6 – A Broader Vision of Reality: Integral Ecology within the Great Lakes Watershed

Terrence Ehrman, CSCTerrence Ehrman, C.S.C.

"Liturgy and Ecology"


What does creation have to do with redemption? What does ecology have to do with liturgy? In his final lecture on integral ecology in the Great Lakes watershed, Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C. will answer these questions by looking at the Incarnation and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sacraments and sacramentality, the Sabbath, funeral practices, and more.


The Earth is our common home in which we live out our lives in relationship with one another, the natural world, and God. Pope Francis calls for a “broader vision of reality” to address the single complex social and ecological crisis of our day. This vision requires an integral ecology that recognizes that we are not separated from the ecological world but are integral participants in the ecosystem. Our distinctly human activity—social, economic, cultural, and spiritual—is integrally connected with the natural world. Everything in life is interconnected. This lecture series will develop the “broader vision of reality” needed to respond to the social-ecological crisis by analyzing who we are, how we live, and what impacts we have within the context of being interconnected with the human family and natural world within our local ecological home in the Great Lakes watershed.

Tuesday, February 21 Theological Anthropology: Identity and Mission
Tuesday, March 7 Biodiversity and Invasive Species
Tuesday, March 21 Water: Refreshment, Resource, and Waste
Tuesday, April 11 Agriculture: Feeding the Human Family
Tuesday, April 18 Energy: The Power to Do Good
Tuesday, May 2 Liturgy and Ecology


Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. is the Assistant Director, Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing. He has a concurrent position as a professional specialist in the Department of Theology, teaching Science, Theology, and Creation. Fr. Terry, who has training in aquatic ecology and systematic theology, enjoys studying the “ecotone”, or boundary, between science and theology, particularly in the area of theological anthropology as it relates to evolution and ecology. His biological publications include articles on organic matter budgets and particle transport in streams, and his interdisciplinary articles have been on evolution and providence and on ecological conversion. 

Free and open to the public. Light reception following.

This lecture series is made possible by additional support from the Environmental Change Initiative.