Laurel Kearns
Ecology & Religion at Drew


  "When Nature is Rats and Roaches: Religious Eco-Justice Activism in Newark, NJ." Co-authored with Matthew Immergut, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Vol 6, No 2 (2012).

Blackwell Companion

“Issue: Ecology and the Environment,” in The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice, edited by Michael Palmer. Blackwell Publishers, 2012.

religion and environmentalism "Christian Environmentalism and its Opponents in the United States," in  Religion in Environmental and Climate Change: Suffering, Values, Lifestyles, edited by Dieter Gerten and Sigurd Bergmann. Continuum, 2012.
oxford climate change

“The Role of Religions in Activism,” in The Oxford Handbook on Climate
Change and Society
, edited by John Dryzek, Richard Norgaard and David Schlosberg. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Gods Earth is Sacred "I'm a Tree Hugging Jesus Freak," in God's Earth is Sacred: Essays on Eco-Justice, National Council of Churches, 2011.
grounding religion

"Afterword: Teaching Indoors, but not Business as Usual," in Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology. eds Whitney Bauman, Richard Bohannon, and Kevin O'Brien. Routledge, 2010.

spirit of sustainability

“Christianity-Friends,” (pp. 66-67) “Fundamentalism,” (pp.178-181) “The National Religious Partnership for the Environment,” (281) and “Wise Use Movement,” (pp. 435-436) in the Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: The Spirit of Sustainability, Vol. 1, edited by Willis Jenkins. Berkshire Publishing, 2010.

love god

“Greening our Seminaries,” in Love God, Heal the Earth. Ed. Sally Bingham. St. Lynne’s Press, 2009.

Ecospirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth. New York: Fordham University Press. 2007. Laurel Kearns & Catherine Keller. PDF file, table of contents

"Preface" and "Introduction," co-authored with Catherine Keller, in Eco-Spirit: Religion, Philosophy and the Earth. Fordham University Press, 2007.

"Cooking The Truth: Faith, The Market, And The Science Of Global Warming" in Eco-Spirit: Religion, Philosophy and the Earth. Fordham University Press, 2007.

"Of Knowledge, Buildings and Trees," in Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet, edited by David Rhoads. Continuum, 2007.
"Religion and Ecology" in Religion, Globalization, and Culture. edited by Peter Beyer and Lori Beaman. Brill Publishing, 2007


"An overview of the Eco-justice movement." co-authored with Rebecca Gould. Earth Letter, Fall, 2005

"North American Conference on Christianity and Ecology and North American coalition on Religion and Ecology," (1212-1214) "Wise Use Movement," (1755-1757) and co-author of "Fred Kreuger," (972-973), Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Thoemmes Continuum, 2005

"The Context of Eco-theology," in Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology, Edited by Gareth Jones. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. PDF file of article
  "What is Wise Use?" Pp. 9, 11 in Partners: Interfaith Perspectives on the Environment, Fall 2004.
"Greening Ethnography and the Study of Religion" in Beyond Personal Knowledge: Reshaping the Ethnography of Religion. Edited by James V. Spickard, J. Shawn Landres, and Meredith B. McGuire. New York University Press, 2002
  Review of Shared Meanings, Shared Lives, Lori Beaman, Sociology of Religion, 64,1 (Spring 2003)

Review of God Gave Us the Right, Christel Manning, Sociology of Religion, 61,1 (Spring 2000)

Review of Gatherings in Diaspora, R. Stephen Warner and Judith Wittberg, eds. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 38,2 (June 1999):315-316

"Teaching Sociology of Religion at a Seminary," pp. 8-10, and "Contemporary Theories of the Sociology of Religion," pp. 104-106 in Syllabi and Instructional Materials in the Sociology of Religion (3rd Ed.), Madeleine Cousineau, ed. American Association of Sociology

"Spiritualism," Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. Serinity Young, ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1998

"Noah's Ark Goes to Washington: A Profile of Evangelical Environmentalism," Social Compass, 44(3), Sept. 1997): 349-366 PDF file of article

"Saving The Creation: Christian Environmentalism in the United States," Sociology of Religion 57,1 (Spring 1996):55-70 PDF file of article

Review of Transforming the Faith: The Sacred and Secular in History, M. L. Bradbury, ed., in Sociological Analysis, 51 (winter 1990):407-08

Review of The Sacred in a Secular Age, Philip Hammond, ed., in Contemporary Sociology, March, 1986

"Dialogue of Theology and Art Refocuses 'Is' and 'Ought'", Ministry and Mission, Vol. 11, 2, (Dec, 1985)

"Cassirer's Theory of Primitive and Modern Political Myth," Mind and Nature, Vol. 5 (Fall, 1985): 44-48.