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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, and gasoline.
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 Heron's Balance
Author: Cathy Barker A Heron's Balance tracks one person's search for wholeness. Still grieving the sudden death of his beloved wife, Jack Freeman finds himself at loose ends. He sets off for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where, with the help of his progressive pastor and mentor, he seeks healing and balance... Through the power of God's creation and connection with God's creatures (human and otherwise), Jack is transformed.
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 Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish
A disturbing and essential companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth, A Sea Change brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our wishful thinking.
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 crises.
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.
Americans and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Action
Author: Daniel R. Abbasi This book is a synthesis of insights and recommendations from the 2005 Yale F&ES Conference on Climate Change.
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 narration.
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.
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 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 bountiful goodness.
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 children's books.
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.
Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind our Obsession with Bottled Water
Author: Peter H. Gleick. Gleick examines water, which went from a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years.
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 material possessions.
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 Children, Caring for Creation
A Conversation about Childrens Health and the Environment.
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 property maintenance.
Cherishing God's Creation
The video calls us to a new lifestyle that is based on stewardship and compassion, rather than one based on mastery and exploitation.
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 environmental activist.
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 creation.
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
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.
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.
Christianity, Wilderness and Wildlife
Author: Susan P. Bratton In this book, Susan Bratton employs powerful and vivid stories from the Holy Scriptures and from the rich history of Christian wilderness spirituality to illustrate a tradition of reverential Christian attitudes toward nature. Bratton's narration reminds readers that this tradition is alive and well, that the outdoors can provide deep religious experiences for today's Christians.
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.
Coal Country
Producer: Evening Star Productions. 2009. Most Americans are shocked to learn that nearly half of the electricity in the United States today is produced by coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. Coal Country reveals the truth about modern coal mining. The story is told by the people directly involved, both working miners and activists who are battling the coal companies in Appalachia. What does coal mean for America and the rest of the world? The coal industry is spending millions to promote what it calls "clean coal." Is it achievable? At what cost?
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 Sustainable Culture. 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.
Creation Spirituality
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.
Creations Caretakers
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.
Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable World
Author: Christopher Uhl Addressing the question, what do students need to know to become more environmentally literate and ecologically conscious?, Christopher Uhl offers an ecological, wonder-filled initiation to the universe and planet Earth. He examines ways in which people are damaging the earth and, in the process, their own bodies and spirits, then presents the essential tools necessary for both planetary and personal transformation.
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.
Dirt! The Movie
A story with heart and soil.
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 Activism"
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 and Faith: A Book of Reflection for Action
Edited by: Libby Bassett, John Brinkman and Kusumita Pederson. Released by the United Nations Environment Programme, this publication reflects on links between faith and the preservation of our planet.
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 community.
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 about them?
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 effort.
Eco-Church: An Action Manual
Author: Fritsch, Albert and Angela Ladavaia-Cox. This resource contains helpful audits, suggestions, and resources for individuals and congregations.
Eco-Justice: The Unfinished Journey
Editor: William E. Gibson Eco-Justice... links ecological sustainability and social justice from an ethical and often theological perspective... This collection includes contributions from the leading interpreters of the eco-justice movement as it recounts the evolution of the Eco Justice Project.
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.
EcoSpirituality
Dr. Alexandra Kovats, of Seattle University, explores EcoSpirituality with prayer,music, and movement.
EcoTeam: A Program Empowering Americans to Create Earth-Friendly Lifestyles
Author: David Gershon with Andrea Barrist Stern. The Household EcoTeam Program will assist you in translating your desire to do the right thing into a program of environmental action that will make a difference.
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 as well.
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 schools.
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.
Every Creature a Word of God: Compassion for Animals as Chrisian Spirituality
Author: Annika Spalde & Pelle Strindlund "Many books about animals, diet, and Christianity have been written for a general audience, but this one is now the best. The authors mix personal stories with Biblical insight and passionate argument to produce a book that is as creative as it is earnest and focused." -Stephen H. Webb
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 Ecology-Spirituality Group. VEM 045-2: Reverend Carla Berkedal and the Rev. Peter Holroyd speak on October 18, 1991
Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars
An important tool for educating and inspiring activists, business leaders, policymakers, lawyers, ranchers, teachers, doctors, students, and everyday citizens to get involved in stopping the rush to build conventional coal-fired power plants that use outmoded, polluting technology.
Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating
Author: L. Shannon Jung "'Food for Life' draws on the resources of Christian faith to help us delight in food and share with people who struggle with hunger." -David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health
Author: Marion Nestle We all witness, in advertising and on supermarket shelves, the fierce competition for our food dollars. In this absorbing expose, Marion Nestle goes behind the scenes to reveal how the competition really works and how it affects our health. The abundance of food in the United States--enough calories to meet the needs of every man, woman, and child twice over--has a downside. Our overefficient food industry must do everything possible to persuade people to eat more--more food, more often, and in larger portions--no matter what it does to our waistlines or well-being.
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 Beauty of the Earth: A Christian Vision for Creation Care
Author: Steven Bouma-Prediger At a time when it seems humans have erred much in their understanding and keeping of the planet, For the Beauty of the Earth explores the relationship between Christianity and the natural world in the most thorough evangelical treatment available on a theology of creation care.
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 religious traditions.
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.
Gardening Eden
Author: Michael Abbate "Spiritual environmentalism" did not start out as an oxymoron--it was an invitation. Yet today, many believe God's first job description for humankind has been replaced by other "worthier pursuits." Is changing our lives to save the world really our responsibility--or even possible? Green living is no longer a fad--simple lifestyle solutions are now available to everyone. Discover creation care as an act of worship and a call to deeper harmony with our Creator, our fellow gardeners, and our living earth. Gardening Eden invites you to consider a new, spiritual perspective to practical environmentalism.
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 creation.
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.
Go Green, Live Rich
Author: David Bach Most people think that "going green" is an expensive choice they can't afford. Bach is here to say that you can have both: a life in line with your green value ans a million dollars in the bank.
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 challenges.
God so Loved the World: Nature and the Christian
Carla Berkedal speaks on Nature and the Christian tradition.
Good Food
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 and ethics.
Growing Season
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 world.
Hope's Edge
Author: Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe See the world with new eyes. Journey to five continents and discover your own power and hope in this thirtieth-anniversary sequel to the three-million-copy bestseller Diet for a Small Planet--featuring 100 pages of recipes by ecological culinary pioneers including Alice Waters, Mollie Katzen, and Nora Pouillon.
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.
If You Love This Planet
Author: Helen Caldicott, M.D. Our planet is desperately ill and must be healed. If the human race does not change its present behavior, the ecosphere may be doomed within the next ten years. A renowned anti-nuclear activist for twenty years, Helen Caldicott here turns from the arms race to the race to save the planet, laying out the grim details of ozone depletion, excess energy consumption, pollution, and global warning. The causes: public apathy, corporate greed, and the cynical manipulation of political leaders.
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Author: Michael Pollan Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat ti. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because most of what we're consuming today is not food, and how we're consuming it--in the car, in front of teh TV, and increasingly alone--is not really eating... Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
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 world-wide.
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 the planet.
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 Scientists' website.
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 Dubuque, Iowa.
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, WA.
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.
Loons
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 water's edge.
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 lifestyles?
Loving Creation: Christian Spirituality, Earth-Centered and Just
Author: Kathleen Fischer How can we bring about the profound conversion of mind and heart necessary to protect and preserve our planet at this critical point in history? Loving Creation shows that only when we are touched by God will we find new ways of relating to all other species and Earth itself. Rich in tradition, this book draws from ancient and contemporary sources to fashion a holistic Christian spirituality that unites ecological concerns with social justice, personal struggles with those of the planet, theological reflection with scientific findings, and everyday grace with global outreach.
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 photocopiable handouts.
Ministering with the Earth
Author: Mary Elizabeth Moore In this book, a distinguished theologian and educator calls us to affirm that God's work is sacred and that people are called to live in response to God's movements in creation. The challenge is more than caring for the Earth; it is also engaging with the Earth in ministry... Stories and visions invite us to meditate, to analyze, and to take a new view of the Earth--not merely as a source of beauty and certainly not as a collection of valuable resources--but as a creation of God with which we are bound in conventional relationship.
Money Enough: Everyday Practices for Living Faithfully in the Global Economy
Author: Douglas A. Hicks In this timely resource, author Douglas A. Hicks offers a faith-based account of the global economy and our place in it. Money Enough is filled with insight and wise advice that walks the line between rejecting the marketplace and accepting its excesses. Using well-chosen illustrative examples, the book shows how to develop practices that help us survive in hard times and reach out to others.
More Fun, Less Stuff
The challenges and regards of a new American dream.
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.
Ocean Life
Describes life in the ocean.
Ocean Psalms: Meditations, Stories, Prayers, Songs & Blessings from the Sea
Producer: Mystic Waters Media. 2008.
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.
On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life
Editors: Dorothy C. Bass & Susan R. Briehl "'What makes a good life?' Wrestling with questions about how to live your life is part of being human. Such questions are especially urgent for those coming of age in the twenty-first century. I see in this generation a passionate yearning to live in a way that is good for our endangered planet, life-giving to others, and attentive to the presence of God. On Our Way is a response to this yearning, offered by a group of authors who belong to the diverse, imperfect, amazing community that has gathered around Jesus Christ across the centuries. On Our Way invites you to explore a way of live that is rooted in ancient wisdom while also moving towards the future, a way of life overflowing with God's justice, mercy, and love." -Dorothy Bass
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 healing.
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.
Practicing Our Faith
Author: Dorothy C. Bass. Bass, a United Church minister and historian of American religion, and Craig Dykstra, a Presbyterian minister and president of religion at Lilly Endowment, Inc., helped facilitate a dialog among 13 theologians and educators from a variety of religious and ethnic backgrounds. Their responses, represented here, explore vital ways to apply Christian tradition and practice to everyday life in a world that demands continuous personal change and discernment. A thoughtful discussion of possibilities for responding to the challenges of faith through the shared dimensions of spiritual life.
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 New Jersey.
Project Fragile Earth; Vacation Church School Curriculum for Caretake
Author: Camille Hegg, Jane McGuignan and Deana Trott
Radical Simplicity
Author: Jim Merkel Many people feel the need to change their own lifestyles as a tangible way of trasnforming our unsustainable culture. Radical Simplicity is the first book to guide you toward a personal sustainability goal, and then offer a way to lower your footprint to be more equitable among all people, species, and generations.
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.
Redeeming the Creation
Author: Wesley Granberg-Michaelson The key question of the June 1992 Earth Summit in Rio was "whether there is a future in which all people can be offered the hope of life and the earth can be preserved in the capacity to provide that life." In clear and readable language, this book sets out the implications of that momentous international event for the churches and the ecumenical movement... The author... [focuses] on the challenges of rethinking Christian theology of creation and relating this to the vision of a sustainable society.
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 retreatants' participation.
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 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.
Saving God's Green Earth
Author: Tri Robinson With: Jason Chatraw For hundreds of years, the church has championed the beauty of God's creation, demonstrating in many ways how it points to the Creator. However, over the last century, the evangelical church has let the value of caring for creation slip away. In this book, author and pastor Tri Robinson makes a compelling case for the biblical precedence behind environmental stewardship and shows the church what it can do about this eroding value.
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 Gathering, 11/21/92
Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment
Author: L. Shannon Jung "Food is a life-sustaining gift from God, which is why justice demands that we create a world where all can eat nutritiously. "Sharing Food" will cause readers to be more mindful of how we relate to this gift." - Rev. David Beckman, President, Bread for the World
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 those talks.
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 underwater life.
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 Better World Handbook
Authors: Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, Brett Johnson. You don't have to be an activist to make a difference in the world-- this book features small changes that can make a big difference! If you care deeply about the state of the world but don't have the time or energy to devote your whole life to a good cause, then this book is for you... It's the essential guide for busy people who care about making the world a better place but don't know exactly where to begin.
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 crisis.
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 violent crime.
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 ordinary citizen.
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 Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices
Authors: Michael Brower & Warren Leon Paper or plastic? Bus or car? Old house or new? Cloth diapers or disposables? Some choices have a huge impact on the environment; others are of negligible importance. To those of us who care about our quality of life and what is happening to the earth, this is a vastly important issue. In these pages, the Union of Concerned Scientists help inform consumers about everyday decisions that significantly affect the environment.
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 reality.
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.
The Environment
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 Wilderness Society.
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 Greening of Faith
Why the Environment is a Christian Concern.
The Greening of Protestant Thought
Author: Robert Booth Fowler The Greening of Protestant Thought traces the increasing influence of environmentalism on American Protestantism since the first Earth Day... Robert Booth Fowler explores the extent to which ecological concerns permeate Protestant thought and examines contemporary controversies within and between mainline and fundamentalist Protestantism over the Bible's teachings about the environment.
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 Holy Web: Church and the New Universe Story
Author: Cletus Wessels The Holy Web offers entree to the world revealed by contemporary science and the difference the new models or our life on earth make to understanding Christianity. The author shows how the church's mission is to become and to nurture a dynamic "web of relationships" in which all humanity can find itself part of a wondrous whole.
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 Love of Nature and the End of the World
Author: Shierry Weber Nicholsen This book is a gathering of meditations and collages. Its evocations of our emotional attachment to the natural world and the emotional impact of environmental deterioration are meant to encourage individual and collective reflection on a difficult dilemma. Nicholsen draws on work in environmental philosophy and ecopsychology.
The Next One Hundred Years
Full Title: The Next One Hundred Years: Shaping the Fate of Our Living Earth Author: Jonathan Weiner The Next One Hundred Years is a...totally absorbing look at the prospects for life on Planet Earth, at the latest and most complex stage of evolution.It brings all the basic evidence together for the first time. We see One World in the deepest sense: the human species as one among millions of species, interwoven, for better or worse, into a vast living system, a superorganism. We see the sciences increasingly mobilized in an all-out effort to assure the survival of the whole."
The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God
Author: Rupert Sheldrake An iconoclast scientist takes a penetrating look at the regenerative power or nature and offers his own controversial theory of a living earth, "Gaia," that is far from its "end."
The Shaping of Enviornmentalism in America
Author: Victor B. Scheffer Victor Scheffer writes of a social revolution. Environmentalism began as a revelation that the resources supporting life are limited and that men and women can--if they act wisely and soon--reduce their material demands and their numbers before limits are reached and the richness of human existence is diminished forever. The revelation grew into a revolution driven by morality of life or death for the human race.
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 prophetic/liberationist tradition.
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 Heal the Earth: A Theology of Ecology
Author: Frederick Quinn Publisher: Upper Room Books (1994) To Heal the Earth sets environmental reflection and ecological concern within the framework of biblical scholarship, drawing from both the Old and New Testaments and the works of early church forebears. This unique combination of theological underpinning and ecological truth is masterfully interwoven throughout the book as the author shares from his wealth of story and church liturgy.
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 future.
Toward 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 situation.
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 Church.
Voluntary Simplicity
Author: Duane Elgin. This book illuminates the pattern of changes that an increasing number of people around the world are making in their everyday lives-adjustments in day-to-day living that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our time.
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.
Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River: Nature and Power in the People's Republic of China
Author: R. Edward Grumbine. With much information on Beijing's efforts to reach an equitable solution to address growth in the developing world, Grumbine's careful reconsideration of world conservation efforts is an important read for policy makers and grass-roots advocates.
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 literature.
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.
Wisdom of the Earth: Visions of an Ecological Faith
Author: Gordon Miller Combining passionate ecological texts from ancient Christian writers with sixty brilliant color photographs of the natural world, this book provides both food for the soul and a feast for the eyes. Arranged chronologically, Part One is devoted to the Scriptural roots of creation-centered faith. Part Two presents the earth-oriented themes of five Fathers of the church--Irenaeus, Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Augustine, and John of Damascus--from the second through the eighth century A.D.
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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