JAMES MILLS is a professor at SUNY Oneonta, where he served as the director of the Environmental Sciences Program for eight years and helped create a new major in environmental sustainability. He currently teaches regional courses on Asia, the Geography of Culture and Environment, and a course entitled Religion, Spirit, and Environment. Mills received an undergraduate degree in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a doctorate in geography from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Over the course of his personal and academic career, Mills has visited pilgrimage destinations across East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
"This is a creative and powerful book. It describes a practical way
to fulfill the
promise of Interfaith America and protect our sacred planet all at once."
--EBOO PATEL, founder of the Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith
"A pilgrimage is a journey devoted as much to getting there as to arriving. Mills
shows how we Americans can incorporate new concepts of pilgrimage into our
own lives and in the process nourish not only ourselves but our society, our
environment, and our sense of history."
--TREBBE JOHNSON, author of Radical Joy for Hard Times
"America's fast roads, 'No Trespassing' signs, ' and urban
sprawl have sucked
the soul out of the land and confined our journeys to suburban cul-de-sacs.
Mills's vision is what we need to make our journeys meaningful, our populace
peripatetic, and our landscape reenchanted."
--KEN ILGUNAS, author of This Land Is Your Land