Ethics and Ecologies Reading Group

Ethics & Ecologies Reading Group

We read fiction about characters faced with urgent ethical questions in a wide range of ecologies, both on this planet and in alternative universes, as well as non-fiction on interactions between humans and Earth systems.

This group is an outgrowth of the World Theologies and Alternative Universes group, which morphed, as alternative universes sometimes do.

Everyone is welcome! We’re so open to ideas for future selections. There are a lot of worlds out there!

Copyright law allows us to post excerpts of works, so some readings are posted as .pdfs. If you’d like readings in a different file format, or for more information in general, or to make suggestions, contact Kris at freeman.ks [at]

Upcoming Readings & Meetings

February 27, 2023, 7 PM In Person (SJU conference room at 5515 Phinney Ave. N)
Zoom link:   Passcode (shouldn’t need it): 738681

Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Sections 1-3

  • Planting Sweetgrass
  • Tending Sweetgrass
  • Picking Sweetgrass

Past Readings: Ethics and Ecologies

January 23, 2023, 7 PM In Person (SJU conference room at 5515 Phinney Ave. N)
Zoom link:


Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer (PDF file  Braiding Sweetgrass_Preface_Skywoman Falling_Council of Pecans   )

  • Preface
  • Skywoman Falling
  • The Council of Pecans

Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, by Suzanne Simard (PDF file Finding the Mother Tree – Suzanne Simard Preface Chapts 1_3   )

  • Introduction: Connections
  • Ghosts in the Forest
  • Hand Fallers

Are Trees Talking Underground? For Scientists, Itʼs in Dispute.” (PDF file The Wood Wide Web Scientists Debate Whether Trees Really Talk – The New York Times Nov 2022) Article in the New York Times with researchers debating the research on fungal networks described in Finding the Mother Tree and The Hidden Lives of Trees.


Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds“, from Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (PDF file  Yggdrasil and the Nine Worlds from Norse Mythology by Neil Gaimen  )

“You’ll Never Believe What Happened is Always a Good Way to Start” from The Truth About Stories by Thomas King (PDF file Thomas King the_truth_about_stories Chapter One Youll Never Believe What Happened  )

November 28, 2022 7 PM: In Person (SJU conference room at 5515 Phinney Ave. N)
Zoom link: Passcode: 610006

Short Stories