Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Ecotheology 9.1 April 2004

Thirsty for Water -- Thirsty for Life: Gender and Poverty in Rural Rajasthan

Mary Grey
Issued Date: 22 Feb 2007


In the last twenty years Ecotheology has developed steadily: in all areas of
theology it has related the human and non-human, insisting that our wellbeing
and flourishing belong together. All key concepts of theology, for
example, redemption and grace, have been re-imaged to include earth and
all her creatures (McDaniel 1995). My approach here takes a more grassroots
method. For fifteen years I have been involved with the villages of
Rajasthan and this experience has transformed my theological method and
raised new questions. I now ask, in the interwoven suffering of poor communities,
trees, plants and animals and their mutual struggle for survival,
in the struggle to attain the most basic realities of life, do we glimpse the
presence of the sacred? Is God revealed in a new revaluing of these very

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DOI: 10.1558/ecotheology.v9i1.86


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