Eco-Justice & Spirituality

January 18, 2021 - April 9, 2021
January 18, 2021 - April 9, 2021 on Wednesdays Time: 9:00 am for 3 Hours
Tuition Basic Rate: $281.00 per credit hour (Diplomas, MDiv, MA, MATS) Advanced Rate: $408.00 per credit hour (ThM, GDTS) Certificate Rate: $192.00 per credit hour Auditing Rate: $141.00 per credit hour Tuition Discount 50% reduction in Certificate, Diploma, and Degree tuition (one course/term): Seniors (65+), VST faculty & staff 50% reduction in Auditing tuition (one course/term): Seniors (65+), full-time VST students, spouses/partners of VST full-time students, VST faculty, staff & board members, VST alumni Fall and Spring Terms only. Eligible for one course per term. Auditing Tuition Rate: $141.00 per credit hour Tuition Subsidy Lay people wishing to audit a VST Continuing Education course or workshop can apply for a tuition bursary of up to 25% of the tuition fees, to a maximum of $100. Ordained clergy can apply for a Continuing Education bursary through the HR MacMillan Fund. For more information please visit Financial Aid.

Code: SP/PT514

Dates: January 18, 2021 – April 9, 2021 on Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 am for 3 Hours

One way to define spirituality is  “an exploration into what is involved in becoming human,” describing “becoming human” as “an attempt to grow in sensitivity to self, to others, to the non-human creation, and to God who is within and beyond this totality.”  This course explores this understanding of how spirituality intersects with eco-justice in the context of the pandemic crisis and consider how this relates to the practice of ministry.   Building from the theological perspective of Sallie McFague,  this course will also consider Pope Francis’s encyclical Praise be to You: Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home and survey literature from scholars from a variety of disciplines.  Readings and discussion will be complemented with presentations from practitioners in pastoral care from a variety of settings.


  1. Be able to articulate how an eco-justice world informs personal and corporate spirituality.
  2. Define core principles of an eco-justice spirituality
  3. Create a series of autobiographical reflections that locate self within creation
  4. Apply eco-justice principles to at least two area of pastoral care (congregational, prison, hospital, stewardship, liturgical, hospitality, educational ministries)
  5. Be equipped to offer a congregational/community educational program on eco-justice spirituality.


Available by Distance
Synchronous Zoom only