Theologies of Place: Zine Inspiration

Theologies of Place: Zine Inspiration

Why theologies of place?

A UU theology of place grounds us in our work for climate justice.

Living in this uncertain time of climate chaos, our relationship to place may be complicated, especially as young adults.

This time in our life tends to be unstable, as jobs and other opportunities encourage us to move, sometimes every few years or even months. Mobility and transience seem to become more normalized, if not encouraged: more people are flocking to urban areas, creating a culture of isolation. Often these moves are not by choice, as more of us are forcibly displaced by (un)natural disasters or unstable resources. While the internet connects us across boundaries like never before, this increased reliance on technology is changing how we connect to each other and our surroundings.

Amid all this change, theologies of place can bring us back to our roots and a centered place from which to do our deepest and boldest action for change. Place-based and local organizing is often slow and difficult, and also often the most effective way to effect change. 

Here are some possible guiding questions:

Do you know how climate change is affecting the ecological community where you live, or where you grew up?

What does climate change look like, feel like when you go outside? How are the seasons changing? How are plants and animals and other non-human relatives adapting to these changes?

How do your surroundings influence your spirituality, and what does this mean for climate work? How would you map out your path to climate justice?

What does it mean to do place-based organizing? What does a place-based spirituality look like during climate chaos?

Upcoming Workshops

Attend an upcoming presentation and discussion, led by a UUYACJ/UUMFE member, to gain more clarity around theologies of place.

Coming soon!

An Incomplete Reading List

Watershed Discipleship Movement

Beehive Collective True Cost of Coal booklet

Movement Generation’s Propagate Pollinate Practice

Rising Tide North America’s Staying Above Water zine

Belonging: A Culture of Place by bell hooks

Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Where the Water Goes Around by Bill Wylie-Kellerman

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry

Staying Put by Scott Russell-Sanders

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

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