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Books already published in the Ecology and Justice
|Christian Future and
the Fate of Earth
|Cry of the Earth, Cry of
|Defending Mother Earth:
American Perspectives on Environmental
|Earth Community, Earth
||Larry L. Rasmussen
|Ecology and Liberation: A
on Spiritual, Environmental, and Community
||Charles Pinches and Jay B.
|Healing Breath: Zen
for a Wounded Earth
||Ruben L. F. Habito
|Hellfire and Lightning
|The Hidden Heart of the
Humanity and the New Story
|Jesus the Wisdom of God:
|Passion for the Earth
|With Roots and Wings:
in an Age of Ecology and Dialogue
||John B. Cobb, Jr.
The Tao of
Liberation: Exploring the Ecology of Transformation
and Leonardo Boff
|Theology for Earth
A Field Guide
||Dieter T. Hessel, ed.
Third-World Women on Ecology, Feminism,
|Women, the Earth, the
Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment
John Grim, eds.
Resource Collection Holdings
Books, videos, and curricula available through Earth Ministry's Resources Library.
50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth
Author: The Earth Works Group. Most of the 50 Things covered here are
unbelievably easy. They are the kind of things you would do anyway to
save money -- if you knew how much you could save. Now you do; the
Earthworks Group has done your legwork for you. At the very least, this
book shows you how to use energy more intelligently. Don't shiver in
the dark; just make sure you're getting as much comfort and convenience
as possible from every dollar you spend on electricity, natural gas,
50 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet
Authors: Aeschliman, Gordon and Tony Campolo. A gift to us from God,
our planet is rich in beauty and resources. But today it is also in
danger from neglect and exploitation, and its only hope for recovery
lies with us. This Christian perspective on environmental issues
presents small- to large-scale suggestions for action and lists sources
of more information, including addresses.
101 Ways to Help Save the Earth with Fifty-two Weeks of Congregational Activities to Save the Earth
Produced by the Eco-Justice Working Group of the NCCC, care of the
United Methodist Church's (UMC) General Board of Church and Society.
This guide examines the many ways that our current lifestyle
contributes to the global environmental crisis. The first part of this
guide explains the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, and acid rain.
The Citizen's Guide then lists 101 simple steps which each of us can
take to help avert these potential disasters.
A Place in Creation: Ecological Visions in Science, Religion, and Economics
Author: Hallman, David G. Is there hope for the future of the Earth?
David Hallman answers with a resounding yes. Hallman explores exciting
new concepts in the field of science, religious, and economics --
concepts that have the power to transform our understanding of our
relationship to the rest of Creation. He reveals how intrinsically
connected humans are to the whole ecosystem; how God wills a harmonious
relationship between ourselves and the rest of Creation; and how our
economy could be restructured to function in a less destructive
relationship with the environment. Finally, he assesses political
realities that could constrain or facilitate movement towards a more
sustainable type of society.
Advent and Ecology: Resources for Worship, Reflection and Action
Author: Palmer, Martin and Anne Nash, Editors.
Affluenza: The Cost of High Living
An excellent video - lively, engaging, and humorous, it highlights
environmental, social, community, and spiritual costs of consumption.
After Earth Day: Continuing the Conservation Effort
Editor: Oelschlaeger, Max. This collection of 16 often-stimulating
essays on the polities, science and philosophy of conservation grew out
of a 1991 conference held at the University of North Texas.
Oelsehlaeger (The Idea of Wilderness) ends the book by suggesting that,
in our current culture, religion is fundamental to solving ecological
After the Warming; Episode One
James Burke explores various warming scenarios for the year 2050 using
the "virtual reality computer model." He shows how life on earth has
always been altered by changing weather patterns.
Amish, The; A People of Preservation
Authentic vignettes of Amish origins, farm life, childhood, school,
worship, recreation, courtship, barn raising, horse transportation, and
the impact of tourism.
An Unnatural Order: Uncovering the Roots of Our Domination of Nature
Author: Mason, Jim. Mason here writes an eloquent, important plea for a
total rethinking of our relationship to the animal world. He analyzes
the West's "dominionist" worldview which exalts humans as overlords and
owners of other life, an outlook that he believes is rooted in
millennia of animal husbandry.
And God Saw That It Was Good
Author: Carretto, Carlo. An exploration of what it means to affirm the
goodness of creation in the light of evils of history and the suffering
of the innocent. In his characteristic style - at once poetic, joyful
and profoundly moving - his words become a conversation between God and
all of humankind.
And I, Francis: The Life of Francis of Assisi in Word and Image
Author: Dunlap, Lauren Glen and illus. by Kathleen Fruge-Brown. Through
both paintings and words, writer Dunlop and illustrator Fruge-Brown
allow Francis to "share" his own stories through his eyes and
Animal Rights; Lecture and Discussion by Andrew Linsey
Dr. Andrew Linsey, British animal rights activist, discusses attitudes
toward animals from a Christian perspective. Lecture at St. Mark's
Assisi Declarations: Messages on Man and Nature from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam & Judaism
Author: Rinpoche, Lungrig Namgyal.
Baby Animals Just Want to Have Fun
Features five funfilled adventure tales of baby animals with live photography. Stories and Songs.
Baptized into Wilderness: A Christian Perspective on John Muir
Author: Austin, Richard Cartwright. Austin, a Presbyterian minister and
organic farmer, has a special vocation in environmental theology. This
engaging portrait of America's first environmental activist uncovers
spiritual roots of modern ecological consciousness.
Beauty of the Lord: Awakening the Senses
Author: Austin, Richard Cartwright. Austin, a Presbyterian minister and
organic farmer, has a special vocation in environmental theology.
“Written with great care and sensitivity, this series gives us the
direction we need to fulfill our Christian responsibility for ‘the care
of the earth’” (-Robert McAfee Brown).
Befriending the Earth
A series of thirteen videos that explore environmental theology.
Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth
Author: Berry, Thomas and Thomas Clarke. Thomas Berry and Thomas Clarke
discuss the tole of religion in the ecological movement today. They
agree that religion, to now, has completely failed to address the
despoliation of the earth, which they believe to be the greatest crisis
in the history of the planet. Yet they offer hope and viable ways for
ecology that will move us forward in our quest to heal the world.
"Befriending the Earth" provides a rich feast of spiritual,
intellectual, and emotional thought for individuals hungering to
discern how we can both nourish the earth and be recipients of its
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education
Author: Sobel, David. Beyond Ecophobia speaks to teachers, parents, and
others interested in nurturing in children the ability to understand
and care for nature. This expanded version of one of Orion Magazine's
most popular articles includes descriptions of developmentally
appropriate environmental education activities and a list of related
Biblical Foundations of Christian Environmental Concern
Presentations by Dr. Calvin DeWitt: "Biblical Foundations of Christian
Environmental Concern" as part of the Frontiers of Environmental
Theology Lecture Series.
Biology: Through the Eyes of Faith
Author: Wright, Richard T. The author brings a biblical perspective to
theories on origins, contrasting creationism, intelligent design, and
evolution. Highlighting the unique nature of biology and its
interaction with Christian thought, Wright demonstrates that Christian
stewardship can be the key to a sustainable future.
Break Forth Into Joy! Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle
This video helps us take a critical look at our lifestyle choices and
the shape our lives have taken. It helps us realize how our obsession
with buying and owning effects the earth, other people, and the human
spirit. By sharing feelings, thoughts and practical ideas from a
variety of people who struggle with life in a consumer society, this
video calls us toward a lifestyle that is more fulfilling and joyful.
Breakthrough: Meister Eckhart's Creation Spirituality in New Translation
Author: Meister Eckhart, Matthew Fox. Fox brilliantly interprets
Eckhart's themes and creates a spiritual path for the nineties.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
St. Francis of Assisi seeks communion with the natural world by
renouncing his family riches to seek his own destiny unencumbered by
Buddhism and Ecology
Author: Batchelor, Martine and Kerry Brown, editors. Buddhism exists in
many different forms in many different countries. In this book
Buddhists from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tibet and the West
offer their approaches to ecology and tell of practical activities as
well as Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Stories, pictures and poems
add to the picture of Buddhism and ecology and the book finishes with a
message from the Dalai Lama.
Care of the Earth: An Environmental Resource Manual for Church Leader
Author: Tina B. Krause, editor. A collection of essays arranged by
topic. Part I: And God saw that it was good: Exploring Green Theology.
Part II: What then shall we do? Developing Awareness, Assessment and
Advocacy for Environmental Action through the Congregation
Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard: Over 100 Things Christian
Author: Wilkinson, Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson. In this wonderfully
creative and practical book, they offer more than a hundred simple
things you and your family can do to make God's earth a better place in
which to live. But more than this, they show you how to celebrate God's
creation through the seasons of the year.
Caring for Creation: Toward an Ethic of Responsibility
Author: Rowthorn, Anne W. In "Caring for Creation", Rowthorn decries
the state of our planet and reproaches us as Christians for our "lack
of appreciation for the connectedness of all life." Nothing in God's
world is secular, she asserts; everything created is holy and to be
revered. Christians, says Rowthorn, have for too long failed to realize
this, and have acted as if the holy and sacred are to be found only in
places of worship or within cloistered walls. The Church's most urgent
need in today's world, argues Rowthorn, is to embrace a theology of
creation that will ignite in all Christians a fervent love and sense of
responsibility for all God's creation.
Caring for God's Creation: A Collection of Environmentally Focused Resource Materials and Sermons
Author: Moore-Kochlacs, Peter G.
Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship With Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
Author: McCarthy, Scott.
Celebration of St. Francis, 1995: "An Evening of Nature, Spirituality & the Creative Voice"
The video features Betsey Beckman in an interpretive dance based on
"The Creation," by James Weldon Johnson; Brenda Peterson, Northwest
nature writer with a particular interest in animals and spirituality;
Bill Dietrich, Seattle Times science reporter, author of The Final
Forest and Northwest Passage, the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for
his coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill; Mara Grey & Peter Berry
in a Celtic harp performance.
Celebration of St. Francis, 1996: "An Evening of Nature, Spirituality & the Creative Voice"
This video features Richard Nelson, award-winning author, naturalist,
and anthropologist; Pattiann Rogers, poet and winner of a Pushcard
Prize and the Hokin Prize for Poetry; Betsey Beckman, one of the finest
liturgical dancers in the country; Dana Lyons, a dynamic singer, story
teller and humorist.
Cherish the Gift: A Congregational Guide to Earth Stewardship
Author: Causey, Cindy Ubben. Pastors and lay leaders will find
practical ideas and timely information in this hands-on guide to
environmental stewardship for the church. A sound biblical argument
calls congregations to action, followed by facts and figures that
detail the current environmental woes that plague the earth. subsequent
chapters focus on specific activities and programs that congregational
departments can organize - from fellowship dinners, worship services,
and youth groups, to the church office, educational programs, and
Choices for the Future, 1992; Living the Sacred Circle: Healing Time
The video features the Reverend Carla Berkedal, speaking on the
environmental crisis and spirituality; Chung Liang, Al Huong, Peter
Kater, piano; Mark Miller, saxophone; Dennis Weaver, actor and
Christian Frugality Rediscovered, with Dr. James Nash
Dr. Nash, one of the church's foremost environmental ethicists states
that it is only in the last fifty years that we have separated our
faith from the virtue of frugality. Earth Ministry's 1995 Fall
Gathering, October 26, 1995.
Christian Nature Spirituality: What It is and Why We Need it.
Dr. Sallie McFague, Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt
University Divinity School, teaches and writes in the areas of feminist
and ecological theology. Dr. McFague is a nationally-recognized leader
in making connections between Christian faith/theology and care for all
Christianity and Ecology
Author: Breuilly, Elizabeth and Martin Palmer, editors. Christians from
very diverse backgrounds -- from Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism,
Protestantism, the Benedictine and Franciscan traditions and the World
Council of Churches -- have contributed their different experiences of
Christianity and ecology to this book. They look at the background to
the present problems of our planet, and at biblical and Christian
teaching and practice, and how these have contributed to the problem or
helped in the struggle to find answers. Questions for discussion and
materials for worship and meditation are included.
Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
Author: Hessel, Dieter T., and Rosemary Radford Ruether (eds). This
valuable compendium of over twenty-five papers, presented at an
historic Harvard conference on Christianity and ecology, represents a
broad range of current Christian scholarship on ecological crises. The
papers cover ethics, theology, sustainable development, and
spirituality. The book is an excellent introduction with an extensive
bibliography and index.
Circle of the Spirit; a Saga of Native Americans in the Catholic Church
A saga of the Coeur d'Alene tribe of Idaho and the Lummi tribe of
Washington and their relationships to the Catholic Church.
Coast Redwood - Uncut Stories
Personal stories woven with spectacular footage reveal the spirit of
the old growth forests from southern Oregon to Big Sur.
Creating Sustainable Communities: Nurturing the Spirit in the Places We Live
Alan AtKisson, nationally recognized consultant, writer, and authority
on matters of sustainable development: co-founder of Sustainable
Seattle; former executive editor of In Context: A Quarterly of Humane
Sheila Kelly, co-chair of the Sustainable Communities Working Group for
the President's Council on Sustainable Development: Trustee of
Sustainable Seattle; member of design team for the Whidbey Institute.
Creation and the History of Science
Author: Kaiser, Christopher. Examines the relationship between the
theology of creation and the history of science.
Creation in Crisis: Responding to God's Covenant
Author: Bhagat, Shantilal P. The author provides important background
and discussion for a wide variety of issues, from the greenhouse effect
to deforestation, water and waste, soil erosion and overpopulation, as
well as the biosphere, biblical views of nature, creation and covenant,
and lifestyle issues. Helpful appendixes list additional resources.
Dr. Alexandra Kovats speaks on Creation Spirituality.
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Author: Fox, Matthew. Passionate and provocative, Fox uncovers the
ancient tradition of a creation-centered spirituality that melds
Christian mysticism with the contemporary struggle for social justice,
feminism, and environmentalism.
A look at the loss of family farms in favor of larger corporate
holdings dependent on chemicals, etc. It looks at both the human effect
and the effect on the land.
Creatures of the Sea
An informational video that describes various sea creatures.
Cry in the Woods, A
A presentation of Siskiyou County Board of Education and Board of
Supervisors, which looks at the stress produced in families of timber
workers because of restrictions on logging in the Pacific Northwest due
to the spotted owl.
Deep Ecology and Creation-Centered Spirituality
Author: Seigfriedt, Sarajane. A 12-week discussion guide for adults.
This curriculum responds to a paper, "Cosmic Evolution: Implications
for Religious Education" presented by Rev. Makanah Elizabth Morriss at
the 1985 Meadville-Lombard Midwinter Institute. She set some goals for
Unitarian Universalists involved in religious education, which were
adopted for this curriculum. This curriculum is intended for use in UU
churches and fellowships, by lay-led adult groups.
Defending Mother Earth: Native American Perspectives on Environmental Justice
Author: Weaver, Jace (ed.). Defending Mother Earth brings together
important Native voices to address urgent issues of environmental
devastation as they affect the indigenous peoples throughout the
Americas. The essays document a range of ecological disasters,
including the devastating effects of mining, water pollution, nuclear
power facilities, and toxic waste dumps.
Diet for a New America and Your Health, Your Planet
Hosted by John Robbins, who discusses his theories on environmental and
personal health consequences of a diet based on animal products.
Discovering Celtic Christianity
This video features Carla Berkedal: "Celtic Christian Spirituality and
Worship: Its Usefulness for Our Time"; Elizabeth Davis: "Celtic
Christianity: Overview of Historical Roots"; Tom Cashman: "Celtic
Christian Values: How These Address Care for the Earth, and the Modern
Church"; Wendy Walsh, "Modern Celtic Mysticism and Environmental
Earth & Spirit: The Spiritual Dimension of the Environmental Crisis
Author: Hull, Fritz (ed.). This anthology brings together addresses,
invocations, and poems that explore the causal relationship between our
relentless destruction of the natural environment and the limitations
and inadequacies of our religious beliefs and spiritual values.
Earth as the Body of God
Dr. Sallie McFague, theologian from Vanderbilt University, discusses God's presence in creation.
Earth Child: Games, Stories, Activities, Experiments and Ideas About Living Lightly on Planet Earth
Author: Sheehan, Kathryn, and Mary Waidner. The book focuses on
celebrating events in nature (i.e. solstices, change of season) that
easily coincide with some events in faith communities. Its plays,
recipes, craft projects, wealth of resources, and much more engage
children in appreciating their relationships with the rest of creation.
Earth Community Earth Ethics
Author: Rasmussen, Larry. This award-winning book provides a
comprehensive approach to issues of social cohesion and ecological
concern, synthesizing insights from Christian theology and ethics, and
environmental science in a single vision for creating a sustainable
Earth From Space: Ambiguous Icon
Dr. Larry Resmussen's perspective is that the view of earth from space
is changing our collective consciousness. Part of this change affects
our sense of citizenship and responsibility, leading some to use the
language of planetary or global "management." But are these changes for
the better? This lecture presents an assessment of this management
concept and offers an alternative.
Earthkeepers: Environmental Perspectives on Hunger, Poverty, and Injustice
Author: Art and Jocele Meyer. Should the church be involved in
questions of ecology? Is there a biblical theology on which to base
Christian care for the earth? How does it relate to daily living? The
authors examine root causes of environmental degradation and analyze
major concerns: squandering natural resources, world hunger and
poverty, ozone depletion, pollution, toxic wastes...What can we do
Earthkeeping in the Nineties: Stewardship of Creation
Author: Wilkinson, Loren (ed.). This greatly revised and augmented
edition of "Earthkeeping" updates the original edition while retaining
the same breadth of perspective, reflecting the combined insights of
Christian scholars in biology, physics, economics, literature, and
philosophy. The book begins by laying out, with scientific precision,
the state of the planet. Several chapters then carefully examine
various historical and contemporary views of creation. Next the authors
survey biblical and theological teaching relative to humanity's use of
creation. The book concludes by offering hopeful, practical guidelines
for an earthkeeping ethic.
Earthkeeping Ministries: A New Vision for Congregations
Author: Greenstone, Suse.
EarthScore: Your Personal Environmental Audit & Guide
Author: Lotter, Donald W. While intended for personal and household
use, this resource can also serve as a helpful guide for congregations
that want to quantitatively evaluate their ecological “footprint” and
take steps towards greater sustainability and social equity.
Earthsongs: Praying with Nature
Author: Simsic, Wayne. We need prayers - prayers that will heal the
open wounds caused by our misuse of the natural world and help us to
rebuild a healthy relationship with the earth. Nature prayers can best
be expressed with a childlike heart - a heart that is drawn to mystery
and willing to respond with reverence. The need for nature prayers
inspired this book, but that is not its only focus. The book also
addresses the longing each of us has to encounter nature from the
depths of our life.
Eating Our Way to Oblivion: The Spiritual Crisis of Modern Agriculture
Modern agriculture, addicted to oil and to poisons, strips the
landscape of farmers, wildlife, biotic integrity, community, moral
value, and spiritual vitality; all in an unsustainable effort to feed
restless urban populations. To sustain the world we must rebuild rural
communities, dense with complex systems of life - human and natural -
and rich with culture, ethics, and spiritual significance. Urban
communities and choices play an indispensable role in this rebuilding
Eco-Church: An Action Manual
Author: Fritsch, Albert and Angela Ladavaia-Cox. This resource contains
helpful audits, suggestions, and resources for individuals and
Ecology and Liberation, A New Paradigm
Author: Boff, Leonardo. Critiques common approaches to ecology,
conservation and environmentalism among them. He states that these
middle class approaches fail to scrutinize the systemic causes of
ecological despoliation and their impact on the poor in the world.
Ecology and Religion: Toward a New Christian Theology of Nature
Author: Carmody, John.
Economics for Community: The Role of the Church
"Economics for Community: The Role of the Church." The workshop
considers the kinds of communities the economy should serve and how it
can serve them. Although the Church is not one of these communities, it
is uniquely related to them.
Economism, Earthism, and the Christian Faith
Since World War II economic growth has replaced national power and
well-being as the primary goal of society. The result of this
"economism" is the exclusion of the poor and the rape of the earth. The
strongest and most hopeful reaction has been a new devotion to the
earth. Christians need to appraise "economism" and "earthism" and find
their own contribution.
Dr. Alexandra Kovats, of Seattle University, explores EcoSpirituality with prayer,music, and movement.
Ecotheology: Voices from South and North
Author: Hallman, David G. (editor). The ground-breaking essays by more
than two dozen contributors in this book are divided into five
sections: biblical witness, theological challenges, insights from
ecofeminism, insights from indigenous people, and ethical implications.
Ecotherapy: Healing Ourselves, Healing the Earth
Author: Howard Clinebell. This trailblazing book sheds light on
humankind's most serious health challenge ever--how to save our
precious planet--describes the strategic opportunities available to
help the endangered human species cope constructively, and demonstrates
the importance of hope, humor, and love in the process.
Embracing Earth: Catholic Approaches to Ecology
Author: Albert J. LaChance and John E. Carroll, Editors. Brings
together original and seminal contributions by contemporary Catholic
spiritual and mystical writers who explore the Christian view of nature
and our place in it. Their writings address not only theological,
philosophical, and spiritual parameters but specific, concrete issues
Environmental Education - Why Bother?
This tape provides a general introduction to issues in environmental
education and can be used as a discussion starter.
Environmental Education in Primary Schools
This film has been designed to show how we environmental education in
primary schools can be expanded to develop concepts, skills and
attitudes. This film portrays several classroom approaches as well as a
whole school approach.
Environmental Education in Secondary Schools
Environmental Education has now been identified as one of five
cross-curricular themes that schools have a responsibility to provide
for all pupils. The film is designed to give practical help on how to
plan and execute inter-departmental Environmental Education. It
highlights the environment as a stimulating resource for secondary
Environmental Ethics in Action
Dr. Robert Stivers, professor of Ethics at Pacific Lutheran University
addresses the question of how religious people are to minister to the
earth. The process of discerning how to do this begins in personal
faith and its empowering spirituality. Enabled to act with integrity,
Christians seek guidelines in the traditions of the Church and their
own experience of the Holy Spirit.
Environmental Stewardship Resource Manual
Author: Environmental Stewardship Committee. This manual can be used by
lay Christians, priests, youth groups, deacons, bishops -- in short, by
anybody--as an introduction to Christian environmental stewardship and
as a source of materials for a wide range of activities. The manual's
contents can be used for reflection, worship preparation, Christian
education, and as a source of ideas for actions that you can take in
your home, workplace, church, and community.
Exploring Voluntary Simplicity: Three Perspectives
Three presentations on voluntary simplicity.
Extinction of Experience, with Bob Pyle
VEM 045-1: Bob Pyle speaks at St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, on October
18, 1991, sponsored by Cathedral Associates and the
VEM 045-2: Reverend Carla Berkedal and the Rev. Peter Holroyd speak on
October 18, 1991
Food, Earth, and Care of the Soul
Earth Ministry's Fall Gathering, October 19, 1996 , Food for Life
Project:. "Food, Earth, and Care of the Soul". Presentations by leaders
in the food & faith field.
For the Common Good
A.uthor: Cobb, John B. Jr. and Herman Daly. A landmark work by an
eminent theologian (Cobb) and an equally eminent economist (Daly). This
book examines how our economy works, how it affects societies and
bioregions, and offers a model for redirecting it to enhance both human
and non-human communities.
Forty Nights: Creation Centered Night Prayer
Author: Daniel J. McGill. "Forty Nights" is a volume of services for
individual or communal use modeled after the Liturgy of the Hours and
deeply sensitive to the connection between the earth environment and
human prayer. Each of the night prayer services is thematically
developed. They bring together psalms, Christian prayers and hymns, and
writings of mystics and naturalists, with liberal borrowings from many
From Creation to New Creation: Old Testament Perspectives
Author: Bernhard W. Anderson. Princeton theologian Bernhard Anderson
explores the historical, mythopoeic, and theological dimensions of
classic Old Restament reflections on the motif of creation. The result
is an abundance of fresh insight and compelling exegesis that have
implications for human life and thought today.
Fruits of Creation: A Look at Global Sustainability as Seen Through the Eyes of George Washington Carver
Author: Ferrell, John S.
Geo-Justice: A Preferential Option for the Earth
Author: James A. Conlon.
Global Warming & Christianity: Is There a Connection?
Dr. Sallie McFague, Carpenter Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt
University Divinity School, teaches and writes in the areas of feminist
and ecological theology. Dr. McFague is a nationally-recognized leader
in making connections between Christian faith/theology and care for all
Global Warming & Species Extinction
VEM 066-1: Intro/meditation: Reverend Pascal Nelson. Presentation: Dr.
George Gilchrist discusses global warming, species extinction.
VEM 066-2: Panel Discussion with audience questions on relationship
between spirituality, science, and public policy.
God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God
Author: Jürgen Moltmann. The title expresses the book's intention: not
to go on distinguishing between God and the world, so as then to
surrender the world, as godless, to its scientific 'disenchantment' and
its technical exploitation by human beings, but instead to discover God
in all the beings he has created and to find his life-giving Spirit in
the community of creation that they share.
God is Green: Ecology for Christians
Author: Bradley, Ian. A simple yet superb explanation of why Christians
should be environmentalists, God Is Green shows, through the Bible and
other ancient writings, how at the heart of Christian belief is a sense
of a sacred world. By rebutting the charges against Christianity--its
alleged arrogance toward nature and its glorification of man at
nature's expense--Bradley has crafted a book that both appeals and
God so Loved the World: Nature and the Christian
Carla Berkedal speaks on Nature and the Christian tradition.
God's Earth Our Home: A resource for congregational study and action on environmental and economic justice
Author: Bhagat, Shantilal P.
Producer: Moving Images Video Project, Bullfrog Films. Meet a handful
of the Pacific North West’s small scale organic farmers in this
documentary about local producers. This excellent documentary tells the
story of small scale agriculture in the region and why it is necessary
to health and the environment.
Green Guidance: How to Plan Environmentally Responsible Events
Author: Sparr, Pamela. A well packaged guide for environmentally
responsible meetings and events. Rich with a variety of resources that
may be used in many areas of church life.
Greening of Faith; Why the Environment is a Christian Concern
These two videos explore the religious dimensions of caring for the
earth. Theologians and environmentalists offer helpful ecumenical
perspectives on one of the most pressing - and exciting- ares of faith
Catherine Sneed, founder of The Greenhouse Project shares the programs
in which San Francisco County Jail inmates learn to care for plants,
animals and themselves. They learn a new sense of self-worth, respect
for life, and connection to the community.
Guide to Resource Efficient Church Buildings
Author: Mumma, Tracy. This guide deals with the responsible use of
God’s gifts in constructing churches. It considers “embodied energy”
(energy spent in production and transportation of materials),
recycling, and the disposal of construction waste. This guide also
gives a list of manufacturers of resource efficient building materials.
Having Enough in a Have More World; Lifestyles For a Living Planet
Speaker Vicki Robin, New Road Map Foundation, challenges us to reduce
consumption and define what is enough for each of us.
Healing and Defending God’s Creation: Hands On! Practical Ideas for Congregations
Author: White, Vera K. This resource book/curricula has the following
sections: (1) Discipleship and Worship; (2) Learning and Teaching
(providing lesson plans for preschool children through adults); (3)
Lifestyle (individual and communal lifestyle choices); (4) Reusing,
Reducing, and Recycling (exploring consumption habits); and (5)
Legislation, Public Policy, and Community Involvement.
Hinduism and Ecology: Seeds of Truth
Author: Ranchor Prime. This book looks at the environmental values of
the Hindu tradition -- its past and present teachings and practice. In
it the author speaks to prominent Hindu environmental activists and
thinkers, presents their ideas and explains what they are doing.
Hope for the Earth: A Handbook for Christian Environmental Groups
Author: Sharon Delgado. This handbook is based on the belief that
several themes from the Wesleyan tradition can help the church become a
powerful force in the struggle to bring about a just and sustainable
Household Ecoteam Workbook: A Six-month Program to Bring Your Household into Environmental Balance
Author: Gershon, David and Robert Gilman. This workbook divides
environmental concerns into six areas and recommends that small groups
meet regularly (over a six-month period) to address these areas: water
efficiency, energy efficiency, transportation, and garbage/waste
reduction. Each month, the group can take specific actions in order to
implement ideas within a household or church congregation.
How Can We Live in Community with Creation?
Author: Simpson, James.
How Much is Enough?
Alan Durning of Worldwatch Institute speaks on the effects of our
excessive consumption on the world environment.
How to Rescue the Earth Without Worshiping Nature
Author: Tony Campolo. "In anticipation of His coming, we must go to
work today and contribute to the work which He will complete on the day
of His coming."
Hutterites, The; To Care and Not to Care
The Hutterites are a society in which faithfulness to Christ's teaching
is more important than self-advancement or worldly comforts. They live
strict communal lives based on the teachings of the Bible, while
farming over a million acres in Canada and the United States using the
most advanced farm equipment.
In the Beginning There was Joy: A Creation Story for All Ages
Author: Matthew Fox.
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World-- a stunning exhibit of
wildlife photography--brings you face to face with the incredible
plants and animals of our planet: species big and small, familiar and
exotic, but all are threatened by a rapidly warming world.
Islam and Ecology
Author: Fazlun Khalid with Joanne O'Brien, editors. The word of Allah
revealed in the Qur'an is at the heart of Muslim life. The duties and
obligations of humans to each other and to the created world that are
contained in its verses are central to Islam, and the laws that guide
Muslim action reflect an inherent concern for ecology. In this book
Muslim perspectives on issues as wide-ranging as animal husbandry,
desert reclamation, international trade, and science are addressed
through discussion, examples, stories, and quotations.
Judaism and Ecology
Author: Aubrey Rose, editor. In this book Aubrey Rose OBE, Senior
Vice-President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, guides the
reader with humour, wisdom, and enthusiasm through age-old ecological
teachings of the Jewish faith; its ceremonies, law and resources for
developing a right attitude to creation; the contribution of modern
Israel to the world's environment; and practical action by Jews
Just and Proper Use: Issues in Environmental Stewardship
Author: Judy Scherff. Episcopalians pray for "the just and proper use"
of God's creation. While they pray, the rain forests are being
eradicated, more and more animal species become extinct, the burning of
fossil fuels goes unchecked and the impoverished bear the brunt of
pollution and environmental decay. These are properly the issues of the
church, author Judy Scherff insists in this booklet, and to respond to
the needs of the earth is to fulfill our very baptismal vows. At the
root of the environmental crisis is greed, and the undoing of our greed
is always the hope of every Christian -- and perhaps the only hope for
Keeping and Healing the Creation
Author: Presbyterian Eco-Justice Task Force. "Keeping and Healing the
Creation" provides the theological and ethical basis for the
Presbyterian Church (USA) General Assembly's policy. As envisioned from
the beginning, it is part of the educational program of the church, as
well as the church's ecumenical discussions. It contains a study guide
and an excerpt from the General Assembly policy. A brief video entitled
"Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice" is intended to be used
along with the study guide. A list of resources is included at the end
of the book for your use.
Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
Producer: Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Religious
Partnership for the Environment (1996). This inspirational,
twenty-seven-minute video (with discussion guide) features prominent
scientists and religious leaders who share their perspectives on the
need to protect creation. To order, go to the Union of Concerned
Let Me Tell You a Story, Let Me Sing You a Song
Join a morning of songs and stories celebrating God's Creation. Led by
the Rev. John Schramm, a talented story teller and Lutheran minister
from Minneapolis, and Ray Makeever, a wonderful ballad singer from
Let's Talk about the People
Written and performed by the EcoSound class of 1994. (Urban Youth for
the Environment). An Environmental Justice! documentary and music-video
sponsored by Metropolitan King County Council member Ron Sims, Seattle,
Life on Earth
Life on Earth is the story of how a few of earth's four million animals
and plants came to be and their solutions for staying alive.
Liturgy for Sustainable Communities
Sponsored by Seattle University, Theological Education to Meet the
Environmental Challenge (TEMEC), the Whidbey Insitute, and Earth
Ministry, this is a liturgical celebration of Earth Day 1997 held at
the newly dedicated Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University.
Living More with Less
Author: Longacre, Doris Janzen. Longacre provides a pattern for living
with less and a wealth of practical suggestions from around the world
in chapters on money, clothing, homes, transportation and travel,
celebrations, and recreation.
This is the story of one family of common loons from the day the adults
return to their traditional nesting island to the day they lead the
chicks away. The call of the loon and the lake region's natural
ambiance will transform your easy chair into a comfortable seat at the
Love the Earth and Be Healed
Author: Produced by the United Methodist Communications Office. This
series of six videos (about twenty-five minutes each) examines
real-life case studies and includes reflections from some of the most
articulate voices within the field of eco-theology: Sallie McFague,
John Cobb, Cal DeWitt, and Jay McDaniel. To order, call (800) 967-0880.
Love Thy Neighbor: Parish Resources for Faithfulness in Creation
Author: Irish, Carolyn Tanner. This comprehensive program is designed
to answer questions like: What are the religious dimensions of the
environmental problem? What books and films can we use as parish
resources? How can we incorporate creation issues in liturgy? How can
children and young people be part of efforts to reorient our
Loving Our Neighbor, The Earth: Creation-Spirituality Activities for 9-11 Year-Olds
Author: Jenkins, Christie L. This curriculum consists of twenty lessons
for children and teaches them to enjoy creation and the Creator, and
care for creation. Topics include water conservation, cultivating the
Earth, “God and Garbage,” learning the stars, and more. Contains
My Life: A Steward's Life
Author: Fillette, Barbara. A broadly graded stewardship education
program for children ages four through grade two and children in grades
three through six. This five-session course can be used in your
congregation during a stewardship emphasis, for a special study, or as
a resource for a five-day vacation school program. Each session is
designed for a one-hour time frame but offers a wide variety of
activities adn can be easily expanded.
Natural Prayer: Encountering God in Nature
Author: Wayne Simsic. Wonder, reverence, and praise in encounter with the beauty of nature.
Describes life in the ocean.
Of God and Pelicans: A Theology of Reverence for Life
Author: Jay B. McDaniel. This is not a book merely about pelicans and
God. It is a book about all living things on earth, both inanimate and
animate: trees, rivers, animals, and people - the hungry, the lost, the
forgotten, and the victimized.
One God, One Family, One Earth: Responding to the Gifts of God’s Creation
Author: Hill, Eleanor R., Alfred E. Persons, et. al. This introductory,
six-session curriculum is divided into three groupings: One God (Think
Globally), One Family (Act Locally), and One Earth (Commit
Individually). This curriculum also contains an extensive list of other
Episcopal, environmental resources.
Our Only Home: Planet Earth; A Gift From God
A Bible study based on the ecology policy statement of American Baptist
Churches USA. Author: Ecology and Racial Justice Program, National
Ministries. As we follow Jesus out of doors into the ebb and flow of
creation, we will discover that mountain top experiences cannot be
separated from the needs of human beings for physical and spiritual
Our Sustainable Table
Editor: Robert Clark. A collection of essays about our off-track
relationship with food, the land, and the people who farm it.
Passion for the Earth: The Christian Vocation to Promote Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation
Author: Sean McDonagh. Challenging the Church to respond to
environmental degradation, Sean McDonagh examines newly-industrialized
nations and looks at the effects on the environment of GATT. Examples
are given from many countries. Sean McDonagh also wrote "The Greening
of the Church" and "To Care for the Earth".
Penguins and Otters
Describes the habits of penguins and otters in an entertaining format.
Population and People of Faith; It's About Time
Exploration of the issues of population growth, its underlying causes and steps needed to slow growth.
Praying with Francis of Assisi
Author: Joseph M. Stoutzenbarger and John D. Bohrer. Praying with
Francis of Assisi is not a biography about St. Francis, but a way of
praying with him. Those who use this book will learn that Francis'
spirituality fits naturally into Christian tradition and reflects his
great love for the Jesus of the Gospels.
Praying with Julian of Norwich
Author: Gloria Durka. "Dr. Gloria Durka gives us in one book an
experience of meditation, an insight into a right and complicated
social epoch, a quiet argument for women's rights, and a practical
encounter with a thinker".... Dr. Anthony Padovano, Ramapo College of
Project Fragile Earth; Vacation Church School Curriculum for Caretake
Author: Camille Hegg, Jane McGuignan and Deana Trott
Reclaiming America: Restoring Nature to Culture
Author: Richard Cartwright Austin. Volume 4 of 4 in a comprehensive,
systematic statement of environmental theology by a Christian teacher.
In this stand-alone volume, focuses on restoring a love and reverence
of nature to modern culture.
Reclaiming the Connection: A Contemporary Spirituality
Author: Kathleen Fischer. "Reclaiming the Connections" offers a vision,
both clear and practical of the interconnectedness of all things. The
realization that we live in such a universe will change how we work and
pray, how we relate to one another and to God, to ourselves. Kathleen
Fischer calls us not only to contemplation but to solicitude for the
earth. In short, "Reclaiming the Connections" answers our yearning for
a spirituality of interconnectedness.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Author: Oregon Ecumenical Center for Environmental Action. A look at
the problem, the theological basis for recycling, benefits of
recycling, economics, opportunities, success stories, and practical
tools for starting a recycling program in the church. Includes
extensive lists of practical resources and congregational tools.
Reducing Energy Costs in Religious Buildings
Addresses methods to reduce energy costs in churches and parochial schools.
Reflections on the Land Ethic
Estella Leopold, University of Washington botany professor and daughter
of Aldo Leopold (Sand County Almanac), shares her views of the land
ethic, how the family learned and practiced it in Wisconsin, and how
well we're following it now in Washington State. Talk is 30 minutes,
followed by discussion. Earth Ministry Gathering, 1992.
RENEWAL: Stories from America’s Religious-Environmental Movement
RENEWAL is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the
vitality and diversity of today's religious-environmental activists.
From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions,
Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage,
these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be
human and how we live on this planet.
Resources for Outdoor Retreats; Journey into Nature, Journey into the Heart
Author: Bob Grgic. Filled with well-chosen resources to help you design
your own outdoor retreats and prayer experiences. You will find clearly
outlined directions, imaginative suggestions and handouts for
Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice
Presents the diversity and beauty of nature along with equally dramatic
scenes of creation's pain and the injustice suffered by human beings.
Also focuses on God's work to heal and restore creation.
Saving Life on Earth
An overview of activities of the World Wildlife Fund to preserve wildlife habitat.
Seeing the People and the Trees
Presentation by Cathy Richardson, sociologist at the University of
Washington School of Forestry, about varying perceptions on use and
degradation of forests held by different people involved: agency
employees, private landowners, loggers, etc. Earth Ministry Fall
Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality
Author: Matthew Fox. Through an interview technique, Fox uses Aquinas's
writings as a lamp to shed light on the sacralization of nature, the
importance of wonder, the ethics of empowerment, passion as the seat of
all virtue, and the wealth of images available to describe God.
Simple Living: a Six-part Reflection for Small Groups
Author: Susan DeWitt, Linda Haydock, Wes Howard-Brook. Each booklet
focuses on a different facet of simple living: getting started, walking
gently on the Earth, time, money, technology, and community. The
sessions are presented in a context of prayer and ritual, with
consideration of both the personal and global effects of our choices.
Simplicity as Compassion - Chee Yoke Ling
For use with Simplicity as Compassion Curriculum, by Michael Schut, produced by Earth Ministry.
Simplicity: The Art of Living
Author: Richard Rohr. Rohr, a Franciscan priest and internationally
known speaker, was invited to Germany in 1990 to present a series of
sermons on the spiritual life. This book is a compilation of some of
Six Billion & More: Human Population Regulation and Christian Ethics
Author: Susan Power Bratton. Drawing on information from demographers,
economists, ecologists, and sociologists, Bratton argues that
individuals should use Christian values when dealing with the
regulation of human population.
Social and Environmental Justice: A Necessary Integration
Frontiers of Environmental Theology Lecture Series
Spirit & Nature, with Bill Moyers
At Middlebury College in Vermont, representatives of major world
religions join the community to wrestle with the challenge of the
deepening global environmental crisis. They address the ethical and
spiritual aspects of our ecological concerns by raising issues of
responsibility for each other and for the species on the planet, our
interrelationship with other parts of the cosmos, and the need to see
nature as sacred.
Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin
Author: Ursula King. Lavishly illustrated with photos and selections
from Teilhard de Chardin's writing, this is the biography of this
century's most fascinating religious figures. This is the ideal
introduction to the life and thought of this modern Catholic mystic
whose powerful vision and life-affirming spirituality speak even more
vitally to the concerns of our time.
Spirit of the Sound
Explore's Puget Sound, one of the richest wildlife habitats in North
America. Includes footage of harbor seals, salmon, bird migrations, and
Spiritual Ecology: A Guide to Reconnecting with Nature
Author: Jim Nollman. An optimistic handbook on how to reconnect with
the ancient spiritual ecology of the Earth, foster health, and employ
resources practically and effectively to reverse environmental
degradation and decline.
Spirituality and the Earth: A Native American Perspective
Ted Strong serves as a persuasive advocate for tribal ecosystem
management philosophies and goals, which combine contemporary
technology and business acumen with the traditional natural values of
the Columbia River Indian People. As Executive Director of the Columbia
River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Mr. Strong implements the consensus
policies of the commission's parent tribes: the Warm Springs, Yakama,
Umatilla, and Nez Perce.
Stories in the Land: A Place-based Environmental Education Anthology
Author: John Elder. Stories in the Land is an excellent handbook for
teachers who wish to explore place-based learning with their students.
Sustainability, Economics, Ecology, and Justice
Author: Cobb, John B., Jr.. This book, a collection of essays written
over a ten-year period, is an approachable treatment of the economic
and environmental linkages explored in For the Common Good.
Sustaining the Common Good; A Christian Perspective on the Global Economy
Author: John B. Cobb, Jr. This book is an analysis of the assumptions
of the economic theory on which the current global economy is based and
of the dramatic increase in poverty for most of the world to which the
global economy has led.
Teaching Kids to Love the Earth; Sharing a Sense of Wonder: 186 Outdoor Activities for Parents and Other Teachers
Author: Marina Lachecki Herman
Tending the Garden: Essays on the Gospel and the Earth
Editor: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson. "Tending the Garden" calls the
church back to its biblical and theological roots so that it may
understand freshly its task of stewardship. Rich in biblical insight
and creative theological work, the book examines the relationship of
God, humanity, and all creation. The author's goal is to develop a
specifically biblical environmental ethic, not merely to lend
unqualified support to the increasingly popular cultural ethic to
preserve the earth.
The Body of God: An Ecological Theology
Author: Sallie McFague. The Body of God gives a broad overview of “the
ecological crisis,” as well as McFague's interpretation and revision of
a time-honored, Christian theology that has the strength to confront
The Car and the City; 24 Steps to Safe Streets and Healthy Communities
Author: Alan Thein Durning. Many people recognize that the increasing
number of automobiles is choking our cities--polluting our air,
endangering our streets, and isolating us from our communities. This
book shows how resurgent cities could make cars work again, and even
solve problems ranging from oil wars to urban decay, rising seas to
The Christian Faith and the Ecological Crisis
Author: Alvin Pitcher. A Holden Village resource. While on a nine month
sabbatical at Holden Village, Alvin Pitcher, studied the environmental
issues of the late 1980s. The writings contained in "The Christian
Faith and the Ecological Crisis" represent his personal journey, always
oriented toward making up his mind about what the issues are and what
might be done about them by an ordinary lay member of a church or any
The Consumer Society
Editors: Neva R. Goodwin, Frank Ackerman, and David Kiron. The Consumer
Society provides brief summaries of the most important and influential
writings on the environmental, moral, and social implications of a
consumer society and consumer lifestyles.
The Consuming Passion: Christianity and the Consumer Culture
Editor: Rodney Clapp. Convinced that nothing may influence and affect
the faith of Christians in the Western, "developed" world so much as
consumerism, the editor of Consuming Passion has brought together
articles showing how people of faith might best respond to this
The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution
Author: Merchant, Carolyn. Merchant traces the development of attitudes
toward women and nature in Western philosophical and religious
traditions. A germinal eco-feminist work.
The Earth is God's: A Theology of American Culture
Author: William A. Dyrness. William Dyrness, who teaches theology at
Fuller Theological Seminary, provides an evangelical, relational, and
trinitarian rethinking of divine creation and concepts of culture in
response to issues of identity, ecology, and aesthetics.
The Earth is the Lord's: Christians and the Environment
Editors: Richard D. Land and Louis A. Moore. Combining the
traditionally conservative issue of religion with the traditionally
liberal issue of protecting the environment is a difficult task. Land
does it well in this book and provides an introduction for those
interested in protecting the environment from a Christian standpoint.
Author: Larry Dunlap-Berg. An adult curriculum for environmentally-focused bible study.
The Environmental Movement & the Church: Do We Share Common Ground?
Presenters: David Ortman: Director, Northwest Office, Friends of the
Earth; Steve Whitney: Pacific Northwest Regional Director, The
The Episcopal Church and the Environmental Crisis
A Call for Religious Leadership to Protect God's Creation. A Report
Submitted to the 117th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Author: Environmental Task Force, Diocese of Newark. "In response to a
rising outcry of voices expressing concern for the deteriorating state
of the Earth, Bishop John S. Spong created this Task Force on the
Environment in order to report on the crucial evidence at hand and 'to
present resolutions for debate at the next Episcopal Diocesan
Convention in January, 1991.'"
The Episcopal Church in Communion with Creation: Policy and Action
Publisher: New York: Episcopal Church Center, 1990. Episcopal Church's
denominational statement on the environment.
The Good Rain: Across Time and Terrain in The Pacific Northwest
Author: Timothy Egan. New York Times reporter Egan interweaves personal
experiences and conversations with observations of nature and
historical information. He travels through Washington, Oregon, and
southern Vancouver, following the route taken by an earlier traveler,
Theodore Winthrop, 150 years ago.
The Great Warming
A sweep around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting
the lives of people everywhere. It includes comments from scientists
and opinion-makers about America's lack of leadership in what is
certainly the most critical environmental issue of the 21st century, as
well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American
Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Starring Keanu
Reeves and Alanis Morissette.
The Green Sanctuary Handbook: Guidelines for Environmentally Sound Religious Buildings and Grounds
Author: Rachel Stark, Robert Murphy, Brian Reddington. The Seventh
Principle Project was established in 1991 by a group of Unitarian
Universalists committed to finding ways to live their faith in a more
ecologically sustainable way. With EcoSpirit New England, SPP founders
published the Green Sanctuary Handbook as a resource for members to
accomplish this goal.
The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story
Author: Brian Swimme. Following the most recent scientific discoveries
about the birth of the universe, this text shows how these new insights
replace outmoded ways of seeing the world, bridging the chasm between
science and spirituality, the physical realm and the soul.
The Hymn of the Sun
Author: St. Francis of Assisi. The first illustrated version of St. Francis of Assisi's beloved poem.
The Lord's House: A Guide to Creation Careful Management of Church Facilities
Author: Frederick W. Krueger. Practical advice on energy efficiency,
landscaping and church grounds, and new purchases.
The Travail of Nature: The Ambiguous Ecological Promise of Christian Theology
Author: Santmire, H. Paul. In his germinal work, Santmire explores how
Christian theologians and church figures, through the centuries, have
thought about nature. This important book, at times heavy
theologically, is one of the few books that present a broad historical
overview of a Christian theology of nature.
The Trees' Birthday: A Celebration of Nature
Author: Ellen Bernstein. Ellen Bernstein founded Shomrei Adamah, the
first national Jewish environmental organization.
The Universe Story: Its Significance for Our Time
Presentations from Father Thomas Berry.
Theology and Public Policy: The Ethics of Population, Consumption and Environment
Author: Churches' Center for Theology and Public Policy.
Theology for Earth Community: A Field Guide
Editor: Dieter T. Hessel. Authors assess what various theologians have
to offer, and draw implications for reshaping religious and
environmental studies, as well as preparing the next generations of
church leaders or pastoral workers.
Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe
An intimate conversation with Father Thomas Berry, one of the great
spiritual thinkers. Father Berry is "the most provocative figure among
this new breed of eco-theologians."
Three Models for Faith-Based Environmental Action
Dr. Larry Rasmussen: "Three Models for Faith-Based Environmental
Action." Three deep traditions are explored as a basis for church-based
and interfaith-based environmental action: 1) the ascetic/monastic
tradition; 2) the sacramentalist/eucharistic tradition; 3) the
Tis a Gift to Be Simple: Embracing the Freedom of Living with Less
Authors: Barbara DeGrote-Sorensen and David Allen Sorensen. This simple
book shares the authors' experience and their discovery of the value of
uncluttering their lives through the choice of simplicity.
To Till and to Tend: A Guide to Jewish Environmental Study and Action
Author: Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. The Jewish
community is presented here with a three-part challenge to accept
environmental activism as a practical and a spiritual obligation: (1)
scientific fact sheets, with what-you-can-do sidebars; (2) essays on
Jewish environmental teachings; (3) nineteen hands-on programs and
activities for every age group.
To Till It and Keep it: New Models for Congregational Involvement with the Land
Author: Dan Guenthner. The Environmental Stewardship and Hunger
Education Office funded the publication of To Till It and Keep It, a
book by Wisconsin CSA farmer Dan Guenthner which explains Congregation
Supported Agriculture and its benefits.
Together in the Garden
A pre- Earth Summit look at what the church's role should be in
relation to global survival. This video provides groups in your church
with a challenging message concerning their responsibility for the
Sustainable Communities; A Curriculum to Teach Environmental Justice,
Sustainability, and Theology within Christian Churches
Author: Michael W. Schut. Curriculum for teaching environmental
justice, sustainability, and theology within Christian churches.
Toxic Waste and Race in the United States
Author: Commission on Racial Justice, United Church of Christ. This
crucial 1987 report showed race to be the most significant factor when
siting hazardous waste facilities, nationwide.
Urban Wildlife Enhancement
Tricia Thompson of the Washington Department of Wildlife speaks to the
St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle) Ecology/Spirituality Group on March 11,
1992, about effects of urbanization on wildlife and prospects for
restoring the St. Mark's greenbelt.
Using God's Resources Wisely: Isaiah and Urban Possibility
Author: Walter Brueggemann. New and different readings of biblical
texts are one consequence of a growing awareness of the environmental
crisis and how it relates to social relations, especially in urban
settings. Brueggemann explores readings from Isaiah an dhow they relate
to the environment and urban crisis. He approaches the readings as an
artistic-theological history of the city of Jerusalem -- a case study
of urban environmental crisis that resulted from a lost sense of
covenantal neighborliness. This resource is an excellent tool for Bible
study groups and pastors who are concerned with our current urban
Using God's World: in Christian Education
Author: Elaine M. Ward
Visions of Justice
A portion of the Vision of Justice conference held November 1, 1996, at
St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle. The conference focused on peace, racism,
the environment and economic justice as issues within the Episcopal
Wake Up, Dorothy! A Hunger Education Resource
Inner city youths narrate in rap-like fashion an exploration of their
relationship to the urban environment, coming to a realization of the
call of Christian stewardship.
Watching the Whales
Spend a half hour with some of the most fascinating animals on earth - whales and dolphins.
Water You Doing?
Middle school curriculum on water quality prepared by Seattle Drainage
and Wastewater Utility. Includes manual.
We are God's People: Stories of Faith for the Family of God
Performance Edition. Author: Betsy Beckman, Lisa von Stamwitz and
Jeanne Cotter. Through this performance piece the prophetic voice of
our children has a chance to be heard by the whole family of God. In
this script we find children's own stories of faith woven together with
song and gesture into a celebration of lie. These heart-felt stories
and vignettes reflect children's experience of God, themselves, and
their world. They are children's own words of struggle with grief,
illness, divorce, and violence as well as expressions of joy in new
life, hope, love, and reconciliation. Children present their stories in
the form of readers' theater.
Whose World Is It?; Responding to God's Covenant with the Earth
Author: George H. Kehm
Wilderness and Spirituality
Dr. Doug Thorpe speaks at St. Paul's, Seattle, February 23, 1992, on
the connection between wilderness and spirituality, using examples from
Wisdom of our Elders, The
Hazel Wolf has lived in Seattle since 1923 and has witnessed first-hand
much of the development of both its land and its local society, a
history most of us only read about. She has also had more than seventy
years of active involvement in environmental and social justice issues;
among them acting as secretary of the Seattle Audubon Society and
founding member of the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice.
Women Healing Earth; Third World Women on Ecology, Feminism, and Religion
Author: Rosemary Radford Ruether, editor. In Women Healing Earth, noted
theologian Rosemary Radford Ruether brings together illuminating
writings of fourteen Latin American, Asian, and African women on the
meaning of eco-theological issues in their own contexts - and the
implications they have for women in teh first world.
Worldviews and Ecology; Religion, Philosophy, and the Environment
Author: Mary Evelyn Tucker and John A. Grim, editors. The original
writings of Worldviews and Ecology creatively present and interpret
worldviews of major religious and philosophical traditions on how
humans can live more sustainably on a fragile planet.
Your Money or Your Life: A Group Study Guide for Contemporary Christians
To be used with the book "Your Money or Your Life" by Joe Dominguez and
Vicki Robin. Produced by the New Road Map Foundation. If Jesus returned
to Earth and paid us a visit, what might he think of the way we live?
Would he see us as responsible and compassionate stewards of creation?
Contemporary Christians face a major challenge: aligning their everyday
actions in the realm of money with their deepest values. This study
guide was created in response to hundreds of requests form church
members and clergy who had already discovered for themselves the power
of the program in "Your Money or Your Life."
Your Money or Your Life; Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence
Author: Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. There's a big difference between
"making a living" and making a life. Do you spend more than you earn?
Does making a living feel more like making a dying? Do you dislike your
job but can't afford to leave it? Is money fragmenting your time, your
relationships with family and friends? If so, Your Money or Your Life
is for you.
Your Will Be Done on Earth: Eco-Spirituality Activities for 12-15 Year-olds
Author: Jenkins, Christie L. Eighteen easy-to-follow lesson plans
combine theology and science to provide background information,
activity ideas, and photocopiable handouts on issues such as habitat
and species loss, animal rights, environmental degradation, and global
warming. To order, go to Resource Publications, Inc.'s website.
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