Gretel Van Wieren

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Gretel Van Wieren is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Michigan State University where her courses focus on religion, ethics, and the environment. She is author of the books, Listening at Lookout Creek: Nature in Spiritual Practice (Oregon State University Press, 2019), Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives (Routledge, 2018), and Restored to Earth: Christianity, Environmental Ethics, and Ecological Restoration (Georgetown University Press, 2013). Van Wieren is recipient of a 2016 Mellon Foundation Humanities Without Walls grant on the New Ethics of Food, and a 2015 H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Writing Residency. Prior to teaching at MSU, Van Wieren worked as a country pastor, fly-fishing guide, and community organizer. She received a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University.

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Thinking Like a Lamb

Today I make a COVID resolution: I will learn to be more lamby-like, as Carl would say: to think like a lamb.