Yale Divinity School unveils new ecology degree program for religion students

Yale Divinity School (YDS) will be accepting students this fall for a new concentrated ecology program of study in the Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) degree path.

The Religion and Ecology concentration draws on faculty resources across the theological disciplines, including biblical studies, ethics, liturgical studies, pastoral care, spirituality, theology and world religions and ecology. YDS officials added that the program spans the study of eco-theology; eco-spirituality; eco-feminism; environmental ethics; and cosmology.

The concentration builds upon the decades of work of senior lecturers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, who most recently collaborated with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

Religion and Ecology concentration students are also able to take “Introduction to Religion and Ecology,” a joint offering of YDS and Forestry taught by Tucker and Grim, as well as other cross-school courses including “A Communion of Subjects:  Law, Environment, and Religion” — a joint offering of Divinity, Forestry, and Yale Law School.

YDS Dean Greg Sterling described the new concentration as an expression of two of the major goals outlined in the School’s strategic plan: diversity and the effort to build a living-building residential complex.

“Some of our new faculty make the first possible, and widespread commitment of faculty to eco-theology make the second feasible,” Sterling said in a press release. “It is essential that we have a curriculum that aligns with our orientation and ambitions as a school.”