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Ron Engel is Professor Emeritus at Meadville Lombard and Senior Research Consultant at the Center for Humans and Nature. He taught in the fields of religious ethics, theology and ministry at Meadville Lombard from 1964 to 2000. He also served as Lecturer in Ethics and Society at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago (1977-2000) and as a member of the Environmental Studies Faculty at the University of Chicago.
Ron helped pioneer the new academic fields of environmental ethics, history, and theology/philosophy. Through his work with the Eco-justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches, and as co-director of the Program on Ecology, Justice, and Faith in the Chicago Association of Theological Schools, he contributed to the movement for eco-justice within the ecumenical religious community. Ron became active in international work on behalf of global ethics in the course of research with UNESCO. He was a core member of the international drafting committee for the Earth Charter, and is currently co-chair of the Ethics Specialist Group of the Commission on Environmental Law for the World Conservation Union.
In addition to numerous essays in books and journals, Ron is the author of Sacred Sands: The Struggle for Community in the Indiana Dunes, which won the Meltzer National Book Award.