The global ecological crisis is sometimes (with good reason) blamed on business, other times on religion — particularly Christianity. But must religion and business necessarily be harmful to the environment, or can they potentially contribute to the solutions the world needs? If "fairy tales of eternal economic growth" underlie some of the earth’s most wicked problems, as Greta Thunberg suggests, then the world needs better narratives to frame and guide our individual and collective behaviors. A search for such narratives can fruitfully begin at the intersections of religion, business, and the environment.
Kate Blanchard (MDiv, PhD) graduated from Kenyon in 1992 with a major in (what was then) religion. Since 2006 she has worked at Alma College in Michigan, where she is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Religious Studies. She has taught undergraduate courses on a wide variety of topics, from world religions to American religion, to religion, business and the environment. She is co-author of "An Introduction to Christian Environmentalism" (Baylor) and is pursuing an MBA part-time.
Thursday, December 5 at 4:10pm
Cheever Room in Finn House
102 West Wiggin Street, Gambier, OH 43022