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BookTALK: Guest Speaker Series

This guide contains resources that complement the Guest Speaker Series sponsored by the Center for Writing and Learning Support and Barbour Library

Library & Online Resources

Dr. Will W. Adams is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, and a psychotherapist and ecopsychologist in private practice. Dr. Adams' scholarship has appeared in The Humanistic Psychologist, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, ReVision, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Existential Analysis, and Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought. Dr. Adams' special interests include ecopsychology, contemplative spirituality, and psychotherapy.

Regarding his theoretical approach, he works from a perspective that integrates existential and hermeneutic phenomenology, relational psychoanalysis, Gestalt therapy, transpersonal psychology and contemplative spirituality (especially Zen Buddhism and Christian mysticism). He is blessed with a wonderful wife, daughter and son.

Our current ecological derangement is not only a biological crisis but more deeply a crisis of consciousness, culture, and relationship. The core ethical responsibility of our contemporary era, therefore, and the aspiration of this ecopsychological/ecospiritual book, is to create a mutually enhancing relationship between humankind and the rest of nature. To address the urgent concerns of global warming, mass extinction, toxic environments, and our loss of conscious contact with the natural world, psychologist Will W. Adams weaves together insights from Zen Buddhism, Christian mysticism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and the practice of psychotherapy. Through a transpersonal, nondual, contemplative approach, Adams explores the fundamental malady of supposed separation (or dissociation): mind over body, self over others, my tribe over others', humans over the rest of nature. Instead of merely discussing these crucial issues in abstract terms, the book presents healing alternatives through storytelling, poetry, and theoretical inquiry. Written in an engaging, down-to-earth manner grounded in vivid descriptions of actual lived experience, A Wild and Sacred Call (SUNY Press, 2023) speaks across disciplines to students, experts, and nonspecialists alike.


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The following books are not currently in the Barbour Library collection. The links below will take you to either (which supports local bookstores), the author's online store, or, where you can purchase the book.

Folz, Bruce E. The Noetics of Nature: Environmental Philosophy and the Holy Beauty of the Visible. New York: Fordham University Press, 2013.

Lane, Belden C. 2022. The Great Conversation: Nature and the Care of the Soul. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.

McFague, Sallie. A New Climate for Christology: Kenosis, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2021.

Rienstra, Debra. Refugia Faith: Seeking Hidden Shelters, Ordinary Wonders, and the Healing of the Earth. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2022.

Books and Media in Barbour Library

Print books below may be checked out by PTS students, faculty, and staff, as well as local area patrons who have library accounts (requires an annual fee). Media items are indicated in parentheses. Ebooks are indicated by asterisks, and are available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff only. 

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The articles below are not available in either the print or electronic Barbour Library journal collection. Please check your local library for interlibrary loan services in order to obtain copies. PTS students, faculty, and staff may obtain the article through Barbour Library's interlibrary loan services.

Kenel, Mary Elizabeth. “Ecopsychology.” Human Development 33, no. 1 (Spr 2012): 10–17.

Sherman, Jacob H. “Beyond the Greening of Faith: Contemplative Practice in the Anthropocene.” Toronto Journal of Theology 38, no. 2 (2022).

Articles in Barbour Library

Articles that are available online have links, and are only available to current PTS students, faculty, and staff. Articles without links are in the print journal collection.

Conradie, Ernst M. “The Four Tasks of Christian Ecotheology: Revisiting the Current Debate.” Scriptura 119, no. 1 (2020): 1–13.

Lombard, Christo. “Ecology and Pneuma: Needing and Finding Each Other?” Journal of Reformed Theology 6, no. 3 (2012): 262–82.

Moltmann, Jürgen. “The Transformation of Theology in the Present Climate Crisis.” HTS Theological Studies 79, no. 2 (2023): 1–6.

Preston, Katharine M. “Earth’s Self-Care: The Blue-and-Green-Marbled Planet Is Trying Her Best to Restore Stability.” The Christian Century 139, no. 17 (September 2022): 40–44.

Siegrist, Anthony G. “As Long as the Earth Endures: Looking for Providence in the Ecological Crisis.” Vision (Winnipeg, Man.) 24, no. 1 (Spr 2023): 6–14.

Will W. Adams & Nature-Psyche-Spirit (Yale Forum on Religion & Ecology) - October 2023