In recent years, a growing awareness of the importance of caring for our “common home” has become widespread. Local governments, international organizations, citizens’ movements, individuals… many have discovered the importance of caring for nature, of the social and economic consequences of its exploitation, of population displacements, deforestation or the imposition of monoculture farming, of the inequalities created by the processes of colonisation for the benefit of some nations, of the scarcity of natural resources for many millions of people, of global warming… This situation is an unavoidable hermeneutical context for any decision or any assessment of our present and our future as humanity.

    The Bible has been at the heart of many decisions that have been taken in the past and is part of the awareness that we human beings have of our relationship with our common home, the oikoumenê. Whether by the particular reading of some texts, or by the presuppositions or circumstances of their interpretation, the Bible has inspired attitudes of care and respect, as well as others of exploitation and domination. Identifying these readings and the interests behind them can be a way of contributing to this growing awareness of the care of our environment, as well as an appropriate way to deepen any anthropology that has biblical roots and wishes to advance in the understanding of the relations between creature and creator.


Scientific Committee

  • Carmen Bernabé Ubieta (University of Deusto)
  • Jorge Blunda Grubert (Pontifical University of Salamanca – Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina – Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina)
  • Nuria Calduch-Benages (Pontifical Gregorian University)
  • Pierfrancesco Cocco (Comillas Pontifical University)
  • Alberto de Mingo Kaminouchi (Saint Louis University, Madrid – Academia Alfonsiana, Rome)
  • Elisa Estévez López (Comillas Pontifical University)
  • Carlos Gil Arbiol (University of Deusto)
  • Esther Miquel Pericás (Madrid)

Organising Committee

  • Carmen Bernabé Ubieta (University of Deusto)
  • Juan Chapa Prado (University of Navarra)
  • José Andrés Sánchez Abarrio (La Salle University Center, Madrid)
Thematic Session Chairs:
  • Estela Aldave Medrano (Centre for Theological Studies of Aragon –  Theological Faculty of Vitoria)

Pedro Cabello Morales (San Pelagio Theological Institute of Cordoba)

José Alberto Garijo Serrano (Pontifical University of Salamanca)

Miguel Ángel Garzón-Moreno (San Isidoro Theology Faculty, Seville)

Carlos Gil Arbiol (University of Deusto)

Víctor Herrero de Miguel (Comillas Pontifical University)

Lorenzo de Santos Martín (Pontifical University of Salamanca)

Carmen Yebra Rovira (Pontifical University of Salamanca)



  • 31 May 2023

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  • Ordinary registration: €100
  • ABE members: €70
  • Students: €40
  • Teachers/students of P.U. Comillas: Free

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Alberto Aguilera Campus.
C/. Alberto Aguilera, 23.28015 Madrid (España)

Conference Programme

Tuesday, 4 July


9.15 Registration

10.00 Opening session

10.15  The emergence of ecological hermeneutics: An outline history and prospects for the future.
Dr. David Horrell (University of Exeter, UK)

11.45 Break

12.15 Papers


16.30  Old Testament theology in ecological focus: Exemplifying from selected Psalms.
Dra. Katharine Dell (University of Cambridge, UK)

18.00 Break

18.15 Thematic sessions

Wednesday, 5 July


9.30  Woe to you who trample on the poor of the land: An ecojustice reading of the book of Amos.
Dra. Hilary Marlow (University of Cambridge, UK)

11.00 Break

11.30 Thematic sessions


16.30  Doña Sabiduría desde la perspectiva de la ecojusticia
Dra. Nuria Calduch-Benages (Pontifical Gregorian University, Italy)

18.00 Break

18.15 Thematic sessions

Thursday, 6 July


9.30 Creazione e regno di Dio.
Dr. Lorenzo Gasparro (Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy)

11.00  Break

11.30  Aquí, justo aquí…
Dr. Josep María Esquirol Calaf, (University of Barcelona, Spain)

13.15 Closing

Paper submission


Conference participants are invited to submit papers which will take place in six Thematic sessions. 30 minutes will be scheduled for each paper, which may be divided into 20 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion, and 5 minutes for preparations and movement. Those interested in submitting a paper must submit their proposal by 31 January 2023.

Deadline for submissions: 17 March 2023

Deadline for acceptance/rejection notification: 31 March 2023

Thematic Sessions

  1. Ecology and Hermeneutics
  2. Old Testament
  3. New Testament
  4. Biblical Spirituality and Ecology
  5. Ecology and Evangelisation
  6. Interdisciplinary Session

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Thematic Sessions

Session on Ecology and Hermeneutics

Session Chair: Dr. Carmen Yebra.
The Ecology and Hermeneutics session aims to provide a space for papers that explore how the current context, especially that of the environment, affects the way biblical texts are interpreted, how it reveals issues that have not been sufficiently addressed or how it reconfigures classical interpretations of well-known texts. The session includes novel methodologies of interpretation, multidisciplinary studies, and approaches from non-traditional sources and contexts in the study of the Bible. The basic question is how to return to the Bible in order to cultivate a believing conscience that is sensitive to the ecological problems of our world today, and from what starting point to do this..

Session on the Old Testament

Session Chair: Dr. Emilio López Navas
The first pages of the Bible contain the description of God’s creation of the universe and the task entrusted to human beings to be the Lord’s stewards on the face of the earth. These ideas are reflected in various ways in other Old Testament texts. This session will look at different Scripture passages in order to understand what the vision of a world created and sustained by God, and at the same time left to humankind, implies for the faith of Israel. The consequences of certain interpretations of these texts will also be highlighted.

Session on the New Testament

Session chair: Dr. Estela Aldave Medrano
This session is a space for studying NT texts and other works of nascent Christianity that propose models of interaction between living beings among themselves, and between these and their habitat. Given that these traditions arise in dialogue with their social and cultural context, testimonies from the Greco-Roman world and the Judaism of the time will be taken into account. The workshop aims to be a plural space for critical reflection on the texts, highlighting the impact that both these texts and their interpretation have had and continue to have on the current environmental situation and on the commitment to its transformation towards a more sustainable way of life.

Session on biblical spirituality and ecology

Session chair: Dr. Miguel Ángel Garzón-Moreno
The session aims to offer a space for reflection on biblical aspects related to ecology and justice of the “common home” approached from the perspective of spirituality. Papers will be accepted that treat the spiritual dimension of the biblical texts directly related to eco-justice. As is typical of this biblical discipline, the aim is to find and propose from the sacred text the sort of foundations for the spiritual experience of human beings, which nourish and encourage the human relationship with God, and which at the same time make possible and evoke changes in their attitudes, practices and inter-human relationships.

Session on ecology and evangelisation

Session chair: Dr. María José Schultz Montalbetti
The particular context in which we live is characterised by concern about climate change and its consequences, both in terms of the migratory movements it provokes and the health and social crises suffered by thousands of people around the world as a result. This reality raises questions and issues that need to be illuminated and discerned through theological reflection. This session will receive papers dealing with issues related to the care of the earth, eco-theology and evangelisation with an ecological perspective. The studies to be presented may derive from different theological disciplines (biblical, practical, moral, etc.).


Session chair: Dr. Jaime Vázquez Allegue

This interdisciplinary session will bring together a series of papers that will bring us closer to the Bible and Ecology through various arts and sciences. Narrative, music, sport, cinema, architecture, law and other sciences will offer us a different and novel view of Scripture and the environment. The session will be a window onto other scientific and academic disciplines that have the Bible as their object of study. The papers will showcase other methods and approaches that will help us discover new ways of reading and interpreting Scripture in the light of Ecology.

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