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Books and Resources for Adults

For Adults

There are many resources for adults to learn more about the theology, science, and practical reasons that call us to care for God’s creation and the list keeps growing. These resources can be used for individual inspiration, adult education, or group study. Books



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.

A Greener Faith: Religious Environmentalism and Our Planet’s Future
Author: Gottlieb, Roger S. Gottlieb’s approach to A Greener Faith is ecumenical, encompassing Jewish and Christian theologians who have found a powerful biblical call to stewardship of God’s creation, and Buddhist teachers who are prompted by their belief in compassion to extend care to the natural world.

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 Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming
Author: Northcott, Michael S. Discusses Hurricane Katrina, as well as the ethics and morals of humans relationships to climate change. Northcott talks of better stewardship of the earth to try and address the currently worsening global warming.

A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming
Author: McFague, Sallie. McFague argues that government, business, and individuals have been largely in denial of the possibility that global warming may put our species on the road to extinction.

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 Sand County Almanac
Author: Leopold, Aldo. Truly a classic, this book first introduced the concept of the “land ethic” and proposed the then unusual marriage of ethics and the land. You will find here some of the modern roots of the environmental movement and a rebirth of Christian spirituality of the Earth.

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.

Advent and Ecology: Resources for Worship, Reflection and Action
Author: Palmer, Martin and Anne Nash, Editors.

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 Nature’s Revolt: Eco-Justice and Theology
Author: Dieter Hessel. A rich collection of essays that provides theological and ethical reflections helpful in confronting current ecological crises. Contributors study and respectfully interpret Christian worldviews to form a foundation for social and ecological justice. An excellent resource for reflection and discussion.

After Nature’s Revolt: Eco-Justice and Theology
Author: Hessel, Dieter T. (ed). A rich collection of essays that provides theological and ethical reflections helpful in confronting current ecological crises. Contributors study and respectfully interpret Christian worldviews to form a foundation for social and ecological justice. An excellent resource for reflection and discussion.

All Nature Sings: Piano hymn settings that celebrate the Creator and the beauty of His creation
Author: Larry Schackley. Spring is an important time in the church calendar, but there’s more to it than Easter. It’s the time of year when we take special notice of God’s creativity and the beauty of what He has made. Larry Shackley offers “All Nature Sings” as a complement to the many Lent and Easter volumes already available, with arrangements of hymns especially suitable for springtime.

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.

An Unspoken Hunger
Author: Williams, Terry Tempest. Williams’ collection of essays conveys her sense of the importance of being rooted in a “home,” in a place one knows and loves. She shares the deep conviction that our lack of intimacy with the natural world initiates, and is reflected in, our lack of intimacy with one another.

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.

Assisi Declarations: Messages on Man and Nature from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam & Judaism
Author: Rinpoche, Lungrig Namgyal.

At Home in the Cosmos
Author: Toolan, David. Retells how religion and science have shaped Western attitudes toward the environment; he gives a more sophisticated account of biblical and classical Christian theologies of nature than is usually reflected in environmentalist rhetoric.

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.

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.

Author: Wilson, Edward O. Wilson, an eminent scientist, posits that our natural affinity and love for life – biophilia – is the very essence of our humanity and binds us to all living species. He demonstrates his own biophilia through his attentiveness to delicate interactions between many species and through his philosophical ponderings throughout this beautifully written book.

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.

Buddhism and Ecology
Author: Batchelor, Martine and Kerry Brown, editors. Buddhism exists in many different forms in many different countries. In this book Buddhists from Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tibet and the West offer their approaches to ecology and tell of practical activities as well as Buddhist teachings and philosophy. Stories, pictures and poems add to the picture of Buddhism and ecology and the book finishes with a message from the Dalai Lama.

Care of the Earth: An Environmental Resource Manual for Church Leader
Author: Tina B. Krause, editor. A collection of essays arranged by topic. Part I: And God saw that it was good: Exploring Green Theology. Part II: What then shall we do? Developing Awareness, Assessment and Advocacy for Environmental Action through the Congregation

Caring for Creation in Your Own Backyard: Over 100 Things Christian
Author: Wilkinson, Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson. In this wonderfully creative and practical book, they offer more than a hundred simple things you and your family can do to make God’s earth a better place in which to live. But more than this, they show you how to celebrate God’s creation through the seasons of the year.

Caring for Creation: Toward an Ethic of Responsibility
Author: Rowthorn, Anne W. In “Caring for Creation”, Rowthorn decries the state of our planet and reproaches us as Christians for our “lack of appreciation for the connectedness of all life.” Nothing in God’s world is secular, she asserts; everything created is holy and to be revered. Christians, says Rowthorn, have for too long failed to realize this, and have acted as if the holy and sacred are to be found only in places of worship or within cloistered walls. The Church’s most urgent need in today’s world, argues Rowthorn, is to embrace a theology of creation that will ignite in all Christians a fervent love and sense of responsibility for all God’s creation.

Caring for God’s Creation: A Collection of Environmentally Focused Resource Materials and Sermons
Author: Moore-Kochlacs, Peter G.

Celebrating the Earth: An Earth-Centered Theology of Worship With Blessings, Prayers, and Rituals
Author: McCarthy, Scott.

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.

Children of Creation: Hymns of Love and Justice for the 21st Century
Authors: Barbara Hamm and Dan Damon. These seventeen hymns with words and music by Barbara Hamm illustrate her gift in song, fitting for any age but particularly for us who live in today’s world. Hamm brings a fresh and passionate plea for us to save life on our beloved planet Earth while there is yet time!

Christianity and Ecology
Author: Breuilly, Elizabeth and Martin Palmer, editors. Christians from very diverse backgrounds — from Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, the Benedictine and Franciscan traditions and the World Council of Churches — have contributed their different experiences of Christianity and ecology to this book. They look at the background to the present problems of our planet, and at biblical and Christian teaching and practice, and how these have contributed to the problem or helped in the struggle to find answers. Questions for discussion and materials for worship and meditation are included.

Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-Being of Earth and Humans
Author: Hessel, Dieter T., and Rosemary Radford Ruether (eds). This valuable compendium of over twenty-five papers, presented at an historic Harvard conference on Christianity and ecology, represents a broad range of current Christian scholarship on ecological crises. The papers cover ethics, theology, sustainable development, and spirituality. The book is an excellent introduction with an extensive bibliography and index.

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.

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: 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.

Cross Generation
This Protestant hymnal gathers distinguished pastoral musicians to chose the very best songs currently in use in contemporary worship settings.

Dakota: A Spiritual Geography
Author: Norris, Kathleen. Lover of the Dakotas, devotee of monastic Christianity, and superb writer, Norris meditatively takes her readers through the experience of her return and commitment to this place of tenacious living. Norris provides many spiritual insights along the way.

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.

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
Author: McKibben, Bill. McKibben writes about how us, as consumers, need to consume differently regarding food and energy use. He shows how more is not necessarily synonymous with better anymore. McKibben also writes about how local areas need to become more self sustainable and gives worldwide examples.

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.

Dream of the Earth
Author: Thomas Berry. Explores human-earth relations and seeks a new, non-anthropocentric approach to the natural world. According to Berry, our immediate danger is not nuclear war but industrial plundering; our entire society, he argues, is trapped in a closed cycle of production and consumption. Berry points out that our perception of the earth is the product of cultural conditioning, and that most of us fail to think of ourselves as a species but rather as national, ethnic, religious or economic groups.

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 All the Stars: Reconnecting with Nature through Hymns, Stories, Poems, Prayers from the World’s Great Religions and Cultures
Author: Rowthorn, Anne (ed). This collection includes pieces from the Dalai Lama, Wendell Berry, Albert Einstein, Thich Nhat Hanh, and children and others from around the world.

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 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 Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation
Author: Sam Hamilton-Poore. Experts warn that the earth is in a state of environmental crisis. Faced with dilemmas such as global warming, soil erosion, air and water pollution, and rapid extinction of species, how might Christians respond? Aware that much action is required, Sam Hamilton-Poore maintains that a Christian response includes the “work” of prayer, “for prayer is itself a way of taking action.”

Earth Habitat, Eco-Injustice and the Church’s Response
Author: Hessel, Dieter T. and Larry Rasmussen (eds). In this volume, nineteen eco-theologians from around the world respond to questions regarding the place of Christianity and Christian congregations within current crises of eco-injustice.

Earth in Mind, On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect
Author: Orr, David W. Orr focuses not on problems in education, but on the problem of education. The author begins by establishing the grounds for a debate about education and knowledge. He describes the problems of education from an ecological perspective, and challenges the “terrible simplifiers” who wish to substitute numbers for values.

Earth Prayers from Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations for Honoring the Earth
Editors: Roberts, Elizabeth, and Elias Amadon. This is a treasure chest of prayers and poems about Earth from different religious traditions. A reverent book.

Earth Revealing, Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology
Editor: Denis Edwards. In Earth Revealing-Earth Healing, the authors attempt to make clear the way in which Christian theology opens out into a theology of Earth revealing and challenges us towards a practice of Earth healing. Earth Revealing-Earth Healing offers a rethinking of theology as a significant part of the rethinking that the human community must do in its stance toward creation. Aware that some theological attitudes have contributed to exploitative attitudes and to disregard for the good of the planet, the contributors are also convinced that the biblical and theological tradition has resources that can be retrieved and developed as an ecological theology. Such a theology can contribute to the healing of our planet.

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.

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.

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.

Author: Mies, Maria, and Vandana Shiva. These two internationally respected feminists offer poignant analyses of global economics and ecology. In particular, they unmask exploitative systems that disproportionately impact women and children in non-industrialized settings. An excellent resource for assessing the current cultural and theological context in which we live.

Ecological Healing: A Christian Vision
Author: Nancy G. Wright and Donald Kill. This inspiring introduction to a new, ecologically-sensitive view of Christian vocation and spirituality pulls down the barriers between matter of earth and spirit. Ecological Healing provides an integral environmental ethic. It links the human need for social and economic well-being to the sustainable management of environmental resources.

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: Ecological Spirituality in Cross-cultural Perspective
Author: Kinsley, David. Kinsley explores various cultural and religious understandings of how humans relate to Earth, and how these understandings impact the current ecological crisis. Readers will look at the views of indigenous peoples, Asian traditions, Christians, contemporary culture, and others.

Ecology and Religion: Toward a New Christian Theology of Nature
Author: Carmody, John.

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 Ethics: Duties to and Values in the Natural World
Author: Rolston, Holmes, III. This is a comprehensive, philosophical text on human interactions within the natural world. In his analysis, Rolston avoids both utilitarian and bio-centric views of nature – allowing him to present a view that bridges these two ends of the environmental ethic spectrum.

Ethics for a Small Planet : New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology
Author: Maguire, Daniel C., and Larry L. Rasmussen. Looks at the crisis caused by overconsumption, overpopulation, and economic and political injustice. The authors discuss religions as part of the big powerhouses in making the problems worse but also at how they can help to solve them.

Evening Thoughts
Author: Berry, Thomas. Berry opens our eyes to the full dimensions of the ecological crisis, framing it as a crisis of spiritual vision.

Evening Traina
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.

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

Fidelity: Five Stories
Author: Berry, Wendell. Berry’s stories trace generations of farming families deeply rooted in their land. These earthy, honest stories offer a hopeful voice of moral integrity.

Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems
Author: Rogers, Pattiann. Barry Lopez writes, “…if angels were to agree upon a language to describe creation, a tone of voice and a point of view that would adequately celebrate the divine, these would be the poems they would write.” Truly a feast for heart and spirit.

Food & Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread
An Earth Ministry publication that examines food choices through the lens of faith. Includes a study guide and is ideal for individuals or groups.

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 for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating
Author: Jung, L. Shannon. Food for Life draws on the authors experience as theologian, ethicist, pastor, and eater extraordinaire. He encourages us to see our humdrum habits of eating and drinking as a spiritual practice that can renew and transform us and our world.

For God So Loves the World: Peacemaking and the Care of God’s Creation
Author: Author White, Vera K. This curriculum consists of six sessions. Based on selected biblical passages on the care of creation. The session titles summarize the movement of the course: God Creates, God Reveals, God Gives Freedom, God Mourns the Brokenness, God Offers Rest and Peace, and God Redeems.

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
Author: 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 Testament 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.

From the Good Earth: A Celebration of Growing Food around the World
Author: Ableman, Michael. From his visits to farming communities around the world, Ableman (an organic farmer) gifts his readers with rich photographs and stories in From the Good Earth. This book celebrates human relationships with the land and with each other.

Fruits of Creation: A Look at Global Sustainability as Seen Through the Eyes of George Washington Carver
Author: Ferrell, John S.

Gaia and God
Author: Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Ruether presents a sweeping ecofeminist theology that illuminates a path toward “earth-healing”–a whole relationship between men and women, communities and nations.

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.

Gather Comprehensive
This Catholic hymnal compiles organ-based material chosen from the more familiar works written in that musical style, resulting in a hymnal that is ideal for parishes who tend to use more contemporary music, but still enjoy some traditional hymnody. Includes a section devoted to “creation”.

Geo-Justice: A Preferential Option for the Earth
Author: James A. Conlon.

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 After Darwin
Author: Haught, John F. This book provides an original, insightful, and exhilarating look at how a quite radical version of neo-Darwinian theory, usually understood as excluding and belief in God, can in fact aid Christians in developing a more Biblical faith by replacing the God of static design and controlling power with the God of vulnerable, self-giving love.

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.

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.

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.

Harvest for Hope
Author: Goodall, Jane. Scrutinizes human eating behaviors, and the colossal food industries that force-feed some cultures’ self-destructive habits for mass consumption. It’s an unsustainable lifestyle that Goodall argues must change immediately, beginning–not ironically–at a grassroots level.

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.

Hole in the Sky: A Memoir
Author: Kittredge, William. Kittredge grew up on, and managed, his family’s cattle ranch in eastern Oregon. Now a creative writing teacher at the University of Montana, his writing beautifully, and sometimes heart-breakingly, explores the guiding myths of the West and the ways in which they no longer serve us.

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.

How Can We Live in Community with Creation?
Author: Simpson, James.

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.”

Hymn of the Universe
Author: Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. A paleontologist and Roman Catholic priest, Teilhard de Chardin envisioned a convergence of the divine life of Christ and the universe. Teilhard’s works help readers explore some of the roots of Creation Spirituality.

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 the Beginning There was Joy: A Creation Story for All Ages
Author: Matthew Fox.

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.

Jayber Crow
Author: Berry, Wendell. Berry’s stories trace generations of farming families deeply rooted in their land. These earthy, honest stories offer a hopeful voice of moral integrity.

Jesus and the Cosmos
Author: Edwards, Denis. Edwards combines both contemporary cosmological perspectives and theological responses to contemporary ecological crisis into a theology. This cosmos is created, sustained, and empowered by God in whom it has its unity.

Jesus the Wisdom of God, An Ecological Theology
Author: Edwards, Denis. Discusses link between ancient Jewish Wisdom literature and the subsequent development of New Testament views of the personification of Wisdom in Jesus Christ. Discusses importance of respecting Creations’ Creator by honoring the Creation, hence an Ecological Theology.

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.

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.

Longing for Running Water: Ecofeminism and Liberation
Author: Gebara, Ivone. “Longing for Running Water” shows how the connections between Western thought, patriarchal Christianity, and environmental destruction necessitate personal conversion to ‘a new relationship with the earth and with the entire cosmos.’

Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment
Author: Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham. In Love God, Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment, the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham brings together 21 highly regarded spiritual leaders from diverse faiths to make the case for environmental stewardship and show how their faith communities are tackling the issue of religion and environment.

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?

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 & Faith: The Search for Enough
An Earth Ministry publication that explores money from the perspective of faith and the environment.

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.

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.

Natural Saints: How People of Faith are Working to Save God’s Earth
Natural Saints: How People of Faith are Working to Save God’s Earth shares stories and strategies of people of faith working to integrate the environment into their ministries. This book reveals how a focus on God’s earth transforms both people and congregations, creating more relevant and powerful ministries for today.

New and Selected Poems
Author: Oliver, Mary. This National Book Award-winning collection showcases Oliver’s skillful reflections over a twenty-eight-year period. The reader will discover an increasing intermingling of the poet’s faith, thoughts, and reflections on the natural world.

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

Organic Prayer
Author: Roth, Nancy. Pick up your garden tools and get to work. With Roth’s help, readers can experience their time in the garden as a spiritual encounter. Roth’s book is full of deep insights, eloquent writing and very practical prayer exercises.

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”.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Author: Dillard, Annie. This book is informative, meditative, and a thoroughly engrossing record of one woman’s relationship with her bioregional home. It presents Dillard – mystical naturalist wordsmith – at her best.

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Robust Year of Eating Locally
Author: Smith, Alisa & JB Mackinnon. Vancouver BC author decides to eat food grown within 100 miles of home for one year and tells about this challenge.

Practice of the Wild
Author: Snyder, Gary. Snyder is a highly respected nature poet and writer. This collection of essays provides a good sampling of his work.

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.

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.

Red: Patience and Practice in the Desert
Author: Williams, Terry Tempest. In this collection of essays, poems, congressional testimony, and journal entries, Williams reflects on the God-given value of wilderness and the need to preserve wild places – for their own sake and the sake of the human spirit.

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.

Redeeming the Time
Author: Scharper, Stephen Bede. An examination of environmental theology from four major viewpoints. Scharper looks first at how Christianity began to look at the environmental crisis and has responded to it over three decades. He then explores the viewpoints: process theology, the new cosmology of Thomas Berry, ecofeminism and liberation theologians.

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.

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Author: Williams, Terry Tempest. Williams, a naturalist and writer from Salt Lake City, weaves the story of the flooding of Great Salt Lake in 1983, and the resulting loss of wetlands, with the losses in her own family due to cancer caused by nearby atomic testing. This compassionate book poignantly combines love and knowledge of place, landscape, and family.

Religion and the New Ecology
Author: Lodge, David M., Christopher Hamlin and Peter Rave. The book reflects the conviction that we must establish significant coherence between our historical, scientific, and religious understandings of nature if we are to effectively address current and emerging environmental problems.

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.

Author: Berry, Wendell. Skillfully written over seven years of Sabbaths in the solitude of his hillside retreat, Berry candidly reveals his spirituality and ponderings on relationships with the land and people who comprise his community. Each poem is like a brief, wisdom-filled retreat.

Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalization
Author: Mary C. Grey Focusing on such simple yet profound symbols as water, light, and sacred space, noted theologian, Mary Grey, tries to re-instill a spiritual quest — a kind of eco-mystical renewal — as an element in the transformation of desire, lived out in Christian community.

Sands of the Well
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.

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.

Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action
Author: J. Matthew Sleeth. J. Matthew Sleeth was living the American dream as a medical chief of staff—until the increasing number of chronic illnesses he was witnessing gave him a new environmental awareness. In this book, Sleeth shares his family’s journey to simplicity, stronger relationships, and richer spiritual lives, and relates a prescription for sustainable living.

Seven Songs of Creation: Liturgies for Celebrating and Healing Earth
Author: Norman Habel. Written by the chief editor of the Earth Bible Project, this resource intends to help worshipping communities develop liturgies to revere, honor, love, and serve Earth.

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.

Simpler Living, Compassionate Life: A Christian Perspective
An Earth Ministry publication that explores issues of voluntary simplicity from a faith and environmental perspective. This an effective tool for individuals and groups.

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.

Sisters of Dust, Sisters of Spirit: Womanist Wordings on God and Creation.
Author: Baker-Fletcher, Karen. Evinces a strong sense of God in nature. Discusses environmental racism and a constructive religious vision. Also discusses how migration and urbanization have affected black people and their tie to land.

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.

So What: New & Selected Poems
Author: Ali, Taha Muhammad. A revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty, Muhammad Ali’s poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity.

Songs of Grace: New Hymns for God and Neighbor
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. The book, Songs of Grace, includes over 70 new hymns written to be sung to the tunes of many well loved and well known hymns. The new words offer expressions of hope, celebration and spiritual enrichment. They hymns are written to celebrate the ministry of a wide range of church activities, from older adult ministries and stewardship to social justice and many other topics in between.

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.

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.

Stations of the Banquet
Author: Campbell, Cathy. A scripture based exploration of the Christian story of salvation as a food story, provides nourishment for those engaged in living out the food and justice challenges of the Gospel.

Super, Natural Christians: How We should Love Nature
Author: McFague, Sallie. McFague further applies her solid theological views to concrete examples of compassionate relationships with Earth and all of its inhabitants.

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.

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.

Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World
Author: Dowd, Michael. Dowd describes how to view evolution as a divine process; how current science shows that evolution is not meaningless blind chance; practical methods for using evolutionary insights to achieve greater personal fulfillment and thriving relationships; and how aligning with evolutionary trends can guide activists and others hoping to make our world a better place.

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 Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference
Author: Jones, Ellis The Better World Shopping Guide is the only comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers. This perennial bestseller rates every product on the shelf from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys”—turning your shopping list into a powerful tool to change the world. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, this completely revised and updated fourth edition will help you find out which companies actually “walk the talk” when it comes to: Environmental sustainability Human rights Community involvement Animal protection Social justice

The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life
Author: Ross & Gloria Kinsler. About how Christians can achieve personal, ecclesial, and social transformation in the year of the Jubilee. Explores challenges of economic and social justice.

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 Butterfly’s Burden
Author: Darwish, Mahmoud. The Butterfly’s Burden combines love poems, sonnets, journal-like distillations, and interlaced lyrics, which balance old literary traditions with new forms, highlighting loving reflections and bitter longing.

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 Collected Poems of Wendell Berry: 1957-1982
Author: Berry, Wendell. In this volume Berry collects those poems, as he puts it, that he cares “to have reread.” He poignantly writes of family, farming, nature and ecology, land, community, and tradition as “the groundwork for life and culture.”

The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation
Author: McKibben, Bill. McKibben, widely respected author and United Methodist Sunday school teacher, shares scientific insights into the crisis of global climate change.

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 Divine Milieu
Author: Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. A paleontologist and Roman Catholic priest, Teilhard de Chardin skillfully outlines his Catholic, incarnational theology – with Christ transparent in all creation. Teilhard’s works help readers explore some of the roots of Creation Spirituality.

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 Embers and the Stars: A Philosophical Inquiry into the Moral Sense of Nature
Author: Kohák, Erazim. This almost dream-like exploration into the reality of nature (including humankind) and God is both coherent and moving. Drawing upon his own Anglican spirituality, Kohák highlights a natural awe that draws humans to a respect for the natural world.

The End of Nature
Author: McKibben, Bill. This powerfully unsettling book details many of the our current environmental challenges: global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and other crises. McKibben, a widely published writer and United Methodist Sunday school teacher, shares his own passionate plea for necessary change in how humans view nature and our actions.

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 Gift of Good Land: Further Essays Cultural and Agricultural
Author: Berry, Wendell. Wendell Berry touches on many topics in this rich book of essays. He discusses today’s agricultural realities in relation to Christian and Buddhist religious themes, and speaks sincerely to the changes that we need to make in the world.

The Great Unknowing
Author: Levertov, Denise. Levertov’s deeply moving poetry reflects her love of Earth and her home (the Puget Sound region). These collections reveal Levertov’s passion for justice, faith, and hope for this planetary home.

The Great Work: Our Way into the Future
Author: Berry, Thomas. Thomas Berry is a visionary and these are books to read and reread, for they stretch vision, imagination, and resolve all at once. Berry is a bridge builder: both a Roman Catholic priest and a thinker whose categories cross all traditions.

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 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 Order of Water, healing Earth’s Waters and Ourselves
Author: Marks, William E. Marks covers such diverse topics as water’s role in the origin of the universe and of life, cosmic rain and water in interstellar space, water in the myths of various peoples and religious traditions, the power of water in the many forms it takes in the natural world, vortex energy and living water, water and the human body, water healing, and a history of water pollution.

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 Island Within
Author: Nelson, Richard. An anthropologist and eloquent writer, Nelson takes readers to Alaska and invites them into his experience with a single island and its animal inhabitants. In this exotic locale, he encourages all readers to see every place as the special place.

The Living Universe
Author: Duane Elgin. Elgin brings together extraordinary evidence from cosmology, biology, and physics to show that the universe is not dead but rather uniquely alive, an insight that, he shows, is in harmony with all of the world’s major spiritual traditions.

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 Memory of Old Jack
Author: Berry, Wendell. Berry’s stories trace generations of farming families deeply rooted in their land. These earthy, honest stories offer a hopeful voice of moral integrity.

The Natural History of the Bible: An Environmental Exploration of the Hebrew Scriptures
Author: Hillel, Daniel. Argues that environment, climate, and topology play a part in the development of a religious community, and what emerges is a largely naturalistic explanation of Israel’s beliefs and laws, with a strong emphasis on the impact of culture and environment on the evolving Jewish religion.

The Phenomenon of Man
Author: Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre. A paleontologist and Roman Catholic priest, Teilhard de Chardin systematically integrates evolution and God’s dynamic “plan,” specifically the evolution of consciousness.

The Rebirth of Nature: The Greening of Science and God
Author: Rupert Sheldrake. One of the world’s foremost biologists revolutionizes scientific thinking with his vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. In THE REBIRTH OF NATURE, Rupert Sheldrake urges us to move beyond the centuries-old mechanistic view of nature, explaining why we can no longer regard the world as inanimate and purposeless.

The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics
Author: Nash, Roderick. A hopeful historical journey that, over the centuries, traces the notion of rights as extended to larger numbers of groups of people. Nash looks at current actions that also extend “rights” to the natural world; for example, the Endangered Species Act recognizes that species of animals and plants have rights.

The Sacred Depths of Nature
Author: Goodenough, Ursula. Goodenough, a leading cell biologist and author of the widely used textbook Genetics, offers this emotionally vibrant work that interweaves modern scientific understandings with ageless spiritual reverence for creation.

The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
Author: Amichai, Yehuda. Israel’s best-known poet sifts centuries of Jewish experience in firsthand impressions of his troubled land where exists a mutual hatred between Arabs and Jews.

The Simple Life: Plain Living and High Thinking in American Culture
Author: Shi, David. An historical overview of the practice of voluntary simplicity in America – with detailed exploration of important spiritual and community dimensions in this practice.

The Source
Author: Michener, James. By exploring the lives and discoveries of modern archaeologists excavating the site of Tell Makor, Michener vividly re-creates life in and around an ancient city, and traces the history of the Jews, including that of the early Hebrews and their persecution, the impact of Christianity on the Jewish world, the Crusades, and the Spanish Inquisition.

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World
Author: Abrams, David. A beautifully rendered analysis of the importance of the development of language in separating human consciousness from the natural world. It illuminates the difference between cultures that live close to the land and the Western consciousness that sees humans as separate from the rest of nature. The book gives suggestions to repair this gulf.

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 is a Green Dragon, A Cosmic Creation Story
Author: Swimme, Brian. Communicating his ideas in the form of a classical dialogue between a youth and a wise elder, cosmologist Brian Swimme crafts a fascinating exploration into the creativity suffusing the universe. His explication of the fundamental powers of the cosmos is mystical and ecstatic and points directly to the need to activate one’s own creative powers.

The Universe Story
Author: Swimme, Brian and Berry, Thomas. Physicist Swimme and cultural historian Berry here examine and synthesize a vast body of knowledge and hypothesis from the fields of astronomy, physics, biology, anthropology, and history.

The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Author: Berry, Wendell. As one of our modern-day prophets, Berry skillfully shows the impact of our current, pervasive disconnections between the land and people. Berry, a poet, essayist, and farmer in his native Kentucky, writes of our relationship with farming, leading to a profound awareness that “farming cannot be considered separately from the larger culture.” Berry provides beautifully rendered, ennobling descriptions of faithfulness to place, family, community, and land.

The Violence of the Green Revolution: Third World Agriculture, Ecology and Politics
Author: Shiva, Vandana. Shiva, an activist and scientist from India, traces the impacts of corporate agriculture on cultures, small farmers, ecosystems, and on the quality of the food we consume. In this (and other) books, Shiva explores issues such as biotechnology, patents on life, the domination of agribusiness, and many others. Shiva’s books sound a well-researched clarion call to realize the impact of our economic, political, and food buying decisions.

The Way Into Judaism and the Environment
Author: Benstein, Jeremy. At a time of growing concern about environmental issues, Benstein explores the relationship Jews have with the natural world and the ways in which Judaism contributes to contemporary social-environmental issues.

The Wild Birds: Six Stories of the Port William Membership
Author: Berry, Wendell. Berry’s stories trace generations of farming families deeply rooted in their land. These earthy, honest stories offer a hopeful voice of moral integrity.

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.

Author: Oliver, Mary. Oliver reflects her faith in God and her grief over the death of her longtime partner while still writing poems about nature.

This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment
Author: Gottlieb, Roger S. (ed). An ecology-theology feast! For example, this collection contains some of Aldo Leopold’s and Rachael Carson’s pivotal works; Lynn White’s catalyzing critique; theological explorations from Pope John Paul II, Sallie McFague, Thomas Berry, and many others; and other challenging and hopeful pieces on current intersections between culture, ecology, theology, and ethics.

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 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.

Torah of the Earth: Exploring 4,000 Years of Ecology in Jewish Thought
Editor: Waskow, Arthur. The relationship between Judaism and concern for the environment is examined in this comprehensive two-volume anthology, which probes the roots of the environmental crisis as a looming catastrophe, especially in Israel, and points to a sustainable future path that requires spiritual healing.

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.

Troubled Waters, Religion, Ethics, and the Global Water Crisis
Author: Chamberlain, Gary L. Troubled Waters provides readers with an appreciation of the central role of religious meanings and ritual practices surrounding water, arriving at creative new ways to approach the growing water crisis worldwide.

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems
Author: Darwish, Mahmoud. Considered the Palestinian national poet, Darwish has observed that Palestine is a metaphor for the loss of Eden, for the sorrows of dispossession and exile, for the declining power of the Arab world in its dealings with the West.

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.

Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich
Author: Elgin, Duane. Elgin, with his great concern for ecological and spiritual health, presents possibilities for “living with balance in order to find a life of greater purpose.” He draws upon diverse worldviews (e.g., Eastern religions, Quaker) for inspiration and guidance, and offers readers helpful ideas for action.

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.

What Are People For?
Author: Berry, Wendell. This more current analysis of American economic and agricultural systems provides a thought- and action-inspiring sequel to his earlier The Unsettling of America.

When Corporations Rule the World
Author: Korten, David. Korten gives readers crucial insight into the way in which corporations take possession of Earth – its economies, peoples and cultures, ecosystems, and political systems. Corporations, Korten argues, supplant the power that was once held by the now-in-decline nation-state.

Where Jesus Walked: A Spiritual Journey Through the Holy Land
Author: Stacy, R. Wayne. Enhanced by breathtaking photography, each chapter introduces readers to a place that figures prominently in Jesus’ life, including the sacred landmarks of Galilee, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. A description of the geography, topography, history, and archaeology of the site is followed by a new translation of a scripture passage depicting that particular event in Jesus’ life.

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
Author: Stegner, Wallace. This collection of essays on the development of the Western United States is engagingly written by one of the best authors of our day. Stegner clearly demonstrates the interaction of culture and land. His book, Angle of Repose (1971, 1992), won the Pulitzer Prize – another magnificent story of the American West.

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.

Who Is the Earth? How to See God in the Natural World
Author: Upton, Charles. Who is the Earth? contains Upton’s rendition of lore and doctrine drawn from Hinduism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Inuit Shamanism, the Lakota religion, the Hopi religion, Celtic Myth and Alchemy, and includes a few contemplative practices designed to heighten our sense of the inner dimension of earthly reality. The language starts out very simple, like a seed, and ends up (in Part II) a bit more complex and erudite, like a tree (are trees erudite?), embracing the symbolism of the Four Directions, the Four Seasons and the Four Ages….so as to answer as definitively as possible the question: What? – or Who? – is this reality that lies all around us, and inside us too, that we call the Earth.

Wild Song: Poems of the Natural World
Author: Daniel, John (ed). An excellent collection of contemporary American nature poetry compiled by the poetry editor of Wilderness magazine. It includes writings from Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, William Stafford, Denise Levertov, Robert Bly, Pattiann Rogers, and others.

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.

Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase
Author: Tucker, Mary Evelyn. Tucker describes how world religions have begun to move from a focus on God-human and human-human relations to encompass human-earth relations. She argues that, in light of the environmental crisis, religion should move from isolated orthodoxy to interrelated dialogue and use its authority for liberation rather than oppression.

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.


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.

At the Table
Focuses on food systems and the impact of food choices

By the Waters
Focuses on water quality and use

Caring for God’s Creation: A Collection of Environmentally Focused Resource Materials and Sermons
Author: Moore-Kochlacs, Peter G.

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.

For God So Loves the World: Peacemaking and the Care of God’s Creation
Author: Author White, Vera K. This curriculum consists of six sessions. Based on selected biblical passages on the care of creation. The session titles summarize the movement of the course: God Creates, God Reveals, God Gives Freedom, God Mourns the Brokenness, God Offers Rest and Peace, and God Redeems.

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?”

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.

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.

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.

Ken Burns’ National Parks Religious Study Guides and “Clips” DVDs
Two religious study guides designed to accompany Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” 12-hour portrait of our national parks. These guides encourage participants to explore God in nature and our covenant with the earth. This an effective tool for groups.

Let the Earth Bless the Lord: God’s Creation and Our Responsibility, A Catholic Approach to the Environment
Produced by the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Department of Social Development and World Peace. This resource is not a curriculum but has many materials that may be adapted for adult group studies. Materials include articles on sustainable development, international environmental justice, as well as practical hints to implement and sustain parish-based environmental programs.

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?

On the Road
Focuses on the impacts of transportation

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.

Renewing the Face of the Earth: A Resource for Parishes
Produced by the U.S. Bishops’ Department of Social Development and World Peace. Includes suggestions for initiating parish programs; liturgical, homily, and prayer helps; and background on the connection between the environment and social justice.

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.

The Cry of Creation: A Call for Climate Justice
An interfaith study guide on global warming. Features theological and spiritual reflections, an overview of the scientific consensus, a spectrum of interfaith voices, action steps, and a bibliography for further study.

The Environment
Author: Larry Dunlap-Berg. An adult curriculum for environmentally-focused bible study.

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.

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.

Water You Doing?
Middle school curriculum on water quality prepared by Seattle Drainage and Wastewater Utility. Includes manual.

Whose World Is It?; Responding to God’s Covenant with the Earth
Author: George H. Kehm