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Is there a Relation Between Ecological Practices and Spirituality? The Case of Benedictine Monasteries : Ecological Practices in Benedictine Monasteries

Author:
Freyer, Bernhard, Aversano-Dearborn, Valentina, Winkler, Georg, Leipold, Sina, Haidl, Harald, Brand, Karl Werner, Rosenberger, Michael, Wallnig, Thomas
Source:
Journal of agricultural & environmental ethics 2018 v.31 no.5 pp. 559-582
ISSN:
1187-7863
Subject:
decision making, ethics, learning
Abstract:
For decades there has been a controversial debate over how far religious faith communities are specifically engaged in ecological practices (EP). Therefore we studied four Austrian and two German Benedictine monasteries religious ethics and spirituality as a means of a driving force for initiating EP. We draw upon theories of organizational learning processes and capacity-building of sustainability to interpret our empirical findings. The majority of monasteries are highly engaged in EP, initiated either as an outcome of individual activities or through a specific mostly informally acting group, but rarely an organizationally or systematically integrated goal of the monasteries, or a focus of capacity building. Monasteries follow a technical and economic decision-making process in implementing EP. Spirituality plays a limited role in the initiation of EP. The environment of monasteries–acceptance or critique against ecological practices–influences the monasteries decisions. Institutionalization of ecological practices into the monasteries organizational structure is rare.
Agid:
6195117