Sacred landscapes: religion and ecology around the Pacific

Soul Search with Meredith Lake podcast with Mary Evelyn Tucker and Jione Havea
ABC Radio National
June 6, 2021

To mark World Environment Day, on June 5, we begin a new series on religion and ecology.

From the church forests of Ethiopia to the mountains of Chinese Daoism, the sea-scapes of Pacific theology to the forest monasteries of Theravadin Buddhism, the three-part series of sacred landscapes will explore how religion and spirituality might matter in the Anthropocene. How do the places we love shape our sense of the sacred? And how are our spiritual lives nurtured by the bush, the mountains —or even the sea? 

In the first episode, Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder and director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University introduces us to the series. 

We also hear from Rev Dr Jione Havea, a pastor from Tonga about what it means to belong to the islands and to their seas. Rev Havea works at the forefront of postcolonial hermeneutics and Pasifika theology. His books include 'Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology’.

Listen to this podcast here.