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Stewardship

Provides tools to live out the religious call to support the health of the environment and all people.

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.
A Sustainability Journey
by Rev. Alan Storey. A Methodist pastor in South Africa, Rev. Storey's ministry had always focused on justice issues, particularly apartheid. After a chance meeting with Earth Ministry at Holden village, Rev. Storey began to fold the environment into his understanding of justice and theology. In this video, Alan explains the framework of his faith and then shares with us his new way of reading the scriptures in light of environmental degradation.
Abundant Life: Rethinking Theology and Ecology from a Planet in Peril
Author: McFague, Sallie. McFague’s most recent offering is personal, prophetic, and will inspire readers to lead lives of action with deep theological moorings. She especially helps readers to navigate the complexities of global economics and other comprehensive concerns of our day, and emerge with resources for promoting abundant living for all creation.
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).
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.
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 property maintenance.
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.
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-Wise, A biblical Response to Environmental issues
Author: De Witt, Calvin. Christians play a crucial role in maintaining the environment as stewards of God's creation. Calvin B. DeWitt, a nationally recognized authority on environmental issues, describes in detail the wonders of God's creation, how fallen humanity and modern society have abused it, and how Christians can respond.
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.
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.
Eco-Church: An Action Manual
Author: Fritsch, Albert and Angela Ladavaia-Cox. This resource contains helpful audits, suggestions, and resources for individuals and congregations.
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.
God’s Good World: A Peacemaking Resource for Children
Author: White, Vera K. This [five-session curriculum] was designed to serve as a vacation Bible school or church school curriculum for third through sixth graders, but can be used in a variety of other ways. …Through activities, stories, and prayer, children and their leaders will learn more about God by experiencing God’s world and will find out ways that they can help to care for the world.
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 Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregation
The 225-page Greening Congregations Handbook is a “tool box” for all who want to foster creation awareness and care in their congregations. It helps readers actively respond to the question, “Why should people of faith care for creation?”
Growing a Green Church
Author: Building Church Leaders. Do you want to make sure your church is environmentally responsible? Could a drop in the utility bills give the budget a much-needed lift? Evaluate how well you're stewarding resources and get helpful tips.
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