Practical Matters Conference: Jennifer Ayres

At the Practical Matters conference at Emory University in March 2018, four graduates of Emory’s Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology shared their “big idea” for the study of religious practices. Practical Matters Journal is proud to publish each of these videos in full, including one by Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres, below.

Author of Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness, Ayres integrates her research on ecological and religious practices with intimate biographical reflection. Ayres traces her relationship with her father and their love of the outdoors in order to affirm the mutual boundedness of us all to God’s earth and to each other. Ayres calls for ecological and religious practices that center place by emphasizing the connections between practicing, learning, conserving, and loving.

By Jennifer Ayres
Jennifer Ayres is Associate Professor of Religious Education at Candler School of Theology, Emory University.