|“From the fig tree, learn its lesson…” (Mark 13:28)|
Begin with Jim Antal’s inspiring new book, Climate Church, Climate World, which includes questions for group discussion.
As Bill McKibben writes in the Foreword: “Jim’s never-ending witness is the best incitement to optimism that I can imagine. At first he was a voice crying in the wilderness, but now everyone right up to Pope Francis is singing from the same hymnal. The world owes him a mighty thanks.”
Here are some other books to suggest, ranging from theology to basic science and a hands-on workbook.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home (released in 2015, this groundbreaking encyclical is a must-read. Many study guides are available on the Internet. Global Catholic Climate Movement offers many fine resources on Laudato Si, including videos, written guides, resources for Advent and Lent, and more.)
Sallie McFague, A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008 (an Episcopal theologian whose book is for anyone interested in the theological challenges posed by the climate crisis)
James A. Nash, Loving Nature: Ecological Integrity and Christian Responsibility, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1991 (a classic introduction)
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, New York: Simon and Schuster, 2014 (a challenging book on climate with a call for an urgent social and economic transformation surprisingly similar to that of Laudato Si). See also her new book, No Is Not Enough (2017).
Bill McKibben, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, New York: Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010 (a scary and readable overview of the situation we’re in)
Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5000 Pounds (an accessible, easy-to-use workbook that shows how to dramatically reduce CO2 output in your household; makes a good four-week series; available from Empowerment Institute. Check out the kid-friendly version, too: Journey for the Planet.)
Do you think that having a green corner in your parish newsletter or bulletin is a great idea, but you don’t have time to research or write one? Episcopal Climate News is here to help! Every Monday, to help Christians live out our faith in daily life, ECN will offer a green-living tip and a theological quote that your parish can use in its weekly newsletter or bulletin. Some recent titles: Air Conditioners and Michael Curry, Meat and Parish Energy, Water Bottles and Polynesia. For more information about weekly bulletin inserts, visit Episcopal Climate News.
Subscribe to free daily emails from Climate Nexus. This excellent resource gives you a quick update on the day’s top climate-related stories. To sign up, contact: email@example.com.
Subscribe to stories and news on climate organizing that matter and inspire, brought to you every two weeks by 350.org, the global grassroots movement for a fossil-free world. To sign up, visit here.
|• Test drive in your congregation a new spiritual and educational program for small groups: “Sustaining Creation: A Faith Journey for Small Groups
Sustaining Creation is an eight-session series intended to guide Christians on an extended journey to a new understanding of our call to live sustainably with all of God’s good creation. Richly grounded in scripture, this series includes reflections, interviews with Creation Justice faith leaders, taps into the wisdom of noted authors, takes the audience on location to ponder the climate crisis and includes discussion time, so that together we can seek to discern how God is calling us to respond. Included in the series are participant discussion guides and action steps to living sustainably.
Sustaining Creation – A Faith Journey for Small Groups is available directly without charge to individuals and faith communities everywhere at its website www.sustainingcreation.org or DVD sets are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
This series would also make an excellent Lenten program.
To publicize your event in the Diocese of Western MA, contact our Communications Director, Vicki Ix: email@example.com
Some suggested films:
“This is a brave film that pulls no punches in exploring the impacts of climate change on human society. Combining a personal perspective with a global survey of community responses to the challenge, it is simultaneously a tragedy about climate change and a celebration of human potential. Like the director, you may find yourself both crying and dancing.”
If you are interested in hosting a screening of HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD, visit: bullfrogcommunities.com
For a trailer of the film, click here.
Climate change and environmental degradation can unite diverse faith groups in a common search for solutions. Invite your town’s religious leaders to speak about the environmental teachings of their religious traditions and about the actions that their congregations are taking.
Unlike human beings, most mammals and half of all insect species are nocturnal. Artificial lighting can have devastating effects on the health of wildlife (you can find some information here, in recent news, or here). LED lights are wonderfully energy-efficient, but did you know that blue-rich, overly bright LEDs are bad for both animal health and human health, according to the American Medical Association? Redder LEDs with shields are just as energy efficient and better for light pollution, but too few people know that they are an option or understand the need. Consider organizing a parish study group to learn more about light pollution. You might wish to read The End of Night, by Paul Bogard, which looks at each aspect of our relationship to night and light (historical, artistic, ecological), including the spiritual role of night in our lives. In the Bible, many revelations of God are given at night (remember the star of Bethlehem, or God calling Abram outside to “Look toward the heaven and count the stars,” Genesis 15:5). Yet because of light pollution, 80% of North Americans cannot see the Milky Way at night.
|“There is no such thing as ‘human community’ without the earth and the soil and the air and the water and all the living forms. Without these, humans do not exist. In my view, the human community and the natural world will go into the future as a single sacred community or we will both perish in the desert.”