Protected: 3 – Interview (The Earth as a Gift: An Interview with Laurel Kearns)

By Gabriel Ertsgaard

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Gabriel Ertsgaard is the Interviews Editor for The Peace Chronicle. He earned his Doctor of Letters from Drew University with a dissertation on environmental themes in a medieval legend. He previously taught university English courses in the United States and China. His criticism, poetry, and fairy tales have appeared in various print and digital publications.

Laurel Kearns is Professor of Sociology and Religion and Environmental Studies at Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion of Drew University. She received her PhD from the Institute of Liberal Arts at Emory University. In addition to EcoSpirit: Religions and Philosophies for the Earth, co-edited with Catherine Keller, she has contributed chapters to volumes such as The Oxford Handbook on Climate Change and Society, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Nature: The Elements. Her research is focused on religious involvement in ecological issues and movements, with particular interests in environmental justice, climate change, and food. In addition to helping found the Green Seminary Initiative, she has served on the board of GreenFaith and chaired the Religion and Ecology Steering Committee of the American Academy of Religion.