As the community of life on this planet experiences the anthropogenic climate crisis, what tools from faith traditions can help us meet the coming challenges? By expanding the metaphor of light within the Christian and Quaker traditions to include light’s role in ecosystems, this project develops an ecotheology of light that aims to answer this question. Cherice Bock and Christy Randazzo draw on their contexts in the Religious Society of Friends, placing the Quaker Inward Light in dialogue with the Bible, and light in Eastern Orthodox, ecological, and interdependence theologies. The Quaker ecotheology of light developed argues that Light is a vitally important and mutually translatable metaphor providing a common language that can aid humanity, reinterpreting traditions to meet this moment with spiritual grounding to transition to a just and sustainable future for the Earth, our common home. Bock and Randazzo connect this ecotheology of light with implications for Friends testimonies.

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Cherice Bock, Ph.D. candidate, M.S. environmental studies, Antioch University New England (2019), M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary (2009), teaches, writes, and organizes at the intersection of religion and environment. She co-edited Quakers, Creation Care, & Sustainability (Friends Association for Higher Education, 2019).
Christy Randazzo, Ph.D. (2018), University of Birmingham. Affiliate Faculty at Montclair State University. They have published articles and chapters on Quaker theology, Liberal Quaker history, peacemaking, and ecotheology, including the recent work Liberal Quaker Reconciliation Theology: A Constructive Approach (Brill, 2019).
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 1 Introduction
 2 Ecotheology and the Science of Light
 3 Light in the Christian Tradition
 4 Quakers and the Inward Light
 5 Building an Ecotheology of Interdependence
 6 Constructing a Quaker Ecotheology of Light
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Those interested in ecotheology, Christian responses to climate change, Quakers and the Religious Society of Friends, the spiritual metaphor of light, ecological implications of a theology of light, and light as an aspect of interdependence.
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