The Center for Religion and the Environment at Sewanee facilitates teaching and training in spirituality religion, and the environment.

Our Three-Fold Mission

Believing that caring for creation and responding to the current environmental crisis is primarily a spiritual task, the Center for Religion and Environment (CRE) offers programs and resources integrating nature contemplation, creation inclusive theology, and environmental ethics for individuals and faith communities as well as for the University. While the Center is interdisciplinary and pluralist, its particular strength lies in its rootedness with the Christian tradition. CRE provides resources, programs, and support to assist individuals, groups, and churches in deepening their lives of prayer and service in God’s creation and responding more profoundly to the call to reconcile with all creation through our prayer, worship, and practices of everyday life.

Programs for Individuals and Small Groups

Do you yearn to unveil the truth of a deeper interconnectivity within God’s creation? Do you want to shed the illusion of separation in our world in order to truly live out the gospel call to embody joy, humility, and love for all? Do you feel alone in your search to integrate your faith and love of nature? CRE offers a variety of programs and materials for both individuals and small groups.

Community Enrichment

How can the church not only respond to the social issues emerging from the environmental crisis but include a celebration of and concern for the whole web of creation in its worship, fellowship, prayer life, and facilities? Deep Green Church explores these questions in either a one-day or weekend workshop for clergy and church groups, as well as camps, seeking to engage creation care more deeply as a community of faith.

University Engagement

CRE staff directs the School of Theology’s master of arts in religion and the environment and the undergraduate minor in religion and the environment, while fostering dialogue by bringing speakers to campus and organizing workshops and symposia. It has brought Wendell Berry to campus to work with freshmen and has gathered community members, students, and faculty/staff in various formats to discuss topics ranging from the ethics of novel ecosystems to the values implicit in the way Sewanee manages its 13,000 acres of land. CRE faculty and staff actively engage in scholarship, publishing books and journal articles on the many aspects of creation care, while addressing environmental issues from a religious perspective in the courses they teach.