About the "Beyond Stewardship" materials

These resources were developed following an AHRC-funded research project ‘Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics (2006-2009)’ and aim to inform RE teaching and other teaching or reflection, on issues concerning Christianity and the environment in secondary schools. 

Environmental issues are currently the subject of much ethical concern, crossing the boundaries of many academic subjects. The materials here deal in particular with the influence of the Bible on Christian attitudes to the environment and have been updated to reflect changes in the syllabus for RE during 2017.

Through a series of workshops with a small group of RE teachers from the region, along with other specialists, and through a training conference at the end of the year in 2012, this project presented the outcomes of the ‘Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics’ project to secondary teachers and education advisors in the South-West region in 2011-12, and discussed with them the ways in which existing practices in RE at A-level and GCSE might be enhanced by recent developments in academic research. Informed by these conversations, and by a recent survey of the syllabi and resources available in this area, the project seeks to offer new materials for teachers that will facilitate and encourage greater engagement with and a more sophisticated use of biblical texts in relation to environmental ethics.

Project team

The project is directed by David Horrell. The original resources were produced with the assistance of Anna Davis, and a group of advisors from the fields of education and theology, along with other researchers from the “Uses of the Bible in Environmental Ethics” team:

Sarah Gotting, Cherryl Hunt, Helen John, Sam Kelly, Conor McDonagh, Dick Powell, Christopher Southgate, and Karen Walshe.

The other pages of this project are currently being updated by Cherryl Hunt and Helen John and we hope to have them complete by October 2017.

The “Beyond Stewardship” project has been kindly supported by the Saint Luke’s College Foundation.

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