THE3110EN - Theology of Creation and Stewardship

Course description

What does it mean to be a Christian steward of creation? This course explores theological discussions on cultivating a mindful perception of creation while investigating the meaning of stewardship. Through techniques of Biblical Exegesis and critical thinking, the student develops a deep-rooted understanding of the role that humans ought to play in creation.

How this course benefits students

The current ecological crisis is not going away. For far too long, many Christians have ignored their role in creational care. Ecotheological concepts must become more prevalent in ecclesiastical settings. This course serves as a means to introduce students to scholarly sources that advance caring for creation and its scriptural roots. Students become conscious of where to locate resources that support these perceptions as well as develop ways in which to apply these notions to their everyday and missional lives.

Why this course is important

As stewards of creation, we are called to care for and protect the created world. One must understand what stewardship means and how scripture describes the relevance of God’s creation. This course serves as a guide to introduce students to a deeper level of thinking, reflection, as well as a call to action.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Jadyn Harris, Professor of Ecotheology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course is rooted in scripture and the foundation is established through biblical texts. Additionally, students learn to perform green exegesis in scripture.

Missionally driven

This course seeks to cultivate a mindfulness that understand the role that humans ought to play in creation and how scripture supports a mission of stewardship over dominion.

Contextually informed

This course ensures that all information presented is contextualized in order to weave a full perspective of the issues to grasp how all the elements presented, scripture, history, and theological concepts enhance a missional lifestyle.

Interculturally focused

Ecotheology is a topic that can easily be applied interculturally. Inclusivity is applied to all students and thus considers location, cultures, and socio-economic status, as well as prior educational experience of all participants of the course.

Practically minded

Students are introduced to a social justice perspective of Ecotheology. Learning to identify biblical concepts that advance a more ethical treatment of creation.

Experientially transformed

Reflection and introspection is fostered throughout this course to encourage students to rethink how they might become better stewards of creation.