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Mysticism Unit and Open and Relational Theologies Unit

Call for Proposals

Relational Cosmologies and Mystical Practices for Ecological Repair

This panel will consider mystical cosmologies of relation as grounds for resistance to impending climate catastrophe. Cosmologies of separation deem God, humanity, and creation to be discrete, and have been used to justify centuries of extractive colonialism and environmental degradation, leading to today's climate catastrophes, as well as cutting humans off from the spiritual riches resident within nature. What might sacred cosmologies of connection yield instead? How can alternative relational cosmologies serve to open humankind to the mystical abundance resident within nature and more fruitfully ground an ecological ethics of repair? What sorts of mystical practices might embody or channel relational cosmologies and attune practitioners to the interconnections between the divine, the human, and the creaturely?

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Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection