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University of California Press, 2016

American environmentalism historically has been associated with the interests of white elites. Yet religious leaders in the twenty-first century have helped instill concern about the earth among groups diverse in religion, race, ethnicity, and class. How did that happen and what are the implications? Building on scholarship that provides theological and ethical resources to support the “greening” of religion, God and the Green Divide examines religious environmentalism as it actually happens in the daily lives of urban Americans. Baugh demonstrates how complex dynamics related to race, ethnicity, and class factor into decisions to “go green.” By carefully examining negotiations of racial and ethnic identities as central to the history of religious environmentalism, this work complicates assumptions that religious environmentalism is a direct expression of theology, ethics, or religious beliefs.

“Green is Where it’s At! Cultivating Environmental Concern at an African American Church"

Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture
Vol 9 No 3 (2015)

Since the 1990s much 'religion and ecology' scholarship has sought to identify theological, ethical, and scriptural resources that suggest all religions teach their followers to protect the earth. Case studies have focused primarily on success stories that demonstrate how religions can contribute to a more sustainable future, but religion and ecology scholarship has paid inadequate attention to cultural complexities involved with cultivating environmental concern in religious communities. This article aims to address some of those neglected factors. A bible study on food, faith, and the environment held at an African American church in Chicago offers a glimpse into a window for exploring how assumptions about ethnicity and class influence the presumed ‘greening’ of American religion. I argue that efforts to ‘green’ American religion have relied not only on religious teachings, but also on latent assumptions about ethnicity and class.

"Interfaith Environmentalism and Uneven Opportunities to Flourish"

in That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics , Ed. Laura Hartman (Oxford University Press, 2018)

In this chapter I discuss two examples of religious environmental activism to consider how different groups might flourish through their involvement with "green" religion. A group of UU community gardeners and members of a "green" mosque both combined principles of environmental stewardship, social justice, and interfaith cooperation through their religious environmental projects. While these cases seem to represent interfaith environmentalism at its best, closer examination demonstrates that the outcomes of interfaith environmentalism do not always center on the environment, and the opportunity to flourish is not shared equally by all.

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