SCM6200EN - Ecomissiology and Sustainable Communities

Course description

Human socities have always impacted their environment in many ways, from agriculuture to patterns of consumption and waste disposal. In this course, students will research and analyze sustainability issues theologically, and apply ecotheological principles to design more sustainable communities.

How this course benefits students

A deeper understanding of sustainability issues requires students to become more aware of not only scientific and technical issues, but develop biblical ideas of limits, biblical anthropology, the value of the non-human, and a biblical theology of the good life.

Why this course is important

Human ignorance, hubris and sin means that our societies are unsustainable. Our mission needs to bring all these things to repentance and transformation.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Sustainable Communities
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Mick Pope, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course develops an in depth biblical understanding of what is required for a sustainable community, including biblical views on standards of living and our relationship to creation.

Missionally driven

Students will learn that mission involves both the redeeming of human relationships in society, but also our responsibility and relationship to the creation.

Contextually informed

This course will allow students to assess more specific roles of mission for particular sustainability issues.

Interculturally focused

Students will be evaluate and analyze how different cultures engage in community and how making this more sustainable forms part of mission.

Practically minded

Students will be able to research and develop ideas of sustainable community into missional practice.

Experientially transformed

Students will have to reevaluate and defend their ideas of the ideal society and the good life.