he collaborated with Evelyn Nagai Berthrong on Confucianism: A Short Introduction.

Christopher Key Chapple is professor of theological studies and associate academic vice president at Loyola Marymount University. He has published several books, including Karma and Creativity; Nonviolence to Animals, Earth, and Self in Asian Traditions; and Reconciling Yogas. He has three books on the topic of religion and ecology: Ecological Prospects: Religious, Scientific, and Aesthetic Perspectives; Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water (coeditor); and Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life. He serves on the advisory boards for the Green Yoga Association, the Forum on Religion and Ecology, the Global Ethics and Religion Forum, the Ahimsa Center, and the Yadunandan Center for India Studies.

John Chryssavgis cofounded St. Andrew's Theological College in Sydney (1985), where he was lecturer in the divinity school (1986–90) and the school of studies in religion (1990–95) at the University of Sydney. In 1995 he was appointed professor (p. xvi) of theology at Holy Cross School of Theology, directing the religious studies program at Hellenic College until 2002 and serving as academic dean of both schools. He established the environment office at the same school in 2001. His recent publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction; In the Heart of the Desert: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers; Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John; Light through Darkness; John Climacus: From the Egyptian Desert to the Sinaite Mountain; and Beyond the Shattered Image. He also edited the official volume on the ecological initiatives of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer, and serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.

John B. Cobb Jr. received his graduate education at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is emeritus professor of theology at the Claremont School of Theology and founding codirector of the Center for Process Studies. Among his writings are Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology; The Liberation of Life: From the Cell to the Community (coauthor); For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy toward Community, the Environment, and a Sustainable Future; Sustainability; and The Earthist Challenge to Economism.

Marthinus L. Daneel is emeritus professor of missiology at the University of South Africa; currently part-time professor of missions at Boston University School of Theology; codirector of the Center for Global Christianity and Mission; and director of the Ecumenical Foundation of Zimbabwe for ongoing research and development work in Zimbabwe. He studied and served African Initiated Churches in Zimbabwe for forty years. His numerous publications on AICs and African traditional religion include several rated as classics: God of the Matopo Hills; Quest for Belonging: Introduction to a Study of African Independent Churches; and Guerrilla Snuff (under the pseudonym Mafuranhunzi Gumbo)—the latter recently selected as one of the seventy-five classics of Zimbabwean literature of the twentieth century.

Calvin B. DeWitt is professor of environmental studies in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies in the University of Wisconsin–Madison; president emeritus of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Mancelona, Michigan, and Coupeville, Washington; cofounder of the Evangelical Environmental Network; and the president of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists.

O. P. Dwivedi, Order of Canada, PhD, LLD (hon.), FRS (Canada), is university professor emeritus in the department of political science at the University of Guelph, Canada. He has published thirty-two books on various subjects, including several on environmental issues such as Environmental Crisis and Hindu Religion (coauthor); World Religions and the Environment (edited); Environmental (p. xvii) Ethics: Our Dharma to the Environment; India's Environmental Policies, Programmes, and Stewardship; and Sustainable Development and Canada (coauthor).

Richard C. Foltz is associate professor of religion at Concordia University. He has published numerous books and articles on issues dealing with the Muslim world, particularly Iran.

Roger S. Gottlieb is professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of fourteen books and more than seventy articles on political philosophy, religious life, the Holocaust, environmentalism, and disability. He is editor of five academic book series; book review editor of Social Theory and Practice and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism; on the editorial board of Worldviews; and has a column in the national magazine Tikkun. His earlier books include This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment (known internationally as the first comprehensive collection on the topic); A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth; and Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change. Most recently he has published A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet's Future.

John A. Grim is a visiting scholar at Yale University and series coeditor of World Religions and Ecology, from Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. Until recently he was professor of religion at Bucknell University, where he taught courses in Native American and indigenous religions and religion and ecology. His published works include The Shaman: Patterns of Religious Healing among the Ojibway Indians and coedited volumes entitled Worldviews and Ecology: Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment and Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community. He is currently president of the American Teilhard Association.

John Hart is professor of Christian ethics at Boston University School of Theology. His books include The Spirit of the Earth and Sacramental Commons. He was a delegate of the International Indian Treaty Council to the U.N. International Human Rights Commission and involved with the Earth Charter. He has ghost-written several church documents and lectured on social ethics and theology-ecology relationships on four continents: in seven countries and twenty-seven U.S. states.

Stephanie Kaza is professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont, where she teaches religion and ecology, ecofeminism, and unlearning consumerism. Kaza is a longtime practitioner of Soto Zen Buddhism, affiliated with Green Gulch Zen Center, California; she has also studied with Thich Nhat Hanh and Joanna Macy. She is the author of The Attentive Heart: Conversations with Trees (meditative essays on deep ecological relations with trees) and coeditor (p. xviii) of Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism. Her latest book is Hooked! Buddhist Writings on Greed, Desire, and the Urge to Consume.

Salvador Leavitt-Alcantara is a graduate student of systematic theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He received a Master of Arts in theology from Harvard University and is a recipient of the Hispanic Theological Initiative scholarship. He is studying the contributions of Latin American liberation theologies to global concepts of violence, justice, democracy, and environmental issues. He was born and raised in El Salvador.

Andrew Linzey is a member of the faculty of theology in the University of Oxford and holds the world's first post in theology and animal welfare: the Bede Jarrett Senior Research Fellowship at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford. He is also honorary professor of theology in the University of Birmingham and special professor at Saint Xavier University, Chicago. He has written or edited twenty books, including Animal Theology; Animal Gospel; and Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care; and is coeditor of Animal Rights: A Historical Anthology.

Lois Ann Lorentzen is professor of social ethics, associate director of the Center for Latino Studies in the Americas, and principal investigator for the Religion and Immigration Project at the University of San Francisco. She has authored or edited seven books and has written numerous articles in the fields of environmental ethics, religion and immigration, and gender and the environment. She is a former wilderness guide and misses it desperately.

Daniel C. Maguire is a professor of ethics at Marquette University and past president of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the author or editor of thirteen books and some two hundred articles and president of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health, and Ethics, an international collegium of eighty scholars from all the world religions. Ms Magazine in their tenth anniversary issue listed Maguire as “one of the forty male heroes of the past decade, men who took chances and made a difference.”

James Miller is assistant professor of east Asian traditions and coordinator of the graduate program in religion and modernity at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author of Daoism: A Short Introduction; editor of Chinese Religions in Contemporary Societies; and coeditor of Daoism and Ecology. His current research focuses on the intersection of religion, nature, and modernity in contemporary China.

Jacob Olupona is professor and director of African American and African studies program at the University of California, Davis. His research interest includes religion and Immigration, religion of traditional and modern Africa, and African religions in the Americas. He is the author of Kinship, Religion and Rituals in a Nigerian Community: a Phenomenological Study of the Ondo Yoruba Festival (p. xix) (1983), editor and co-editor of several works including African Spirituality (2003) and Beyond Primitivism: Indigenous Religious Traditions and Modernity (2004). He is the co-editor of a University of Wisconsin book series on African and African Diaspora religions and he recently served as one of the associate editors of the recently published second edition of the Encyclopedia of Religions. Olupona is completing a book titled The City of 201 Gods: Ile-Ife in Time, Space and the Imagination. With a grant from the Ford Foundation, Olupona has been pioneering a new research project on African Immigrant Religious Communities in the United States. He received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 1997 and was the Davidson Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at the International University of Florida, Miami, in 1999.

Holmes Rolston III is university distinguished professor and professor of philosophy at Colorado State University. He has written seven books, most recently Genes, Genesis, and God; Science and Religion: A Critical Survey; Philosophy Gone Wild; Environmental Ethics; and Conserving Natural Value. He gave the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1997–98. Rolston has spoken as distinguished lecturer on seven continents. He is featured in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment (edited by Joy A. Palmer). He received the Templeton Prize in Religion in 2003, in amount about $1.3 million, greater than a Nobel Prize, and the largest such award in the world. The award was given by Prince Philip in Buckingham Palace.

Rosemary Radford Ruether is the Carpenter Professor Emeritus of Feminist Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She is currently teaching as a visiting scholar in feminist theology at the Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology. For twenty-eight years she was the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at the Garrett Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is author or editor of twenty-eight books and twelve book collections in the areas of feminist and liberation theologies.

H. Paul Santmire is the author of Brother Earth: Nature, God, and Ecology in a Time of Crisis; The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology; and Nature Reborn: The Ecological and Cosmic Promise of Christian Theology. His Harvard doctoral dissertation (1966) was on Karl Barth's theology of nature. He also served as a coauthor of statements on the environment by the Lutheran Church in America (1972), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1993), and the National Council of Churches of Christ (2005).

Thomas A. Shannon is professor emeritus in the department of humanities and arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books on bioethics and social justice, including The New Genetic Medicine; Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War; and Introduction to Contemporary (p. xx) Bioethics. He is the editor of a series of readers in bioethics published by Sheed and Ward: Reproductive Technologies; Death and Dying; Health Care Policy; and Genetics: Science, Ethics, and Public Policy. He is an associate editor of Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentary and Interpretation.

Lisa H. Sideris teaches religious ethics and environmental ethics in the department of religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has particular interests in the intersection of science, religion, and the environment and in Darwinism generally and has published Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection on this subject. She is currently coediting a volume of interdisciplinary essays on the life and work of Rachel Carson.

Bron Taylor is the Samuel S. Hill Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida, where he has led the development of its graduate program in religion and nature. A winner of numerous teaching and research awards, he is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. His edited volume Ecological Resistance Movements: The Global Emergence of Radical and Popular Environmentalism was one of the first volumes to critically examine such social movements around the world, and he has written many articles about such movements and their political, religious, and ethical dimensions. A gateway to the encyclopedia, the graduate program in religion and nature, his own work, the society, and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture can be found at

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is professor of history at Arizona State University in Tempe. She holds a PhD in Jewish philosophy and kabbalah from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978) and a BA in Religious Studies from SUNY in Stony Brook (1974). Prior to joining the faculty of Arizona State University, she taught at Columbia University, Emory University, and Indiana University. Her research focuses on medieval and early-modern Jewish intellectual history, feminism and Jewish philosophy, and Judaism and ecology. In addition to many articles and book chapters, she is the author of Between Worlds: The Life and Work of Rabbi David ben Judah Messer Leon, which received the award of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the best work in Jewish history for 1991, and Happiness in Premodern Judaism: Virtue, Knowledge, and Well-Being in Pre-modern Judaism. She is also the editor of Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed World and Women and Gender in Jewish Philosophy. She is currently at work on a book tentatively titled Judaism and Nature and edits Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life: The Legacy of Hans Jonas.

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a visiting scholoar at Yale University. She jointly organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions and is series coeditor for the ten volumes from the conferences. She is the author of Worldly Wonder: (p. xxi) Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase and Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism. She coedited Worldviews and Ecology; Buddhism and Ecology; Confucianism and Ecology; Hinduism and Ecology; When Worlds Converge; and Confucian Spirituality.

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