Fred’s Thesis

Sustained Sustainability: Eco-Judaism in the Pulpit, Enriched with Interfaith Intersections” — at long last, it’s done, and this thesis now makes me a ‘Doctor of Ministry’ (graduation photos below!).   It covers a lot of ground, and pieces of this will hopefully get reworked toward publication.  But meanwhile, there should be useful nuggets here for those interested in eco-Judaism and eco-religion, so I’m happy to post it (chapter-by-chapter, below; press CTRL-click over each hyperlink).  Highlights and ‘conclusions’ are in Chapter 10, a good place to start, which you can read here:

10 FSD Thesis IMPLICATIONS – SUMMARY (pp 225-247)

Should you want still more information, Chapter 1 gives guidance about where to go within the thesis, based on your interest — for instance:

if you want ready-to-go handouts/shiurim/study-sheets, go right to Appendices B & C (12 FSD Thesis APPENDIX B — GREEN CONG DOCS (pp 271-307)13 FSD Thesis ECO-SHIURIM w mirror margins (but without page numbers; pp 309-377));

for details on green buildings, Chapter 8 (8 FSD Thesis GREENING CONGREGATIONS (pp 153-192));

for an overview of Jewish-ecological values and texts, Chapter 4 (4 FSD Thesis TEXT-THEOLOGY (pp 57-72));

for nuanced metaphorical eco-theology built around the Hebrew calendar’s cycle of holidays, Chapters 5 & 6 (5 FSD Thesis METAPHORICAL ECO-THEOLOGY 1 (pp 73-94), 6 FSD Thesis METAPHORICAL ECO-THEOLOGY 2 (pp 95-128));

for an annotated bibliography of key Jewish, Christian, and interfaith ecological works, Chapter 3 (3 FSD Thesis LIT REVIEW (pp 21-55));

….and so on….  The entire (way-too-long!) thesis is posted below, after the photographic proof (soft-sided hexagon cap and all) that I’m now “Doctor Rabbi”…  Please let me know if you’re able to make use of any of this!  Thanks for your interest in religion and sustainability — enjoy…

2009_0511 Fred in regalia outside2009_0511 Fred getting diploma2009_0511 inside the Cathedral from 'on high' 2

2009_0511 with the rents

2009_0511 F & M

2009_0511 with Gili2009_0511 with friends

0 FSD Thesis PRELIMINARY-CONTENTS

1 FSD Thesis INTRO (pp 1-9)

2 FSD Thesis ECOL CRISIS (pp 11-20)

3 FSD Thesis LIT REVIEW (pp 21-55)

4 FSD Thesis TEXT-THEOLOGY (pp 57-72)

5 FSD Thesis METAPHORICAL ECO-THEOLOGY 1 (pp 73-94)

6 FSD Thesis METAPHORICAL ECO-THEOLOGY 2 (pp 95-128)

7 FSD Thesis BACKGROUND-METHODOLOGY (pp 129-152)

8 FSD Thesis GREENING CONGREGATIONS (pp 153-192)

9 FSD Thesis GREENING CLERGY (pp 193-224)

10 FSD Thesis IMPLICATIONS – SUMMARY (pp 225-247)

11 FSD Thesis APPENDIX A — METHODOLOGICAL MATERIALS (still needs 1990 form) (pp 249-270)

12 FSD Thesis APPENDIX B — GREEN CONG DOCS (pp 271-307)

13 FSD Thesis ECO-SHIURIM w mirror margins (but without page numbers; pp 309-377)

14 FSD Thesis BIBLIOGRAPHY (pp 379-383)

and as a bonus:  PILE – Palestine-Israel Land Ethic, Fred Scherlinder Dobb, 2009 05 01

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One Response to “Fred’s Thesis”

  1. Sarah Says:

    Shalom, Rabbi Fred! Sarah Franco, here. I Googled myself and came upon Chapter 8 of your dissertation. I have yet to read every word, but I wanted to drop a quick note to thank you for both reading my thesis and engaging my research further. I look forward to reading more of your assessment and critique of my research and the new thoughts you have to add to the fascinating world of Jewish environmental ethics.

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