Master of Divinity

Ecology and Justice Specialization

Out of love and respect for future generations, religious leaders need to provide those they serve with a theological framework for resisting greed, gluttony and the destruction of resources. This specialization equips students to lead others in developing economic, political, social and technological lifestyles for a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.


An integrative project or paper (normally completed in conjunction with the final course for the specialization) is required. No specialization-specific field education is required. Students complete four pertinent courses from the list below, selected in consultation with the specialization coordinator and their faculty advisor.

Please note: If PT-610 or PT-615 is chosen, it cannot also be used to meet the M.Div. spirituality course requirement.

  • CE-620: Resisting Biocide: Environmental Justice Ethics
  • CE-661: Christian Social Ethics
  • CE/CT/PT-752: Ecofeminist Theologies of Liberation
  • CH-642: Christianity and Social Issues in the U.S.A.
  • CH-736: Julian of Norwich
  • CH-750: Wesley and Society
  • CH-767: The Social Gospel Movement
  • CT/CE-751: Ecotheology and Global Ethics
  • ED-640: Ecological Religious Education
  • HB-715: Genesis
  • HB-781: Gender, Race, and Ecology in the Hebrew Bible
  • HM-730: Community Organizing and Preaching: Power, Action, and Justice
  • LS-675: Leading Transformational Change
  • PT-540: Doing our Own Work
  • PT-600: Food, Land, and Faith Formation
  • PT-601: Field Theology: Water and Watersheds
  • PT-606: A Deeper Shade of Green: Black Eco-Theology and Ethics
  • PT-605: Practical Theology and Ecology
  • PT-610: Spiritual Formation and Social Change
  • PT-615: Prophetic Hope and Creative Practice
  • PT/WO-620: Worship, Ecology, and Social Justice
  • PT/SR-635: Celtic Spirituality
  • PT-640: Knowing Where We Dwell


Timothy Van Meter