REINHABITING RELIGION: GREEN SISTERS, ECOLOGICAL RENEWAL, AND THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE

REINHABITING RELIGION: GREEN SISTERS, ECOLOGICAL RENEWAL, AND THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF RELIGIOUS... REINHABITING RELIGION: GREEN SISTERS, ECOLOGICAL RENEWAL, AND THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE Sarah McFarland Taylor Abstract This article explores the growing movement of environmentally activist Roman Catholic women religious in North America and the implications of this movement for theorizing new directions in religion and culture. Sisters’ creative e V orts to con- serve traditional religious and cultural forms while opening up these forms to “greener” (ecologically-minded) interpretations reveals the very protean process of religious meaning-making. It also subsequently challenges more static and conven- tional theoretical models of religion. In particular, the author documents and ana- lyzes the intertwining of bioregional philosophies of “reinhabitation,” expressions of American Catholic religious life, and manifestations of “green culture.” Integrating geographic, ethnographic, and historical methodologies, the author argues that when researchers approach the study of religion as “biogeographers,” they discover com- plex levels of religious understanding and expression that are otherwise overlooked. SigniŽ cantly, it is these frequently-missed dimensions of the religious landscape that more accurately re ect the “living and lived” quality of religion. Keywords : nuns, ecospirituality, bioregionalism, greening religion Introduction In the midst of the public turmoil generated by the widely publi- cized abuses of power within the Roman http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Worldviews Brill

REINHABITING RELIGION: GREEN SISTERS, ECOLOGICAL RENEWAL, AND THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE

Worldviews, Volume 6 (3): 227 – Jan 1, 2002

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© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1363-5247
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REINHABITING RELIGION: GREEN SISTERS, ECOLOGICAL RENEWAL, AND THE BIOGEOGRAPHY OF RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE Sarah McFarland Taylor Abstract This article explores the growing movement of environmentally activist Roman Catholic women religious in North America and the implications of this movement for theorizing new directions in religion and culture. Sisters’ creative e V orts to con- serve traditional religious and cultural forms while opening up these forms to “greener” (ecologically-minded) interpretations reveals the very protean process of religious meaning-making. It also subsequently challenges more static and conven- tional theoretical models of religion. In particular, the author documents and ana- lyzes the intertwining of bioregional philosophies of “reinhabitation,” expressions of American Catholic religious life, and manifestations of “green culture.” Integrating geographic, ethnographic, and historical methodologies, the author argues that when researchers approach the study of religion as “biogeographers,” they discover com- plex levels of religious understanding and expression that are otherwise overlooked. SigniŽ cantly, it is these frequently-missed dimensions of the religious landscape that more accurately re ect the “living and lived” quality of religion. Keywords : nuns, ecospirituality, bioregionalism, greening religion Introduction In the midst of the public turmoil generated by the widely publi- cized abuses of power within the Roman

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Published: Jan 1, 2002

Keywords: NUNS; ECOSPIRITUALITY; GREENING RELIGION; BIOREGIONALISM

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