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Explores the ethical aspects of environmental issues.

A Sand County Almanac
Author: Leopold, Aldo. Truly a classic, this book first introduced the concept of the “land ethic” and proposed the then unusual marriage of ethics and the land. You will find here some of the modern roots of the environmental movement and a rebirth of Christian spirituality of the Earth.
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 Ecology-Spirituality group.
Caring for Creation
You can help protect God's creation today, A Noah's Ark for our time.
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.
Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
Edited by: Dieter T. Hessel & Rosemary Radford Ruether What can Christianity as a tradition contribute to the struggle to secure the future well-being of the earth community? This collaborative volume, the third in the series on religions of the world and the environment, announces that an ecological reformation, an eco-justice reorientation of Christian theology and ethics, is prominent on the ecumenical agenda. The authors explore problematic themes that contribute to ecological neglect or abuse and offer constructive insight into and responsive imperatives for ecologically just and socially responsible living.
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.
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.
Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision
Author: Nancy G. Wright and Donald Kill. This inspiring introduction to a new, ecologically-sensitive view of Christian vocation and spirituality pulls down the barriers between matter of earth and spirit. Ecological Healing provides an integral environmental ethic. It links the human need for social and economic well-being to the sustainable management of environmental resources.
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.
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 Ethics: Duties to and Values in the Natural World
Author: Rolston, Holmes, III. This is a comprehensive, philosophical text on human interactions within the natural world. In his analysis, Rolston avoids both utilitarian and bio-centric views of nature – allowing him to present a view that bridges these two ends of the environmental ethic spectrum.
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 creation.
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 and ethics.
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.
More Fun, Less Stuff
The challenges and regards of a new American dream.
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.
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".
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.
Saving Creation
Full Title: Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the life of Holmes Rolston III Author: Christopher J. Preston Saving Creation is the compelling story of Templeton Prize winner and Gifford lecturer Holmes Rolston III. Known as the "father of environmental ethics," Rolston is celebrated for his advocacy to protect the Earth's biodiversity and for his critical work reconciling evolutionary biology and Christianity.
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